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A Legacy of Kindness and Sharing

The Garden Spa and Himalayan Salt Room offers red light therapy in the Vitality Booth; infrared sauna and contrast therapy services with the Radiant Health Sauna (independently tested for the lowest VOCs and EMFs on the market); Healing Touch through the art of massage therapy; Wave Table vibrational massage therapy; Biofield Tuning by Courtney Miller; and Halotherapy in the Himalayan Salt Room, all in a garden setting. Guests at the Garden Spa can take a moment to release the pressures of the outside world, breathe in the love from friendly plants and be present in the gift of now. The salt room includes sacred geometry forms that clients recreate inside themselves, bringing healing and balance.

            The Garden Spa will donate $1 from every service purchased to Operation Underground Railroad, to help fight and end human trafficking. A kindness rewards program distributes cards to be redeemed for $10 off any service at the spa to local businesses that they can give to customers or guests for random acts of kindness.

            Owner Charity Kenney says, “I got started because of my passion for serving others and for bringing holistic modalities to all the amazing humans that I’m gifted to encounter. I envisioned a deeper connection between service providers and business owners in the wellness dimension, and knew that I must start my own spa, though I didn’t know how I would. I believed that it was essential for a business owner to be able to provide the services that they expect their therapists to provide, so I enrolled in massage school to become a licensed massage therapist myself. When I received the call that I had passed my exams and graduated from massage school, I was en route driving back home from the hospital where my father had just passed away from an unexpected fall that caused a fatal brain injury.

            “After serving others for over 40 years as a substance abuse counselor and counselor for children and families, specifically working with children in the foster care system, he had just retired in January of 2020 at the beginning of COVID-19, so wasn’t able to enjoy much of his retirement, but always made it a point to make everyone in his life feel loved. He left behind a retirement account, which was split between my brother, sister and myself, and I’ve taken this opportunity to use the money to start my first business, The Garden Spa.”

            She advises, “My vision is to make this not just a business, but a hub of health and wellness where, by planting the seeds of kindness and compassion, we can cultivate relationships and grow community, giving back to others to help continue my father’s legacy of service.”

            They plan to improve and hone their services and build strong relationships with community partners. Kenney shares, “The more successful we are, the more we can give back and serve others!”

Location: 2322 U.S. Hwy. 31 N., Traverse City. For more information, call 231-252-2220, email [email protected] or visit