Backyard bliss is in Bellingen

FOR years, as Linda Murphy cut her clients' hair, she listened to them dream about having a facial or a manicure as well as a haircut.

“Clients were always saying they would love to have the one-stop beauty shop,” Linda said.

“I guess that was how the seed was planted and now that we've settled in Bellingen, the idea has come to fruition.”

In reality what has blossomed is Skin Bliss, a backyard haven of tranquillity, with Linda's hair salon on the veranda and the new beauty therapy room in what was once a tumble-down garage.

A private courtyard complete with pond and lotus lilies separates the two.

Linda employs three beauty therapists, including well-known Bellingen beautician, Jenny Nolan.

The philosophy of the space is all about relaxation using natural products from the Australian-made Uspa range.

“Uspa is not only about purity of the product but also about the rituals of the treatment,” Jenny said.

“We incorporate ayuvedic massage and lymphatic drainage into the treatments.”

Linda admits she herself was never a “facial girl”.

“I really didn't enjoy it - but then I had a treatment with Jen and realised there was a real WOW! factor here…it was much more than a facial.”

Her aim has been to create a private place, with a peaceful, tranquil environment where both women and men can have their needs met.

“People can drop in here, have their facial, a pedicure or manicure, then get their hair cut … and off they float,” Linda said.

Treatments by appointment, phone 6655 9025.

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