The Seventh Moon Wellness Spa

A heavenly spa experience awaits you...

About the Spa, Staff, and Policies

Our Location
The Seventh Moon Wellness spa is quietly nestled in the 5,000 sq. foot basement suite of a beautifully restored silk mill (circa 1898). An unexpected escape, the calm interior and spacious rooms offer you a reprieve from the outside world.  Spend an hour or spend the day, a heavenly spa experience awaits you.

The spa is designed with its guests in mind, offering both a full service day spa and salon, a studio dedicated to wellness and learning, and a lounge; a relaxation space like no other. The spa offers an extensive listing of services including massage and bodywork, acupuncture, facials and waxing, hair and nail styling.  The studio offers classes including yoga, meditation, exercise, and various workshops. 

Visit our website for a full listing of services, specials, classes, and events.  Effortless appointment scheduling is available on our website, Facebook page, or on our mobile app.

The Seventh Moon... where did we get that name?
Finding a name for my business was no easy decision.  The Seventh Moon was a dream of many years, brought to fruition at a turning point in my life.  It was this change of seasons (so to speak) that helped me in the selection of the name.  The Seventh Moon is the crescent moon nearest the Autumn equinox.  This moon signals the beginning of a new cycle of creation according to many ancient traditions.  The Cherokee call this the Great New Moon and believe it is when the world is created each year.  As true as the name was in the beginning, it remains so each year.  I continue on a path of growth and change with The Seventh Moon.  My hope is that we connect and share in this journey together.  ~  Xandria

Xandria LD Ahner, Owner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Energy Worker
In practice since:  1994     PA License # MSG000863
Xandria’s journey into wellness began with the art and practice of meditation while she fulfilled her 10-year commitment to active duty Air Force.  It was during this journey while being stationed near Fairbanks, Alaska that she discovered the healing benefits of not only receiving massage therapy, but also giving.
After completing nearly 1,400 hours of massage therapy education and working with clients for over 20 years, Xandria built a growing and ever-changing business that is The Seventh Moon Wellness Spa.
In 2012, the years of dedicated hard work began to take a toll on Xandria’s body and she had to have an anterior cervical fusion.  A short return to work resulted in more spinal issues that forced her out of the room and into management of the spa full time.
Xandria continues to focus her passion for the field of wellness and all it encompasses to create a retreat for everyone to utilize in their own personal journey.

Rowan Laitila, Artist in Residence
Rowan has been a part of The Seventh Moon since the very beginning. With each passing year, her job description seems to grow to include different tasks and projects. Her first big job of setting out water and chocolates for clients after massages grew into answering the telephone and booking appointments (terrifying!), e-mail marketing, and commanding the social media accounts. Her immense knowledge of every aspect of the business combined with her keen creative eye makes her a valuable asset at The Seventh Moon.
Rowan is currently a full-time Art History student at Moravian College, set to graduate in May 2017. She practices many art forms in her personal time and excels in the medium of paint. She has won Scholastic Art and Writing Awards on three occasions, sending her artwork to be judged Nationally in New York City. A member of the Moravian College Visual Art Collective, she is regularly involved in on-campus art events.
Rowan currently offers Painting Parties, Studio Workshops, and teaches Summer Art for Kids. She uses her immense knowledge of art history to inform her studio practice and hopes to be able to pass on a love and thirst for knowledge to all of her pupils.

Massage & Bodywork Staff
Phyllis Manser
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Licensed Massage Therapist, NCTMB
In practice since: 2010     PA License # MSG002067
To help satisfy the body's constant quest for balance, Phyllis offers opportunities for both rest and motion.  If stress relief and relaxation is your goal, a massage from this grandmother of seven will transport you into that much-desired dimension of calm, far away from everyday cares into a place where your spirit can find refreshment.  Discovering the fulfilling art of Massage Therapy after her last child went off to college, Phyllis graduated from Lincoln Institute of Technology in 2010 and then became nationally certified after many years of working mostly with paper, following achieving her degree in Teaching:  Communication from Kutztown University in 1985.
If it's motivation for motion you are after, Phyllis offers classes in creative movement and fitness for living like the popular class, Still Kickin', where the motto is "Moves for life, because life moves!"  She discovered a talent and passion for teaching choreography in high school, where she designed majorette routines and an interpretive dance number for the spring Fine Arts concert.  Phyllis also choreographed the dances for the musicals performed by Zion Opera Workshop from 1970-78.  These experiences led her to study dance and fitness in college, become certified in aerobic dance, and then form and lead various classes in Lehighton, Palmerton, and Pottsville from 1981-89.
So, rest or move -- your choice is here when you book a session or class with Phyllis.

Cinda Nothstein, Licensed Massage Therapist
In practice since:  2008     PA License # MSG003160
Cinda was motivated to enter the field of massage and bodywork by her children.  Her innate nurturing touch is undeniable.  She studied at Lincoln Technical Institute in 2007 and put her skills to work right away.  Cinda will transport you to a deep state of relaxation during a session by calming the body and mind.

Christine Afflerbach, Licensed Massage Therapist
In practice since:  2007     PA License # MSG001732
Christine is dedicated to improving her client's quality of life through therapeutic touch.  Her combined education allows her to integrate her specialties of Deep Tissue, Cupping, Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Swedish, Hot Stone, Chair massage, and the power of essential oils into her sessions, which are nurturing to the body and mind!  She is a 2007 graduate of Health Options Institute and is dedicated to clinical excellence through a steady stream of continuing education and practical course study.  She transforms deep pain and restriction into free movement and expression.  Christine has been in the medical/dental field for over 20 years.  She has a diverse level of interest to include gourmet cooking, meditation/yoga, volunteering at Peaceable Kingdom, spending time with her 6 dogs, and the love of the great outdoors.  Christine was inspired to explore therapeutic touch after her brother was diagnosed with a rare blood disease called Amyloidosis in 2005.  As part of his care taking team while he was undergoing treatment in Boston, she felt helpless that she couldn't do more to aid in his recovery.  Now she dedicates her experiences and education to help enrich the health and life of others.

Cyrese Sciandra, M.S. LAC
In practice since:  2001
PA Acupuncture License # AK000564L
PA Massage License # MSG003170      ~   Available by appointment only.  Please call the spa to schedule with Cyrese.
PA Cosmetology License # CO274572
Cyrese is a graduate of the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City, and has studied with notable teachers such as Dr. Mark Seem (Founder and owner of the Tri-State College of Acupuncture), Arya Nielson, Carolyn Bengston, Kiko Matsamoto, the late Dr. Ni and Jeremy Ross.  She went on to study with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield for Facial Constitutional Rejuvenation Acupuncture at Mercy College and Advanced Facial Rejuvenation in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Fairmont Princess.  She continued her studies with Acutonics, a Sound and Vibration Therapy using calibrated frequency with tuning forks.  Taking a greater interest in Color Puncture Esogetics system, Cyrese went on to study with Peter Mandell from Germany, a specialist in the field.  Over the last several years, she has studied with Dr. David Frederick, Ph.D., ND, D.Sc, DHM in Lancaster, Pennsylvania at the World Institute of Integrative Health Sciences.

Her dedication to her work as an Acupuncturist/Life Coach and her work with Hypnotherapy and other modalities, helps people feel the best that they can feel, while motivating them to get out of their comfort zones to achieve their goals.

Barbara Yamrich, Licensed Massage Therapist
In practice since:  1999    PA Massage License # MSG008271
Barbara, a New York native, who relocated to Carbon County in 1985, has been a trained massage therapist for 14 years.  A graduate of Health Options Institute, Bethelehm, PA.  Barb is a fully licensed therapeutic massage practitioner in Pennsylvania and is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.  She also carries a Karuna Reiki Master certification through Infinity Reiki Masters, New Hope, PA.
Schooled in many modalities, including Swedish, Deep Tissue and Sports massage, she practices a unique style of integrative bodywork that blends several massage techniques together with energy balancing therapies like Reiki and Polarity; providing a deeply relaxing, effective and personally tailored treatment.  Although clients are free to choose a specific modality, Barb's preference is to just "let it flow."  This allows her to draw, by instinct on a broad base of training.  She brings elements of focused work, such as Neuromuscular Therapy and Trigger Point Release together with more systemic, exotic styles like Shiatsu and LomiLomi, blending all into one diverse, health supporting mix.  Over the years, Barb has operated her own massage therapy office in Jim Thorpe as well as worked at several hotels and spas throughout the area.  This variety of professional ventures has gained her hands on experience with warm and cold stone therapies, body wraps, herbal and clay pack applications, and hot towel and steam treatments, as well as traditional massage and Reiki practice.
A yoga person and natural foods enthusiast since her teens, Barbara is also a self-trained chef and former restaurateur.  She owned and operated a successful "art food" restaurant in Jim Thorpe for 13 years with her family, before experiencing career related burn-out and illness.  It was during the resulting search for relief and healing that Barbara was introduced to Naturopathic medicine and then to therapeutic massage as a treatment modality.  Finding the results so profound, Barb began studies with her doctor upon her return to health, and enrolled in a massage therapy education program shortly after that.  Regarding this journey, Barbara finds it "Amazing that what seemed at first, a personal disaster, has turned out to be a personal transformation."  Barb's hopes for the future include further study that might one day bring her two career paths of food service and alternative health, together for work in food-based medicine and herbalism .

Charlene Furry, Licensed Massage Therapist
In practice since 2012  PA License #MSG008571
Charlene has always believed that human touch is essential for a happy, healthy life.  Through her life experiences, she has grown mentally, spiritually, and emotionally from the benefits of incorporating this necessity into her life.  With the addition of education and involvement in various support groups and volunteer programs, she has brought balance to her life.
In 2012, Charlene attended Metro Beauty Academy to fulfill her dream of becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist.  Her studies introduced her to other modalities and holistic techniques.  Her fields of practice include Relaxation Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, and Sports Massage.  She also has experience with body wraps and hot towel treatments, hot stones and bamboo services, body wraps and steams.  Her passion lies in the modalities focused on the psyche, such as Energy Balancing, Chakra Balancing, EFTs (emotional freedom techniques) and Reiki.  She became a certified Usui Shiko Ryoho Master in August of 2015.  Her plans are to continue her education in the areas of holistic medicine and the benefits of touch.
Charlene's practice is an integrated style of bodywork to provide a tailored treatment per individual.  Her main goal is to "return the favor" of helping others restore balance to their lives.

LuAnn Steigerwalt, Licensed Massage Therapist
In practice since 2014  PA License # MSG009392
LuAnn has a passion for working with senior clients that are seeking relief from the day to day aches and pains that life has brought to you.  She focuses on an integrated type of massage that includes deep tissue, swedish, reflexology, lomi lomi, bamboo fusion, hot and cold stone therapy, and pregnancy massage.  LuAnn's bodywork has a flow to it that will leave you feeling relaxed, stress and pain free, and always wanting to come back for more.

Mareen Thomas-Norman, Usui Reiki Master Practitioner and Chios Energy Healer
Mareen is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She has been an open intuitive channel her whole life.  She is also an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church.  Mareen has a master degree of multiple Energetic Healing modalities including Usui Reiki and Chios Energy Healing as well as being a constant student for other modalities.  Through her experience and life lessons, Mareen has learned to utilize crystals, sound, and light in her treatments.  Mareen is a firm believer that a master does not end with a certificate; rather a master is always a student through education and experience.  Using a combination of healing modalities with her Reiki treatment, she struggles to call it "Reiki", except that the word Reiki is something people have already heard and will understand, but it is all Energetic Healing.  The combination of modalities are included in a healing treatment as instructed by her intuitiveness, guided by her spirit guides, healing guides, angels, etc., during each treatment.  Mareen is the owner of Purple Sage Healing.

Lawrence David, Licensed Massage Therapist
In practice since: 2013     PA License # MSG008796
Lawrence graduated with an Associates degree in massage therapy from McCann School of Business and Technology.  This was the beginning of a great foundation for him to venture on this new journey.  Lawrence is a detail-oriented therapist and is skilled in Classic/Swedish, Integrated/Therapeutic, Sports, Seated Chair, and Hot and Cold Stone Therapies.  His ability to pay attention to the details is key as he focuses on each client with his full awareness toward the goals of pain relief and/or management.  Pain management is not only a physical aspect, but also a mental and emotional state, which is released through the art of massage therapy.  Lawrence recently discovered the power of energy work and became a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reki Level 1 practitioner.  He has found the integration of energy work within his massage sessions to help himself and others channel the universe's energy for relaxation and coping with everyday life.  Lawrence is a father of three (one girl and two boys) and strives to be his best in all aspects of life, where caring for family and others comes first.

Salon Staff
Deborah
Ahner, Licensed Cosmetologist *
In practice since:  2010     PA License # CO278331
After a career in retail management, Deb decided to take the leap and pursue the career of her dreams and enrolled in the Cosmetology program at Empire Beauty School in Allentown, PA.  A lifelong love of this "art" allows Deb to fulfill her potential and bring her years of passion to each client she works with.  Deb provides magnificent manicures, pedicures, haircuts and colors and a most relaxing classic facial.  She is also available for all your waxing needs.

Sherry Radman, Licensed Cosmetologist *
In practice since:  2010     PA License # CO278485
Sherry started her working career as a flight attendant and traveled with that for 22 years.  Her caring nature led her to work in health care with orthopedics at Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg for 10 years.  Sherry learned a great deal about foot care and proper treatment of the feet while working with a podiatrist in Easton.  Her love of adventure and creative abilities with a nurturing nature led her to Empire Beauty School, where she excelled.  She loves to exercise her creativity with color, updos and cuts.  Sherry is currently studying with Repechage to expand the facial services she offers.  Sherry lives in Bethlehem and loves spending time with her family and pets. 

Emily Wismer, Licensed Cosmetologist *
In practice since:  2005     PA License # CO261530
Emily graduated from Lansdale School of Cosmetology in 2005 and has had her hands on hair ever since.  She knows that because the hair industry is always changing, she should never stop learning and furthering her education.  She attributes her creative side to her artist mother, but creates beauty through combs, shears and curling irons, instead of pastels and pencils.  Her paintbrush breathes color and life into hair, not paper.  Most importantly, she believes that EVERY person matters and has inner beauty just dying to be released.  She will lend a listening ear and a skilled hand to help you achieve the look you deserve.

Danielle Green, Licensed Cosmetologist *
In practice since:  2010     PA License # CO279901

Christine Malick, Licensed Nail Technologist
In practice since:  1992     PA License # CL013455L
Christine graduated from the Allentown School of Cosmetology in 1992 with the passion to make women feel better by creating beautiful nails for them.  After working for a friend in a salon for many years, she decided to open her own nail salon in Palmerton, Pa.  She owned and operated Colby's Fingertips (named after her daughter) from 2000 - 2005.  As time passed, and two more children came along, she decided to close her salon and stay home to raise the children.  Now that all the children are older, she has decided to return to the field doing what she loves to do the best.  With her extensive knowledge gained through the years, Chrissy's main goal is to promote healthy, natural looking nails for both your hands and feet.

Studio Staff
Nicole Weaver
, RYT-200, Yoga Instructor
Nicole, aka "Nikki", was first introduced to yoga in 2004 during her first semester as a college studient.  Even though her curiosity continued, she didn't maintain a regular yoga practice until 2009.  Nicole was inspired by the instructors at Easton Yoga and later received her 200-hr Yoga Alliance approved certification through Way of Life Yoga "Teach by Example" with Max Strom in 2010.  Nicole's style is a blend of traditional hatha, vinyasa flow, restorative, yin yoga and whatever else is inspiring to her at the moment!  Her classes are gentle yet challenging, breath and intention centered, healing and therapeutic.  Nicole believes that in order to heal our body, mind and spirit, we need to step outside our comfort zone, explore our feelings, practice forgiveness and learn to let go.  In her spare time, she also enjoys reading, photography, belly dancing and hula hooping!

Lorene Wolf, RYT-200, Yoga Instructor
Lorene has been a yoga teacher since 2009.  Her classes are a balance of breath and movement.  She believes yoga is a gift and should be adaptable to fit anyone's limitations.  She incorporates wellness and ways to bring yoga principles into everyday life.  She brings her love of the outdoors, animals, and a positive attitude to every class!!

Jo Lynn Gazo, RYT-200, Yoga Instructor
Improve your heart health, reduce your stress level, and strengthen and tone your muscles through Yoga by Jo, an hour long weekly class.  "I emphasize thoroughly warming up followed by stretching. We don't use much by the way of props.  We can adjust and adapt the class to anyone's limitations and it is a way for everyone to take part."  The only equipment Gazo recommends bringing is a yoga mat and yourself.  Jo Lynn's classes work to make it accessible to a wide range of students from beginners to advanced pupils.  She has been teaching since 2008 and began when her former teacher was unable to continue leading the class she was attending.

Tiffany Lakatosh
Tiffany's journey to becoming a fitness instructor started in January 2015.  At that time, she was realizing that she would be turning 30 that year and decided it was time to work on becoming healthier both inside and out in order to be a positive role model for her daughter, Miranda.  In that time, she started eating healthier and exercising on a normal basis and attending various exercise classes.  In June 2015, she found out that there was going to be a new instructor certification offered by Beachbody called Cize Live.  Cize is a dance based exercise that was perfect for Tiffany because she enjoys dance exercise classes and has a strong dance background.  With encouragement from family and friends, she decided to get certified in August 2015.  After teaching Cize for several months, Tiffany found that being a fitness instructor was her calling.  She went on to getting certified in PiYo in February 2016, Country Heat in July 2016, Group Fitness Trainer in February 2017, and Barre Above in April 2017.  Tiffany believes in adapting her classes to her participants' abilities.  She understands that everyone's range of motion is different because all of our bodies are uniuqe to us.  Her goal is to have all participants feeling successful, rejuvenated, and great after each class.

 

* An individual holding a cosmetologist license is qualified, without further licensure, to perform the functions of a cosmetologist, esthetician, nail technician or natural hair braider.

** An individual holding an esthetician license is qualified to perform esthetician services only.

Why don't we have a receptionist?
In an effort to keep our prices affordable, we don't have a receptionist at The Seventh Moon.  The median salary for a receptionist in the area is close to $30,000 per year.  Imagine what our prices would be to cover this amount.  We offer real-time online appointment scheduling, online gift certificate purchases, email contact and prompt customer service when you call the spa and leave a message.  We do everything possible to provide you with the quality service you expect and deserve.  We appreciate your understanding in this matter.