We had the good fortune of connecting with Michele Harper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michele, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Metaphysica Spa means the nature of being. I came up with this concept when I was going through a divorce in 1999. Transforming energy through touch, color, scent and sound. I was looking for a way to reinvent myself and establish some equilibrium. At the time I had just relinquished my rights to a designer hosiery company. I spent a lot of time looking at the history of colors and symbolism. The company was called Look From London.
Metaphysica came to me as a way to heal outwardly without talking a lot. I did not want to do traditional facial treatments, even though I have been a licensed esthetician since 1984. I myself wanted a different experience. I wanted to be completely taken away by overpowering my senses. So I explored color therapy, aromatherapy, sound healing and facial reflexology. This lead to the birth of Metaphysica Spa… the place where you Ahhh.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
By trade I’m an esthetician since 1984. I’ve worked at several prestigious salons and beauty brands. Wearing many hats as an esthetician, makeup artist and account executive I have seen the many phases of beauty for over 30 years. I’ve had a very up close view working at Barney’s NY, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks 5th Ave. I’m also very experienced as an image consultant and stylist. But prior to all of my experience I was an artist with a fascination with colors, sounds and smells. I believe the senses are the key to inner and outer beauty. Metaphysica Spa was born before I worked for these high end luxury brands. People were not quite ready for this beauty philosophy. This was approximately 18 years ago. But now the world is ready, so what I have been living all theses years seems to be trending. I’ve learned as a visionary to always believe in your ideas and have patience because your time will eventually come..
My greatest success is watching the healing and growth of my clients who receive my signature
AURA GLOW CHAKRA SOUL JOURNEY
The skin is the largest organ on the body. The face holds all of the sensory entries, ears/sound, eyes/sight, nose/smell, mouth/taste and many pressure points that relax and revitalize personal energy. The Aura Glow treatment is a 90 minute sensory journey that includes a non invasive exfoliating facial with aromatherapy, singing bowls and facial reflexology combined with transformational light therapy and sound frequencies for a deep meditational experience.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would first take them to my favorite spot on the beach off of the PCH on a weekday. Just to exhale
The next day we would go to my favorite crystal store : Rock
paradise in Sherman Oaks
We can get vegetarian Indian food at India Spices and Sweets.
The next day we would to the Psychic Eye to look for metaphysical goodies
The next day we would go on a hike in Topanga
The next day I would take them to Bon Vivant in Atwater village to have drinks and food .. and meet my friends who
Then we would visit all the Goodwills on the way to shop
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
When I moved to LA 5 years ago, my daughter Zurah suggested that I start doing my Metaphysica Spa treatments in LA. At that time I was flirting on and off as a fashion and beauty professional and was quite frankly burnt out. She recognized that LA was now ready for the transformative experiences of a Metaphysica Spa treatment.
Photo by Michele Harper