Vail Valley Bizwatch: The Cottage of Well-Being
Business name: Cottage of Well-Being.
Location: 116 E. 3rd Street, Eagle.
Date opened: July 1, 2009.
Owner: Lea Renay.
Contact info: Phone, 970-328-3392; http://www.CottageofWell-Being.com.
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What goods or services do you provide? The Cottage is all about providing experiences that add value to one’s life on the physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual levels. Without exception, every human being has the ability to change any perceived weakness or suffering, into strength, health, abundance and peace.
I offer transformational coaching, matrix energetics, reiki, arcing light, lifestream, guided meditations, sound, crystal and oil therapies. I also facilitate group energy gatherings in the Trinity room or at my family’s restaurant, Paradigms.
Clients are also encouraged to borrow books from my collection and/or purchase healing jewelry and crystals to further their growth. Lindsey Fernandez also offers unique massages with the healing art of Medicinal Aromatherapy on a special quantum Light Table.
What’s new or exciting at your place? What’s exciting to me is that more than 100 people in the valley have experienced the Cottage by just word of mouth. The first thing people notice is the energy. I have created a warm and inviting space where we practice the Vegas motto “What happens in the Cottage stays in the Cottage.” Profound and life changing sessions have occurred in as little as two hours, while some choose to visit weekly.
The Cottage is one of the oldest buildings in downtown Eagle and I feel extremely grateful when people take the time to work on themselves. To me, there is nothing more rewarding than being a part of someone’s awakening and healing. Check our website for monthly specials and events.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? I don’t feel like there is competition when it comes to personal development and healing work. Each person is attracted to modalities and people that will best serve them and if they don’t notice a change, then it’s time to try something new. The Cottage does have the only light table and trinity table in the Vail Valley.
The Trinity Table is a unique energy healing tool. Each session on the Trinity Table builds on itself and is unique to the individual. The greatest gift you can give yourself is to experience the Trinity Table with no expectations and be open to all possibilities.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? Whether it’s an 8 year old or an 88 year old, each session is customized per client and no two visits are alike. Everyone shares what areas of their life need improvement and/or change, discussion follows and energy work is guided to transform patterns, programs or limited beliefs.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: I have been on an accelerated alternative healing path for the last 10 years. I have been open to all new and not so new modalities and have had some amazing “spiritual experiences” that most would label as phenomena. I choose to create the space for others to experience the unknown as well.
Before my cottage journey, I graduated with a marketing degree and psychology minor and worked for two market research firms, the Nine West Group, PictureTel and Very Fine Juice Products. Not feeling inspired, I left the corporate world in the fall of 2000, to follow one of my passions…acting. I moved from Boston to New York City in 2004 to advance my theatrical career, however, in New York I discovered my destined role; a healer.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? The most humorous and most beautiful thing that happened at the Cottage was last Oct. 29 when my son came into the world. I wanted to have a water birth and there was some concern because a portable birthing tub needs to be filled with warm water. I bought hoses to run hot water from my parent’s home and when my mid-wife arrived at 4 p.m. everything was going as planned. My family had already started preparing the tub and it was maybe half way full when I had a pretty intense contraction and the mid-wife shouted “Get the tub ready now!”
My friends and family rushed to get more hoses from Paradigms restaurant to run the rest of the water needed. A bunch of locals noticed the action and said “What’s with all the hoses?” Luckily the dinner rush hadn’t started and there was plenty of hot water to fill the tub. The retelling, from many, was quite humorous and the talk of the town for several days.