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April 16, 2005

"New Age" More Mainstream

A "new age" corridor has developed in south Boston. There are a variety of shops offering products and services from Tibetan singing bowls to belly dancing lessons, to massage to holistic psychotherapy for children.

As Eastern philosophies and alternative therapies, sometimes grouped under the heading "New Age," have gone more mainstream, businesses are opening to cater to this clientele, including a cluster in North Easton.

More folks these days are looking for physical well-being and emotional solace, one expert said.

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the war in Iraq, economic uncertainty and even "political strife," have all contributed to an increase in the appeal, Hemachandra said. "Between geopolitical events and economic hardship, people are looking for ways to feel better," he said. "It offers easy entry and a soothing aspect, which is not to trivialize it. Some (aspects) are superficial, and some are not."

Posted by linda at April 16, 2005 8:56 AM

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