Arbor Vitae Wellness holds grand opening



Zebulun Browne and Samantha Mackenzie, owners of the recently opened Arbor Vitae Wellness on 146 Ocean St. in South Portland, are excited to fulfill a need for massage therapy, they said. Their business celebrated its grand opening in the beginning of November. Catherine Bart photo
SOUTH PORTLAND — Celebrating its grand opening this month, Arbor Vitae Wellness is the creation of two passionate massage therapists who are looking forward to working with clients through stress, trauma and other maladies.
Arbor Vitae Wellness, now open on the plaza at 146 Ocean St., within the same space as Oceanpoint Acupuncture, is looking to serve the community through massage, meditation and somatic healing, the website said.
Owners Zebulun Browne and Samantha Mackenzie are licensed massage therapists, they said. Browne is also a nature connection mentor and NIASZIIH healer, and Mackenzie is a certified yoga instructor, health educator and NIASZIIH student.
Applicable with non-communicable diseases like cancer, auto-immune and heart diseases, NIASZIIH healing is an integrative hands-on approach, working with the entire body, the physical, energetic and spiritual, said Arbor Vitae Wellness’s website.
Mackenzie’s interest in massage therapy and healing came from an apprenticeship she had in her late teens, she said.
“My dad’s from Maine and my mom’s from California, so I’ve been on both coasts, and that’s how I ended up back here,” she said. “I apprenticed for a Native American healer when I was 19, and she was the one who really encouraged me to go to massage school. …