Serenity Spa & Holistic Center, new business in Albion, focused on helping people become their best selves

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 June 2023 at 11:16 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Doris Vidal, owner of Serenity Spa & Holistic Center, opened the business on June 2 at 438 West Ave. in Albion. She is shown in a room for massage therapy.

She offers numerous services at the site, from massage, anti-aging treatments with facials and skin care, pain treatments, reflexology, meditation, yoga and holistic life coaching.

“This has been my dream since I was little,” Vidal said. “I want to help take care of people and help them to have less stress.”

Vidal operated a spa in Orlando, Fla. She recently moved to Medina. Her husband, Lionel Heydel, was the head chef at the Harvest Restaurant at Bent’s Opera House. The couple enjoy the local community and decided to buy a house in Medina and open the business in Albion.

They bought the building at 438 West Ave. One of the tenants is Wild Flour Deli & Bakery.

“This is a fresh start for me,” Vidal said. “Here it is so much less stressful. There is so much nature and farming. In Orlando, there is so much traffic. It’s packed.”

Doris Vidal and Lionel Heydel are shown in a room where there will be yoga classes and other group activities, including meditation, painting , candle-making, jewelry-making and crafts.

“This is a center for diverse activities,” Vidal said.

She is already drawing customers from Rochester, Buffalo and Brockport, as well as Orleans County.

“People are excited because not many places offer the services that I have,” she said.

Vidal said she has been studying holistic and natural medicine for years. She worked nearly non-stop before the Covid pandemic hit. That pandemic, with the restrictions from socializing in the early phase of Covid, forced her to slow down.

Heydel was a client of hers in Orlando. He had been encouraging her to take more time for herself. The couple married in February 2022.

Serenity has “a healing room” with salt detoxing blocks. Vidal offers chromotherapy with colors, and helps people to relax through sights and smells.

Serenity also has an ozone sauna machine with dry steam and infrared detoxication.

Vidal is trained in Ayurvedic holistic healing. She offers a trigger-point therapy and treatment for myofascial pain using “the practice of informed touch.”

Vidal and Heydel gave the space an overhaul with fresh painting, electrical, carpet, updated LED lights, and many plants and a fountain at the entrance.

“As soon as you enter, you feel relaxed,” Vidal said.

Vidal is bilingual and offers her services in English and Spanish. She is pleased to become trained as a life coach and wants to help people overcome excuses, fears and other barriers to success and better health.

“People know they want to change, but don’t know where to start,” she said.

Serenity is open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, click here to be directed to the business’s website.