Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mehndi - Henna Body Art

henna body art at Radiance

This ancient, mostly feminine, tradition heralds from India, Africa and the Middle East. In the desert, mehndi began as a way to keep the body cool. One of the properties of the henna plant is the cooling effect to the skin as long as there is color. Many ceremonies have developed around the painting of henna on the skin. Special occasions are accented with the tradition of mehndi, weddings, birthdays, baby showers, and more.  Henna body art is more than painting a pretty design on your skin; it serves as a time to relax, slow down and feel beautiful. It is also a time for women to gather together to support each other in a sacred way.

Experience Mehndi at Radiance, 9 W Grant St in downtown Lancaster, across the cobblestones from Central Market
October 13 & 27, 2012, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Appointment times and costs vary according to the size and complexity of the design:

15 minutes - small medallion or wristlet/anklet $15.00

1/2 hour - simple design: hands, feet, wrist, ankle  $25.00

1 hour - large design: arm, foot-to-knee, etc.  $50.00

Call 717-290-1517 to schedule an appointment.

Padmani~ Chris has been painting bodies since her kids were in elementary school (they are young adults now). She was the face-paint lady at the school fair.  Mehndi came naturally as the next step. As a Kundalini Yoga teacher she has a sensitivity to the Indian aesthetic, her designs are mostly non- traditional mehndi. She gets her inspiration from the moment and the connection with the person receiving. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University.

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