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Calming the Hara: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life

Calming the hara is one of the most important aspects of Japanese culture and spirituality. What exactly does that mean? Translated from Japanese, the literal meaning of hara is “belly,” but its true meaning is much deeper.

In a spiritual sense, the word “hara” refers to your true self — who you truly are as a human being. It’s seen as the unification of your physical, spiritual, and psychological dimensions. According to traditional Japanese wisdom, when your hara is calm, you achieve a greater sense of overall well-being.

In today’s fast-paced world, the pressures of work, relationships, and daily responsibilities can take a toll on our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. It can be tough to slow down. Finding ways to calm the mind and body is more important than ever.

At Sacred Hour, we offer our special, indulgent Calming the Hara ritual at both our beautiful Lakewood and Rocky River locations. Our holistic, luxurious ritual treats your full body to help you unlock your inner healing and achieve a sense of calm, well-being, and balance. 

What Is the Hara?

The hara is your physical “center of being” located a couple of inches below your belly button between the front and back of your body. It’s the energetic center of your body. The hara is tied to digestion, and in Eastern medicine, it’s believed that organ imbalances can be diagnosed by your hara. When your hara is calm and balanced, your entire being is balanced.

The hara is closely associated with breath. Breath is, of course, one of the most important things for survival — but many of us don’t breathe the way we should for a calm hara. We tend to breathe from our chests instead of from our diaphragm. Hara breathing engages the lower abdomen to ground and relax your body through breath. At Sacred Hour, we incorporate energizing guided breathwork into our Calming the Hara ritual.

What Are the Benefits of a Calm Hara?

According to ancient Eastern wisdom, cultivating a calm hara can have many potential benefits including:

IMPROVED PHYSICAL HEALTH

In traditional Eastern martial arts practices, it’s believed that achieving a calm hara helps strengthen the body’s energy. This leads to better physical health. A calm hara is also associated with better digestion since the hara is the location of the body’s “digestive fire.” 

MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

A calm hara is associated with being grounded, relaxed, and resilient. When your hara is calm, you experience less stress and anxiety. A calm hara is also associated with a clear, focused mind.

INCREASED ENERGY AND VITALITY

In traditional practices, the hara is your body’s energy source. When your hara is calm, you have more energy, stamina, and vitality. You’re able to recover from mental and physical fatigue more quickly. A calm hara is also associated with better sleep quality — something many of us need!

BETTER EMOTIONAL REGULATION AND SELF-CONTROL

The hara is believed to help control negative emotions like anxiety, fear, and anger. When your hara is calm, you experience a sense of inner peace and emotional balance.

HEIGHTENED INTUITION AND CREATIVITY

In Eastern teachings, the hara is the source of intuition and creativity. Achieving a calm hara is associated with awareness of your inner intuition and wisdom. It’s believed to help you align with your authentic self and purpose. 

ENHANCED SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

A calm hara is said to help support spiritual growth. As Westerners, we tend to focus our energy within our heads and hearts. Hara meditation and breathing draw your attention to your lower energy source instead. Focusing on your hara is said to help you achieve a higher state of consciousness.

So how can you achieve a calm hara in the modern world?

Techniques for Calming Your Hara

You can incorporate techniques for calming the hara into your daily life, even if you only have a few minutes. Find what resonates with you, and create a routine that fits into your lifestyle. Here are some practical ways to calm your hara:

PRACTICE MINDFUL BREATHING 

Deep, mindful breathing is fundamental to calming your hara. Focus on taking slow, deep breaths from your lower abdomen. Try to stay present in the moment and avoid distractions. Doing this for just a few minutes each day can help to relax your body and ease stress.

EAT MINDFULLY

Since your hara is associated with your digestive system, being mindful about what you eat can help to calm and balance your hara. Take time to chew and savor your food, and try to avoid eating when you’re stressed. It’s believed that eating while you’re stressed can disrupt the flow of energy in your hara and cause digestive issues.

CULTIVATE EMOTIONAL AWARENESS

Your hara is closely connected to your emotional well-being. You can promote balance in your hara by practicing emotional self-care. This can mean engaging in activities that bring you joy and fulfillment, like journaling, meditating, or talking to a friend. Avoid suppressing your emotions, since this can cause blockages in your hara.

The Calming the Hara Ritual at Sacred Hour

Our Calming the Hara ritual is the ideal full-body treatment for when you’re feeling out of balance or just needing luxe, head-to-toe pampering and rejuvenation. If you’ve over-indulged on vacation and are feeling “off,” the Calming the Hara ritual is the perfect way to reset.  

Our ritual is designed to unwind knots of tension and melt away anxiety by focusing on your abdomen and generating energy in your hara. We begin the ritual with a vigorous citrus and cedar hair and scalp treatment accompanied by energizing, guided breathwork. We follow this with a full-body and abdominal massage to stimulate digestion and promote natural detoxification. Orange and cardamom essences encourage metabolic balance. 

We use lymphatic brushing techniques and a luxurious full-body healing coffee scrub to move freshly generated energy and oxygen throughout your body. We finish our Calming the Hara ritual with detailed foot reflexology to stimulate your digestive system. You’ll walk away feeling refreshed, relaxed, and rejuvenated.

Book your Calming the Hara treatment at our Lakewood or Rocky River locations.

Select a Service in Lakewood

Indian Head Massage

Unlock the ancient vibes with this holistic head, neck, face, and shoulder treatment

Starting from $80

Prenatal Massage

Our Prenatal Massage is a natural stress-buster, kicking pain to the curb, easing muscle tension, and amping up blood flow.

Starting from $100
* 12-36 weeks only

Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a non-invasive therapy that encourages the smooth flow of lymph fluid through slow and gentle rhythmic movements.

Starting from $120

Cupping Therapy

During cupping therapy, your skilled massage therapist strategically places cups on various body areas such as the neck, shoulders, arms, back, legs, and even the face. These cups create suction, stimulating blood flow and promoting relaxation.

Starting from $135

Couples Massage

Indulge in shared serenity with our Couples Massage, a harmonious experience designed to deepen your connection.

Starting from $220

Super Glo Facial

This restorative treatment will regenerate your skin by gently exfoliating your outermost layers with no downtime.

Starting from $150
* 90 minute SuperGlo facial treatment incorporates LED light therapy

Hydrafacial

Our most results-driven facial. A non-invasive procedure that provides deep cleansing,

Starting from $150

Glow-Getter by Dr. Barbara Sturm

Reveal radiant, healthy skin with the Glow-Getter, incorporating the Dr. Barbara Sturm line.

Reiki Lift Facial

The manual technique used in this facial can slow signs of aging, especially if performed consistently. It is a deep massage that acts on the muscles, not the tissues, completely oxygenating them. The massage has a lifting effect – and with no surgery.

Dermaplaning

A manual exfoliation technique removes surface debris with a custom dermaplaning blade.

Starting from $100

back cleanse

Popular before weddings and formal engagements, a customized 60 minute back treatment includes cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, masque and oil-free hydration.

Starting from $125

Lemongrass Mimosa Body Scrub

This refreshing body scrub hydrates and brightens dull skin. Walnut Shells exfoliate while Mimosa and Bamboo Extracts create lasting softness.

Purifying Gotu Kola Coffee Scrub

Feel tension melt away under warm compresses that aid in the absorption of healing trace minerals.

Sacred Hour Manicure

Our signature manicure includes file and cuticle tidy, and nails gently buffed and polish removed.

Starting from $35

Gel Manicure

File and cuticle tidy, followed by hand massage. Gel polish to finish.
Starting from $50

Speedy Pedicure

File, tidy, and polish when time is short (but nails are long).

Starting from $35

Sacred Hour Pedicure

Soak, file, and cuticle tidy, heel buffing, leg and foot massage, and a soothing lavender or re-energizing green tea mint cooling mask. Polish to finish.

Starting from $65

Gel Pedicure

Soak, file, cuticle work, heel buffing, and foot + leg massage. Gel polish to finish.
Starting from $80
* Gel application requires additional time and cost. We are unable to remove nail enhancements like dip, poly gel, gel extensions, fiberglass, and acrylic, and cannot remove gel polish on these products.

Korean Scrub

It’s a unique full-body scrub treatment and a head-to-toe exfoliation ritual that sheds layers of dirt which results in baby soft skin.

Our Korean Body Scrub is a “must try” at Sacred Hour; a vigorous but never uncomfortable hour-long full body experience in our Hammam-inspired suite.
*We guarantee that our Korean Scrub is an experience unlike any other.

Steam Room

Indulge in up to a 60-minute steam with our private steam experiences.

Whether you book a couple’s steam or a private session, the hour-long session is sure to melt away stress and amplify your inner glow and energy.

 

* Scrub and steam room amenities include: rain shower, full vanity, robes, sandals, and towels.

Chill Package

Our most popular day package includes a 60-minute Signature Facial and 60-minute Deep Tissue or Swedish massage.

Hydra Chill Package

The dynamic duo: a Deluxe Hydrafacial and Swedish Massage.

Spa Day Getaway

If your mama always said, “Be good to yourself,” this is what she was talking about. Lemongrass Mimosa Body Scrub, 60-minute Signature Facial, and 60-minute Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage, because mama is always right!

* If you prefer deep tissue massage, please let us know at the time of booking.

The Works Package

For the ultimate spa lover. Experience our Korean scrub, Swedish massage, and Signature Facial before a refreshing mani-pedi.

Uplift Package for 1 Guest

Our Uplift Package begins with a relaxing head-to-toe, full body massage, followed by a refreshing body scrub that hydrates and brightens dull skin.

Grounding Package for 1 Guest

A head-to-toe relaxing massage followed by a coffee exfoliation and warm compressions.

Chill Momma Package

In preparation for your new arrival: 60-minute Prenatal massage, 60-minute Signature Facial, Sacred Hour Manicure + Sacred Hour Pedicure.

* 13-36 weeks only

Calming the Hara

Unwind knots of tension and anxiety with this abdomen-focused ritual. Lymphatic brushing and full body coffee scrub follow to move freshly generated energy and oxygen throughout the body, stimulating digestion and detoxification.

for Couples

Unwind in one of our couples’ suites for this 120 minute ritual of pure relaxation, side by side.

Unwind in one of our couples’ suites for 120 minutes, together and side by side.

gift cards

Had a great experience at Sacred Hour? Let someone else feel the same joy and rejuvenation of their body and spirit.

There’s no better way to say, “You crushed that project,” “I’m glad we’re friends,” or “Do something for yourself” than with a Sacred Hour Gift Card.

* Sacred Hour gift cards may be redeemed for any services on our wellness menu or on retail items at our Sacred Hour Lakewood or Rocky River locations. We recommend choosing a dollar amount that allows your gift card recipient to choose their favorite body and soul experience.

Select a Service in Rocky River

Indian Head Massage

Unlock the ancient vibes with this holistic head, neck, face, and shoulder treatment

Starting from $80

Prenatal Massage

Our Prenatal Massage is a natural stress-buster, kicking pain to the curb, easing muscle tension, and amping up blood flow.

Starting from $100
* 12-36 weeks only

Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a non-invasive therapy that encourages the smooth flow of lymph fluid through slow and gentle rhythmic movements.

Starting from $120

Cupping Therapy

During cupping therapy, your skilled massage therapist strategically places cups on various body areas such as the neck, shoulders, arms, back, legs, and even the face. These cups create suction, stimulating blood flow and promoting relaxation.

Starting from $135

Couples Massage

Indulge in shared serenity with our Couples Massage, a harmonious experience designed to deepen your connection.

Starting from $220

Super Glo Facial

This restorative treatment will regenerate your skin by gently exfoliating your outermost layers with no downtime.

Starting from $150
* 90 minute SuperGlo facial treatment incorporates LED light therapy

Hydrafacial

Our most results-driven facial. A non-invasive procedure that provides deep cleansing,

Starting from $150

Glow-Getter by Dr. Barbara Sturm

Reveal radiant, healthy skin with the Glow-Getter, incorporating the Dr. Barbara Sturm line.

Reiki Lift Facial

The manual technique used in this facial can slow signs of aging, especially if performed consistently. It is a deep massage that acts on the muscles, not the tissues, completely oxygenating them. The massage has a lifting effect – and with no surgery.

Dermaplaning

A manual exfoliation technique removes surface debris with a custom dermaplaning blade.

Starting from $100

back cleanse

Popular before weddings and formal engagements, a customized 60 minute back treatment includes cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, masque and oil-free hydration.

Starting from $125

Lemongrass Mimosa Body Scrub

This refreshing body scrub hydrates and brightens dull skin. Walnut Shells exfoliate while Mimosa and Bamboo Extracts create lasting softness.

Purifying Gotu Kola Coffee Scrub

Feel tension melt away under warm compresses that aid in the absorption of healing trace minerals.

Chill Package

Our most popular day package includes a 60-minute Signature Facial and 60-minute Deep Tissue or Swedish massage.