SpaWatch: Sacred Space
By Gerrie Summers
Jet setters can leave long TSA lines and flights and hectic meetings behind and luxuriate in a Sacred Space.
Sacred Space is a bespoke wellness service, launching in New York City. This special service is the brainchild of Shelley Lewis, a world traveler and entrepreneur living between New York and London.
“The Sacred Space philosophy was created to support the new mobile way we live in the world,” says Shelley, ”Many of us now call multiple cities our home and what has come to be core among our basic necessities, beyond the hotel dry-cleaners and our favorite wine-shop, personalized wellness, must be in place to insure our balance and support. For the Sacred Space launch in New York City, we have sourced some of the brightest talent and skilled practitioners in the healing arena, those that embody our philosophy of service and bespoke quality.”
The company has six Sacred Space healers whose elite clientele includes professional athletes, actors, musicians and Fortune 500 executives: Oriental Medicine Specialist, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist Juhi Singh; Ayurvedic Yoga Massage specialist Brad Teasdale, LMT, co-founder and instructor of the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Guild; Fusion massage therapist Judie Rhed Yim, LMT; certified Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master and licensed Bikram Yoga Teacher Karina Ruiz; certified yoga teacher and ayurvedic consultant Sylvie Barthelemy, LMT; and celebrity nutritionist Oz Garcia.
So far Sacred Space offers Thai Yoga Aromatherapy Massage, Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, Oz Garcia’s vitamin drip (a two-hour jet lag cure/detox popular with celebrities), as well as private yoga sessions.
Typically the services are offered in the comfort of your own home, or if you are staying at the Lowell or The Crosby Street Hotel in New York City, a practitioner can be called in. The gist of the program is that the soothing or energizing sessions come to you. Perhaps you have rushed from the airport to a meeting and need a little pampering or to relieve aching muscles, or, as an entrepreneur, a client is arriving in town and you want to treat him or her to an energizing or stress-relieving treatment.
To experience the Thai Yoga Aromatherapy massage with therapist Brad Teasdale, I ventured into Kima Wellness in Manhattan. (At the moment my apartment doesn’t make for a serene environment!) Brad, whose calming presence prepares you for a relaxing session, begins with an assessment to get a picture of what’s going on in your body, which may include questions about how you’re eating, sleeping or if you’re tired during the day, where you might have areas of tension.
The Thai Yoga Aromatherapy massage is a combination of Thai body work (yoga, tai chi, reflexology, shiatsu stretches and acupressure), and yogic breathing to improve circulation and joint mobility and release tension, putting you into a deep state of relaxation. The treatment also utilizes a therapeutic aromatherapy oil blend created by clinical aromatherapist Eva Levin, customized for the customer, which is applied to the forehead and lobes. Mine was a blend of rose (invokes positive feelings and relieves anxiety) and sandalwood (an anti-inflammatory that relaxes muscles). You are given the vial of the essential oils when the treatment is over.
The plan is for Sacred Space to be a collection of bespoke wellness services offered in top cities around the world with a global vision to contribute, via its treatments, proceeds to develop healing touch programs in orphanages.
To schedule an appointment with Sacred Space NY, call 1-866-954-4777 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit sacredspaceny.com.
Gerrie Summers has been writing professionally for over 31 years in the areas of entertainment, beauty, lifestyle, travel and wellness. A New York-based writer, she has been the Travel Adventures columnist for Today’s Black Woman and now writes the blogs Summers Retreat and The Tranquil Traveler.