World-class bodybuilders. Nutritional experts. Spiritual practitioners. Ms. Universe runners-up. They're all on staff at Body By Niisign, a comprehensive health and wellness facility that caters to weight lifters, yoga enthusiasts, boxers, or anyone who wants to drop a few pounds without putting down their precious Hummel collection. Stripped down to the bare essentials, the gym features free weights, punching bags, exercise balls, and cardio machines. Beyond manning the equipment during open hours Monday–Saturday, the gym's trainers provide personal training, yoga classes, and overall wellness coaching in a safe, controlled environment.
Nestled inside the Bonaventure Hotel, experienced masseuses maintain 10,000 square feet of pure serenity spread across 11 treatment rooms. Cordoned off into sections for men and women, the facility flaunts amenities such as hydro-jet showers with seven pulsing showerheads and saunas fogged with soothing vapor instead of fog machines stolen from middle-school dances. Bonaventure Club plucks massage techniques from all over the globe, including Thailand where therapists stretch frames with their hands, knees, and feet to amplify the client's flexibility and energy. Pre- or post-treament, clients can unwind in a relaxation lounge stocked with Perrier water, jasmine-rose tea, and snacks, while flipping through magazines or watching a big-screen TV.
A row of rooms partitioned off by curtains hold identical interiors: a canopy of white fabric above and a long, comfy floor mat below. It’s here where therapists perform traditional Thai massages—a style that blends yoga-like stretches with deep massage techniques—with the aim of improving clients’ range of movement and overall wellness. During the total Thai relaxation massage, therapists apply rhythmic pressure along the body’s energy lines, or Sen, to unblock pathways and turn the belly button into an iPod charging station. Pho Siam’s staff also turns their attention to skin concerns with Dermalogica facials, and removes hair from the face and body with waxing treatments.
Wi Spa, a Korean spa, oozes lavishness. The staff greets guests with a shirt, key, and towel before leading them into gender-segregated floors, where clothes are forbidden when using the heated or cooled tubs, dry and steam saunas, and beauty and grooming stations for each sex. A coed floor unites the two, named the jimjilbang, which boasts a restaurant, signature saunas, and access to an open-air patio on the roof. Since the spa's open 24 hours a day, visitors can stop by one of the sleeping areas to nap, and complimentary WiFi lets guests Instagram pictures of their feet in water. Spa professionals are also on hand to provide services such as acupressure and massage, body treatments, and skincare, as well as mani-pedis and facials.
Knobby bonsai trees and cacti sprout wildly in the front yard, corralled by a hand painted stone wall bearing tarot motifs and the studio's name, House of Intuition Healing Studio. Small painted symbols even grace a few of the steps leading up to the house, establishing a cosmic energy that extends into the house's private treatment rooms and spiritual boutique.
Inside, experienced healers provide counsel and insight as they administer tarot readings, I Ching, reiki, and clairvoyant readings. During aura readings, healers leverage their sense of intuition to pinpoint energies surrounding the body and light bulbs hovering above the head. They further delve into manifestations of self during past-life consultations, which explore patterns of experience.
In the boutique, crystals of all sizes and colors glint and shimmer under display lights. Some items, such as purifying bath salts, dressed magic candles, and anointing potions, are created by the studio's staff.
Upon stepping into Hugh Spa?s red, white, and black lobby, women begin a soothing journey at once rustically luxurious and fashionably urban. With walls and floors furnished entirely in natural elements and no artificial paint, the toxin-free sanctuary is compartmentalized into several distinct environments of varying colors, temperatures, and healing modalities.
In the charcoal mud clay room, guests lie in beds of tiny clay balls that give off infrared energy believed to help in detoxification, and the jade steam sauna releases vapors from a boiling mixture of wormwood and herbal remedies to heal bodies inside and out. The infrared magnet room applies cutting edge technologies that complement the ancient remedies of the Himalayan salt room, and the ice room counteracts the heat of the sauna to keep human customers comfortable and snowman customers from being discovered. Bodies further the tension- and toxin-releasing experience with spa services such as body scrubs and acupressure, then refuel with traditional, MSG-free Korean cuisine in the cafeteria.