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The Stomach and the Soul

Posted: January 3, 2008, from the January 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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I have a little different perspective. I am not a big believer in the typical juice bar because I have seen more of them that are abandoned and don’t look anywhere close to what the intention was. Incorporating the concept of food and nourishment within the total picture doesn’t have to be delivered within the spa, but within the resort experience. Even if I was to look at a day spa or a smaller spa, I think you are combining too many things; there should be ways to control.

I always talk about the simple truths of spa versus the idea there’s always got to be something new and different. The importance of food and nutrition in the experience. When you go home, this is what you can do. Water is the best thing out there whether you put in citrus or mint and cucumber. You could do a healthy trail mix or fresh fruit, and have that be very appropriate versus getting into salads and wraps. A lot of nutritionists will frown on juices and juice bars as a source of complete nutrition.

Alcohol is one of those things that is a fine line because. If you are trying to be authentic and purposeful, you would never serve alcohol in the environment and then there is the pampering aspect.

I think that is the overly creative part. At the end of the end of any treatment, there’s nothing like water. Maybe if you dress that up in your presentation, that would be fun. The simpler, the more authentic way.

Wellness cuisine at Sea Island is incorporated because of wellness chef Laurie Erickson. This Friday is 49 weeks that the spa has been open. In the last month, the final piece is the opening of the lifestyle kitchen in the spa. We do classes and presentations. We don’t serve food from there. Chef Laurie has wellness items on the menus throughout the different venues at Sea Island and you can go through all the venues and have the same dining experience that is better for your health. It’s not a less menu but is similar menu, and is a full-on dining experience, which can also include wine.