Wellness Watch

  • POP Spa and Lounge for the Vida Hotel in Dubai

    Emaar Group approached us about designing a new Spa and Lounge for their Vida Hotel in downtown Dubai. Basically, they want to refresh some of the amenities in this iconic Dubai hotel; they also want to attract the next gen-X, Y and Z culture as guests with our “wellness” design.


    On September 16, 2019 Robert D. Henry and Daniella Russell made a presentation to attendees of the Top Hotel World Conference in Dubai. The presentation was about the POP Spa and Lounge project design for the Vida Hotel. The presentation was not only well received, but was given innovation kudos by the hoteliers, developers, and design aficionados in attendance.


    Dubai craves innovation, so this new Spa and Lounge design certainly fits the bill.


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    Located within the Vida Hotel in downtown Dubai, POP provides a “quick fix” experience that leaves young guests happy and regenerated. POP celebrates the local community combined with an understanding of what the ‘X,Y & Z-generation’ is looking for.


    The interior environment for POP Spa & Lounge not only looks good, but smells and tastes good as well. Guests can ‘bliss out’ at the POP spa and renew body and soul at the POP lounge. 

    Henry Pop


    Bio-centric systems integrate the latest wellness technology including circadian lighting that renews guests’ energy. Pure filtered water in every treatment and elixir promotes healthy skin. Zero volatile organic compounds allow guests to breathe easy. The Spa and Lounge are designed with renewable and recycled materials that create a healthy environment and ensure a sustainable future.


  • Why TRI at 63?

    See our triathlon video for highlights…. click here


    Bob Henry at Sprint Triathlon July 2019

    Why attempt a sprint triathlon at age 63? It’s the cross training that keeps you physically fit and mentally alert. Being in the wellness industry, I want to walk the talk. Research has proven that strenuous exercise is a combatant to early Alzheimer’s disease. 

    The Central Park Tri. is a three-part race that takes place in Central Park. It begins with a quarter mile swim in Lasker Pool; next, racers transition to their bikes for 2 loops around the park – 12.4 miles; then, racers finish with a 5K (3.1 mile) run. This year, I finished 4th in my division: males 60-64. Put it on your bucket list or join me next year and give Alzheimer’s a “rain-check.” 

  • A Place to Rest and Rhumba

  • HOTel & Spa in Paris 2019

    HOTel & Spa Forum 2019
    HOTel & Spa Forum in Paris 2019


    Forum HOTel & SPA in Paris

    12th Edition held May 23rd 2019


    Robert D. Henry will be the Keynote speaker discussing “Wellness Design.”



  • Cold-Water Swimming Is Not Just for Crazy Polar Bears

    Polar Bear Plunge - The Plunge Brrrr

    Racing into frigid Coney Island water New Years Day

    {3 minutes to read} Cold-water swimming boosts your immune system and provides stress reduction and resiliency by shocking your system. Many studies have found that cold water swimming not only de-stresses the body physically, but also mentally. It can increase levels of serotonin and dopamine — neurotransmitters that can help reduce depression. Many cold-water swimmers have been able to increase their life expectancy and their overall quality of life. The intense shocking of the system increases antibodies and puts your body on alert. It boosts your immune system by increasing your white blood cell count. It increases blood circulation. In a warm environment your veins are enlarged, or vasodilated, but when you hit the cold, your veins vasoconstrict. However, the same amount of blood flows through your more restricted veins, arteries and capillaries, forcing a clean out with the blood flowing through restricted openings. Therefore, it is a great cleanser to your circulation system.

    Polar Bear Plunge Mascot


    Given all these benefits, I decided to join the Polar Bear Club in Coney Island, the oldest cold-water swimming club in North America. What an invigorating way to start the year. People ask, “How do you get past the initial shock where every cell in your body is telling you to get out of this abnormal environment?” Once you stabilize your breathing, you reach a calmer state. But after 10 minutes you need to get the hell out of the water to prevent hypothermia. On colder days, I swim as fast as I can in order to stay warm. After 5 minutes in frigid waters, I come out of the swim feeling so alert. There’s just such clarity — almost like a new dimension.


    Polar Bear Plunge - Thermalism

    Thermalism at home


    A friend recently asked, “What if you’re not a Polar Bear? Is there a way to reproduce the health benefits?” You can easily implement this “thermalism” at home to achieve a similar effect. Take a warm shower, then turn the dial over to the extreme cold and stay there for 15 seconds. Repeat this cycle three times, staying under the cold water for as long as you can, increasing the time under the cold water with each cycle.
    What are you waiting for? The Polar Bear Club meets every Sunday at 1pm during the cold months, so come join us! Or practice “thermalism” at home.



    Robert Henry