Wellness Watch

  • Wellness Architecture and Interior Design : The Rumson Residence

    Last month a new magazine called Well Home made its debut. Robert D. Henry Architects was invited to discuss wellness architecture and a recently completed estate in Rumson, New Jersey for a young family.

    The Living Well Home by Robert D Henry

    Wellness (Rendering: Molly Satterfield)


    Michael and Michelle Kutsak approached us with the goal of creating a healthy home for them and their three children. As the founder of a successful sleep health company, longevity and wellness is in Michael Kutsak’s DNA. He later sold the business and embarked on a project to create his dream home with his wife, Michelle. Their goal was a home featuring a range of wellness facilities, including a couple’s massage suite, hydrotherapy exercise pool, fitness arena, steam and sauna and the desire to focus firmly on wellness as a lifestyle. Michael discovered the perfect location, a three-acre parcel of land in New Jersey, with views of the Atlantic.

  • “Wellness Design” for Multi-Family Housing

    Wyndham Condominiums, Garden City NY.

    Wyndham Condominiums, Garden City NY.

    {3 minutes to read} Why are we integrating wellness-design for the multi-family housing sector?


    It’s not just about updating finishes today… Residents want “wellness” architecture and interior design that promote a healthier lifestyle. We are designing the amenity spaces for three notable 150+ unit buildings in the New York City area. The original purchasers were baby boomers, who are obsessed with quality of life and longevity, in addition to increasing the value of their real estate. This “personal sustainability positioning” (PSP) is very appealing to both younger and older purchasers alike. (more…)

  • ISPA Conference + Expo Speaker = Bob Henry


    {1:42 minutes to read} I was recently invited to speak at the International Spa Association (ISPA) conference and expo, which was held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.


    The title of my presentation was Design Trends that Bring Clients + Revenue.


    During the session, I presented seven different spa and wellness case studies, where revenue and client share were increased by design. The trends discussed included:


    1. Make-Over – Mandarin Oriental – Miami, FL
    2. Problem Solver – Jumeirah Talise Spa – Guangzhou, China
    3. Tale of Two Cities – Obagi Beverly Hills / Palm Integrated Health – St Louis, MO
    4. Full Immersion – Setai Wall Street – New York, NY
    5. Guest Circulation – Vdara Health and Beauty – Las Vegas, NV
    6. Less is More – Old Post Office – Washington, DC
    7. The Future of Spa – QC Terme – Governors Island, NY


    Each facility provided strategic touch-points, while a common thread emerged: a spa’s regionally based treatments and programs should ultimately drive the design of your business, while providing an impactful guest experience.


    Do you have other insights about increasing profits through design to be shared with architects and designers?


    Healthy regards,


    Robert Henry


  • Saks Fifth Avenue Loves Our Salt Inhalation Capsule

    Saks Fifth Avenue Loves Our Salt Inhalation Capsule The 16,000-square-foot space has been transformed into a healthy living mecca for the mind, body and soul! Saks scoured the “wellness industry” and created a comprehensive list of their favorite wellness related brands, eventually selecting just 20 vendors for their loyal clientele. Everything from boutique fitness classes, manicures + meditation and athleisure gear; yet the winner went to Breathe and our Salt Capsule™ designed by “wellness architect” Bob Henry:

    Saks Fifth Avenue Loves Our Salt Inhalation Capsule


    Halo-therapy, or salt inhalation therapy, appeals to my wife, Nancy, who has eczema and my son, Bo,  who suffers from allergies and asthma; for me it is a mood enhancer. After trying a series of sessions at Breathe – NYC, my family experienced benefits, so I decided to design a custom booth for salt inhalation that supercharged the delivery system. Spending 10 minutes in our 4’x 3’ Salt Capsule™ provides my family with the same health benefits as spending 2 hours at the ocean.



    Saks Fifth Avenue Loves Our Salt Inhalation Capsule 

    I ordered a capsule for our home. It takes the same area as a shower and requires only a 110v. outlet connection. Our family decided that we didn’t need another car in the driveway and instead opted for the health benefits of salt inhalation. The cost is $14,800. It’s improving Nancy’s eczema, and Bo is no longer sleepy from his allergy medication, which he has since stopped. I’ve decided that I will do my daily 10-minute meditation each morning in our new Salt Capsule.™


    Try out the Halo-therapy at Breathe on the 2nd floor of the Saks Wellery and let me know if getting “Salted” helps your psoriasis, bronchitis, asthma, sinus infections, snoring, or just helps reduce your stress and fatigue, as it has for me and my family!”


    To read more about the Saks Wellery, click the link below:

    Now at Saks: Salt Rooms, a Bootcamp and a Peek at Retail’s Future

  • The Spa of the Future

    Photo Credit: Copyright: 1971yes / 123RF Stock Photo

    Photo Credit: Copyright: 1971yes / 123RF Stock Photo

    Technology is changing the way we do everything at breathtaking speed, and the spa experience is no exception. But tech is not the only thing affecting change in the industry. Shifts towards mindfulness and a focus on personal “wellness” outside of the medical sector are also drivers of change.


    Spa Executive Magazine delved into some of the research and technological developments and spoke to some of the people who are both driving and predicting these shifts about what spas of the future will look (and smell and sound) like a few years from now.


    These people are:


    • Robert Henry, Owner, Robert D. Henry Architects
    • Dr. James Canton, CEO, Global Futurist
    • Aaron Nicholson, Co-Founder and CEO of Studio Transcendent


    Here’s what you need to know about spas of the future

    Photo Credit: Copyright: bernardbodo / 123RF / Stock Photo


    “Wellness Architecture” was identified as one of the 8 Wellness Trends for 2017 and Beyond at the 2017 Global Wellness Summit. What does this mean? It means sustainable, “living,” and responsive buildings with pristine air quality. It means focus on acoustics, light, temperature, scent, and biophilic design.


    The spa environment will move in this direction as people develop more of an understanding of the impact of environment on health and well being. This includes both measurable pollutants and more esoteric factors like the psychological and physiological response to stimuli like sound and scent.


    Architect Robert Henry says, “Imagine integrating all the senses into an experiential journey for guests. The more senses you can engage to create the surrounding experience, the more committed it is to your memory. Ideally, you want it to be all favorable. We delve into the psychology of space.”


    Spas will become places to seek out human connection


    Photo Credit: Copyright: bernardbodo / 123RF / Stock Photo

    Photo Credit: Copyright: bernardbodo / 123RF / Stock Photo


    “You can get a massage or a workout in your home, but you won’t get that shared experience unless you’re sweating alongside someone, or relaxing and sharing stories in the waters,” says Henry. “I think spas are going to create new kinds of social experiences to compete with the home environment. We’re seeing a lot of spas that are fashion-forward regarding this, and that address those socialization needs with communal pools, saunas, and hammams that take a larger audience into account—and that create something memorable, as well as Instagrammable. It’s visual and experiential.”


    Henry also believes that our reliance on technology and automation has the risk of “dehumanizing” us.


    And so, he says, “The high touch in spa and having people touch us on a human level—whether it be physically, emotionally, or psychologically—is going to become even more important.”


    Your manicurist might be a robot


    Photo Credit: Copyright: sarah5 / 123RF Stock Photo

    Photo Credit: Copyright: sarah5 / 123RF Stock Photo


    Your manicurist might be a robot—but people will still want people.


    Guests will seek out humans to provide specific services, while others will be automated. In the somewhat distant future, as booking becomes increasingly automated and software takes over much of the minutiae of CRM management, spas may find themselves without a need for front desk staff. A 2013 report from Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne at Oxford University stated that receptionist is among the job most likely to be automated in or around the next decade or two, with a 96% likelihood of automation. Perhaps surprisingly, manicurists and pedicurists were also at a high likelihood—95%—for automation in the same time frame. Massage therapists fared better with a 55% likelihood of automation, despite the recent development of massage robots. People will still want to be touched by people—but we won’t need them to do our nails.


    Allowing James Canton to have the last word, the futurist warns that spa leaders should start prepping for his Human 2.0 scenario now.


    “I think spa leaders should get out in front of this, and understand that the consumer marketplace is going to be shifting and changing. Millennials will be living perhaps a decade longer than the boomers and at least five-seven years longer than Gen Xers. So, you could end up with middle age being in the 70s. And I don’t think any spa leader is ready for that today.”


    Spa Executive Magazine is published by Book4Time, the world’s most innovative spa, salon, wellness, and activity management software. Learn more at Book4Time.com


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    2017 ISPA Conference & Expo

    Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NV

    October 16-18, 2017



    Session Title: Design Trends That Bring Clients and Revenue

    2017 ISPA Conference & Expo

    Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NV

    Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    Time: 8:00 – 9:00 am