Spa business issue 4 2017

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FITNESS

HYBRID

FITNESS Fans of ESPA Life at Corinthia’s new fitness service, BodySPace, are calling the concept “revolutionary”. Lauretta Ihonor speaks to its founders to discover what sets it apart

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from the competition – and how it fits in with the flagship spa

ince its opening in 2011, ESPA’s flagship ESPA Life at Corinthia spa in London has shown a distinct commitment to combining fitness with innovative holistic therapies. Last summer the spa added mindful fitness sessions to its mindfulness services. And earlier this year, it upgraded its fitness centre with the installation of a new, state-of-the-art Technogym. In a further step, ESPA Life at Corinthia has now partnered with the new UK company BodySPace to offer a bespoke hybrid fitness concept that combines exercise, nutrition and innovative technology to help guests improve not only their physical fitness, but their overall quality of life. “Clients often say ‘I want to lose 15 pounds,’ but when you dig deeper, this evolves into ‘I want to be fitter, feel better, have more energy and have more time for my partner’,” says BodySPace

co-founder Stephen Price. “Once you nail it down, it’s really all about quality of life.” ESPA founder Sue Harmsworth agrees. She says the concept’s focus on maximising quality of life through technology and multiple treatment modalities perfectly complements ESPA Life’s “philosophy of creating next-generation experiences.” “BodySPace is bringing a new, highly evolved fitness and nutrition offering, which fits flawlessly within the existing ESPA Life offering,” says Harmsworth.

The birth of BodySPace

BodySPace is the brainchild of wellness consultant Price and David Higgins, the man behind the London Pilates brands Ten Pilates and Bootcamp Pilates. Price, who founded the health, fitness and medical wellness consultancy SP&Co in 2001, has worked in wellness consulting for 16 years. Prior to that, he spent six years overseeing

BodySPace is the brainchild of co-founders David Higgins (left) and Stephen Price

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the development of luxury hotels in Africa and Asia. Higgins began his career as a Pilates trainer, and has also worked as a cast trainer and exercise rehabilitationist for film studios around the world. The duo say it’s this amalgamation of expertise that sets BodySPace apart from anything else on the market today. “David and I have consulted in the hotel industry for years and we wanted to put our experience together and launch BodySPace,” Price explains. “So we brought in health technologies from medical wellness clinics and from the sports world, and added them to David’s vast Pilates and body movement experience – and it works perfectly.” The BodySPace brand was created in early 2017, and its first project, Kingwood


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