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March, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 03

Talking Spas

Sensia Studio and Japanese Day Spa in Houston

By Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT

The chic Eastern-inspired interior of Sensia Studio and Japanese Day Spa in Houston, welcomes visitors with the tranquil sounds of soothing waterfalls and Japanese flute music.

During my visit, I enjoyed the 4-Layer Seaweed Facial; Sensia's signature treatment, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Massage (massage done with the feet, using stationary overhead bars) with hot stones; and a makeup application with Sensia's own product line. After my treatments, I felt renewed.

Lynda Solien-Wolfe (center) with Sensia owners, Cynthia Christ and Stephen Stum. - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Lynda Solien-Wolfe (center) with Sensia owners, Cynthia Christ and Stephen Stum. When Stephen Strum and Cynthia Christ first considered opening a spa, he owned a medical marketing company, and she worked as a makeup artist. They settled in Houston where, at the time, there were few spas, and the "day spa" concept was still new. The couple decided they wanted a smaller, more personalized business and the result was Sensia: a 3,000-square-foot location, with 24 employees sharing six treatment rooms. Extensive research on Japanese spa culture led to the addition of Japanese warm stone to the spa menu. Since only one resort in the country offered the service at the time, the addition put Sensia on the map.

Since opening, Sensia has added many other treatments to the menu, including Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Bindi body wrap and seaweed treatments; moreover, offering Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Massage, has earned Sensia national publicity.

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Lynda Solien-Wolfe is Vice President, Massage and Spa at Performance Health. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has been in private practice in Merritt Island, Florida for more than 20 years. Lynda graduated from Space Coast Health Institute in West Melbourne, FL.


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