Nurture Spa Village: The Making of a Personal Haven in Search for Tranquility

In 2002, some P1 million was invested to establish Nurture Spa Village at Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II, Tagaytay City as a “personal haven, as I was seeking tranquility at that time,” recalled Cathy Turvill, Nurture Spa Village president. That “personal haven” soon evolved, so that it has become one of the pioneers in the Philippine health and wellness industry as a venue offering “international standard spa with a distinct Filipino theme.”

PHOTOS COURTESY OF CATHY TURVILL

ALL FILIPINO
A big source of pride is in the introduction of a distinctly Filipino-branded spa menu. Among the favorites are: the signature “aruga” treatment and its “magsing-irog massage”, and “nilaib” massage (a Filipino version of the hot stone massage).

The village is said to be guided by the SENSES model of wellness (as authored by Dr. Marc Cohen), i.e.: S = stress management; E = education; N = nutrition; S = Social Interaction; E = exercise; and S = spirituality.

As it offers “ecotherapy”, or the healing by and through nature, Nurture Spa Village is located in coffee orchards. As such, and as described in the venue’s Website, “rooms overlook lush gardens and/or a tropical forest which generously showcase a natural symphony of birds singing, beautiful butterflies weaving in and out of flower beds, bright sunlight bathing the gardens and cool, fog-draped evenings gently settling in the nightfall.”

Nurture Spa Village offers a range of facilities and services, including an enhanced spa menu featuring international facial and spa brands BIODROGA and ALGOTHERM; wellness services that include detoxification, weight reduction, anti-ageing and chronic disease management; expanded food and beverage services; and events hosting, including an events pavilion, a technologically backed business center; and accommodations, including deluxe rooms and dormitory rooms for groups. There are also: a swimming pool, a butterfly haven, a herb garden, and a reflexology path.

To even better its products and services, the village partnered with experts, e.g. Tanglad Bistro for vegetarian and nonvegetarian cuisines, Institute of Natural Healing (INH) under Dr. Samuel P. Dizon for its alternative and complementary medicine programs, Healthway Medical for its executive check up programs, Brahma Kumaris for meditation and lifestyle counseling, and Tagaytay Hospital and Medical Center for its medical, laboratory and emergency services requirements.

Nurture Spa Village’s health programs vary, formed in partnership with those with the know-how in their particular fields. For instance, its Joyful Health Program is under the supervision of the INH under Dr. Dizon, a US-trained Doctor of Medicine with 19 years of experience in natural medicine, having studied methods on longevity, wellness, and alternative cancer regimens in Colorado and California. Nurture Spa Village has also partnered with Josiah’s Catering and Dulang Restaurant to whip up nonvegetarian and vegetarian dishes served at Tan’aw Bar, which overlooks the swimming pool and garden.

Having the right people working for it is a big thing for Nurture Spa Village, which is among the few spas in the Philippines with at least six management and staff internationally certified by CIBTAC, UK. All its therapists are trained for a minimum of two months, with refresher training provided by sister company Spa Professionals International Development Center.

HEALTHY CHOW
Nurture Spa Village has also partnered with Josiah’s Catering and Dulang Restaurant to whip up nonvegetarian and vegetarian dishes served at Tan’aw Bar, which overlooks the swimming pool and garden.

While the company makes use of Amu’in massage oils and room amenities blended by another sister company, Spa Essentials, Nurture Spa Village is also proud to offer such international brands as BIODROGA and ALGOTHERM. BIODROGA is a spa and beauty range developed in Baden Baden, Germany, using natural ingredients to purify the skin and help fight the effects of ageing. Nurture Spa Village offers anti-ageing , golden caviar deep cleansing, nourishing facial, and men’s vitality BIODROGA facials. Meanwhile, ALGOTHERM is a marine based product from the thalossotherapy region in France, offering anti-ageing, slimming, detoxifying and anti-cellulite body treatments.

Beyond offering health and wellness products and services, though, Nurture Spa Village has also diversified. Its Salo Pavilion and Garden features a children’s area; while its Salo Garden offers a venue for events. Also, counseling sessions with a Catholic priest or Christian pastor can be arranged; while Raja yoga, meditation and life coaching sessions can be scheduled at the neighboring Brahma Kumaris, a United Nations affiliated NGO.

A big source of pride is in the introduction of a distinctly Filipino-branded spa menu. Among the favorites are: the signature “aruga” treatment and its “magsing-irog massage”, and “nilaib” massage (a Filipino version of the hot stone massage).

Nurture Spa Village is jointly owned by Briton Dr. Mike Turvill and his Fllipina wife Cathy. Mike is a Doctor in Organic Chemistry from the University of Nottingham, UK; while Cathy is an internationally licensed therapist (CIBTAC, UK). They also own two spa related companies: Spa Essentials, a supplier of spa and hotel products to five star spas and resorts and Spa Professionals International Development Center, the only internationally accredited spa school in the Philippines which offers spa training and consultancy services.

Nurture Spa Village was named one of the “28 Most Relaxing Spas in Asia” by CNN Go (June 2010) and one of the “Top Seven Spas of the Philippines” by Asia Spa Magazine (May-June 2010 issue).

“The wellness industry is the trillion dollar industry of the future. Many people are now joining the wellness bandwagon and are going to spas as part of stress reduction, and not just for pampering. Spas are part of complementary medicine. The UK House of Lords recognizes massage therapy as part of natural medicine. This is the industry of the future, and it is perfect for the Philippines because of our inherent compassion, healing touch and caring nature,” Turvill ends.

For more information, call Nurture Spa Village at (+63) 9188888SPA or (+63 2) 5844228, email info@nurture.com.ph, or call www.nurture.com.ph.

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