Frequently Asked Questions

  • the bodhi spa offering health and beauty through the ancient art of hydrotherapy

As part of our commitment to the evolution of your well-being. We ask you our valued Guest to respect our whisper policy while taking part in the water journey. We intentionally wove silence into the curation of the Water Journey in order for you to fully benefit from the rejuvenating effect. Please respect this space by whispering when needed. We encourage you to use this contemplative opportunity to explore the benefits you experience when you journey inwards. As Lao Tzu so concisely stated “Silence is a source of great strength.”

We have a 24hr cancellation policy. If an appointment is cancelled within 24 hours of the booking, the client will be billed 50% of the appointment. In addition, if a client fails to show up for a booked appointment, the client will be billed 75% of the total cost of the service or group of services.

The cancellation policy only applies to the water journey for guests of 5 or more.

The Water Journey consists of the following:

  • Epsom Salt Pool – 104 degrees
  • Dead Sea Salt Pool – 98 degrees
  • Cold Plunge Pool – 55 degrees
  • Aromatherapy Steam Room
  • Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna
  • Traditional Dry Sauna
  • Relaxation Room
  • 2000 square foot outdoor Zen garden

To enjoy our facilities, you would need to reserve a day pass to the water journey ($55 for a single pass, 50% off with any treatment).  There is no time limit on your stay with us.  Although walk-ins are welcome, we do recommend calling ahead for availability.

The action of heat: dilates blood vessels, causing more blood to circulate near the surface of your skin. This action bathes cells in oxygen-rich blood and allows a small amount of toxins to be released through the skin. The action of cold: constricts your capillaries, and shunts the blood to the core. It is here that the majority of toxins are removed as the blood filters through the internal organs. The blood is then replenished with fresh oxygen and pumped back to the rest of the body to begin the ongoing cycle. The process of stimulating the circulatory system with hot and cold, detoxifies and bathes your cells in fresh oxygen-rich blood; bringing youthfulness to your mind and body.

We only ask that you bring bathing attire. Everything else is provided: towels, robes, sandals, organic toiletries and hair dryers. We suggest guests bring their own moisturizer or styling product.

Your stay with us is an experience, not an appointment.  Therefore we do not impose any time limit on your stay. We recommend a minimum of one hour to ensure you have enough time to fully experience the effects of The Water Journey.

Yes, the facilities are coed except for the locker rooms.  This allows couples and groups of friends to relax and connect in a therapeutic and social setting.

We are located at 654 Thames Street in Newport Rhode Island. This area is considered “The Fifth Ward” on the southern edge of Newport Harbor, the neighborhood was developed mainly from the 1820s through the Gilded Age (1870 to the turn of the century), when many Irish immigrants came to the city to work as laborers or servants for the moneyed elite in the nearby mansions.

We offer a Bodhi Bliss Couples Massage which is a 30, 60 or 90 minute classic stress-relieving Swedish style massage with medium pressure technique. This popular therapeutic massage for two can be customized to help increase circulation, relax aching muscles and reduce fatigue.

Most of our services can be done as a couple’s experience, simply contact us at 401-619-4916 or email and let us know that you wish to have a couple experience and we will accommodate you the best we can.

If you have booked a treatment it will take place at the scheduled time (we ask you arrive minimum 15 minutes before your treatment).  If you would prefer to have a female or male massage therapist, please let us know in advance. We try our best to accommodate all requests, however the schedule is created based on massage therapists’ availability.  The further in advance you book, the more likely we will be able to cater to your requests.

The bodhi spa is one of the most unique event spaces in Newport and we can privately host up to 30 people at a time.  Our serene event space is the perfect setting for wedding parties, corporate events or a fun get together with family and friends to relax and connect with one another. Please contact us at 401-619-4916 or email for availability and pricing.

Hydrotherapy is the art of healing through the application of water in any form; hot, cold, steam or ice. Hydrotherapy has been used by cultures around the world for thousands of years. Many historians believe Egyptian Royalty were the first to indulge in its health benefits, while others believe it dates back even earlier to Asia, where therapeutic waters were used to cleanse the body and soul of impurities.

Hydrotherapy is known to have many benefits including:
1. Reduces muscle tension and relieves pain.
2. Rehabilitates injured muscles.
3. Boosts the immune system.
4. Encourages detoxification.
5. Relieves stress.

We make a point of providing guests with an overview of the Water Journey when they arrive, and offer suggestions on how to tailoring the experience to meet an individual’s specific needs.

Please check out our Health Benefits page for more information.

Yes, please visit our Memberships and Packages page for a full list.

You may also bundle the water journey with any of our treatments and receive 50% off the water journey.

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You can get that special someone anything we offer at the spa, including Water Journey day-passes, massages, body treatments, facials or memberships.  We also offer gift certificates for those that would prefer to plan their own experience. Purchase gifts online HERE or by contacting us directly at 401-619-4916 or email

Bodhi in Buddhism is the understanding possessed by a Buddha regarding the true nature of things. It is traditionally translated into English with the word enlightenment, though its literal meaning is closer to “awakened.”

Bodhi was also the tree under which Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher later known as Gautama Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment. In religious iconography, the bodhi tree is recognizable by its heart-shaped leaves, which are usually prominently displayed. Bodhi trees are planted in close proximity to every Buddhist monastery and we have a few in our spa!

The Dead Sea is technically a lake, and is known as the lowest point on earth. It has been recognized for centuries as a center for wellness and health, thanks to the low air pollution and temperate climate.

The salts found in the Dead Sea are mineral salts. All ocean salt contains minerals, but the salts of the Dead Sea are more concentrated. Minerals include zinc, iodine, potassium, calcium, bromides, and many more. These minerals are naturally occurring in the human body and are crucial to many processes, and need to be replenished regularly as they are lost.