What is your whisper policy?
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.”
What is your cancellation policy?
Your spa treatments are reserved specifically for you. Should you need to cancel and reschedule, please notify us at least 24hours in advance. Cancelling an appointment within 24 hours of a scheduled appointment will result in a 50% charge of the cost of the scheduled service. Clients that miss their appointment altogether without providing any prior notification will be charged 75% of the cost of the scheduled service.
What do I need to bring?
We only ask that you bring bathing attire. Everything else is provided: towels, robes, sandals, toiletries and hair dryers. We suggest guests bring their preferred cosmetics or products.
Is the spa coed?
Yes, the facilities are coed except for the locker rooms. This allows couples and groups of friends to relax and connect in a therapeutic setting.
Where are you located?
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 between 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.
Can I book the spa for a private event?
The bodhi spa is one of the most unique event spaces in New England we can privately host up to 13 guests in Newport and 14 guests in Providence 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 fill out the form in desired location.
I’d like to get a gift for someone, how can I do that?
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. No returns or refunds.
Where did the name “the bodhi spa” come from?
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!
Is there an age requirement?
Spa guests must be 16 years of age or older to use the Water Journey space or to receive treatments without the approval or accompaniment of an adult.
Is alcohol allowed?
We honor the healthiest version of you. The Water Journey is a space where you sweat and detoxify your body. Because of this we encourage you to stay hydrated with water throughout your visit. Drugs and alcohol of any kind are absolutely prohibited in the Water Journey, due to their combined effects of dehydration on the body. To compliment your experience, we recommend The Power of Juice which can be ordered and delivered to the spa during your visit https://thepowerofjuice.com/
What is hydrotherapy?
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.
What are the benefits to hydrotherapy?
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 tailor the experience to meet an individual’s specific needs.
Please check out our Health Benefits page for more information.
What are “Dead Sea” salts?
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.
What are the basic Water Journey policies?
Appropriate swimwear must be worn at all times while in The Water Journey.
As per the RI department of health food and beverages are not permitted in a public hot tub, spa area. Food and/or beverage concessions shall be permitted in designated area(s) within the Aquatic Facility provided that the concession structures, service area, seating, patron circulation and related activities are separated from the Aquatic Venue by a permanent, fixed barrier that does not encroach on the Aquatic Venue’s perimeter walkway. (Restriction on MAHC § 220.127.116.11)
As per the Rhode Island Department of Health code, it is required that you shower thoroughly with soap before entering The Water Journey circuit.
What are the membership policies?
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What is the Water Journey?
The Water Journey consists of the following:
• Therapeutic 104˚ Epsom Salt Pool
• Mineral Rich 98˚ Dead Sea Salt Pool
• Stimulating 55˚ Cold Plunge Pool
• Aromatherapy Steam Room
• Detoxifying Infrared Sauna
• Traditional Finnish Dry Sauna
• Relaxation Area
• Outdoor Zen Garden Space
To enjoy our facilities, you would need to reserve a day pass to the water journey
Reservations are required.
How does the Water Journey work?
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.
How long can I stay in the pools?
We recommend a minimum of one hour to ensure you have enough time to fully experience the benefits of The Water Journey. Maximin 2.5 hours.
When is the best time to communicate with my service provider?
We encourage you to communicate with your therapist before and throughout the treatment to provide preferences on the amount of pressure or areas that needs attention or to be avoided.
Can I request a therapist?
If you have a preference please let us know when booking your appointment so we can accommodate your request.
All sales are final. There is no returns, refunds or exchanges.
Why can’t I do the Water Journey when I’m pregnant?
Department of health –
Licensees with therapeutic pools, hot tubs and spas shall establish additional written policies:
1. Advising the following to contact their physician regarding the appropriateness of their use of hot tubs and spas:
a. pregnant women;
When can I receive a massage at the bodhi spa if I am pregnant?
The first trimester carries an increased risk of complications to expectant mothers. There are pressure points in the body that are thought to initiate contractions or potentially induce labor. In addition, it is difficult to assess a client without their full maternal medical history. For these reasons we don’t offer massages in the first trimester.