Spa Wellness: Feng Shui Spaces


Work Flow: Feng Shui Spaces. Day Spa Magazine

Promote a balanced environment by implementing some feng shui design strategies.

SPA WELLNESS: The ancient Chinese design tool of feng shui lends itself to healing spaces, and no one understands this better than Judith Wendell, feng shui expert and founder of Sacred Currents, a design consultancy based in New York City that’s dedicated to “creating vital and thriving environments.”

“The time-honored system of feng shui has been used for thousands of years to help us live in harmony with nature, and to increase the fortunes of businesses and the health and harmony of individuals and corporations,” says Wendell. “At the very least, I see feng shui as an ‘insurance plan’: you may not need it but you wouldn’t want to be without it.”

Feng (“wind”) shui (“water”) is applied to environments to facilitate the harmonious flow of energy or chi, thereby promoting health, happiness and prosperity. Assuming that creatures and things exist together as part of a natural order, feng shui maximizes that relationship via the strategic placement of objects and spaces. Experts in feng shui use a bagua, or chart of symbols representing principles of reality, to analyze a space and make recommendations that will maximize flow and allow for an optimal outcome.

The good news is, even if your spa was designed without a single feng shui principle in mind, there are changes you can make to increase its “feng shui quotient.” “The best part is that feng shui can be incorporated into any level of style, taste, budget or environment,” Wendell says. “For instance, one principle to follow is that a spa should give the arriving client reason to pause and take a breath—the space should feel like a break from the outside. This is accomplished by having an open and uncluttered environment. I call this a balance of yin and yang—yin, meaning the place feels restful, and yang, meaning it is alive and healthy.”

As a feng shui consultant, Wendell works with businesses at every stage of development, “from sourcing a site and initial architectural plans to tweaking an up-and-running spa that needs a boost,” she says. Among her projects was the spa at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York City, where she worked to “energetically and visually connect our retail areas to the spa, which helped greatly to increase sales,” shares former Mandarin spa director Denise Vitiello.

Feng shui isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. “A highly effective adjustment in one spa may have little or even a negative effect in another,” explains Wendell. “How this translates into a particular spa and its style is the creative challenge of the feng shui consultant. Done professionally, feng shui adjustments should be seamless and not draw any particular attention to themselves.”

To locate your own feng shui expert, Wendell suggests visiting Make sure your potential consultant is experienced in working with spas, and always ask for references.

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International Congress of Esthetics & Spa, Philadelphia, October 24, 2011


The Feng Shui of Profitable Spas:

Ancient Knowledge Applied in the 21st Century

The art of the spa at:

International Congress of Esthetics & Spa, Philadelphia 2011

October 24, 2011 10:15am

All traditional cultures have their own system of what is known in Chinese as Feng Shui.  This is the art and science of living in harmony with nature.  What is the true meaning of these words and why is this 4000+ year-old philosophy relevant in today’s global market place? Although Feng Shui is culturally Chinese, how are its principles represented in others cultures worldwide? How can they be applied to the style of your spa? The practice of Feng Shui in the 21st Century can yield important benefits for supporting your spa.  It adds to a healing environment as well as increasing your bottom line.

Judith Wendell is the founder of Sacred Currents, a company dedicated to creating vital and thriving environments through feng shui since 1998. She graduated from the BTB Feng Shui Professional Training Program, and is experienced in the creation of integrative designs for commercial and residential projects. Wendell has written for industry magazines and appeared on The Today Show, CNN International Business and The Real Housewives of New York.

Advancing the Global Spa Economy. Summit 2008, May 18, 2008

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May 18th-20th, 2008
The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City
New York City in Manhattan

For Top Executives and Key Decision-Makers of International Companies to bring healthful change to business.

The Global Wellness Summit is an international organization that brings leaders and visionaries together to help shape the future of the global wellness. The summit is held annually by a group of industry leaders. leaders from all parts of the world gather to solve shared problems. A variety of interactive sessions take place at the Summit. Included are; panel-led discussions, general sessions, small group breakout sessions, and hosted dining conversations. Leaders today can positively impact and shape the future of the global spa and wellness industry.  Understanding the elements and how water can be used in beneficial ways in order bring restore balancing in our actions.

Judith Wendell brings here understanding of the five elements and the healing aspects of water.  She joins a group a panelists in order to contribute the use of ancients techniques to modern practices.

Panel Leader: Robert Henry, Principal, Robert D. Henry Architects, New York


  1. Roberto Arjona,General Manager, Rancho La Puerta, Mexico
  2. Ellen Sackoff, President, Cornelia, New York
  3. Judith Wendell, Founder, Sacred Currents, New York
  4. Terence Yallop, President & CEO, EarthSea Management, Inc and Real Music, California

Spa Industry Seminar, Shangri-La Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand. April 4-6, 2008


Spa Industry Seminar 2008

Venue: Shangri-La Hotel
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Event Date: April 4-6, 2008

Judith Wendell – Founder – Sacred Currents (USA)

The Feng Shui of profitable spas : Ancient knowledge applied in the 21st century spa industry. All traditional cultures have their own system of what is known in Chinese as Feng Shui – the art and science of living in harmony with nature. Why is this 4000-year-old philosophy relevant in today’s global market place? How are its principles represented in others cultures worldwide? The practice of Feng Shui in the 21st Century can yield important benefits for supporting your spa’s healing environment as well as increasing its bottom line. Judith, of Sacred Currents, a Feng Shui and Integrative Design Advisory in New York, will shed light on the important underlying principles of Feng Shui. She will look at various examples of spas that have taken advantage of her knowledge of Feng Shui and illustrate how they have benefited as a result.

The Turning Point’s 2008 seminar features a program which offers a line-up of international speakers covering such topics as spa travel trends; strategies for optimizing internet promotion; strengthening spa brands through integrated design and CSR initiatives; practical ways to “go green” and integrate sustainability systems. Of particular interest will be Green Globe’s new spa certification program, which will be launched at this seminar.

Half-Day Workshops at Spa ‘American Yogini’ in Remsenburg, Long Island.


Half-Day Workshops at the Beautiful & Exclusive Spa ‘American Yogini’ in Remsenburg, Long Island

with Feng Shui Expert, Judith Wendell.
9:30am – 2:00pm including a Divine Lunch/
2006 Workshops
Register at 631-325-3492
~ cost $120.00 ~

These 2 practical, hands-on workshops.  These can be taken independently or in a series so that you can choose which is best for you.  Gain a full appreciation of the benefits of feng shui.  Find out how this can help in your relationships, finances, health and overall environment.