The Whisper Lounge: a Perfect Place for Pre-and Post-massage Relaxation
By Susie Ellis
One of my favorite places at Woodloch is the Whisper Lounge. John and Ginny Lopis who created Woodloch did something that very few spas do (because it is very expensive). But it was really smart. They created a special lounge for pre and post treatment snoozing and this is NOT the lounge where therapists pick up their clients for treatments. The other lounge is also a nice space, with a fireplace and views, but it is within the changing areas. I wanted you to see what their Whisper Lounge looks like so here is a photo.
I have never liked the “cattle call” system most spas use whereby therapists enter a lounge and loudly shout the name of the guest they will be treating. If that room also doubles as the relaxation room (most of the time that is the case) it is impossible to really relax, sleep or meditate. The hourly or twice- an-hour call is an interruption every time.
So it was a treat for me to take the book I am reading and head down to Woodloch’s Whisper Lounge where I could snuggle up with one of the blankets provided, enjoy the crackling fireplace, the view of the autumn trees at their peak, and sip on some luxury herb tea. I spent a blissful two hours there.
My only suggestion was for them to scatter a few signs within the room reminding people to shhhhhh in case they didn’t see the “Whisper Lounge” sign upon entry. Amazing how loud some people can whisper. In retrospect, it might have been better if they had called the room “The Quiet Lounge” or something like that. But the name just isn’t as fun.
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