Spa for a cause at the NYC Ronald McDonald House
‘Tis the season for sharing and spa-ing…. A committee of spa professionals in New York focus on providing daily wellness to assist the emotional needs of immediate family members of children suffering from fatal illness. A wellness center and spa has been born! (One of the most beautiful secret’s in Manhattan I have seen since the original spa in the lower level of The Plaza Hotel, before its closing for renovations in 2005 sits a brand new top floor level, full service wellness center, topped with a sky lit ceiling at The Ronald McDonald House of NYC–that’s right!), Services offered are massage and facials rooms, manicure and pedicure areas, healthy cooking classes and organic beauty product development in their state-of-the-art kitchens, hair and makeup services, fitness classes, therapeutics, and a relaxation lounge. . When touring this upper east side oasis, we visited several floors including a Penthouse level butterfly garden, as well as another tranquil-filled outdoor “green” area. The spa has a calendar of local spa’s and fitness entities that contribute on a consecutive basis, such as afternoon training sessions with Equinox, or a night at the spa provided by the Peninsula Spa. Ladies and men’s hair cuts and styling are offered as well as yoga and mediation classes by local businesses who wish to contribute. “The goal is to have wellness offered on a daily basis” sais Cherilyn Frei, Chaplain and Director of Family Support at the Ronald Mc Donald House., “This is the first and only wellness center in the entire franchise globally.” There can be forty people in one night receiving a relaxing massage or, one or two people randomly show up to the relaxation lounge, just because they see, smell, or hear something therapeutic going on from t end of the hall. Being around this healing environment can give these people peace of mind in the worst of times.
On December 3rd, an open house from 6-9pm will be held at the Ronald Mc Donald House on 73rd and 1st, for potential donors, and the spa community to tour the facility and learn how to become involved in this amazing project. The spa needs donations to help build on the supplies as well as commitments from area spa’s to offer support through pre-scheduled treatments.
glimpse of the new (and still unfolding) spa at the Ronald
McDonald House of NYC! From Left to Right: Monique Iacobaci of Image Skincare, Nellvic Guzman – Spa DIrector at Ronald McDonald House, Cherilyn Frei – Chaplain & Director of Family Support, Laura Anne Pelliccio of Gurneys Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, and Rachel Brown – Spa Director at Clay Health Club & Spa.
Imagine if every spa and vendor in New York City can contribute one thing to this project….