A crop of exclusive new lifestyle clubhouses are elevating self-care
Words by KELLY ATTERTON
Social wellness clubs — member-focused spaces that specialize in self-care and socialization — began popping up a few years ago, and as the trend continues to grow and evolve, each incarnation is swankier and more exclusive than the next. The allure lies in having a private place to exercise, recharge and interact with like-minded individuals, as a fresh alternative to restaurants or watering holes. “We built this place with socializing in mind. … Our space resembles a chic hotel or bar, not a spa or clinic,” says Dr. Jonathan Leary of Remedy Place’s debut location in West Hollywood. “We also offer after-hours social events, and N.A. [nonalcoholic] cocktails so nutrient-dense you get a bit of a buzz from the boost.”
“People are looking for more meaningful connection”
Jennifer Adler, Harmonia
Treatments here and at other such outfits often include meditation, sound baths, yoga, and movement and oxygen therapies. These upscale concepts may seem pricey, but the cost of a la carte services (which can be addicting) can easily outweigh monthly membership fees. The Assembly, a women-centered, members-only club in San Francisco, offers unlimited fitness and exercise classes in addition to wellness and spa services, thus maximizing time and efficiency by having everything under one roof. Jennifer Adler at Harmonia in Sausalito shares, “People are looking for more meaningful connection and alternatives that still have a sexy, fun vibe.”
Catch up with a friend over nutrient-rich IV drips or take meetings in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber for heightened clarity. At Remedy Place, it’s all about healthy treatments you can do with or without a companion. Services also include meditation classes, ice baths with breath work, lymphatic drainage massage and immune screening. $495/month for a membership or $30/class. 8305 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-645-7444.
Artha Wellness Sanctuary
This newly opened exclusive club can be challenging to get into as memberships are by invitation only. The Artha Wellness Sanctuary combines ancient practices and modern technologies with offerings such as cryo, meditation and float therapies, and infrared saunas. From $125/month. 8873 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.
An old church houses this co-working, wellness destination. Founded on the belief that well-being happens through community, The Assembly has created a place for people to discover and practice what makes them feel good. “Whether they want a quiet space to read a book, a great sweat in the studio, a brow wax or all of the above, we are here to help make sure they leave feeling better than when they came in,” co-founder Molly Goodson says. From $250/month. 449 14th St., S.F., 415-868-3322.
Located in the legendary former Record Plant Recording Studios (where Fleetwood Mac recorded Rumours), this wellness club focuses on movement classes (aerial yoga, Bhakti flow, Hatha, Kundalini and more), services (table massage, infrared sauna with LED therapy or traditional cedar), and self-development (such as cooking classes and guided meditations). Harmonia’s campus also includes a garden and soundproof rooms for co-working. From $125/month. 2200 Marinship Way, Sausalito, 415-332-1432.
Saffron & Sage
This member-based, holistic health club provides everything from acupuncture and massage, psychotherapy and energy therapy, breath work and meditation to concierge medicine and advanced biomarker testing. Every service at Saffron & Sage is customized, delivering a multisensory experience. From $150/month. 2555 State St., San Diego, 619-933-2340.
Feature image: The co-working space at THE ASSEMBLY features original arched church windows and exposed wood beams. Photo by Margaret Austin Photography.
This story originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of C Magazine.
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