and serve as preparation for the relaxing process of massage. The waiting room is cozy and adds to the overall experience of getting into your own spiritual nirvana.
Founder Deborah Thompson, opened the spa at its present location in downtown Montauk, back in 2005. The spa’s logo is called a “Hamsa,” a symbol of protection. It’s an outstretched palm, or hand, and has both Arabic, and Jewish cultural roots. “When I first went to Marrakesh, as an adult, the Hamsa symbol was everywhere,” Thompson said. “And I just connected with that symbol right away, it’s also a prayer of blessing and peace” Thompson added.
The therapy rooms at the spa are stylish; decorated in Moroccan/Marrakesh décor. Thompson, has an infectious laugh, and an inviting smile; she is a woman of self-determination, and she has a creativity that shows itself in everything she does. When asked, “What made you decide to go into business relieving people’s stress as a therapist?” Thompson mused, “Divorce!”
“These days, we’re all busy, and the world demands so much of us, we need a release from the everyday, and to be able to provide a setting where people can unwind, and feel rejuvenated is a true passion of mine. Sometimes people leave here looking like “mush,” but I know they feel a whole lot better!”
The Moroccan theme at Thompson’s spa is no accident. She is presently creating a spa facility in Marrakesh, called a “Riad,” which, Thompson quipped, “I hope to have open by the time I’m 110 years old!”