If there was ever a story that I just can't get enough of, it's this one. Soma Spa, led by the fabulous Lourdes Juan of Leftovers Foundation and LMJ Consultants, is a tranquil heaven serving the Calgary's southern communities. Everything about this place, from the service to the treatments to the ambience, is just perfect. It's a unique spa, too. It is the only hammam in Calgary. What's a hammam, you ask? It's a Turkish style cleansing ritual involving "a cleansing foam wash, invigorating salt scrub, and a moisturizing body massage " (Soma Calgary). Hooked yet? Read more below.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your work. Where are you from? What do you do?
We treat the everyday heroes, the generous, and the devoted. Those who work hard every day for their families, for their communities, for their business.
We curate our treatments to cater to your well-being. Our treatments are unique and our products are socially conscious and environmentally sustainable from our local partners. We only want the best for your skin and your family’s skin!
As a Calgary born and based business, Soma started in 2011 but we have only been at our current location at the Residence Inn Marriott since 2015.
What inspires you to do what you do? How did you start doing this work?
People lead very busy lives; we are all guilty of glorifying the word “busy” therefore we wanted to create an experience for moms, travellers, and community members that would ensure they take the time for themselves.
What inspires you most about your community (city, group of friends, etc.)?
Being near the suburban communities like Auburn Bay, Cranston and Mahogany, we have found a sense of true community and an incredible women’s support network where they want to support local small business owners. It’s inspiring to see that even with raising families, working, and handling the day to day challenges, they take the time to support local business.
If you could give anyone who is starting out in your field (business, non-profit, etc.) one piece of advice, what would it be?
Giving back to the community can be rewarding in so many ways.
Think of ways that support the community, that can do good things and your livelihood will thank you. Making your community vibrant can be an enriching experience.
Tell me three fun facts about yourself or your organization.
- We are Calgary's one and only Hammam, our Hammam treatment sets up apart from other spas, in that is catered for Calgary weather and our client's skin needs.
- We have two locations in Calgary, our main location in Seton and our satellite location in the Strathcona area.
- We also have specialized RMTs that perform Pre-natal massages and we love to cater to future mamas!
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