March 2007

The Sanctuary Euro Spa Celebrates their 10th Anniversary

Author: Jimmy Leppert

“First we make the world revolve around you; then we gently slow it down.”

This month The Sanctuary: A European Day Spa celebrates its 10th anniversary on the island. Owner Lisa Murphy, wife of Paul Murphy (Murphy’s Irish Pub), has created a true sanctuary, a refuge from the world of complications. She has made the intangible world of opulent relaxation palpable and available. The calming aroma, lucidly tranquil colors, endearing staff, comfortable chairs, and floating music complement Lisa’s goal of complete somatic relaxation. This is truly a guiltless pleasure.

The Sanctuary is not to be confused with a boutique, medical spa, or nail salon. The experience has been engendered by decades of learning, teaching, and a true appreciation of traditional European spa treatments. The Sanctuary’s techniques are unique to the Lowcountry, offering a day spa founded on Lisa’s extensive training in England and her experience working in and managing spas such as the internationally-renowned Harrods in London.

The Sanctuary boasts a staff of highly-trained, professional spa therapists, many hailing from therapeutic schools of England, Ireland, Scotland and Brazil. This diversity allows each client to experience treatments practiced far longer than their American counterparts.

The Sanctuary is an Eden that welcomes men and women of all ages to relax, unwind and receive non-invasive therapeutic treatments that produce results such as anti-aging, acne elimination, and advanced Ionithermie cellulite reduction. The signature therapeutic facial brings unparalleled results coupled with relaxation. Massages, body wraps, spa pedicures and manicures are on the menu as are silk eyelash extensions and the popular Bare Escentuals makeup. Other unique treatments include a Shirodhara (rain drop) therapy and couples massage lessons (teaching you the intricacies in massage techniques). Men are sure to enjoy the indulgent pedicures and new Swedish Miracle Wrap—the love handle reducer!

Lisa’s fidelity to her knowledge of European spa techniques and trust in her staff is equaled by her smooth transition from the embracing nature of her day spa to modern amenities such as the Internet. The Sanctuary’s website ( is easily accessible and offers online booking and gift certificates. This allegiance to customer satisfaction honors both the experience of the past and the potential of the future. Whether you have the time for a half-hour manicure, 90 minute massage or the six-hour Island Castaway, treat yourself or a loved one to some time at The Sanctuary. You’ll be happy you did!

For appointments or more information, call (843) 842-5999.

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