Bodhi Tree Spa – Our Motto
Beauty for the Mind, Body & Soul (#Beautyformindbodysoul) AND #NaturallyYou. We grabbed this motto before it became super en-vogue to use it. Why? Because it pretty much emcompasses my vision for the Spa.
2011 Carla has a lightbulb moment to not follow in Mum’s footsteps but to follow her heart and her passion. Her path to beauty, massage and wellness begins.
2013 Graduation day – time to branch out into the big wide world
2012 – 2016 In-house and freelance beauty and massage therapist within Beauty Salons, 5 Star Spas as well as independently
2016 – Open The Bodhi Tree Spa
2019 – Open the second Bodhi Tree Spa
2020 – Watch this space!
Started in 2016 by me, Carla, and my Mum (Sarah), The Bodhi Tree Spa was a vision and opportunity for me to fulfill my dream of running a Spa and running it the way I felt a Spa should be run.
I embarked on my career to fulfill my passion for beauty and wellness and it fitted so well with being a single-Mum. With Sarah living in Thailand since 2006, I developed an affinity with South East Asia and their relaxed way of life and beautiful, peaceful nature. Their strength which came from holding core values and pride for maintaining inherent, traditional ways and practices and their gentle approach. There is a strong family value and also to help others, even when they may have virtually nothing. My experience of this part of the globe was so humbling.
I think that the most significant to make its mark on me is the eastern approach to health and beauty. In Buddhism, it is all about balance and the middle way. The meeting of the mind, the body and the soul in harmony. In 2018, after only 2 years of opening, The Bodhi Tree Spa had grown to a point where it I needed to put on big girl panties and become a Limited Company. EEEK – All grown up now!
The Bodhi Tree Spa is small yet perfectly formed. You won’t find our therapists wearing restrictive, but oh so smart tunics. I want them to be comfortable so they can move freely to perform therapies. Nor will you pick up a bitchy or negative vibe as having a friendly bond gelling my wonderful, super friendly and laid-back team is what, I believe, makes us stand out from the Spa and well-being crowd.
Our Culture & Ethos
We are the spa who doesn’t focus on profit over guest experience. Having had spa treatments, and more so working in large spa environments throughout my career, my pet hate was rushing the client which resulted in dissatisfied staff and even more dissatisfied customers.
I’m also a believer of a balanced and holistic approach to beauty and wellbeing. You can slap on all the Creme de la Mer or gold infused tonics in the world, but if you are out of balance internally – physically or mentally, it will show through in your skin.
Everyone has their own natural beauty and I would rather focus my attention on this. You should leave a spa feeling fabulous, pampered and confident.
As tempting as the revenue from Botox or eyelash extensions are, neither are good for you or natural, I like to bring out our guests inner beauty and make them feel fabulous.
Our Awards & Nominations
Muddy Stilettos Best Spa in Bucks and Oxfordshire – Winner – 2016
Muddy Stilettos Best Spa in Bucks and Oxfordshire – Runner Up – 2017
Hair & Beauty Awards – Best Massage Therapist – SE & SW England – 2019
Hair & Beauty Awards – Best Spa Runner up- SE & SW England – 2019
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 2019