Now more than ever, the desire to maintain a healthy, vibrant and peaceful mind, and body, is foremost in the minds of people. Visit a health club, yoga facility, or treatment spa and you will know what I mean. Whether the reason is we baby boomers wish to keep time from catching up with us, or because the younger generations realize the benefits of healthy living at an early age, taking care of the body and soul is a prime desire of many.
One Upper Valley business that has devoted itself to the care of mind and body for many years is the Strong House Spa in Quechee. Sheila Armen, co-owner of the Strong House Spa, finds that over the years, her clients have increasingly been seeking a greater range of healthy living opportunities, and Strong House has complied by answering with an impressive array of services offered.
Celebrating 25 years in operation this year, the business was founded in 1992 by current co-owner Shelly Yusko. The early version of Strong House was located in Hanover, and Armen, a client at the time, soon invested in the business and became a co-owner. Realizing they needed a new, larger facility for the growing business, Armen and Yusko bought the historic Jedediah Strong House in Quechee in 1994. Buying the building to house the spa was an easy decision, said Armen. “When I walked in, the energy of the building was friendly, very inviting,” Armen said.
After an extensive three year remodeling and renovation process, which included changes to the building’s floor plan, and updating of systems, including electrical and heating, Strong House was ready to serve clients. In 1999, a complimentary barn was built on the property, to house more services, including a yoga studio. Today, besides housing Strong House services, the barn is home to LifeCycle Wellness Center, another health centered business.
Strong House clients come from a wide range of backgrounds; some are serious amateur athletes recovering from injuries or dealing with chronic pain, others include groups such as wedding parties coming to partake in the relaxing services offered, such as massage or sauna. Massage has a long tradition at Strong House; “It’s still the most popular,” said Armen.
Many area athletes that take part in events such as The Prouty and the Covered Bridges Half Marathon are clients of the Strong House Spa, whether preparing for an event, or recovering afterwards.
The Strong House Spa is at 694 Main Street in Quechee. The phone number is (802) 295-1718, and their email is firstname.lastname@example.org.