Jan 11 2010

What does it mean to be well?

Mary White

Mary White

by Kristin Hackler
“My hand hurts,” said the man as he cradled his arm, struggling to keep his fingers from moving for fear of the shooting pain that would follow. “And my golf game has been horrible,” he muttered. Mary White studied his hand and then looked him in the eyes. “Do you think you might be gripping your golf club to hard?” she asked. His head popped up with the sudden epiphany. “You know,” he said, “I think I have.”

When it comes to the body, the majority of people see theirs as though through a veil with a hundred small holes poked in it. They see this problem and that problem, but rarely look at it as a whole. The man with the too-firm grip was so focused on the pain in his hand that he neglected to look at related problems as the potential source of his pain. On a broader basis, many people will neglect to look at their daily activities and question whether or not they contribute to a particular ailment. Quite often, something that one has been doing for several years – such as jogging without stretching – could be contributing to a serious physical problem, but they don’t look to their history, or outside of their immediate area of pain, for answers. They feel a problem and want it fixed; end of story.

For Mary, the veils and narrow views of injury, both physical and mental, do not exist. After almost a decade of higher education resulting in a double major in Psychology and Philosophy from Wells College, a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Seaton Hall, and degrees in massage and sports and movement therapies, Mary White has learned to see past singular problems and focus on the body and life history of an individual to find the solution. She has taken this knowledge with her around the world, working in resorts and offering private therapy sessions in places ranging from the Berkshires to the Turks and Caicos, to the misty shores of Ireland. Eventually, Mary found her way to Seabrook Island.

Today, Mary White offers her wellness services through the Lake House on Seabrook Island, but she’s not ready to stop there. With so much to offer, she’s found that there’s an element or two missing from her service menu that would almost require a new venue from which to offer them: and she’s found it.

Just above Red Sky Grille at the entrance to Seabrook Island is a space ideal for a full service day spa, and with the inclusion of the former convenience store, Mary is prepared to take on every one of the human senses and set them straight. She calls it “Spa Cuisine”. Offering a full menu of treatments – from manicures/pedicures to massage and deep tissue therapy – the spa includes a low-key, casual café in the old convenience store location which will focus on simply prepared, locally sourced breakfast and lunch items.

“The concept of Spa Cuisine is ‘Are you using the right products for your mental chemistry?’” says Mary. “I’ve had fifteen years in this industry. I’ve met some amazing people and I’ve been to some amazing places, and I’m looking forward to sharing all that I have to offer.”

Spa Cuisine is expected to open sometime in late February. For more information on the spa, as well as Mary’s many wellness services, visit

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