Women in Busi­ness

An oa­sis for mind, body and spirit, the As­suage Luxury Spa is one woman’s en­deavor to blend beauty and well­ness

RSWLiving - - Features - BY SU­SAN BENNETT Su­san Bennett is a South­west Florida public re­la­tions and mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sional and guest con­trib­u­tor to TOTI Me­dia.

Open­ing her own spa was Tehjan Sherif Pren­diville’s dream. To­day her As­suage Luxury Spa wel­comes those seek­ing an oa­sis for mind, body and spirit.

Some call it a sanc­tu­ary. Oth­ers call it an oa­sis for the soul. As­suage Luxury Spa in Fort My­ers is both. As­suage, which means to soothe, re­lieve or ease, is the cre­ation of Tehjan Sherif Pren­diville, who brings a life­time of men­tal health ex­pe­ri­ence to her lat­est busi­ness ven­ture. “I wanted to set the stage for plea­sure by cre­at­ing a re­lax­ing, in­ti­mate at­mos­phere that fo­cuses on mind, body and spirit,” she says.

Her vi­sion in­cludes fresh flow­ers, sooth­ing mu­sic, dim light­ing and ex­otic treat­ments from around the globe. Ev­ery­day stresses melt away the mo­ment guests en­ter the Moroc­can-in­spired spa tucked in a quiet cor­ner on Cy­press Lake Drive in Fort My­ers. Gra­cious staff of­fer cu­cum­ber, lemon and mint-in­fused wa­ter be­fore and af­ter treat­ments, which can be com­bined with time spent in the sauna or steam bath to ex­tend the ex­pe­ri­ence. And be­cause the bou­tique spa is small by de­sign, you may be the only per­son there, mak­ing it seem like your own pri­vate spa.

Tehjan’s hus­band, fa­cial plas­tic sur­geon Dr. Stephen Pren­diville, has an of­fice ad­ja­cent to As­suage and serves as med­i­cal direc­tor for the spa. “I was pleased about As­suage from the in­cep­tion of the idea of the spa be­cause of its po­ten­tial to be of value to my pa­tients,” says Pren­diville. “As­suage in its phys­i­cal form has far ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions. To begin with, it is a beau­ti­ful and very peace­ful lit­tle oa­sis that im­me­di­ately makes you feel re­laxed. Se­condly, the staff is top-notch and go out of their way to make you feel wel­come. Lastly, the treat­ments of­fered are ex­pertly ex­e­cuted and the feed­back we have re­ceived has been amaz­ing.”

Tehjan’s con­cept is as unique as the force be­hind it. Born in the Mid­dle East, she has trav­eled the world with a spe­cial in­ter­est in cul­tural heal­ing. She moved to the United States as a child, grow­ing up in Ari­zona.

As­suage, which means to soothe, re­lieve or ease, is the cre­ation of Tehjan Sherif Pren­diville, who brings a life­time of men­tal health ex­pe­ri­ence to her lat­est busi­ness ven­ture.

While many peo­ple may take years to dis­cover their life’s work, Tehjan knew ex­actly what she wanted to do when she was just 13 years old. While work­ing as a candy-striper in a men­tal health fa­cil­ity in Ari­zona, where she played cards and games with the pa­tients, it dawned on her.

“Peo­ple have a role in life. I be­lieve I was born into the role of ser­vice,” says the stat­uesque Tehjan, who be­came a reg­is­tered nurse cer­ti­fied in psy­chi­atric nurs­ing. That knowl­edge led her to own and op­er­ate men­tal health fa­cil­i­ties in Louisiana, Mis­sis­sippi and Florida dur­ing her 26-year ca­reer in the men­tal health field.

Tehjan moved to South­west Florida in 2007 and has since sold all of her men­tal health fa­cil­i­ties to fo­cus on well­ness, beauty and healthy aging. She be­lieves in tak­ing a holis­tic ap­proach to health and well­ness. For ex­am­ple, she leads a Mon­day evening group ther­apy ses­sion for women at As­suage Spa to help them re­solve per­sonal is­sues in their own lives.

The cur­rent spa lo­ca­tion in Fort My­ers soon will be joined by a sec­ond lo­ca­tion in North Naples on Piper Boule­vard. Its open­ing is planned for later this sum­mer. The new 2,800-square-foot spa will in­clude five treat­ment rooms, two shower rooms (one each for men and women) and a co-ed sauna.

As­suage of­fers all the treat­ments typ­i­cally ex­pected from a luxury spa and much more. For the skin, spe­cial fa­cials and peels are on the menu, along with mas­sages, cel­lulite re­duc­tion wraps and detox­i­fy­ing body treat­ments. A full line of in­jecta­bles, such as Botox, Sculp­tra, Juve­d­erm, Radiesse, Resty­lane, Resty­lane Silk and Voluma will be avail­able at both lo­ca­tions and will be ad­min­is­tered by Dr. Pren­diville.

A membership plan is avail­able at dis­counted rates for mul­ti­ple ser­vices as well as sin­gle treat­ments and is trans­ferrable to friends and fam­ily. It can be used at ei­ther spa.

Tehjan be­lieves in prac­tic­ing what she preaches. Her own ex­er­cise reg­i­men in­cludes yoga and danc­ing—es­pe­cially Ca­jun and zy­deco, a form of jit­ter­bug that’s as en­er­getic as Tehjan her­self. Rather than stress about di­et­ing, Tehjan fo­cuses on eat­ing good food made from nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents and eat­ing in mod­er­a­tion.

When the Pren­divilles want to get away from it all, they spend time boat­ing (Dr. Pren­diville is an avid fish­er­man), trav­el­ing and vis­it­ing with fam­ily and friends. Tehjan and her hus­band are known for host­ing par­ties at their river­front home in Fort My­ers.

“I love fun par­ties where peo­ple can be them­selves and feel free. If I had only two words to de­scribe my­self, they would be ‘com­pas­sion­ate’ and ‘joy­ful,’” Tehjan says. And that’s the feel­ing she brings to As­suage Luxury Spa.

Tehjan Sherif Pren­diville Moroc­can-in­spired decor adds a touch of the ex­otic to the treat­ment rooms at the As­suage Luxury Spa in Fort My­ers.

The re­lax­ing and invit­ing am­bi­ence of the As­suage Luxury Spa; med­i­cal direc­tor Dr. Stephen Pren­diville and spa owner Tehjan Sherif Pren­diville

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