Holistic Harmoney Close to Home
A Visit to Lotus Center
By Hilary Diack
Not long ago a visit to a wellbeing center involved a trek across town in heavy traffic, now residents on the west side of town can enjoy a serene and relaxing spot which offers a wide range of wellbeing activities and services, right in the heart of their own community.
Lotus Center was opened a year ago by partners Mona Aly and Nahla Salem, in response to a demand for holistic therapies, courses and lectures for local residents.
Cairo West Magazine popped in for a visit to learn more:
CWM: What is the inspiration behind Lotus Center?
M.A.: I previously worked as certified beauty therapist in addition to having completed studies in homeopathy and holistic therapies. I had worked from home but saw a need to expand into a larger space, so Lotus Centre was created. I convinced my friend Nahla Salem to join me about a year ago, and just recently Sherine Fakoussa also joined our team.
What does the center offer?
M.A.: We have a range of regular fitness and wellbeing classes such as zumba, yoga, belly dancing, Latin dance and Pilates. We have Kung Fu for children, as well as art and guitar classes. The centre also offers beauty treatments, reiki, homeopathy, oxygen therapy, reflexology, Indian face lift massage and interesting lectures on related subjects.
We hold a monthly market as well, with organic foodstuffs and produce, delicious bakery products from Bakeliscious and handicrafts. It is worth noting that many of the baked products are gluten-free.
Which beauty treatments are available?
The centre has body treatments and scrubs. We also have a range of facials, hair treatments, nail treatments and manicures.
Are your consultants and course holders qualified?
M.A.: Definitely. We hold ourselves to very high standards so ensure that we only work with trained professionals.
Which days are you open?
M.A.: We are open daily except for Fridays, with classes starting as early as 8 a.m. and winding up in the evening. Full information is available on our website.
How much do the activities and courses cost?
M.A.: If anyone wants to pop in to join a session it is EGP 75, or EGP 400 for a package of eight sessions. Monthly membership is available for EGP 550, allowing the member to attend any classes that interest them. Kung Fu for children is EGP 200 per month.
What facilities do you have for visitors?
M.A.: Everything they would expect, large bathrooms, showers and lockers and a choice of snacks. We hope to have a juice bar with freshly prepared juices in the near future as well.