CONTRIBUTED BY MIKAYLA KING
After reading one of the monthly Okinawa Living magazines, I came across an advertisement for a spa and yoga studio called he Shanbio. I had missed my yoga routine back in the states and I wanted to check this place out. The next day while I was walking on the Sunabe Seawall I stopped in at The Shanbio, located along the seawall in the same building as Bella Napoli pizza. The staff there was very friendly and spoke English (always a plus), I signed up for the next yoga class. The yoga studio is located on the fifth floor of the building with the most amazing view of the China Sea.
My first class was awesome; I was hooked and will definitely be returning. The class consisted mostly of local Japanese and myself. The instructor taught in Japanese and in English and made every effort to make me feel confortable. The classes are about 75 minutes. The final savasana is my favorite; you are lying on your mat with a scented towel over your eyes listening to the sounds of the ocean. All I can say is AMAZING!
The Shanbio offers many other spa services. I have had one of their traditional massages and it was great. My husband and I have had a couples massage, he had the hot stone massage and I had a facial. It was amazing. The whole process is wonderful. First you have a mini consultation where they ask a few questions about your health. Then they let you smell several scented oils that they will use during your massage. You are then taken back to a small room that has a wonderful view of the ocean. For the couples massage they had a special room they call the VIP room. They are very concerned with your satisfaction during the massage. After the massage you are taken back out into the lobby area and served some tea or flavored water. I will definitely be going back for another facial. Every month they have a new special on one of their spa services, so during your time here you will be able to enjoy them and probably get a discount.
Prices are comparable to the States, even with this Yen rate. I feel pretty spoiled and will have a hard time finding a yoga studio back in the States to compare to the Shanbio.
Spa: Open daily from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Yoga: Classes are at Mon, Tues, Thur, and Friday 10:00, 12:30. 4:30, Sat and Sun 10:00 and 12:30, Thursday evening they have a class at 7:30
Payment: Yen, Visa, Master Card
Phone: 098-983-7778 (Reservations can be made for both yoga and spa services)
Directions: From Kadena Gate 1 turn left out of the gate and take your first right towards GI Bill Pay. Follow this road to the seawall. When you get to the end there is a pink/peach building on your right hand side that is the building. Park along the seawall and take the elevator up to the fourth floor.