By Grace Samuelson, Holly Wetterling, Casey Bennett, Murphy Thompson
Photo by Casey Bennett
Florence University of the Arts has recently opened the Sorgiva Wellness Learning Lab. The spa is operated by students and faculty of Apicius International School of Hospitality and is located in the center of Florence next to the Duomo in Via Ricasoli 21.
Sorgiva offers several spa therapies and beauty treatments including manicures, pedicures, face and body treatments, as well as massages, combined with essential oils and natural ingredients to ensure a unique experience. Some of the massages include the Swedish massage, chocolate massage, and aromatherapy massage. Sorgiva Wellness Learning Lab features a hammam, and a sauna. Sorgiva also offers lymphatic drainage sessions, body and hand peeling, reflexology treatment, and waxes.
Sorgiva Wellness Learning Lab allows students to go beyond lecture and integrates experiential learning into the classroom. Students looking to relax are able to go enjoy the spas services and students in the hospitality field are able to gain experience in spa management. The spa opened for the spring semester of 2019 and FUA students may also use their meal plan units for spa treatments.
FUA student, Bryan Cruz, was involved in Sorgiva operations for a project related to his business management class. Bryan shared how he assisted with the front desk and checked clients in, gave them the key to their locker, and had them sign the release and allergen form. He estimated that on average there is one booking per hour and that the most popular treatments so far are manicures, pedicures, or facials.
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