"We both floated in Floatation Pods in London and decided we wanted to bring them to Newcastle!" says Lee, co-owner of Sensom. The concept of our studio and spa has grown over many years. Fundamental to offering a holistic experience in health and wellbeing was providing a venue that embodied a feeling of relaxation, peace and stillness offering high quality Floatation Pods, Yoga, Massage and Meditation. After spending two years looking Lee and Andrew had almost given up on finding the right space in Newcastle. But as the saying goes – “…let it go and if it's meant to be, it will happen”; and happen it did! Out of the blue they heard about a former hall in the Newcastle suburb of Lambton and set about its conversion to offering 2 Floatation pods, 2 Yoga studios ( ground floor and mezzanine ) and a meditation space, massage and body therapy rooms. With the addition of the most modern, advanced Floatation Pods available in the market, the studio is a space that is not only beautiful but also delivers a unique experience for you to restore your body, rest your mind and re-connect with your spirit.
Lee has practised and studied meditation from a young age and her journey has continued with living and working in meditation centres and ashrams in Australia and overseas. She has studied extensively in complimentary health therapies, meditation and yoga. Lee has taught in some of Australia's leading colleges, managed health and wellness centres and Day Spa's. She began in business with the Natural Health and Float Centre in Newcastle and was instrumental in bringing the first floatation tanks to Newcastle in the 1980's. Some years later, she opened Life Body Beauty Wellness and now the journey continues with Sensom Health and Wellbeing. Lee loves to share her knowledge and support people on their own personal journey with healthy lifestyle, yoga and meditation.
Lee has senior qualifications in Remedial Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Shiatsu, Breath Therapy, Polarity Therapy and Reiki. Her studies of yoga began with Iyengar and Ashtanga but she fell in love with Oki- Do Yoga and studied under Daniel Weber at the East West Centre Sydney and Naturecare College Sydney. Further study in Yin Yang Yoga and Power Hot Yoga @ Yogabodyworks and Hatha Yoga at Living Peace Yoga Toronto,Prenatal Yoga with Bliss Yoga and Restorative Yoga with Donna Farhi. Lee has studied with many teachers of meditation in Australia, India and the United States. She is an endorsed Meditation Teacher with The Gawler Foundation, Australia and Senior Teacher with MAA ( Meditation Association of Australia ), ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society) member and a registered Level 2 Teacher with YA ( Yoga Australia ).
Andrew is a Level 1 Yoga Australia teacher and has a background in education and coaching. A qualified teacher, he studied philosophy for his M.Phil at the University of Cambridge. He has taught at all age levels in a variety of schools and colleges including University level where as a senior lecturer he taught teacher and coach education, and sports science.
Andrew has a history of playing and coaching elite level Rugby Union. For a number of years he worked as a coach educator for the England Rugby Football Union, having previously coached internationally in both 7s and 15s. Professionally he has developed sports teaching & coaching software, apps and training modules for multiple sports disciplines and National Governing Bodies of Sport. An advocate for meditation and mindfulness and its benefits, he has used both in his personal and professional life, and brings this into his yoga teaching.
Leah was born and raised in the US Virgin Islands. Introduced to yoga at a young age by her grandmother, she has always been fascinated by how our bodies move grow and change. After a Bachelor of Studio Arts degree she began sailing through the Caribbean and the Eastern seaboard of North America. The Ocean was her livelihood. When it was time for a sea change, she came ashore to study the healing arts.
Yoga teacher Training at the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas, followed by Thai Yoga Massage at the lotus Palm school in Toronto lit the fires of her now life’s passion.
Leah became a nationally certified massage therapist in the US in 2004, and continues to educate herself in the art and science of yoga and massage. Her holistic massage therapy is infused with intelligence, compassion and a nurturing touch. Ayurveda, Thai yoga massage, Swedish massage, as well as Reflexology, Aromatherapy, and guided meditations inform her massage technique.
Tracey believes that no matter how old or wise you are, yoga can enrich all aspects of your life - mind, body, energy and spirit. She says 'No two bodies are alike; we are all unique with our own story. Yoga is our ticket to living a more independent, free and happy life'.
Tracey was drawn to Yoga many years ago, as a natural remedy for dealing with her own health and mobility issues. “Yoga was, and still is, my healer and my teacher”.
Tracey has studied with Satyananda Yoga, Mangrove Mountain and Living Peace Yoga, Toronto. She is passionate about helping people regain their strength, flexibility and balance and says "Through Yoga we learn to observe our self, strengthen our mind and body and be fearless in achieving our goals in life".