Happy Feet in Sag Harbor is a unique spa that specializes in foot reflexology, and also offers massage therapy and facials.
“Having this space has just been such an enjoyable experience,” says Christopher Roger, who co-owns the business with his Valentine, Wei Wei. She hails from Kunming, China, where spas like Happy Feet are common. The couple have been working to open Happy Feet since June, and their plans finally came to fruition this past December.
Wei Wei’s passion for pampering is evident in every aspect of Happy Feet. Comfort is the overarching theme, as the overall experience focuses on the patron’s needs. The intimate space is decorated with paper parasols, and cherry blossoms climb the walls. With soft music wafting throughout, Happy Feet has a calming vibe and an ambience that takes you away from the hectic nature of the day-to-day, immediately bringing to mind relaxing thoughts.
Overstuffed armchairs for reflexology treatments line the right side of the room, and curtained spaces that allow for privacy are on the left. The peaceful scene is completed by the soft mood-music and the subtle aroma of flowers, likely coming from the warm rose petal footbath that accompanies the reflexology treatment—or the freshly made tea that is available to patrons.
Are we really in Sag Harbor? Visitors are asked to please turn off their cellphones. Now we’ve definitely traveled far away.
One “happy”—naturally—regular remarked that it’s her “home away from home;” “Sag Harbor’s best-kept secret;” and a “great addition to the community” when we ran into her on the street.
“If you benefit from reflexology, this is the place to go,” she noted before continuing on her way.
In reflexology, parts of the foot correspond to parts of the body, including internal organs. For example, the tops of the toes are connected to the brain. And just above your arch is for the heart. The treatment allows you to truly put your mind at ease. Kevin worked on my feet for an hour—the standard treatment time—expertly whisking away any pent up tension. A healing process for the whole body, the reflexology at Happy Feet includes a hand and shoulder massage, and hot stones used on the feet will make you forget the frosty temperatures outside.
Benefites of reflexology include an increase in overall wellness like expelling toxins, enhancing the immune system, improving circulation, eliminating body odors or chronic bad breath and increasing skin clarity. It stimulates and cleanses your organs. All of the employees have years of experience, providing the best in reflexology’s healing powers.
“It’s a way for people to six down and relax,” says Christopher.
The couple met through a phone dating service, and Christopher traveled to Flushing, Queens to meet Wei Wei. Once the two began dating seriously, he traveled to Wei Wei’s hometown in China on a whirlwind adventure to meet her family. The experience brought them closer together, and they were married in 2009 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Southampton. The now live within walking distance of the business.
Perhaps a reflexology treatment is in store after stressing out at the thought of diving into the bay for the HarborFrost Polar Bear Plunge? Everyone—including your Valentine—can use a boost.
Happy Feet is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., leaving ample time to stop in after a stressful day of work. The hour-long foot reflexology treatment costs $35, and an hour-long facial is $55.
2 Division Street, Sag Harbor, 631-808-3009