Body Sanctum Day Spa offers massage, spa packages, facials and beauty treatements in a tranquil environment; an experience; a place to rejuvenate, relax and let your cares just float away.
Recently renovated, we have created an urban oasis with an atmosphere that is warm, inviting, soothing and an escape from the busy adventures that Queenstown offers.
Take a holiday from your busy life and let the hands of our expert therapists work their magic. We all know that in today’s environment, our lives are just forever busy, we never have enough time! Body Sanctum has been designed with all this and especially YOU in mind. We have designed our extensive menu to offer espresso treatments to luxury indulgence, whatever you desire and whatever time you have. Allow our experienced staff take you to another world…You deserve it!
Body Sanctum Day Spa is an award-winning spa in the heart of Queenstown. Owned and operated by Judi Sneddon, the brand was established in 1999, expanding Judi’s solo massage enterprise into Queenstown’s very first and exclusive Day Spa.
Since opening on July 31st 1999, Body Sanctum have become Queenstown’s largest independant Day Spa and have a team of 20+ staff across their Day Spa in the town centre and the Beauty Lounge in Frankton. The Beauty Lounge was established in 2010 offering a advanced skincare menu.
To this day, our strict hiring policy ensures the highest level of quality across our team of internationally trained therapists, ensuring the quality of treatments at our Spa.
Take a moment for yourself and relax at Body Sanctum Day Spa, Queenstown.
Our spa is centrally located in the heart of Queenstown and has been newly renovated to offer you a tranquil escape from busy everyday life.
Meet the Front Line
Owner & Director
About Judi >
Owner & Director
Originally from South Africa, Judi arrived in Queenstown to live in 1989 after travelling the world for a number of years and fell in love with this beautiful town on her travels. She qualified as a massage therapist whilst living in Australia and the rest is history! In 1999, at the age of 35 and as a single Mum, she took a risky move to bring Queenstown its first exclusive Day Spa and has grown the business into an award-winning spa over the 20 years in operation. In 2010 she opened up a secondary location in Frankton (the Beauty Lounge) to provide advanced skincare and beauty treatments to local clientele. Her passion for massage and spa treatments has driven the business to achieve huge successes with the overwhelming support of her team and clients.
Favourite Treatment to receive: Massage
Favourite Product: 818 One Truth Serum, O Cosmedics Potent Retinol (Face), Coconut Lime Blossom Body Lotion by Pure Fiji (Body).
Fun Fact: Judi was the first female river surfing guide in the world, the first female Snowboarder in New Zealand and opened the first Day Spa in Queenstown!
Body Sanctum team member since: July 1999
Sales & Marketing
About Lexi >
Sales & Marketing
Lexi made the leap over the pond back in December 2016 after a 6 year career in events, sales and marketing in London. Having studied Interior Architecture at university in Cardiff, Wales, her design background and creative edge lead her into brand marketing early on in her previous role and she moved into the role of Marketing Manager. Before joining the team at Body Sanctum, Lexi was keen to find the ‘perfect-fit’ company for the long-term to settle down in Queenstown and put her stamp on the brand, Body Sanctum was that company 🙂
Favourite Treatment to receive: Lexi loves the O Cosmedics treatment facial as the products are so effective for her hormonal skin flare ups! She’s also a regular for shellac manicures and a guinea pig for testing out all of the amazing new CND colours.
Favourite Product: O Cosmedics 3-in-1 Fruit Peel Mask, this is her go-to weekly peel to totally clear up any emerging break outs! This plus the Pure FIji lip balm are her two desert island items.
Fun Fact: Lexi grew up in Hong Kong as an expat to a 2nd gen expat family. While she holds a British passport, she finds it hard to pin-point one location in the world as ‘home’. Having been born in Germany to a military father, then relocating to Hong Kong at the age of 1, studying abroad at a boarding school, taking a year out to study Chinese in Beijing, then working in London and moving to NZ, we can see why that might be tricky!
Body Sanctum team member since: March 2017
About Samara (coming soon) >
About Helena (coming soon) >
Meet the Remedial Massage Therapists
About Mason (coming soon) >
About Rahel >
Remedial Massage Therapist
Remedial therapist Rahel (Rachel) is originally from the Swiss-German speaking part of Switzerland.
She graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 and has treated a wide spectrum of clients, including adolescents, adults, geriatric and both ambitious and hobby athletes. Having a background as a physiotherapist gives her the knowledge to target the muscles differently and more precisely as she works through the muscles chains to complete her massage. She also loves analysing the human body and its function that is why she has completed the Analytical Biomechanics and Treatment Concept according to Raymond Sohier which allows her to apply this therapy for rheumatic, traumatic and orthopaedic pathologies of the spine and the joints.
She has earned diplomas in Dry needling, SART sports coaching, Myofascial Kinesiology Taping. Loving any kind of sport she’s the one you have to see after an injury, preparing for a marathon or for regeneration and you will have the pleasure of experiencing her passion for deep tissue, trigger point and sports massage.
Favourite Treatment to give: Deep tissue massage combined with Trigger Point Therapy and the add-on Dry Needling.
Favourite Treatment to receive: A head massage as well as a Mani/Pedi.
Favourite Product: Skin Deep Manuka Honey because it’s a New Zealand local product and the honey is just delicious!
Fun Fact: I’m the biggest cheese eater you’ve ever met. Another passion of mine is making my own bread.
Body Sanctum team member since: October 2020
About Jo (coming soon) >
About Dany >
Remedial Massage Therapist
Dany Ponce Buxton
Dany is an extensively trained remedial massage therapist with a background spanning a variety of modalities to treat muscles and injury. She specialises in remedial massage, trigger point therapy, sports massage, deep tissue massage, manual therapy, Orthopaedic cupping and dry needling.
A fully qualified Physiotherapist with a master degree in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, Dani has also completed advanced training in Kinetic control, Shiley Sahrmann: movement impairment syndromes, dry needling and pain management.
Originally from Chile, where she worked as a physio, Dani left her home country to travel throughout Australia and South East Asia before settling in New Zealand and has since worked as a Remedial Massage therapist in Queenstown.
What drew her to this career was her love for sports and how the body moves. She found that a lot of our aches and pains come from tight or overstretched muscles, and in her experience, massage is the best tool to deal with that!
Favourite Treatment to Give: Remedial massag
Favourite Treatment to Receive: Pure Fiji island facial & ritual
Favourite Product: All of the pure Fiji products because she feels like she is on holiday every time she uses them!
Fun Fact: Her top 3 things she loves are snowboarding, puppies and food! She also used to compete at a national level in the long jump for her Country.
Body Sanctum Team Member Since: October 2020
About Maria (coming soon) >
Meet the Spa & Massage Therapists
About Una >
Una has always enjoyed looking after people to make them feel good and help them out with their beauty needs. She takes pride in her environment and loves meeting new people, which lead her to complete her training back in Fiji in the year 2000 with diplomas in both Beauty Therapy and Consultation, Tourism and Hospitality. She has studied Lomi Lomi, Fijian Bobo massage, and Fijian hot stone (did you know this was originally for warriors and pregnant women to help them relax their muscles?). She has worked in both Fiji and New Zealand in 11 different resorts and cruise ships. Una loves having the ability to share her gift with each and every one of her clients, which is why her speciality really lies in body treatments. With body treatments, she can really connect with her clients and make them feel, not just look, amazing!
Favourite Treatment to give: The Prince or Princess Package – A 3.5 hour long deluxe set of treatments. You couldn’t get much more pampering than this one!
Favourite Treatment to receive: Our signature massage, for all of it’s glorious relaxation benefits! Massage therapists need massages too 🙂
Favourite Product: Pure Fiji White Gingerlily Body Oil, because it’s more for relaxation, it’s fantastic for stress relief as it’s not too strong, and it is nice and soft for aging skin due to the dilo oil in it.
Fun Fact: Una loves cooking and adventures (as long as it doesn’t involve heights!), meeting and helping people.
Body Sanctum team member since: March 2018
About Abbie >
Abbie has always wanted a career that involves helping people. She received her first certificate in sports massage in college back in England and has since pursued a career in the field of massage and healing therapies.
As well as her massage qualifications, Abbie also holds a Level 1 certificate in Reiki and her nurturing soul has a strong passion for holistic healing and healing the body from the inside out.
While she enjoys performing deep tissue massage and promoting deep muscle release, she loves performing relaxation massage and experiencing the feeling when a person’s energy and body relax during a treatment, “It’s something so rewarding”.
Through Reiki, her techniques enhance her massage process and encourage relaxation from the inside out making it easier to massage any tension away. You may not realise that you’re holding stress in other areas of the body, like your stomach.
Favourite Treatment to Give: 90 minute relaxation massage, but she also enjoys the Manuka Honey Facial.
Favourite Treatment to Receive: O Cosmedics facial because it has been amazing for her acne prone skin.
Favourite Product: Pure Fiji Coconut Lime Blossom Sugar Rub because it smells incredible and leaves your skin feeling smooth.
Fun Fact: Abbie has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania!
Body Sanctum team member since: November 2018
About Stacey >
Spa Manager / Therapist
Stacey is Itec qualified, which is an international anatomy, physiology, and massage therapy program in the UK. She has also taken a Reflexology course at Itec, manual lymphatic drainage course in the UK, and Reiki, Indian Head and Infant massage courses in New Zealand. But her specialty really is Holistic massage, because this is where she feels she can really make a difference to someone’s overall wellbeing. What helped her come to this realization? Stacey came from an admin background where she worked at an investment bank in London and was stuck behind a computer desk every day. So in 2002, she decided to study massage therapy and do it on the side. Eventually, she felt so rewarded when she could make a difference in someone’s life, that she quit her admin job and pursued massage therapy full-time.
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Favourite Treatment to give: Stacey’s favourite Body Sanctum treatment to give is the Luxury Escape Package because she loves giving someone a pampering from head to toe.
Favourite Treatment to receive: Stacey’s favourite Body Sanctum treatment to receive is a deep tissue massage.
Favourite Product: Stacey’s favourite product at Body Sanctum is the Pure Fiji Coconut Lime Blossom Sugar Scrub because the smell is divine and she loves how her skin feels afterwards. And it lasts forever!
Fun Fact: Everytime someone says something, Stacey can think of a song that has those words in a verse or lyric. Maybe that’s why she is teaching herself guitar!
Body Sanctum team member since: October 2015
About Lorène >
Back in France in 2009, Lorène took a business management course and studied at a beauty school for 5 years. Additionally, she has taken special facial courses such as Japanese facial massage techniques, Aruveydic massage, and specialty nail courses. Why so much training? Because looking after her clients is her passion, and it’s obvious by the quality of her technique and treatments! This has allowed her to work in France, Australia and New Zealand and although she loves everything about beauty, her speciality is facials because it’s a great way to combine relaxation and results.
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Favourite Treatment to give: Lorène’s favourite Body Sanctum treatment to give is the O Cosmedics Facial, because it is such a relaxing treatment and you can see the results right away. She thinks it’s incredible how much your skin glows and looks and feels afterwards. Favourite Treatment to receive: That’s probably why Lorène’s favourite Body Sanctum treatment to receive is the O Cosmedics Facial!
Favourite Product: Lorène’s favourite product at the spa is the Pure Age Defiance Serum from O Cosmedics because it plumps and firms your skin. It’s great for hydration and aging. Especially for this cold and dry weather we have in Queenstown.
Fun Fact: Lorène first became interested in beauty therapy because she liked plucking out the hairs from her dad’s nose…it was their Sunday afternoon ritual!
Body Sanctum team member since: June 2017
About Teresa >
Teresa Shanti is a holistic therapist for inner peace with more than 10 years in the medical therapeutic & energetic healing field bringing a huge amount of experience with her at high class Spa & Retreats in New Zealand, Australia, Germany and on cruise ships. She has always been inspired to volunteer her time to uplifting others, especially those who perhaps have financial, health or hardship situations.
She is supporting our team at Body Sanctum with deep relaxing and deep tissue treatments for your body & mind.
Teresa’s ‘Shanti Sessions’ are holistic healing sessions that combine energy healing with therapeutic release techniques for a full physical, emotional & spiritual session. You’ll receive massage treatments with a combination of sports therapeutic muscle release techniques & different energy work such as reiki & access bars.
“Feel more centered in yourself, feel more aligned with yourself, feel recharged & empowered” – Teresa Shanti.
Follow her Instagram account here to learn more about her offerings like Shanti Sessions, Shanti Workshops & Shanti Retreats.Abbie has always wanted a career that involves helping people.
Body Sanctum team member since: December 2020
About Alice (coming soon) >
About Michelle >
Our chosen skincare ranges
About Our Brands
At Body Sanctum Day Spa, we’ve spent more than 20 years trialling the brands that we know work. Our ranges include advanced cosmedical ranges as well as all natural, vegan, cruelty free and locally sourced products.
Advanced Skincare & Beauty
With the latest advanced technologies, cosmeceutical product ranges and highly trained internationally qualified therapists, we’re able to treat any skin condition in a discreet, relaxed and luxury Spa environment with fantastic views over the Remarkables.
Let us, come to you.
If you are feeling overworked, stressed or tired, take a break and treat yourself to a deeply relaxing or therapeutic experience with us in the comfort of your own home or hotel room. We supply everything needed to give you a fantastic massage.