Think Big – Building from Scratch

Saga Fitness is a small spa/fitness consulting company with a global reach. In the last 10 years we have worked in Bali, Indonesia, in Cancun, Mexico, in Hua Hin, Thailand, in Washington DC, US, in Hawaii, US, and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We are still going strong, exploring projects in Florida, US, and Vietnam.

We – thanks to our expert colleagues and associates – keep doing innovative, functional and well-functioning spa and wellness centers, destination spas and day spas.

Reputation as an Industry Leader

The reputation you built for your destination or day spa is a challenged every day by your competition. Clients coming to a resort or spa and taking advantage of the spa facilities are experienced in receiving spa services. When they go home they want to brag about the fabulous time they had on vacation and not just about being refreshed and want to continue these treatments. Sharing the experience and telling about a new and excellent treatment or healing modality they had at your spa caps off the telling.

The competition is high for attracting clients and ones that have memorable experiences are likely to return. If the stories they tell are good enough, these satisfied guests will send friends your way. The hard part for you is making sure you are offering the highest quality and desirable treatments.

Creativity and upgrading are your best resources for keeping ahead of the curve. Some of the newest therapies being offered are some of the oldest healing arts. Adding and changing services while maintaining the highest quality in core offerings keeps guests interested and coming back.

When you are ready to begin planning for expanded service offerings or to refresh the programs offered at you spa, an experienced consultant would facilitate your process as well as promote the best possible training. Having access to resources and contacts, and being knowledgeable about industry trends, a professional spa consultant can help you design a suite of services that fits your operation.

At Saga Fitness, we are seeing the successful introduction of services that include Sound Healing, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch Meditation, Posture Training and others. We work with Dr. Buathon Thienarrom of the Sukkasart Hua Hin in Thailand for developing spa concepts that incorporate new in depth training for these modalities.

Knowing how to include and implement new therapies with the highest quality in your operation is key to the success of your offering. A program of services that incorporates unusual and healing treatments will enhance your reputation as an industry leader. Guests who experience new services will spread the word that your spa is the one to go to for vacation or to visit for ongoing benefits while at home.

Tibetan Singing Bowls for Healing

Some of the best new ideas are old ones when it comes to healing practices. Healing professionals are reintroducing ancient methods like the Tibetan Singing Bowls into their practices. Use of singing bowls originated in the pre-Buddhist Shamanic Bon Po culture in the Himalayan Mountains.

Traditionally, the bowls were made of seven sacred metals, corresponding to the seven planets: GOLD- Sun, MERCURY- Mercury, IRON- Mars, LEAD- Saturn, SILVER- Moon, COPPER- Venus and TIN- Jupiter. The iron originally used to make these bowls was from meteorites found high up in the mountains.  The tonal vibration of each metal contributes to a complex blended sound when a bowl is activated.

To activate the sound, a wooden rod is lightly dragged around the edge or sides of a bowl.  Often several bowls of different sizes and therefore different tonal ranges are rung together creating a “sound bath”.  The ringing induces a deep relaxation state in a listener.  Healers say the vibrations activate water molecules in a person’s cells to promote healing.

The healing power of the bowls was shrouded in mystery.  Unlike other Tibetan practices that were well documented, as part of the Tibetan Buddhist Cannon, there was nothing written about the healing powers or spiritual practices of the singing bowls.  Mention of the Tibetan bowls was limited to its use by pregnant women for eating. Metals in the bowl would leach into the woman’s food in very low levels giving her a homeopathic dose of minerals.   It is hard to believe that a precious handmade object as this was intended only as a food container.

A deeper look at Tibetan culture reveals the Singing bowls as much more. These bowls were found in both monasteries and private homes.  The highest Lamas were using them in ritual offerings to their Gods and Deities, but it was forbidden to talk about these bowls, even within the monasteries themselves. It is said that the highest Lamas used these bowls for their rituals to travel to another level of consciousness. The singing of the bowls deepened their meditations.

Practitioners perform sound baths for groups of people or for individuals. Using the singing bowls in a clinical or spa setting prior to performing physical treatments helps clients to relax deeply.  This in turn enhances the benefits of treatments that follow.

Taking a sound bath can be a relaxing or spiritual experience.  This is something our ancestors knew and we are learning anew.

A vineyard and a destination spa

Godspeed Vineyards is an artisan grower in the Mt. Veeder Appellation of Napa Valley situated at an altitude of 1500ft. At their Mt. Veeder estate, Larry Striker has over time sold his world-class fruit to recognized wineries including Ed Sbragia, Mayacamas, Robert Craig, William Hill, and Newton & Monticello. Since 1990 Larry has taken advantage of his exceptional vineyard by bottling half his production under his own label. Three wines are produced at Godspeed: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Trinity. All three are made in a very elegant, almost “European” style with an emphasis on the vineyard’s unique micro-climate, as expressed in the wine’s balance and fruit element.

The vineyard is the project of the Larry Stricker family. Larry is an acclaimed architect who has created world-class resort hotels, including the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona; the Marriott Desert Springs Resort and a series of Hawaiian properties including the Halekulani, Kahala Resort, Kapalua Bay Hotel and the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Saga Fitness worked with Larry Striker to design and develop destination spa facilities and programs at his hotel projects.

A great destination hotel and spa is the result of planning, creative design, and good management. A great wine starts with the soil and attention to detail at each step of the wine making process. Larry continues to merge these skills is his architecture and wine making. Click here for additional information about Godspeed Vineyards:

“We had a bountiful harvest and 2014 promises to be a great vintage” – Larry Stricker, owner, Godspeed Vineyards

Experiencing Saga

Worldwide Spa Consulting and Management

Lisa Dobloug has assembled a professional team of architectural, interior design and financial managers to assist in the planning of your resort spa, day spa or wellness center. Saga is known throughout the world for its excellence in concept development, in planning and design with client architect or Saga’s architects. The team’s attention to form and function for each component in the concept plans provides an efficient and practical facility where highest quality services can be administered by the well-trained and professional staff with ease and graciousness.

Resort Hotel Spas, Hotel Spas, Destination Spas

USA IHILANI RESORT & SPA, Oahu, Hawaii, USA – Authentic Thalasso (with sea water) systems Voted Top Five Spa Resorts by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine

BACCARAT RESORT & SPA, Maui, Hawaii, concept development


MARRIOTT’S DESERT SPRINGS SPA, Palm Desert, CA Voted Top Five Spa Resorts by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine









These are just a few of the many Spas that Saga Spa Consulting has assisted in being the best that they can be.

For further information or assistance:

We’re still here!

Lisa is still here for your spa consulting needs. Lisa Dobloug’s an internationally recognized spa and fitness expert. She has designed and managed spas from Thailand to Hawaii to France and has been the personal trainer to presidents and movie stars. Both her destination spa and spa/resort expertise and personal training methods are highly regarded and sought after worldwide. Her experience is synonymous with excellence in, spa management and development.


Hiring a spa consultant is a crucial step in creating an economically sound and successful project, while avoiding the pitfalls through expertise, planning and spa savvy.

Thank you for your interest in Saga Fitness! We will respond via e-mail or telephone at your request. or 954.474.9475

Sukha Journey


Sukha Journey is a Happiness Journey

Sukkasart means “the science of happiness” and its path to learning, educating ourselves in a way that balances our Spirit, Mind, Body, and instills serenity within oneself.

Sukkasart represents an institution that aims to help people become aware and reveal their own individualized self help techniques in order to enable attainment of happiness and promote general well-being.

Sukkasart Institute of Healing Arts is your resource of body–mind and spiritual well-being; focuses on health enhancement, lifestyle, and education for anyone seeking health conscience balancing of body, mind and spirit, Sukkasart will provide training and workshops for health and wellness spa professionals.

Enjoy the transforming energy of this great video with our new partner Sukkasart Healing Institute.

♥ Namaste ♥

ZenNa Tai ~ Healing Thru Transformative Touch

“It is far better if we can heal ourselves without relying on doctors and health practitioners. And wouldn’t the world be a much nicer place if it was filled with healthy, happy people?” – Dr. Buathon

After several years of practice as a healer, Dr. Buathon Thienarrom Ph.D., has developed an integration of healing methods to formulate her own healing technique called ZenNaTai, which means the state of freedom and emptiness connected to each individual’s own manifestation of health and well-being. Through her comprehensive background in nursing, psychology and health sociology, Buathon has been able to grasp the fine balance between traditional/alternative medicine and modern medicine. She fully understands the need for harmony between body and mind in order to achieve well-being from physical and mental development, which are the keys to personal & spiritual fulfillment. Hence, ZenNa Tai was created.

ZenNa Tai is a powerful healing technique that restores, rebalances & rejuvenates the entire body as a whole. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine emphasizing functional channel on the front part of the body which stores the yin energy hidden deep within the interior body where the flow of chi is circulated. It comprises a combination of: Taoist Chi Massage, breathing techniques and posture analysis. Taoist Chi Massage focuses on the abdominal area (the center of chi or energy) which is connected to the internal organs that represent elemental emotion and personality. Breathing promotes better circulation or chi (energy) flow, releasing physical tensions or blockages in the body and training the mind to sustain inner harmony. Posture analysis evaluates the spinal column, gait and other relative muscles and then custom exercises are created that improve sitting, standing, and walking. The combination of these therapies will ensure an overall healing experience in spirit, mind & body creating a harmonious environment for the very best in health and well-being.

Some of the benefits are:

  • Better breathing qualities
  • Cranial tension release
  • Enhances concentration
  • Stimulates lymphatic flow and detoxifies the body
  • Improves digestion
  • Induces deeper states of relaxation and a more peaceful mind

Dr. Buathon is a spa professional who is always seeking to deliver an integration of the body, mind and spirit through good health, with her with her background in Nursing, Psychology and Health Sociology, Buathon approaches health and well being in a holistic way.

Dr. Buathon will conduct a 5 day training program in the Ft. Lauderdale area during the last week in October. The 5-day training program, at the end of which each evaluated participant with appropriate skills and knowledge will receive the ZenNaTai Certificate of completion.
Dates: October 28 through November 1, 2013 The cost per participant / therapist is $ 995.00 (for 5 days) with a minimum of 5 participants, maximum 10 participants; with 8 participants the fee is $925.00 each. More details about seminar to be forthcoming.
Please let us know if you are interested in participating in this extraordinary educational opportunity.

For further information or inquiry, please contact: or 954-474-9475

Spa Consultant To Offer Seminar By Premier Holistic Practitioner

Sukkasart founder/holistic practitioner, Dr. Buathon Thienarrom, and spa consultants, Saga Fitness, will teach her powerful method of healing, ZenNaTai, to therapists and destination spas seeking alternative therapies to enhance their clients’ spa experience, October 28-November 1, 2013 near Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL — Following her success as the Medical Manager and Chi Nei Tsang Practitioner at the renowned Chiva-Som Health Resort in Thailand, Dr. Buathon continued her extensive studies and training in holistic / alternative medicine through Taoism, Chi Nei Tsang, Meditation, Posture Training and Thai traditional medicine. Through her comprehensive background in nursing, her Masters Degree in Counseling and Ph.D on Health Sociology, she understands the fine balance between alternative and modern medicine, and also the need for mind-body harmony to achieve personal and spiritual wellbeing.

After several years of working as a holistic practitioner, Dr. Buathon developed her own healing technique, ZenNaTai, an integration of healing techniques found in Traditional Chinese Medicine. ZenNaTai – The Transformation Touch – is the Touch that guides the mind to be free and empty, allowing the energy to flow. This promotes a state of wellbeing by also integrating simple breathing techniques to generate and circulation energy through the body’s energy channels, thus vitalizing the body as a whole.

The treatment combines Taoist Chi Massage with other elements to promote Chi energy flow in the body to enhance elemental emotion, personality, breathing techniques and postural conditions.

Corporate and destination health retreat clients where spa consultant Dr. Buathon’s ZenNaTai technique has been introduced include: The Mandarin Oriental Spa, Hong Kong; One&Only, Maldives; Six Senses Spas, YaiYa Spa and Resort, Thailand; and Damai / Grand Hyatt, Singapore

As a spa consulting service, Dr. Buathon will conduct a 5-day training program in the Ft. Lauderdale area the last week of October. Each participant in the full training program will receive the ZenNaTai Certificate of Completion.

The cost of the seminar per participant / therapist is $ 995.00 (for 5 days), with a minimum of 5 participants, maximum 10 participants; with 8 participants, the fee is $925.00 each. Details about the seminar to be announced.

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About Saga Fitness

Saga Fitness Inc. / Saga Middle East LLC is a spa consulting, spa design, wellness consulting and spa management company, with more than 30 years of experience and expertise, specializing in planning and development of destination spas worldwide, day spas, health clubs and spas for resorts and hotels, free-standing spas and wellness centers. For more information, contact:

Tanya Lee, Saga Fitness Director, Operations and Training 1-954-474-9475 [email protected]

Doing Zen



“Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.” ~Zen proverb

In the chaos of the modern world, there is a beauty in simply doing.

We’re buffeted wildly by whatever emails, conversations, news, events, demands, that are going on around us. Our minds become a constant deluge of thoughts dwelling in the past, worries of the future, distractions pulling us in every direction.

Today more than ever we share countless communications amongst ourselves and others. We can multi-task at the speed of light and connect domestically and internationally all at the same time in this savvy era of technology. This has created wonderful ways to keep information at our finger tips. Nonetheless it has also given us ways of distracting ourselves and overindulging at work and play, because of our need to stay connected. Therefore sometimes in our quest to be in touch we found ourselves out of touch.

But all of that melts away when we focus on just doing.

It doesn’t matter what the doing is: sitting, walking, writing, reading, eating, washing, talking, snuggling, playing. By focusing on the doing, we drop our worries and anxieties, jealousies and anger, grieving and distraction.

There is something profound in that simplicity. Something ultimately heart-rendingly breath-takingly gorgeous.

“When walking, walk. When eating, eat.” ~Zen proverb

You are in the middle of your day today, and you’re caught up in the sandstorm of thoughts, feelings, to-dos, meetings, readings, and communications of this day.

Pause. Breathe. Let all of that fade.

Now focus on doing one thing, right now. Just choose one thing, and clear away all other distractions. Seriously, clear it all away. Turn off your Internet. Stop reading this article (OK, read a couple more sentences, then close your browser!).

Let all thoughts about anything other than the doing also fade away. They’ll come up, but gently make note of them, and then let them go. And return to the doing.

If you’re washing a dish, do it slowly, and feel every sensation. If you’re eating a fruit, taste it, feel the textures, be mindful of your hunger or lack of it. If you’re writing something, pour your heart into that writing, become the writing, inhabit the words.

Just do.

The rest of the world becomes meaningless distraction. It’s just you, and your doing.

And you realize: this is all that matters. In this, there is everything.

“Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.” ~Shunryu Suzuki


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