Meet The Hundred Wellness Centre – a totally unique and homegrown holistic wellness gem in Jumeriah. Join your friends at The Huntr as we present a closer look inside this inspiring concept…
Situated on 53b Street, The Hundred Wellness Centre started life as a small Pilates studio when founder Asma Hilal-Lootah decided she wanted to bring the method that changed her life – classical Pilates – to the UAE. Over the years, it grew, and then it literally grew: Packing up shop and taking over a beautiful villa in Jumeirah 1.
As you might have guessed by its name, The Hundred Wellness Centre is now much more than a Pilates studio (although it does still offer some of the best Pilates classes in the city) and provides a variety of services all centred around wellness, including: yoga, nutrition and weight loss services, clinical homeopathy, physiotherapy, DNA testing, natural supplements, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and a new plant-based cafe – The 100 Cafe.
House within a two-storey villa, the centre is flooded with natural light and relaxed, homely furnishings. There’s a gorgeous green garden, super-high ceilings and various cosy corners to relax in. On the ground floor you will find the welcoming reception, a small retail area stocking athletic clothing, natural supplements and other items, expansive state-of-the-art studios for Pilates and yoga, the physiotherapy area, the chiropractor and the vegan-friendly 100 Cafe. Upstairs is where The Wellness Brothers have their clinic for nutrition and weight loss services and clinical homeopathy, plus it’s also where the centre’s cutting-edge machinery lives – including an infrared sauna, body composition testing and more.
The Huntr visited The Hundred Wellness Centre for a private Pilates session with Waleed Tebarki, head of Pilates and Yoga at the centre. He received his Pilates certification from the notorious Boulder Colorado Pilates Center and also trained in both classical and contemporary Pilates Stott and Peak Pilates. Challenging and insightful, we found the class with Waled to be a great introduction to the Pilates method (which is harder than it looks). We also tried the centre’s newest treatment – Sound Therapy, which utilises the Peter Hess Sound Methods and is said to help you feel less polarised, analytical and anxious. Using Nepalese singing bowls, the therapist gives you what has been described as being “a kind of very fine cell massage”. This is because the body is over 70% water and bowls used in the treatment act as a kinaesthetic stimulus, transferring the soothing vibrations of the bowl to every cell in the body. We left the treatment room feeling relaxed, calm and balanced.
We ended our experience with a nourishing and wholesome meal at The 100 Cafe (more on that here) and a spot of shopping at the organic farmers market – which runs at the centre on Saturdays from 9am until 4pm.
Insider tips: Free parking outside. Advance appointments recommended for all wellness treatments and classes. The Hundred Wellness Centre is closed on Fridays. It’s open Saturday-Thursday from 7am until 9pm. The 100 Cafe is open 8am until 7pm Saturday-Thursday – see all of the pictures and read the full review here.