Ikoi Spa in Takapuna, Auckland, is the only place in New Zealand to offer a unique, traditional Japanese spa therapy, the Enzyme Spa.

In the dry Enzyme Spa, clients are immersed in a blend of rice bran, pinewood sawdust and enzymes sourced from organic fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and seaweeds grown in Japan and combined in a special fermentation process.

As the client relaxes in the Enzyme Spa, they experience a deep warmth caused by microbial breakdown of the organic material.

As well as a release of tension, clients of the Enzyme Spa experience many health benefits including improved sleep quality, increased energy, clearer and healthier skin, a stronger immune system and improved digestion.

Michael Hu, owner of Ikoi Spa, is originally from China and his wife is from Japan.  He has introduced the concept of the Enzyme Spa to New Zealand at a time when New Zealanders are under more stress than ever with work and financial pressures and are embracing Eastern inspiration to help them relieve tension and anxiety.

“In Asia, Enzyme Spas are very common and very popular,” says Mr Hu.  “A Korean friend told me that in Korea they even use Enzyme Spas in clinics as a therapeutic treatment.”

“We have found since we have introduced the Enzyme Spa to New Zealand,” says Mr Hu, “that the Asian population is very familiar with it.  Our European clients find it a little unusual and often don’t understand what it is.  But the first time they try it, they love it.”

Ikoi Spa, located in Huron Street, Takapuna, offers a range of relaxing and therapeutic spa treatments such as facials, massages and body treatments, using the finest quality materials in a peaceful Japanese environment.

The Enzyme Spa is Ikoi’s signature treatment and involves a pre-spa consultation to assess any physical problems or needs.  Afterwards clients can rinse off in the rainforest shower and can choose to round off the spa with a relaxing massage.