Discover Prahran’s Sum of Us: a holistic health and wellness studio where science and aesthetics combine.

Fed up by the stark and clinical feel of so many remedial health facilities and gyms, in 2016 the four physiotherapists who founded of Sum of Us decided to leave their traditional practice, and create their own health and wellness studio in Prahran.

Combining their Western foundations and qualifications with more Eastern philosophy, the result is an urban sanctuary that offers a holistic approach, with services including physiotherapy, myotherapy, pilates, yoga, HIIT classes, podiatry, dietetics, meditation and massage. There is also a wholefoods cafe with a menu designed by an in-house dietician. All intolerances are well-catered for, and it is hard to beat an apple pie bircher pot after a demanding Reformer session.

The founders’ aim is to support their clients to achieve and maintain optimal health and wellness; both physically and mentally, and at all stages of life. As Director and Physiotherapist Marney Jury describes, “wellness is about feeling your best at a point in time, and putting yourself in a good position to sustain a healthy, content, happy, rewarding state of being throughout the lifespan.”

It is difficult not to feel more salubrious and full of good intention as soon as you set foot through the door. Every detail has been considered. Local creatives Design By Golden were selected to transform the former antiques store into a series of interiors that are “refined yet congenial, inspired yet pragmatic.” Soft, neutral palettes are used throughout, accented by contemporary detailing and a repetition of circular motifs that add to the tranquil experience.

Known for their appreciation of the impact that physical environments have on our wellbeing, the brief to Design by Golden was "to honour the beauty and heritage of 602 High Street, but bring to it a luxurious, warm and functional fit out. We asked that the cafe entrance area feel welcoming and warm, and that a sense for connection, calm, harmony and happiness breeze throughout the remainder of the building, through the courtyard and into our Loft Studios,“ says Jury.

Classes are also intimate. Kept to a maximum of 8 people, instructors are able to provide tailored assistance and encourage a deeper connection to practice. The only downside? Some sessions are so popular they’re often waitlisted- so be sure to book well in advance. Also look out for more workshops and retreats- the last one sold out in only a few hours.

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