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Health and beauty center has posh new address

At Vietura, clients can avail of a range of treatments–including life coaching


There’s a new wellness center in a luxury resort hotel that offers interested parties the chance for a complete transformation. Aside from fat-zapping and skin-saving procedures, it also offers fitness programs, nutritional counseling, even life coaching.

Dr. Mary Jane Torres said looking better can be done through working out and treatments, but these should be backed up with discipline and a positive attitude. This is where Vietura Aesthetic Lifestyle comes in. The lifestyle hub is located on the ground floor of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City.

VIETURA chief medical practitioner Dr. Mary Jane Torres in the lifestyle center’s comfy, contemporary Asian lounge ANDREW TADALAN

“Filipinos are vain,” she said during the recent launch in Sofitel. “Men and women want to be young and sexy. We want them to have the right attitude to achieve lasting, long-term results.”

VIETURA’S nature-inspired theme matches Sofitel’s luxury resort feel.

Dr. Torres is the chief medical practitioner for Vietura. Her team is composed of nutritionist Agnes Tumaneng, cosmetic dentist Dr. Cecile Infantado and life coach Lisa Tilstra. They use the “measure, mentor and monitor approach,” done through personalized programs.


Dr. Torres established The Zen Institute medical spa. She said the top three concerns of Filipinos are aging skin, skin-whitening and weight loss. Vietura offers several programs to address these.

The Anti-Aging Therapy Program starts off with consultation and coaching. Then one is injected with glutathione, placenta and vitamin C shots for cell-renewal and whitening. Other treatments are Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for circulation, Stem Cell Facial for skin renewal, Resonax and Resolift for tightening, and Body Scrub with Dead Sea Salt for exfoliation.

MODEL Victor Aliwalas says Vietura is for men, too.

For sagging skin, Vietura offers the Natural Facelift and Contour Program that checks wrinkles and puffiness. It includes the Platelet Rich Plasma and Power Cell Lift Treatments that address deep lines. Mesolipotherapy targets fat in the cheeks and chin, while Resonax tightens skin. It is capped with the Natural Lift and Contour procedure that enhances the shape of one’s face.

The Body Sculpting with Weight Management Program includes a diet plan and fitness training in So Fit, Sofitel’s in-house gym.

Fat in stubborn areas is addressed with a combination of Lipotherapy and Resonax. Other procedures to be spread out in three to six months are Ultralipo, Human Chorionic Gonadtrophin Fat Mobilizer, Lipocryo, Mesotherapy, Ultra-Slim Tight, Slimming Massage, Colonics.

SOFITEL general manager Adam Laker

Dr. Torres added that other concerns such as fertility can also be discussed with a nutritionist.

Life coaching

Cosmetic dentist Dr. Infantado said that a smile is one’s best accessory. She said dental sculpture takes only two hours and has no downtime. Other procedures that can be had in the dental clinic are bleaching and gum recontouring.

Tilstra, an American life coach, explained that coaching focuses on the future, as opposed to psychiatry that discusses the past.

“Life coaching focuses on what to do, where to go, how to do it,” she said. “We sit down and talk, and help one develop a plan to be successful.”

Nature-inspired interior

EVENT host Bianca Valerio, Dr. Mary Jane Torres, Dr. Cecile Infantado, nutritionist Agnes Tumaneng, life coach Lisa Tilstra. PHOTOS BY ANDREW TADALAN

In keeping up with the nonsurgical approach, Vietura has a nature-inspired Asian Contemporary theme. The center has 19 well-appointed rooms  done in wood and white, with refreshing accents such as pocket gardens.

Sofitel general manager Adam Laker said the design complements the hotel’s resort vibe. And since Vietura is conveniently located in a hotel, Sofitel public-relations manager Yasmine Hidalgo suggested maximizing clinic visits.


“Moms can have treatments while the rest of the family can enjoy. Dad can have a massage at Le Spa, kids can play in Gymboree or have a dip in the pool,” she said. “Then they can meet for a hearty meal at Spiral restaurant, where healthy items are marked ‘Cuisine De-Light,’ and, later on, have relaxing stay in one of the rooms.”

Vietura is at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Roxas Boulevard. It is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Call 5515555 loc. 5000; e-mail info@vietura.com. Visit www.vietura.com or www.facebook.com/Vietura; follow on Twitter @Vietura.

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