Selph Health Studios was created as a wellness one-stop shop – a health centre collecting interrelated practitioners in the one space. A moment from Rosebery’s Cannery, gin distillery Archie Rose and not too far from Black Star Bakery, Selph was developed by brothers Evan and Myles Sgammotta (an accredited chiropractor and entrepreneur, respectively), along with Rupert Morrow, and revolves around the four pillars of health: structural, emotional, nutritional and movement.
Evan offers chiropractic services, and there’s also an acupuncturist, a physiotherapist, a nutritionist and a remedial massage therapist who, combined, are able to collaborate on a cohesive plan intended to make you leaner, stronger and healthier.
There is a lot of discussion around the effectiveness of chiropractors, which offer a form of alternative medicine mostly concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. At Selph, Evan incorporates Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) therapy, a chiropractic treatment that claims to help find and eliminate conditioned emotional responses and prevent recurring patterns of pain. (It’s also been used to treat childhood Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder but the evidence isn’t conclusive.)
Lululemon ambassador and yogi Amy Giuliano has curated the yoga-studio timetable, introducing vinyasa and yin classes, and a 45-minute lunchtime session; all lessons are capped at 20 mats. Prenatal and mums-and-bubs options are coming soon, as are Pilates classes. “I have always been a believer in healing from the inside out,” says Giuliano. "I see yoga as that physical practice that leads to better physical awareness, creating clearer pathways for energy to flow to increase vitality.”
And it definitely looks different to your regular chiropractic practice. The stark white walls, fluorescent lights and old magazines have been traded out for polished concrete floors, curved walls and ambient lighting. The space was designed by Sgammotta Architects, which is run by Max Sgammotta, the brothers’ dad. He approached the with space with continuity in mind, as well as the building’s heritage status.
“When designing Selph, we focused on creating a premium, tranquil, free-flowing space,” says Max.