before the treatment, guests are presented with a choice of espa aromatherapy essential oils for them to choose from, stimulating your body to select what it is craving.
The therapist then moves methodically up the body. They place hot stones on the lower back, which encourages detoxification in the kidneys while warming and relaxing muscles, allowing them to apply deeper pressure without causing discomfort. This is then combined with Balinese massage, in which the therapist uses both hands and arms to release strain from the back, neck and shoulder area. Shiatsu is also woven into the experience now, with pressure applied to acupuncture points along the entire length of the spine to help with circulation, balance and relaxation.
With the guest now resting in a state of deep, blissed-out calm, focus shifts to the front of the body – an area often left untouched during regular massage. The therapist pays particular attention to the centre of the chest – a technique employed to help regulate ease of breathing. Pressure points in the side of the chest are also manipulated, which in turn works to free up the shoulders – an area where customarily we carry a lot of tension. Approaching the shoulder from a different angle in this way adds another dimension to the usual release techniques used to reduce tension in these muscles.