Episode details provided by: Tempat Senang Boutique Hotel & Spa
There are few who would turn down a day at the spa. From massages and facials to manicures and skin treatments, spending time at a spa is a wonderfully relaxing experience and a chance to truly take care of oneself. But what about the lesser known spa treatments? Treatments and therapies that have been practiced for centuries yet get overlooked nowadays, either because we don’t quite trust the process or the sound of it freaks us out a little. Well, we’ve decided to give you a list of 4 treatments that you absolutely should not overlook! From ear candling to dry brushing (covered in Part1) these therapies will not only help you relax and unwind, they offer real health benefits to keep you healthy and energised.
Hot Herbal Compress Treatment
Particularly famous as a traditional Thai spa treatment, hot herbal compresses use ancient knowledge of herbs (such as ginger, turmeric, and lemongrass) alongside massage therapy to relieve pain and inflammation. The herbs are wrapped in a natural cloth compress then steamed and applied to the body using a variety of motions. Like all massages, the pressure itself relaxes muscles, with the heat of the compress providing extra relief as it dilates blood vessels, improving blood circulation and encouraging the natural detox of the lymphatic system. The aroma of the herbs can also help to relax the mind, improve mood, and assist the body to heal through their natural anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. For this reason, hot herbal compress treatments not only help in relaxing muscles, but also in healing sprains, bruises, and soft tissue injuries. The combination of the steam and healing properties of the herbs can also clear sinuses and treat ailments like the common cold, asthma and bronchitis.
Reflexology so often gets a bad rap, yet it is so much more than just a simple foot massage! With roots going back to ancient Egypt & China, reflexology is actually a specialized massage that uses reflex points in the feet, hands and ears that relate back to specific organs and glands in the body. The massage itself involves various movements such as kneading, finger pressure, rubbing and rotation, to relax and energize the areas that correspond to the treated zones. Some find it quite a shock to discover that a foot massage can actually put an end to a pain in your back that you’ve had since forever! Reflexology massages, when given by trained practitioners, also serve to improve the circulation of blood and oxygen around the body, minimize stress, alleviate anxiety, and reduce tension throughout the body. It’s a great alternative for those who are a bit reluctant to have a traditional full body massage but still want to reap the positive benefits of massage therapy.
Whether you’re a spa newbie or spa veteran, consider giving these often-overlooked treatments a try. Just like the spa treatments we know and love, these treatments will leave you feeling energized and refreshed while assisting the body’s natural detox system. Plus, you never know – they might even become one of your favourite treatments!