It’s likely at some point in your life you’ve experienced a massage—Swedish, shiatsu, remedial, deep tissue et al, but these two treatments our editor’s trialled brought a something a little different to the table—literally.
The Spirit Leveller
Venustus in Sydney’s Paddington is known for it’s dedicated level of care for its clientele—Jeannie Bourke, the owner of 20 years, offers a customised approach for each treatment. I was fortunate enough to experience the Om Massage ($299; venustus.com.au), which Jeannie says focuses on slowing down the body and the nervous system, with the end result to calm the mind. The treatment fuses sound—you’ll hear chanting and bells, which are designed to awaken the spirit and clear negative thoughts—and a variety of massage techniques, including traditional Shiatsu, reflexology, remedial, crystal hot rock, trigger point, Hawaiian massage, and hot rock, and scalp and facial massage. There are also traditional practices throughout, including crystal chakra placement to clear and cleanse your chakras, and ‘holy smudging,’ to banish bad energy. Unlike any other treatment I have experienced before, I met with Jeannie initially to give her an insight how I was feeling both physically and emotionally. The tailored treatment was nothing less than extraordinary—I was calmer, energized, and so, so relaxed. I also felt a little emotional, which Jeannie advised was completely normal post-treatment.
While it was an absolute luxury, it’s the type of treatment to indulge in regularly to keep your body, mind and spirit in check.
Venustus is based only in Sydney, so Jeannie advises that to achieve something similar in your home state, search for healers who are qualified massage therapist—often they are remedial massage therapists/reflexologists first, and then study Reiki healing, crystal healing. You can also experience Vensutus products, available to purchase online.
The On-Demand Treatment
When it comes to life’s little luxuries, I’d rate a professional-massage-in-your-house right up there with being fanned with a palm leaf while a handsome man feeds you grapes on a chaise lounge. Our beauty director probably knew I’d been a little *stressed* lately, so she kindly called up the lovely people at Soothe to treat me to a one hour Soothe Massage ($121; soothe.com) in the comfort of my own home. I’ll paint the picture: it’s Tuesday, 8pm, my boyfriend’s in the kitchen cooking dinner, and a very sweet lady shows up at my door with a portable massage bed (which she has hauled up two flights of stairs) and proceeds to set up in our bedroom. After five minutes, she’s created a veritable relaxation station in there. With calm music playing softly, I lay down and prepare to enter the zen zone. The therapist is wonderful, checking on my preferred level of pressure and stress-points on my body before and during the service - just like the 1:1 attention you’d expect at a day-spa. The treatment wraps up with a lavender eye mask, and after an hour I feel amazing and leave the room floating…into my dining room for dinner.
Now the therapist told me these at–home treatments are particularly popular for brides and their hens and on “special” days like Mothers’ Day and Valentines Day… but I’d recommend it for any old stressed–out Tuesday. Treat yourself—trust me on this one.