sound-bathing mas­sage

ELLE (Australia) - - Beauty Now -

WHAT IT IS: This face and body mas­sage com­bines a va­ri­ety of tech­niques (shi­atsu, re­flex­ol­ogy, re­me­dial, Hawai­ian and hot and cold rocks), all set to the dul­cet tones of chant­ing Ti­betan monks, plus a lit­tle singing bowl and Bud­dhist cym­bals. “Peo­ple can have trou­ble sur­ren­der­ing to re­lax­ation – some­times it won’t hap­pen for them un­til the treat­ment is al­most over,” says Jean­nie Bourke, owner of Syd­ney’s Venus­tus. “By lis­ten­ing, we’re sym­bol­i­cally and phys­i­cally ac­knowl­edg­ing our con­nec­tion to all other liv­ing be­ings, na­ture and the uni­verse. It’s a type of

en­ergy medicine and it pro­motes heal­ing.”

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE: The mixed forms of mas­sage stim­u­late the mind enough to keep busy thoughts at bay, while the hyp­notic sounds play away in the back­ground. The ther­a­pist also burns a stick of palo santo be­neath the mas­sage ta­ble, which only fu­els the senses fur­ther. THE VER­DICT: If you still find med­i­ta­tion tricky, the sounds that fill this treat­ment will suit your sen­si­bil­ity. It’s a fast-track to chill town, so you get to en­joy ev­ery one of your 90 min­utes. Om Mas­sage, $299,

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