COM­PLETE DE-STRESS

Ikatan’s fo­cus is on well­ness rather than ‘beauty’

Noosa Life and Style - - 18 BEAUTY & WELL-BEING -

IF YOU are feel­ing over­whelmed, ex­hausted or have men­tal stress and anx­i­ety, then Ikatan Spa’s new­est pack­age – the Chi-Omi – is for you.

It started with Ikatan Spa owner Ka­t­rina Thorpe be­ing in Malaysia and feel­ing com­pletely ex­hausted.

“I went to Chi Spa at a re­sort in Malaysia and said I can’t read the spa menu, I’m too ex­hausted, tell me what treat­ment you have to help me,” she said.

“They rec­om­mended their Chi mas­sage. The ther­a­pists started the mas­sage and I thought ‘if she does that move one more time I am go­ing to…’ I woke up 1.5 hours later and felt and looked com­pletely dif­fer­ent. I can only re­late it to gen­eral anaes­thetic, when they say count … and you are out to it be­fore num­ber 3.”

Ka­t­rina com­bined the Chi mas­sage with a few aro­mather­apy, Ba­li­nese and Lomi Lomi moves she had learnt to evolve the Chi mas­sage to an Ikatan Chi mas­sage and named it af­ter the Malaysian spa where her in­spi­ra­tion was sparked.

“I also shared some of my mas­sage tech­niques with the Chi Spa, which gave them some new in­spi­ra­tion.”

How does it work? First a warm herbal com­press ball (made in Bali to their own recipe) full of herbs, is used to ap­ply your per­sonal es­sen­tial oil blend in a spe­cific way. Once the oil is ap­plied, the mas­sage moves are more rep­e­ti­tious and slower as this helps to calm the mind.

The Chi mas­sage also in­cludes a foot mas­sage tar­get­ing the merid­ian lines and re­flex points re­lat­ing to your Chi ele­ment of ei­ther earth, fire, air, wa­ter, wood or metal.

Chi mas­sage has been on the Ikatan spa menu for five years but never in a pack­age with a fa­cial be­fore, which gives ex­tended re­lax­ation and gives a to­tal head to toe ex­pe­ri­ence.

Chi-Omi is an in­cred­i­ble mas­sage pack­age and Ikatan Spa is of­fer­ing it on its menu through­out au­tumn, so treat your­self!

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