Cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment of RE­LAX­ATION

North East Living Magazine - - Lifestyle - words Kylie Wil­son photos D23 Pho­tog­ra­phy, Sue Davis, Ririn Yax­ley

DAY spas can be a lit­tle in­tim­i­dat­ing for many mem­bers of the pub­lic.

There is so much to take in, in­clud­ing spa eti­quette, well­ness, mind­ful­ness, end­less menus of ex­otic treat­ments with magical and mys­ti­cal cures with hot rocks and warm oils, po­tions and lo­tions.

Some spas seem to ac­tu­ally play up that air of mys­tique, but as the owner of The Spa at CIRCA 1936, Ririn Yax­ley, ex­plains, the most de­sired out­come for any treat­ment, whether that be a mas­sage, a fa­cial, an ex­fo­li­a­tion or a hand or foot treat­ment, is sim­ply re­lax­ation.

At The Spa at CIRCA 1936, Ririn in­sists, a to­tally re­lax­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, with a per­fectly executed treat­ment, is at the core of what they do.

With­out re­veal­ing all of the se­crets of what has seen CIRCA’S day spa de­scribed as “the best this side of Bali” by Aus­tralian Trav­eller magazine, she con­cedes that the five senses of sight, smell, sound, taste and touch do lay the foun­da­tion for her spa.

Sight in the form of the stun­ning in­te­rior dé­cor; smell in the sig­na­ture fra­grances that per­me­ate the air; sound in the re­lax­ing back­ground mu­sic; taste in many forms, not the least of which is the closely kept se­cret recipe for the pre and post treat­ment drinks; and fi­nally, touch, from the tac­tile fitout to the treat­ments them­selves.

While all five senses cre­ate an ex­pe­ri­ence rather than a treat­ment, it is the touch that truly is the dif­fer­ence be­tween a great ex­pe­ri­ence and an av­er­age one.

While touch comes from the hands of the ther­a­pist, it stems from the heart, and it is the gen­uine feel­ing of care that all of CIRCA’S ther­a­pists dis­play that sets the Spa at CIRCA 1936 apart from oth­ers.

A man­i­cure, where in­di­vid­ual at­ten­tion is paid to each fin­ger for up to 10 min­utes each, is an eye opener and truly an ex­pe­ri­ence apart, and the sub­se­quent mas­sage is also a sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence.

The seeds for CIRCA Spas and Nou­veau prod­ucts

were sewn in the small vil­lage of Jatirogo in east Java in the 1980s when Ririn spent her af­ter school time ex­per­i­ment­ing with the jamu gen­dong prod­ucts sold in her vil­lage.

Imag­in­ing a dif­fer­ent life, Ririn even­tu­ally at­tended univer­sity in Bali, the home of Asian spas, and it was there in the 1990s that she forged a foun­da­tion within the bur­geon­ing Ba­li­nese spa in­dus­try.

Af­ter al­most a decade long hia­tus to travel, marry and have chil­dren, Ririn even­tu­ally ended up in Aus­tralia, where she has spent much es­tab­lish­ing the CIRCA 1936 Hotel and the Spa at Circa in Corowa, as well as per­fect­ing her Nou­veau prod­uct range.

Cre­ated us­ing eth­i­cal pro­duc­tion meth­ods, fea­tur­ing all nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents and to­tally paraben free, the Nou­veau prod­ucts are one of the many things that set CIRCA Spas apart from other day spas.

The Spa at CIRCA 1936 is lo­cated at 145 Sanger Street, Corowa and more in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on www. by­circa.com/spa.

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