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Quartz has long been recog­nised as a heal­ing stone, said to am­plify heal­ing en­ergy and have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on chakras. Ly­ing on Ire­land’s only quartz bed at Gal­gorm Re­sort & Spa, in bliss­ful re­lax­ation, I find it hard to dis­agree.

The bed it­self is a wooden struc­ture filled with heated al­phaquartz sand. This is cov­ered with a plas­tic sheet, which you lie on, while the ther­a­pist pads the sand around you in a kind of co­coon, to fit into ev­ery con­tour. She then uses singing bowls, which she strikes to cre­ate vi­bra­tions through your body and the room it­self. This is a form of med­i­ta­tion that is said to lower stress and blood pres­sure, and boost cir­cu­la­tory and im­mune sys­tems. It in­duces deep re­lax­ation.

This is fol­lowed by a top-to-toe hot quartz poul­tice mas­sage. Dur­ing this part the bed is tilted to zero grav­ity po­si­tion to in­crease cir­cu­la­tion. Quartz ther­apy is de­rived from the an­cient Greek prac­tice of psam­mother­apy (hot sand ther­apy). In the 1980s, a Ger­man tourist called Rita Blum took a sand bath on the Ital­ian is­land of Ischia and emerged feel­ing ‘new­born’. On her re­turn to Ger­many, she and her hus­band de­vel­oped the sand ther­apy bed.

Af­ter the treat­ment, it’s a must to visit Gal­gorm’s in­cred­i­ble Ther­mal Vil­lage. Over­look­ing a rush­ing river, it in­cludes in­door and out­door fa­cil­i­ties – even in the height of win­ter, the out­door ex­pe­ri­ence will keep you toasty. There’s pools, saunas, steam rooms, sa­nari­ums, a seren­ity gar­den and hot tubs – and even a Snow Cabin.

Overnighters can en­joy a range of food op­tions, from fine din­ing to Ital­ian fayre and there’s live en­ter­tain­ment on week­ends too, to put that heal­ing en­ergy to the test...

THE 90-minute Quartz Seren­ity Sig­na­ture Rit­ual costs from €110. Mid­week au­tumn es­capes to in­clude B&B, din­ner with wine and use of the Ther­mal Vil­lage cost from €120. Visit gal­ for de­tails and to book


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