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Women's Health (South Africa) - - SEX + LOVE -

There’s so much more to a spa ex­pe­ri­ence than mas­sages, ma­nis and fa­cials

> Ra­sul Cham­ber

A heated pri­vate room, usu­ally stone or mo­saic, kit­ted out with dim light­ing, mu­sic and a stone slab for you to lie on. There’ll be a pot of mud mask for you to rub on your body. Once you’re fully coated, you lie down on the slab and let the mud work its magic. At the end of the treat­ment, a sprin­kler sys­tem switches on au­to­mat­i­cally to wash the mud away – a lit­tle alarm­ing at first, but it turns into a sooth­ing rain shower. Great for: Cou­ples Need to know: It’s best to be naked for this treat­ment – keep that in mind if you’re book­ing with a friend. > Flota­tion Pool Not to be mis­taken for a flota­tion tank, where you’re in­side a pri­vate cap­sule, this is a small, shal­low pool in a dark room. The luke­warm wa­ter has a high salt con­tent to cre­ate buoy­ancy so you can float ef­fort­lessly in the dark. Great for: Solo re­lax­ation Need to know: Wear a swim­ming cozzie. That wa­ter is se­ri­ously salty – if you have any abra­sions on your skin, it’s go­ing to sting. > Cup­ping Bor­rowed from tra­di­tional Chinese medicine, it’s a treat­ment de­signed to stim­u­late the lym­phatic sys­tem, im­prove cir­cu­la­tion and pro­mote detox­i­fi­ca­tion. The ther­a­pist ap­plies small, heated glass or sil­i­cone cups to your skin, which form a vac­uum, cre­at­ing a suc­tion ef­fect that in turn causes your blood ves­sels to ex­pand. In wet cup­ping, the ther­a­pist will then re­move the cups, make a small in­ci­sion into the skin and then reap­ply them, al­low­ing blood to drain into the cup. The idea is that tox­ins will drain out along with the blood. Great for: Kick­start­ing a slug­gish lym­phatic sys­tem Need to know:

Bruis­ing may oc­cur, rang­ing from slight red­ness to an­gry­look­ing welts that can last up to a week. Not the best treat­ment for bikini sea­son.

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