Creating an environment of RELAXATION
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.