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Stephanie Darling warms up (and calms down) with hot-stone therapy, and reveals a must-have cleanser.
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This week I try ... a hot-stone treatment
The lowdown The cooler weather has me craving a warming treatment, so I'm with masseuse Tania Dobbie for a deeply relaxing hot-stone massage using a touch of reiki. The stones are smothered in rock salt and lime, lavender and white grapefruit essential oils, then heated slowly until they reach 70°C. Tania places the stones on my depleted chakra points, then applies more oil to massage my entire body, using two deliciously warmed stones at a time to help relax me and allow the heat to penetrate. She also puts a stone in each of my hands, which I find very comforting.
Pain factor I am slightly emotional afterwards.
Downtime One hour.
Results The sensory combination of the warm stones and the reiki calms me down, yet also leaves me feeling more energetic. It's a rather unique combination of relaxation, detoxification and balancing.
Where to get it Sydney: Face Plus Medispa, Bondi Beach, faceplus.com.au. Cost: from $150. Melbourne: Japanese Mountain Retreat Mineral Springs and Spa, Montrose, japanesemountainretreat.com.au. Cost: from $220.
At home Try Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel, $56, aromatherapyassociates.com.au, a perfect winter salve with lavender, black pepper and rosemary.
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