What: Massage using hot volcanic stones and oils. I had mine at Ikou Day Spa in Leura, NSW (Australia) which uses their own (gorgeous) brand of natural and chemical free products – but they are offered at most day spas these days.
For: A little glimpse into heaven. Seriously de-stressing & relaxing.
Review: This was my first hot stone massage, and it definitely won’t be my last. I’m not quite sure why I was so reluctant to go down the hot stone route – I think in my head I pictured the therapist coming in a placing a few rocks down my spine, then toddling off to leave me for an hour whilst she chatted to her therapist friends about exfoliants and face peels (that’s what they talk about, right?). I couldn’t have been more wrong - this is a very “hands on” and penetrating massage.
The masseuse started by placing hot stones on pressure points on my back, and then proceeded to knead away tension using the stones and hot oil over the rest of my body. The massage was the perfect balance between indulgent relaxation and feeling like it was working deeply to release tension. In summary – it was absolutely divine… I practically floated out!
Verdict: The perfect massage for de-stressing and pampering yourself. I can highly recommend both this style of massage and Ikou Day Spa – if you are ever in the area definitely book a treatment or visit their retail store, as they are such lovely & professional people, and the environment is the pinnacle of eco luxury. I left with a bevy of products to try - reviews coming soon!
*If you aren’t in the area, Ikou deliver Australia-wide for a flat rate of $8.50, and will deliver internationally - contact them for shipping costs.