You live in Christchurch – if you didn’t get stressed out once in a while you wouldn’t be human. But decompression is easy when you know how – before blowing a gasket you should try the following:
1 Get Stoned
There’s not much that 2-hours of Hot Stone Therapy can’t fix. This ancient holistic sensory experience at Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa uses perfectly-positioned hot basalt stones to relax muscles, improve circulation and calm the nervous system allowing for a super relaxing extreme deep tissue massage. Lock one in here: www.swanlake.co.nz/spa/
2 Crack a Book
Need a change of scenery but can’t afford a holiday? Escape into another, less stressful (for you) world – get hooked on a feel-good classic like To Kill a Mockingbird, laugh at someone else’s misfortune in Angela’s Ashes, bask in the glory of revenge in The First Wive’s Club and root for A Confederacy of Dunces’...
The simple act of turning up the gravel driveway into the zen-like oasis of the exquisitely manicured, historic Swan Gardens’ rolling lush lawns is a catharsis in itself. Filled with birdlife and somehow just seconds from busy Colombo Street, Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa is a blessed escape from the hustle and bustle of city-stressed living.
Housed in the grandeur of the lovingly-cared-for Swan Lake House mansion, I’m met with huge smiles, traditional Thai greetings, lulling soft music and the intoxicating, heady aromas of Elemis spa products and exotic oils. As I’m sipping Lotus’ deliciously feisty homemade ginger tea amongst the refined opulence of the waiting room, my therapist L talks me through the massages and oils.
Combining characteristics of European massage, chiropractic and acupressure methodologies, the Thai Sports treatment, I’m told, will increase serotonin and endorphins to aid quick recovery, while the free-radical properties of the patchouli and ylang...