How Modern Spas Evolved From Water's Healing Properties
Water is the source of life, and it turns out, the healing and restorative powers it possesses are also what birthed the concept of "spa".
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During Thai massage the therapist puts you through a series of stretches that cover the entire body. You lie on a floor mat or on a table wide enough to accommodate you and the therapist, and you wear loose-fitting clothing, often supplied by the spa, because there’s no way a sheet can stay put during these moves! The therapist might kneel on the back of your legs and pull your arms to arch your back and open your chest, or place her shoulder under your heel to lift your leg and stretch your hamstring. Thai massage also includes deep pressure-point work to stimulate the sen, or the body’s energy pathways.
One recent afternoon I was slated to receive Sacred Spaces’ signature treatment, a 90-minute, stress-loosening Thai yoga massage session, which uses a combination of stretches and rhythmic palm presses to induce a deep state of relaxation. And no treatment is complete without therapeutic oils, which, in this case, have been customized by NYC’s only clinical aromatherapist Eva Levin.