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by Eloise Bevan, Spafinder Wellness 365 UK
I arrived at The Peak Health Club and Spa located at Jumeirah Carlton Tower on a beautiful spring afternoon in London. Situated at the top of the hotel The Peak offers its members the most magnificent view of London, transporting you off the city’s busy streets and into a space of tranquility.
I was treated to the Samunprai massage, one of The Peak Health Club’s line of Ytsara signature treatments. This massage combines techniques inspired by ancient Royal Thai practices and uses a blend of healing and therapeutic remedies, giving a more holistic approach to the massage. This luxurious treatment incorporates the use of a heated herbal poultice infused with lemongrass, pressed into the muscles along the legs, back, and shoulders.
I was greeted by my therapist Euli who showed me to the treatment room. The room was warm and dimly lit by candlelight, which set a calm and quiet atmosphere – the perfect environment for your muscles to start relaxing. Once wrapped in my towel and seated on the bed, I bathed my feet in the warm foot bath infused with petals and lemongrass. Ancient Asian tribes believed all tension was held in the soles of our feet and the treatment begins here.
Lying on the bed, the Chinese method of acupressure is performed through towels along the legs, back, and shoulders. The towel is then removed and the hot herbal poultice infused with lemongrass is rolled deeply into the skin, heating the muscles, and encouraging the flow of blood and oxygen through the body. The warm muscles are then massaged using Ytsara energizing oil infused again with lemongrass for a deep relaxation massage (I could feel the tension in each body part flowing out through my limbs!). My therapist kept each stage of the treatment synchronized and fluid. Although the massage was intensely relaxing, I did not find myself falling asleep, I felt in state of blissful contentment, neither awake nor asleep.
Towards the end of the treatment, delicate stretching starts from the neck down through the shoulders, hands, and feet which relieved any lasting tension leaving my body feeling invigorated. The treatment ended when Euli focused my breathing and cradled me into a seated position on the bed. Euli then performed Tapotement, a method also known as the percussion technique which is a rhythmic movement used primarily in Swedish massage. This helps to stimulate and re-energize the body – I left the Jumeirah Carlton Tower feeling exactly that.
I have not yet experienced a massage like it, I would recommend this massage to anyone. The treatment will alleviate stress and tension that you didn’t even realise you had. Have a look at The Peak’s range of signature massage and get inspired!
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