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I want a spa treatment where I can keep my clothing on – what do you suggest?


If you still do not feel comfortable with undressing at the spa, there are many services that you can enjoy fully clothed.  These would include several types of massage and energy work, this is not a complete list, so if you want a service that you can have fully clothed, just check with your spa to see what other services they may offer:


Energy Work

Energy work is a general term for modalities that are based on the idea that the human body consists of energy fields that can be stimulated through various techniques in order to promote wellness.  The concept of energy fields as a vital life force can be traced back to the oldest medical systems and is known as Qi in China, ki in Japan, and prana in India.

Some energy modalities, such as acupuncture and shiatsu, have their roots in ancient medicine, while others, such as therapeutic touch and polarity therapy, are a contemporary and eclectic interpretation of one or more ancient practices.  But the underlying basis of all of these modalities is the idea of energy flow in the body.   Practitioners of these modalities believe that keeping the body’s energy in a balanced state is the key to maintaining health.  In each of these modalities, the practitioner seeks to help the patient rebalance energy in the body, by stimulating, unblocking, or dispersing it.  The result is a greater sense of energy and wellbeing.


Some of the benefits of Reiki are…

    * Supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself
    * Vitalizes both the body and spirit
    * Balances the organs and glands and their bodily functions
    * Re-establishes spiritual balance and mental well being
    * Promotes creativity
    * Balances the body’s energies
    * Treats symptoms and causes of illnesses
    * Loosens up blocked energy and promotes a state of total relaxation
    * Relieves pain
    * Cleanses the body of toxins
    * Strengthens the immune system
    * Adjusts itself according to the needs of the recipient
    * Enhances personal awareness and strengthens intuition
    * Enhances meditation
    * Is an extremely pleasant, holistic method of healing!

What is Reiki? Reiki is a Japanese form of healing that works with your energy to help balance and heal the physical self, emotions, thoughts and spirit. It not only works on the symptoms you are experiencing but helps to highlight and heal the source of the health and wellbeing issues. This is one of the reasons I find it so effective for any symptoms caused by stress – such as insomnia or anxiety.

The energy (Ki) is channeled through the Reiki healer through to you. It then travels to wherever it needs to go in your body to cleanse and bring that part of you back into balance. Reiki can work whether or not you believe it will, it’s more important that you give the healer permission to work with you using Reiki.

The treatment can be given either with you lying on a therapy bed or sitting in a chair. Unlike massage, no clothes are removed for this treatment. Each session normally lasts 1 hour which includes time for a brief consultation and some feedback at the end of the session.

What a session involves -The session would normally start with the Reiki healer working at and around your head.

They then work their way down the body, through energy centers known as Chakras, finishing the session at your feet.

ReikiThe session also works on the energy field around you called your aura so they generally do not touch the body all the time. If you haven’t heard of Chakras or the aura, information is listed here.

If you practice meditation, you will be familiar with the sensation of floating or deep relaxation that people can feel during a Reiki session. However I would say that what you sense, think and feel during a session is quite unique to you. Some of clients have described it as tingling, releasing, floating, lightness, being encapsulated in a warm, soothing blanket. Others have seen colors, had profound thoughts.  Rest assured, no two people experiences are alike.

If there are particularly strong blocks around your energy system, you may experience a release – through tears or laughter … or whatever you and your body needs. This is a thoroughly cleansing response and much healthier than keeping those ‘feelings’ inside.

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Polarity Therapy  is a natural health care system based on the human energy field. The undisturbed flow and balance of the electromagnetic energy in and around the body is the basis for health and well being on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Blocked currents and disharmony in the energy field result in manifestations of tension, pain, disease or illness. With Polarity Therapy the blockages and restrictions are cleared. The client’s energy field is restored to its natural state of balance. The result manifests as a release of holding patterns on mind body levels. The client’s system gains an opportunity to return to its inherent fluid state.

Polarity Therapy incorporates body work including reflexology, gentle and firm touch, energy exercises, diet, and open communication facilitating self awareness. Factors such as environment, attitudes, relationships, life experience and trauma affect the functioning of the human energy field. The Polarity practitioner assesses a client’s energy system with tools such as skilled observation, communication and palpation. Polarity Therapy is very compatible also with Craniosacral Therapy, and the two can easily be practiced within the same body work session.

A typical Polarity session will take between 60 and 90 minutes. During the body work the client will stay fully clothed except for the shoes.  Due to the subtle character of this work it may take a client time to get used to what he / she senses.

Polarity Therapy The practitioner encourages the client to stay tuned to the ongoing experience of his/her energy sensations. This might include tingling, expansion, wavelike or push/pull movements, heat or cold sensations.

The results of a Polarity Therapy session may bring a sense of deep relaxation, relief from specific symptoms, clarity or new insight.



Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is a Japanese word that means “finger pressure.” The goal of Shiatsu is to restore the balance of energy in the body. Proponents of Shiatsu and acupuncture believe that disease and physical infirmities are caused by imbalances or blockages in the flow of energy through the body. This energy is called “ki” which flows through the body along meridians or energy channels. Practitioners strive for a balance between Yin (negative energy) and Yang (positive energy) and attempt to determine where there may be a buildup of energy or an energy deficiency. Either will cause problems.

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu does not use the rubbing and kneading technique of Swedish massage but applies pressure using almost any part of the therapist’s body including arms, legs, fingers, hands, feet, elbows, toes, etc. The therapist locates a particular point along one of the body’s meridians and applies pressure to that area, attempting to restore balance to the flow of energy. The pressure can be applied gently with the fingers or may be applied forcefully with the point of the elbow depending on the location of the point and the severity of the blockage. The therapist may also incorporate stretching, holding or rotating various parts of the body

More Than Physical

The restoration of the proper balance of “ki” is viewed as a spiritual as well as physical benefit. The balanced flow of energy offers physical comfort and improved health as well as emotional stability and spiritual well being. In fact, it is not uncommon that a recipient of Shiatsu massage may experience an intense emotional response as energy is released from problem areas and restored to proper levels. Crying is not an unusual occurrence and a good Shiatsu massage therapist is fully prepared for, and completely sympathetic to, this type of response.

Shiatsu massage is an extremely relaxing and healing form of massage. It is satisfying to know that besides feeling better, a Shiatsu experience can place us back in balance with the energy flow of the universe.

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Thai Massage

Thai massage is bodywork that is performed on a mat on the floor. No oils are used, as it is performed over loose-fitting clothing. As the client is placed into a myriad of Yoga stretches that flow into one another, the therapist kneads and compresses the muscles, while intermittently applying acupressure. Deep rhythmic breathing creates a meditative state of mind, while revitalizing the organs and tissues. The ebb and flow of the Thai massage experience gives forth a greater sense of balance to the mind, body and spirit—the true meaning of holistic healing.

Thai massage is similar to assisted yoga, and that it goes beyond massage.  It is in-depth bodywork. It incorporates stretches, reflexology, shiatsu and other modalities. 

Your therapist begins each session by working the muscles of your feet with gentle pressure and stretching.  Then, once your feet have become soft and pliable, your therapist will continue working with compression techniques and manipulation of acupressure points.  Muscles of the legs and hips are addressed before the back and shoulders.

The stretches, influenced by the Yoga Asanas, lengthen and loosen muscles and are designed to balance and realign the body over a period of time.  When combined, these techniques flow in a comforting rhythm that lets your body fall into a deep state of relaxation.

Thai Massage

Thai massage is a unique, ancient, and time-tested form of bodywork.

Practitioners use their hands and also their feet and knees in order to facilitate an optimal release of stress and tension; this release is designed to balance and realign the body over a period of time.

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Tuina  (Tui Na) is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tuina (Tui Na) uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques Tuina (Tui Na) seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body the naturally heal itself.
Tuina (Tui Na) methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi , and manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships (bone-setting). External herbal poultices, compresses, liniments, and salves are also used to enhance the other therapeutic methods. When you go into a typical Tuina session, you wear loose clothing and lies on a massage table or floor pad. After answering some brief questions about the nature and location of the health problem as well as basic questions about general health, allergies and other existing conditions, the practitioner will concentrate on specific acupressure points, energy trigger points, muscles and joints surrounding the affected area. Never go for a treatment just after eating.  You should wait at least an hour.


Don’t expect a light, relaxing massage; this therapeutic method goes directly after the problems, sometimes requiring significant pressure. When excessive friction from rubbing or stroking is involved, the practitioner may choose to use talcum powder, sesame oil, ointment of Chinese holly leaf, oil from HongHua, or a specialized massage emulsion or oil developed for Tuina.

Occasionally, clothing is removed or repositioned to expose a particular spot that requires direct skin contact. You should always be informed before this act, and no inappropriate or unexpected contact should ever be made in a professional session.

Treatment sessions last from 30 minutes to an hour. As with most “energy-based” treatments, you will usually feels either relaxed and tired, or surprisingly energized by the treatment and release of pain.

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Reflexology is a complementary, biological, integrative health science.  The reflexologist exercises pressure to reflex areas, formed by 7,200 nerve endings in each hand and foot to encourage improved instruction to each and every single gland, organ and part of the body, this helps the body to biologically correct, strengthen, and reinforce itself, to reach balance, normalization, and homeostasis. 

A reflexology session is usually an hour it begins with an examination of the feet, and warm up of the feet and then a series of pressure points on the reflex points.  This is accomplished through first doing a visual observation, and then by applying an exercise pressure upon reflex areas to achieve a specific, highly specialized relaxation in that area of the body. This improves the nerve, blood, and lymphatic supply.


The entire foot is assessed; and throughout the session, whenever a trouble (sore) spot shows up, more time is spent on that area of the foot reflex. By working on that area, the corresponding part of the body receives improved nerve, blood and lymphatic supply, in addition to working all 12 systems of the body: cardio-vascular, central nervous, digestive, endocrine, immune, lymphatic, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, sensory, skeletal, and urinary.

This is more than just a nice foot massage.  The first assessment portion of it may be very uncomfortable and it may hurt.  Please keep your therapist informed as they work each area the soreness will subside and by the end of the treatment all soreness should be reduced or eliminated.

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Hypnotherapy can allow you to escape from typical patterns of response and behavior to achieve greater flexibility and choice. Hypnotherapy works by allowing you to relax deeply, so giving you the ability to choose new ways of doing, being and thinking, without being controlled by past experience.

Hypnotherapy works with the power of the subconscious mind to change habits and behaviors, decrease inner stress, release tension, increase ability to focus clearly and stimulate motivation.

During hypnotherapy sessions, clients remain completely aware of their thoughts, actions and environment. Deep relaxation is common. Many describe the hypnotic state as a complete and total escape from physical tension and emotional stress, while remaining completely alert.  Your therapist will take you through a guided imagery session to assist you with ascertaining your goals.

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Corporate Chair Massage

This is a massage performed in an ergonomically designed chair which properly positions the person who will receive the massage.  This massage was originally designed to last 15 minutes and provides a quick release for neck back and shoulder tension.  The client is fully clothed.

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Craniosacral Therapy

A typical craniosacral therapy  session is performed with the client fully-clothed, in a supine position, and usually lasts about one hour. In the Upledger method of craniosacral therapy, a ten-step protocol serves as a general guideline, which includes (1) analyzing the base (existing) cranial rhythm, (2) creating a still point in that rhythm at the base of the skull, (3) rocking the sacrum, (4) lengthening the spine in the lumbar-sacral region, (5) addressing the pelvic, respiratory and thoracic diaphragms, (6) releasing the hyoid bone in the throat, and (7-10) addressing each one of the cranial bones. The practitioner may use discretion in using which steps are suitable for each client, and may or may not follow them in sequential order, with time restraints and the extent of trauma being factors.

Craniosacral Therapy

The therapist places their hands lightly on the patient’s body, tuning in to the patient by ‘listening’ with their hands or, in Sutherland’s words, “with thinking fingers”. Therapeutic contact between the patient and therapist may involve entrainment between patient and practitioner.  Patients often report a sense of deep relaxation during and after the treatment session, and may feel light-headed. This is popularly associated with increases in endorphins, but research shows the effects may actually be brought about by the endocannabinoid system.

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Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is a clothed massage which is perfect for onsite treatments at work or home. It has many benefits, in particular it helps …

Indian Head Massage


  • relax the body and reduces tension and stress
  • give relief from tension headaches
  • give relief from eyestrain
  • lower stress
  • decrease anxiety and tension
  • reduce sleep problems
  • relieve sinusitis
  • relieve muscular tension
  • improve circulation
  • improve hair condition

It is a treatment based on old Ayurvedic techniques involving work on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp, face and hands. A variety of massage techniques are used to relieve tension, stimulate circulation and improve joint flexibility. Indian Head Massage is also used to help improve the condition and health of your hair. It can also help to reduce stress and fatigue, increase focus and concentration, and relax and rejuvenate.

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EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique

Some of the benefits of EFT are …

  • reducing physical pain
  • overcoming fears, phobias and addictions
  • reducing anxiety and stress
  • helping to achieve goals

What is EFT? EFT (emotional freedom technique) helps many conditions from anxiety and stress to phobias, addictions and pain or to help achieve goals. It is based on Thought Field Therapy developed by an American psychologist in the 1970’s. It involves ‘tapping’ the body’s acupressure points to aid restoration of the body’s energy flow.

Energy is seen as having a physical, mental and emotional basis. If there is a ‘disturbance’ in the emotional flow of energy it can have an effect on the physical and mental energy. EFT can help reduce and remove the disturbance.

EFT is sometimes referred to as an ’emotional form of acupuncture – but without the needles’.

What a session involves -During the treatment there is a consultation to identify the issue and you will be assisted to find its source. Please note that this is a clothed treatment, seated in a chair and that the therapist will demonstrate the tapping sequence. Whilst using your fingertips to tap the energy lines you will repeat various statements which link to your issue. Emotional issues, addictions and physical pain can reduce quickly and effectively during a session which usually lasts an hour. Plus you will be shown the basic sequence to practice at home to maintain your health and wellbeing.

The tapping sequence can be used as a relaxation technique without repeating statements so is useful if facing situations that provoke strong emotions.

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