I have been suffering from insomnia mainly due to stress and pain from my plantar fasciitis (inflamed heel). Visiting Sydney this week I searched for massage options to assist with my pain. I found Ayurvedic on TripAdvisor and was intrigued. Put in an online enquiry on Sunday evening. I received an email response promptly (although I didn't know as I wasn't accessing my emails regularly). Rita called me Monday morning and we had a great chat and worked out my treatment.
I was even more delighted as this centre was walking distance from my accommodation at Bondi Junction.
I chose the Deep Relaxation Package. From the minute I arrived I felt relaxed. I had no real clue as to what was going to happen but felt at ease that I was going to be cared for. Rita sat down with me and talked me through the treatment. She also talked about other ways they could help with their consulting doctors but there was no hard push - just giving me options which I wish I could follow through with but living in Brisbane makes it difficult. So spoiling myself is my main option at the moment.
The rose petals surrounding the rooms are devine. But onto the main gig - the treatment. I've had many massages and this one has just topped everything I've ever had. The head and shoulder massage kicked things off - I was immediately transported to the land of relaxation - a considerable feat as I don't relax well. Then up on the massage bench. Now comes the oil, in abundance. So, like another reviewer mentioned, come prepared for a dousing in warm oil. The masseur was delightful and I loved her technique. But the Shirodhara treatment was something else. A steady stream of warm oil poured slowly and gently over my forehead (third eye). This was heavenly.
I know I was in a deep state of relaxation (not sleeping) as I did let out a couple of snores, but I was aware of the music and the oil streaming.
At the end I was wiped down with steamed towels. Then to finish off taken to the gorgeous meditation room to enjoy a herbal tea and basically come back to earth.
This will be a treatment that I will always ensure I enjoy when I visit Sydney.
So now that it is a couple of days since I've had the treatment I have enjoyed two full sound nights of sleep, falling blissfully into a cloud of dreams by about 9pm and not waking until 6.30am. This has been a long time coming. Throughout the day I have felt peaceful. So just to have a full night of unbroken sleep is worth every cent. I've now had two! Loving the feeling of being well rested.
My recommendations - first and foremost experience this treatment - it is bliss and truly continues its magic days after. The second recommendation - wear old clothes or clothes you are ok to get oil on. And know that your hair will be very oily and will take a few washings to get the oil out - so plan to go nowhere after the treatment and ensure you have good shampoo on hand. That said my hair and skin still feels soft and bouyant even though I've washed out and off the oil. As recommended, I did leave the oil on for a couple of hours.
Thank you Rita for such an experience.
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