As a relatively cynical human being, it is not infrequent that I hear about developments and theories within the spa world that make me raise my eyebrows a little (snake massages and beer bathing come to mind). Rarely however, do any spa treatments have the added bonus of being quite as pretty as Aura-Soma.
Available at Kenwick Park, and otherwise known as colour therapy, the process of the treatment works along the same sort of lines as aromatherapy in that you choose an oil based on the colours (rather than scents) you are drawn to, and that says something about you and the type of ‘healing’ that you need. Following that it is used as part of a massage.
Rather than choosing just one oil from the hundred or so bottles however (which in fact have two colours in each one), you are required to choose four, and then based on the readings from them, the therapist will help you to determine which oil is best for your treatment. The first bottle you choose is the Soul bottle and said to be the representation of the soul in its present consciousness. The second is the Challenge bottle, indicating problems we need to overcome and helping you to do that. The third is about the Here and Now – it is the outcome of the second bottle. The fourth is the Future bottle revealing the energies we are drawing towards us and giving an indication of where we are going. They are all linked to a Tarot card and are intended to work on a spiritual, emotional, and mental level depending on how or where they are applied. They also all have ‘dominant characteristics’ so you will learn a little something about yourself in the process.
Fortunately, in true spa fashion, this is a process designed to make you feel better about yourself, so it is seemingly all rather complimentary and you come away from the situation feeling as though you have pretty much had a personal conversation with Mother Nature and perhaps sought the opinion of a few water goddesses for good measure.
The thing with this is that it is very easy to see where scepticism can creep into the equation, but its feel-good factor is not really in dispute. Whether you believe in its wider effects/ symbolism or not (it really helps if you do) then a look at the raw facts still presents this as a really uplifting way to kick-off 2014. It’s relaxing, interesting, and entertaining enough to give you something to think about to distract you from the daily grind and miserable weather. Think of it as the panto of spa treatments. Plus, and this is the most important part of it if you ask me; cynical or not, it is guaranteed to make you smile – which is really the most you can ever ask for.
So sit back and enjoy it; the future’s bright!
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