The Canyon Ranch SpaClub, a sanctuary of wellness and relaxation, offers a host of soothing and healing Eastern Treatments that not only relax you and boost wellness but also draw you more deeply into the experience of Eastern culture. What could be more perfect when sailing the South China Sea than a nurturing Thai massage or a healing session of reflexology? Each treatment below serves as a window into a different aspect of Eastern wellness and an entirely different approach to healing practices and healthy living.
Healing Energy: Reiki
The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words – “Rei,” God’s wisdom or the Higher Power, and “Ki,” life force energy – so Reiki can be defined as “spiritually guided life force energy.” Reiki promotes healing through methods rooted in Eastern spiritual tradition. The therapist, using a technique known as “laying on hands,” gently places his or her hands over your head, chest, abdomen and back, producing a calming effect and improving circulation, concentration and sleep quality.
Sole Rejuvenation: Reflexology
According to the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health, reflexology is believed to reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Release life’s tensions through the energy meridians on the soles of your feet. Delight in a relaxing, therapeutic foot massage that improves circulation and restores energy flow throughout the entire body.
Qi Pressure: Shiatsu
Shiatsu, which means “finger pressure” in Japanese, is a type of massage that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. Relax, energize and awaken during this active, rhythmic Asian technique, where a therapist uses thumbs, fingers and palms to stimulate the body’s vital energy, or Qi, applying pressure to certain areas of your body to adjust your physical structure and balance your energy flow.
Revitalizing Bodywork: Thai Massage
Harmonize your vital life energy with graceful, nurturing bodywork that promotes physical flexibility and ease. Done on a traditional floor mat, and using slow, focused movements and compressions to guide the body through yoga-like stretches, a Thai massage creates a feeling of lightness and comfort while encouraging a peaceful yet buoyant state of mind.
Ancient Ayurveda: Abhyanga Massage
Known as an ancient healing tradition and considered one of India’s treasures, Ayurveda is designed to help you stay vibrant and healthy. Its two main principles state that the mind and body are one, and nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind. An ancient Indian Ayurvedic healing and detoxifying oil massage, Abhyanga is a traditional therapy that releases toxins, enhances immunity, nourishes the skin and creates deep relaxation. During this massage, a therapist gives you a full-body massage using warm sesame oil, and Marmas, or subtle points of energy, are targeted on the face and feet to balance body, mind and spirit.
Unwind and enjoy an afternoon of zen at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub next time you’re on board – visit our website for details on treatment availability.