Pure Ener.g at Willow Stream, Fairmont Pacific Rim
The Willow Stream spa at this waterfront hotel offers a soothing space to share with friends or sample alone. My Pure Ener.g treatment (90 minutes, $229) was both relaxing and revitalising. My therapist, Fiorella, was collected and calm, and explained the treatment in detail before we began, with soft piano music playing in the background, and asked about my particular concerns.
The treatment began, as all good treatments should, with some deep breaths. The scents of patchouli, clary sage and chamomile enveloped me. There followed a total-body exfoliation with re-mineralising salts, rubbed in briskly, awakening my senses and smoothing my skin.
Fiorella removed the salts with warm, damp towels, then began a deeply relaxing massage. Her touch was gentle yet effective, and it was difficult not to drift into slumber, especially as the cocooning sensation of being all tucked up safe and warm, like a little baby in a cot, made me feel safe enough to let go of all remaining tensions.
Every time I thought something along the lines of: "It would be delicious to have a little head massage just now," Fiorella introduced some head massage. When I thought: "You know, what would really make this treatment perfect right at this moment is some action with my feet," Fiorella turned to my feet, manipulating them with reflexology movements that made me slide even further into relaxation.
When the treatment was over, Fiorella led me back into the lounge, where I sipped tea, enjoyed the fact that my shoulders now had fewer knots than normal, and gradually remembered who I was.
Try this treatment if: you need to relax and recuperate.