• A tenderising warm magnesium foot bath followed by a relaxing foot and "powerpoint" massage.
• An aromatic oil massage over the neck, back and shoulders.
• A traditional Facial Treatment customised to skin type and condition.
• A deeply nourishing hair treatment, shampoo and finish.
This treatment is not just about pampering and relaxation. "The benefits of this treatment travel deep. We get into your tired muscles; your dry skin and your neglected hair," Tali said.
Tali has been massaging for 19 years. She has studied aromatherapy and herbal medicine and is a qualified reiki practitioner. Blending techniques from Swedish; lymphatic drainage; remedial and point massage, she uses efficient moves from each, to provide the most effective treatment to relax the client.
Tali considers the main benefits from this signature treatment are:
• the re-moisturising/re-hydration.
• releasing tension in the muscles.
There are major health benefits from lymphatic drainage and the relaxation and releasing of tightened muscles. The facial allows Tali to gain a good insight into what condition the skin is in and how to address any issues and possibly tweak the skin care a client may be using at home.
It is recommended with the change of season to have a regular facial treatment. "The skin especially becomes more dehydrated as the cooler months approach. Balancing the hydrolipic film is essential to keep the skin condition clean. Our treatment is a nice way to combine the holistic body care experience with aesthetica's cosmeceutical skin care lines, to provide advanced skin care techniques for the best possible outcomes," Tali said.
She said she hopes her clients "will feel deeply refreshed and rejuvenated after our Retreat treatment."
Ally applies a pre-oil spray, infused with rich plant based oils including organic rosehip, pure botanical extracts, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to replenish moisture lost through wind, sun and various chemical processes. "The chemically damaged areas will soak it up more readily," Ally said. Yes, I was thinking, I have a few of those areas!
After the spay oil was combed through and left for 10 minutes to infuse, I was taken to the basin where Ally shampooed my hair twice. She then applied a Keune protein treatment. I learn, that its not only our body that needs protein to eat - the hair does as well. Although the hair is made up of keratin - a sclero-protein - it is easily compromised with chemicals, harsh shampoos, wet hair brushing (which stretches and breaks the hair) and deficient diet. "If there is not enough strength in hair protein, we end up with dry, fly away hair," said Ally. "This Keune treatment helps to repair the protein bonds that are broken."
Ally has been working with the Keune products for over two years now and finds they are easy to use and are very economical. My hair lapped up this TLC, as Ally gently massaged the product into my hair follicles, de-stressing my scalp in the process. Ally said this Keune mask infuses wheat micro proteins which penetrate the hair to the medulla to restore the inner structure and assist it in regaining strength. Keravis strengthens the inside and outside of the hair, leaving the hair soft, shiny & easy to detangle. This treatment does not add weight to the hair and has a short processing time of only three minutes. A quick and intensive repairing treatment formulated to restore fragile, extremely dry and damaged hair as well as giving hair of any condition that silky feel we ladies love.
Apart from a foot massage, I am very partial to a scalp massage. I lay back in the salon basin chair and allowed Ally's soothing hands to release what little tension was left in my scalp. I was floating on cloud nine.
The ladies do not want you leaving the salon looking bedraggled, as you often do after a relaxing facial and oil treatment. Ally expertly blow dries and styles my hair, making me feel like a million bucks.
Feeling super pampered and very relaxed - I realise how sensationally pleasant it has been to lie still for a few hours and succumb to the Retreat treatment.
Any client visiting aesthetica, is aware of their unique and special culture. They provide exceptional personalised service - but its the detail and the knowledge that separates them from the rest. The staff sincerely care - an irreplaceable quality in this day and age. There are no "juniors" only experienced professionals, who are genuinely interested in their craft.
This is an exclusive treatment offered one Sunday a month and two nights during the week. It is specifically targeted to one client at a time, allowing the girls to create a salon environment that feels like a retreat and where you are made to feel very special. Salon Director, Tracy Dobbin, is excited about creating an indulgent treatment experience for aesthetica clients to enjoy. "It's an opportunity for us to integrate the skin and hair services using quality products into a relaxed and finished service," said Tracy.
The essence of what Tali and Ally wish to provide with the aesthetica Retreat - is a highly personalised and relaxing experience. This treatment would suit anyone in need of relaxation. If you take the "re" out of retreat, you have the answer to what this treatment is about.
My recommendation is treat yourself, you deserve it.