Writing for pleasure to showcase the best Australia has on offer.
Published March 13th 2015
Sensual pleasures with therapeutic results
Tucked down an arcade in Middle Street, Cleveland, I came across Total E! Day Spa and Wellness. First person I met was Karen the owner who has been in business for 25 years in a number of enterprises, which have been all customer-related, so she certainly knows how to make the client feel welcome, relaxed and wanting for more.
My relaxation didn't just start at the front door as the entry into the arcade is decorated in the most tranquil of settings with Bali type screens, waterfall features, saucer style and padded chairs and settees. Scattered prints, candles, crystals and cushions combined with natural light streaming in from above and the sound of the trickling water from the water feature, sets the mood for my total unwind and de-stress.
Listen to the trickle of water as you relax in the outside area
Although there are many treatments to choose including facials, massages, hands and feet, waxing, make-up and two-hour plus day spas are available, I chose the Day Spa Treatment which is normally priced at $180; however at present you can treat yourself for just $90.
On arrival I was given an aroma foot soak and much to my surprise was only luke warm. Karen explained that in Summer our body is refreshed better by cooler treatments to cool us down rather than to warm us as in the Winter months. Karen was definitely correct as my feet were tingling with a revitalised and clean feeling. A glass of water and two delicious chocolates from the Italian brands of Chocao and Vergani were an added touch to devour as I closed my eyes and relaxed into a meditative state during the foot soak.
Already in a state of bliss, the next part of my treatment was a full body hot stone massage and although I could feel the stones gracefully being traced over my legs, arms and body, my consciousness was floating in and out of awareness as I totally succumbed to the expertise of Karen's therapy in loosening tired and sore muscles to a total requiescence of my body and mind.
Finishing off I received a wonderful mango back scrub and hydrating facial using NAT Skincare and Oils, which is a natural product range from Robina on the Gold Coast. The massaging and cleansing of the facial assisted in clearing my nasal and lymphatic passages. Oils and facial creams can be purchased from Total E. Another glass of water and a creamy milk chocolate completed my session although I still felt bathed in a wave of quietude and tranquillity.
Also available at Total E Day Spa & Wellness is Lomi Lomi Massages from around $120 per session with Dianne and Total Foot Detoxing from Mark Fitzgerald. Mark is a regular at the Cleveland Sunday Markets and Mark also offers a "Friends Night In" at your home or workplace. Currently at Total E, you can have a foot detox by Mark for $47 or 2 people for $70. Why not bring a friend and enjoy the pleasures Total E Day Spa can offer.
Total E Day Spa & Wellness is open 5-days a week from Tuesday to Saturday; however it is essential you book to obtain the time that is suitable for your treatment and therapist availability. No one wants to rush such a beautiful experience. All prices include GST and if you phone for clarification, Karen and her team are more than welcome to explain what her day spa treatments entail. Gift vouchers are available as well.