If, like most people, you want a strong deep-tissue massage, then the Comfort Zone Italia, Tranquility Pro-Sleep Massage may not be for you.
Recommended for sleep-deprived insomniacs, this spa journey is an incredibly, soft, gentle and nurturing one. As soon as Lydia, my spa therapist’s warm hands started with the Kabat welcome ritual, involving a heady blend of bitter orange and sandalwood inhalation and stretch, I knew I was in for a deeply relaxing treatment.
Brushes with warmed oil stroke the body like a scene from The Pillow Book, I feel like some calligraphic masterpiece has just begun. I am already won over and surrender to the process. Even the music is tailored specifically for this massage.
The treatment begins face up, like a swaddled infant in luxury terry cloth, Lydia gently rubs my abdomen, I am calmed, I have forgotten what concerns I have and have regressed, I suspect, to something that resembles childhood memories, deeply cared for and loved.
I can’t help but think that this treatment is way beyond sleep therapy. This is something to recommend to those who suffer from depression and hypertension, or for sufferers of fibromyalgia or clients who simply cannot take painful treatments, or cannot for some reason tolerate pain.
Some men may think this sensual scenario is a segway to something much less than a 5-star spa treatment. Let me reiterate that the Pro-Sleep is an elegant dance of gentle hands and warmed oil brushstrokes and not to be misinterpreted as something else.
I am reminded of an Abhyanga chakra balancing energetic Ayurvedic treatment, but this is so original and impressive. I feel as if everything is good in the world and all my chakras are aligned…A mindful and meditative journey, I am at peace.
Somewhere between the long strokes to the pressure pointing of the hands, I am lost in oblivion. I awake to a gentle nudge as I am assisted up and into my bathrobe. I manage to make it to spa reception and check out. I then find myself on my hotel room floor with my bathrobe on. I am so relaxed I have farewelled the spa staff and departed without returning to the locker room to change!
I am as tranquil as nature’s nocturnal slumber, I am left wanting nor needing a thing. I am prepared for a phenomenal sleep…