day spa oracleAs creator and owner of a unique destination day spa for the past 12 years I am asked questions daily about everything relating to the day spa and wellness world. I love to continually be researching, reading and learning the answers to the questions and sharing this knowledge with others.

Day Spa Oracle blog came about from clients inspiring me to share my knowledge, experience and advice.

I hope it inspires you too

it’s all about the face and no troubles, no troubles
Your favorite bag might be the cause of your tension.
How do you know what massage you need?
Killer Heels
Family Spa time, a trend that has become a popular family experience
Is your SKIN FIT?

it’s all about the face and no troubles, no troubles

Why facials can be more relaxing than a massage

Facials are also about creating ‘inner peace’ which reflects a serene appearance on your face immediately after a facial. Beauty is skin deep and it shows in a person’s skin how you feel within yourself, especially when you are stressed.

Decades ago, facials were all about extractions, steaming and purging skin, leaving skin looking blotchy and bruised after a facial. Facial products, training and techniques used today have changed compared to what was used years ago and now are all about desensitising, calming, hydrating, balancing and nourishing your skin.

While the skincare products used today are all about achieving results to attain beautiful skin, relaxation and knowledge of a professional Therapist play a great part.The magic that skin Therapists work with their soothing hands while using advanced skincare products and specialised aroma oils to deliver effective anti-ageing treatments are all combined in one facial at ikatan Spa to offer immediate stress relief. Skin Therapists can feel you slipping into deep relaxation, while your breathing slows and you drift to inner peace, releasing facial muscle tension as well as your mind and stress.

Sounds good, I need that, so how does it work?

During a facial Therapists use a lighter, softer touch in repetitive rhythmical patterns over the peripheral nerve endings on and around the face and scalp. The peripheral nerves are important structures in the body that carry information from the brain and spinal cord out to the muscles to initiate movements and then to also carry sensory information back from the extremities and other tissues to the spinal cord. This brain and sensory touch exchange from soft repetitive movements simply sends a message of calm to your mind and it shows in your face.

You know how people have a different look about them when they are in love, pregnant or just back from a holiday? When those relaxed, happy vibes are just too good to hide. Well, facials can give you that look too.

Any time is a great time to have facials or skin treatments but cooler months are particularly good due to less chance of sun exposure and it’s snugly to be cosy and warm on a soft treatment bed relaxing while you enjoy a rejuvenating treatment that leaves you looking and feeling as if you have no trouble in your life.

We use and recommend Environ cosmeceutical 100% vitamin skincare for anti-ageing and for those who love organic products we also offer Uspa Australian Botanical skincare for all facial treatments at ikatan Spa.

Try a facial next time you need some inner peace


Day Spa Oracle

Your favorite bag might be the cause of your tension.

Do you have neck and shoulder tension? 

Do you fill your bag and sling it over your shoulder, taking it everywhere you go just in case you might need something?

Tight neck and shoulders are just some of the the problems heavy handbags cause.

The over-sized handbags, Termed by medics as ‘Poshitis‘, (after Posh spice being responsible for this trend) and it refers to women spraining or tearing muscles and tendons due to heavy bags. Most of us carry and love our big handbags as it seems to make life easier and more sense if we carry everything we might need and it’s convenient to carry our everyday requirements with us at all times.

Is your Handbag worth it's weight?

Some handbags are as large as a small child and just as heavy. Did you realise that carrying a large heavy shoulder bag can cause long term damage to your neck, shoulder, back and hips.

The weight of a heavy bag will drag your shoulder downward, straining the muscles on your neck and shoulder and at the same time as it pulls your shoulder forward. When you carry a bag, your neck leans away from the weight to help your body stabilise the load from your bag.

Or you hunch (raise your shoulder up and forward) to hold the weight of the bag which contracts the muscles in the neck and upper shoulder creating a lot of tension while your body tries to counter balance this weight by adjusting the back and hip in a raised position on one side to cope with the weight in the handbag.

Symptoms that your bag is too heavy:  Have you ever experienced constant pain in the shoulder and neck or tingling in and around the neck and shoulders or an isolated dull or cold feeling in the shoulder or neck when carrying your bag? Ever noticed pins and needles, numbness in your arm and hand or headaches that are persistent? These are the signs that it may be time to down size your bag or carry less weight  (ideally, the weight of the handbag should range between 2-3% of the person’s body weight) and an excuse to buy a new handbag!

Unload the load but keep everything you need with you? Get another bag and balance the load by carrying in your hands or, as I often do have a small bag inside my big bag and just take the small bag with you, leaving the other bag behind. In the car I have a basket in the boot (yes you need to buy a cute vintage basket) where I unload what I don’t require when I go to the Supermarket, shopping or to meetings. Alternatively dump the big handbag and grab the empty basket instead.

When I travel I always have a small shoulder bag (like a big purse with a shoulder strap) with the basics and then place that over my head and across my body because caring a bag this way is a little kinder on the body. I then spread the load of necessities like my laptop, iPad, travel size day spa products, kitchen sink and the pantry, oh and a few wardrobe items, like a wrap, just in case I get cold or have to sit on a chair that leaves a pattern on the back of your legs! (who designs those chairs???). Carry-on luggage restrictions are actually a good thing as I unload into my pull along but still have to take the big bag to have by my feet during a flight, just in case I need anything when travelling.

Most women have tight neck and shoulders and during pre-treatment consultations at ikatan spa, upper body is by far the most requested area that needs the attention. I like to tell women that this is because ‘we hold the weight of the world on our shoulders’  but it seems it’s the weight in our handbags being held on our shoulders and us being fashion victims or carrying our world with us that is causing major issues with neck, shoulder, back and hip problems as a contributing factor.

Working with bodies for a long time, I have seen that issues and imbalances are common in most people and it is not hard to work out the repetitious action that causes the problems but it is harder for people to break a habit and it takes a long time for the body to restore or repair the damage that has been caused, however not impossible as the body is incredibly self sufficient at healing.

Regular Stretching the area of concern is easy and effective and something you can do yourself. If you go to a gym, pilates or yoga ask the trained staff to show you some stretches to balance your neck, shoulders, back and hips. Weight training, Pilates or Yoga will help to balance your body and stretch the areas that are tight as well as strengthening the areas that are weak.

Massage is always great for relaxing muscles but don’t expect your tension to disappear with one or two massage treatments as it usually takes consistent massage over a few months to make a difference to your body. General rule is ‘it takes the same amount of time to fix an issue as it did to create it in the first place’ unless it is caused through trauma.

Happy shopping for a new smaller bag and basket!

Katrina, Day Spa Oracle

Owner ikatan Spa

How do you know what massage you need?

chi massageDo you love to have a Massage?

Do you know what massage to ask for when you book?

 If you prefer a certain pressure tell the reception staff so they can book the appropriate spa Therapist or tell reception staff the reason you need a massage, when your’e booking they can help you chose the best massage for your needs.

 These are all very important things staff need to know for you to receive the BEST MASSAGE for you.

Did you know that having a medium to lighter pressure massage is far more beneficial for stress, fluid retention, anxiety, lack of energy,  feeling tired, run down or over worked.

Majority of people think they need a firm massage or it is a waste of time, when in actual fact it really depends on what you are having a massage for as to the style and pressure to achieve results.

Firm massage is best suited to athletes or those that suffer from tight areas that cause imbalances. Firm massage is also beneficial when you have areas of congested muscle as it can release the tension however it depends on what has caused this tension and how often you have a massage.

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Killer Heels

Are you a victim of high heels, ballet flats or thongs (that’s Australian for flip-flops)? 

Who doesn’t love their heels and thongs but they can cause long term postural side effects in your body? 

We all like our favourite heels and usually find them comfortable once we have worn them a couple of times and the same goes for our flat shoes or a pair of thongs which we have in every colour. Who would have thought they would be a fashion item and cause postural problems?

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Family Spa time, a trend that has become a popular family experience

Do you come to the Day Spa to escape your kids?

Or do you want to bring your kids with you to have a family spa experience? 

Family at the spaRelaxation and time together is the main reason for a family holiday and we see a growing number of families booking for spa treatments because it is the best way to combine relaxation and family experiences. Over the past couple of years of chatting to parents as to what inspired them to book the family for spa treatments, we realise we have entered a whole new family spa market that is a pleasure to be part of.

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Is your SKIN FIT?

body brush bodyHave you heard of SKIN FITNESS?

Want to know how to help get rid of cellulite in a cheap easy way?

Have you ever thought about the effects of ageing, gravity, environment and what happens to your body (eg. having a baby or losing weight) and how it also impacts on your skin?

Everyone understands about keeping your body fit, fit is a term we all use to describe a sense of health or energy we feel ourselves or see in others, but have you heard about keeping your SKIN FIT?

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