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5 Reasons to Get a Head Massage

Getting a head massage does more than just feel soothing and relax you. There are many reasons why massaging the scalp has a profound effect on the way we feel.

Massaging the head and scalp is helpful for a range of conditions, from stress relief, headaches and dizziness, to excessive thinking and insomnia. It’s also one of the quickest ways to help someone relax.

Many people suffer from a tight scalp due to tension, stress and busy lives spent on devices and driving.  So a head massage is one of the best treatments to include when booking a day spa treatment or hairdressers, for busy mums and just about anyone.

1. Your head is wired with meridian lines and pressure points

Meridian lines and pressure points that run through the scalp relate to other areas of the body. Much the same as reflexology on the feet, meridian lines on the head can treat other areas of the body. It’s a little bit like electrical wiring throughout our body where, by pressing a switch in one area, a light or power goes on in another place.

When massaged, the meridian lines and pressure points on the head release tension and, almost like unblocking a channel, help healing energy flow.

2. Tap into ancient therapies

All head massages have a similar way of destressing and relaxing the mind and body through the scalp. However, Indian, Balinese, Chinese and Ayurvedic therapies all have a slightly different approach to head massage. They all involve using oil, and massaging the same areas of the scalp, but with different techniques.

At ikatan Day Spa near Noosa, we’ve combined the best of each different style into one head massage to help our guests de-stress with a 30-minute Asian head massage.

3. Skilled hands are healing hands

Flow, rhythm, technique and pressure are the secrets to a good head massage. The flow should be slow and continuous with a rhythm synchronised to relaxing music, preferably without vocals so your brain does not engage with speech.

The techniques should be varied so the scalp doesn’t get sore from too much repetition in one area. Pressure should not be too firm as this interrupts the rhythmical flow and can cause tender areas on the scalp after the massage.

Working over the entire scalp in a set pattern, so that no area of the head is massaged more than others, is crucial for a good scalp massage. It’s best done using oil as this helps hands move through the hair and over the scalp, as well as nourishing the scalp and providing aromatherapy benefits for added relaxation.

4. Seated head massages are most beneficial

Getting a head massage while lying down involves turning the head from side to side so the therapist can massage most areas of the scalp. However, it’s not as thorough as being seated for a head massage where the base of the scalp and neck can also be massaged easily.

Sitting in a comfortable chair with legs elevated is the best way to have a head massage, which should include a neck and upper shoulder massage.

Head massage is particularly good for people who can’t lie down for a full body massage, as it offers all the relaxation benefits and is one of the best treatments for clearing the mind.

Elderly, pregnant or people with special needs, such as those in wheelchairs, benefit greatly from a seated head and scalp massage. It also works well as a pregnancy treatment or father’s day gift.

5. You can give yourself a scalp massage

It’s more relaxing for a skilled therapist, hairdresser or friend to give you are head massage. However, you can do it yourself as part of a selfcare routine.

Spend time in the shower shampooing and massaging conditioner or hair treatment into your hair and scalp, in a slow rhythmical motion. Work from the front of your head to the back of the neck, then from above the ears to the top of your head. Repeat at least ten times.

You could blend your favourite aromatherapy oils with coconut oil and massage your head before you wash it. This will nourish your hair and make it shine, and is a great cure for a dry scalp.

Head massage after effects

Experiencing tender spots, headaches or a tightness in your scalp after a head massage is normal. Standing under a warm running shower with water flowing over your head should relieve any tenderness or headaches.

It can often feel as if your head is bruised or detoxing after a head massage. I always have tender pressure point areas after a scalp massage, but flowing water and shampooing my hair help relieve that so I can enjoy the benefits of the head massage.

Would you like to experience a fantastic head massage?

If you’re near Noosa, on the Sunshine Coast or planning to visit soon, find out more about the serenity foot and head massage in Noosa.

5 Popular Pregnancy Day Spa Treatments

Pregnancy can be a joyous, spiritual time for women, but it often creates stress too, both physical and mental. The body is stretched in all ways as it adapts to grow a baby and carry the extra weight, while mental stress may be increased by fear of the unknown and the responsibilities of motherhood.

Recommendations for spa treatments during pregnancy

While a trip to the spa is the ultimate way to relax and pamper a pregnant woman, they need to be treated carefully. Therapists should be specially trained to provide pregnancy treatments and understand what treatments must NOT be used during this time. At ikatan Day Spa, Noosa we play it even safer by using only organic products during pregnancy treatments.

Prime concerns for pregnant women visiting day spas should be:

  • Safety – Understanding what treatments, such as certain spices, essential oils and hot rocks, must never be used.
  • Trained staff – Who are experienced in treating pregnant women and understand their common concerns.
  • Comfort – Which is the key to all good spa treatments but can be elusive during pregnancy. We use wide spa treatment beds and recommend positions and tips like pillow support that pregnant women can use at home as well as at the day spa.
  • Nurturing – Because a mum-to-be needs to be cared for too.
  • Time to enjoy – We recommend pregnant women extend their relaxation time by booking a 75 or 90-minute massage, or a package with a combination of treatments. This will give the therapist time to focus on areas of concern and allow time for deep relaxation.

While we offer a dedicated pregnancy massage at ikatan, we also recommend a variety of treatments, specials and packages that are suitable pregnancy spa treatments,  including some which can be enjoyed with a partner, friend or relative.

Most popular pregnancy treatments

1. Bali Getaway Package

This three-hour package allows plenty of time for mums-to-be to relax with a 60-minute massage, a 60-minute facial and a deluxe pedicure – perfect when the bump gets so big that touching your toes is a challenge!

All treatments and packages at ikatan Spa start with a personal consultation about clients’ needs. All ikatan Spa staff are pregnancy trained therapists.

We use warm organic coconut oil during the massage because it is totally safe, smells heavenly, is blissfully relaxing and helps nourish the skin, thus minimising stretch marks. For clients with a nut allergy, camellia oil extracted from the green tea plant is a safe, soothing alternative.

2. 90-minute Pregnancy Massage

A 90-minute massage gives the mum-to-be time to relax and the therapist ample time to cater for clients’ needs. During pregnancy, there’s a lot of tension around the hips, thighs, back and upper shoulders due to postural changes.

It takes time to alleviate tension in these areas, therefore a 90-minute massage gives improved results and offers better value.

Once settled on our wide spa bed, with extra pillows for support and comfort, many pregnant women relax so much they fall asleep during this massage – it’s perfectly normal and therapists get a sense of satisfaction from being able to induce such deep relaxation.

3. Serenity Package

This package is popular with pregnant women who’d prefer a seated massage, focusing on feet, lower legs, head, neck and upper shoulders, rather than a full body massage.

Offered in one of our garden rooms, this package works equally well for someone who needs time out, or for women who want to enjoy the experience with a partner, relative or with a group of friends for a baby shower experience. Many women like to spend longer relaxing in the tropical gardens and order high tea or a platter during the treatment and we don’t blame them!

4. Relax Results

This two-hour package combines a 45-minute relaxing Pregnancy Massage followed by a personalised 75-minute facial, either the Uspa organic signature facial or the Environ anti-ageing facial.

This combination ensures our guest leaves feeling relaxed and with a visible glow. It’s ideal if you’re suffering from hormonal break out during pregnancy. You can also upgrade to increase the length of your massage with any package.

Complimentary mineral makeup application is an optional extra for mums to be who want to leave the spa looking their best.  

5. Retreat Day

Pregnant women deserve a final dose of me time before the baby arrives and our retreat day delivers it in spades. The retreat day allows our guests to spend eight hours at the spa indulging in a personalised package created to suit their needs.

The retreat day can include treatments of their choice or treatments created personally for the clients’ needs, as well as personalised, private yoga and/or mediation with experienced teachers. It also includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea at ikatan, with all dietary requirements catered for along with herbal tea, juice and a wine menu. As with the Serenity Package, this day can be enjoyed solo or with a special companion.

No matter what treatment they choose, we encourage all our guests to relax in the garden with a complimentary glass of champagne or a pot of T2 tea before and after their treatment. There’s also a light menu, wine list and boutique beer on offer, because many people find relaxing spa treatments stimulate the digestive system and make them hungry and thirsty. Plus, ikatan’s gardens are so nice, it makes sense to enjoy them over a bite to eat.

Find out more about pregnancy treatments on our website or buy a day spa gift voucher or make a booking now.

Bali Spa Review: Spring Spa in Seminyak

If you are staying in the Jl Petitenget area of Seminyak Bali, Spring Spa is easy to find, across the road from the W Resort or Potato Head entrance. While every resort in Bali has a day spa and there are also a lot of salon-type beauty places, what I like about Spring Spa is that you feel as if you’re in a day spa rather than a beauty salon or hairdressers, yet they offer salon services too.

Clean, Contemporary Vibe

With a clever use of concrete combined with large timber posts, a curved wall separates the pedicure area from the open foyer and reception, which makes a stunning design feature.

Spring Spa in Seminyak has a relaxed, fun, designer feel that makes you want to stay a while. It’s decorated in clean, crisp white with just a splash of colour in combination with soft lighting and cushioned timber furniture.

Cultural Considerations

I always prefer to visit a day spa in Bali to make a booking, it’s easier to speak face to face with the reception team rather than over the phone. English is usually a third language for Balinese people, so it’s best to speak slowly and clearly to tell the reception staff what you want to book.

Read the spa menu and repeat the name of the treatment you want from the spa menu, without making too many changes to what you want, or book online at Spring Spa online. Be patient, kind and considerate when speaking to the spa staff who are trying to help you and always remember, this is Bali and nothing happens fast, plus it’s also time for you to slow down to island time.

My Massage at Spring Spa

I always choose a massage or a pedicure when trialling a new day spa. They’re the two things I always need and I’m not keen on facials at day spas in Bali because I’ve tried many of them but have never had a good experience. I haven’t had a facial at Spring Spa but intend to try one during my next visit to Spring Spa.

My spa therapist was experienced and skilled about knowing what I needed from my massage. She had a quick chat with me before the massage to ask me if there were any areas that needed more attention or that I did not want to be massaged.

In Bali, massage often includes the stomach, upper chest, face and scalp, therefore you will often be asked what areas you don’t want to be massaged. I love a stomach massage as it’s an area where we hold emotional tension and there are many amazing benefits of stomach massages. If you haven’t had a stomach massage before, do try it.

The Elements of a Good Massage

There are a few simple things that make a massage good:

  • Your confidence in the therapist;
  • The therapist’s care factor;
  • The flow of the massage;
  • Comfort.

All these elements were included in my Spring Spa Balinese massage. I loved every second that I remember of the massage, as I drifted in and out of the real world under the hands of my nurturing therapist. She really seemed to care about me, what she was doing for me and how I felt.

Maybe I loved my Balinese massage at Spring Spa so much as it was very similar to ikatan Day Spa Noosa’s Balinese massage and the familiarity meant I relaxed immediately.

Final word on Spring Spa in Seminyak

What I loved most about Spring Spa was my therapist, my massage, the other staff, the location, the cleanliness of the entire spa and the clever, understated, fresh interior design.

Spring Spa was a little more expensive than some of the older style spas or a beach massage, but I never choose cheap locations or treatments, as I know there’s always a reason they are cheap. Hygiene, comfort, training and location are more important to me than saving a few Rupiah. If you’re not convinced, see my article 12 things to know about day spas.

I can’t wait for my next business trip to Bali to visit Spring Spa for another massage and to try many more treatments on their spa menu. I think I’ve finally found my new favourite spa in Seminyak and I definitely recommend you visit one of the Spring Spas in Bali.

If you live in, or visit, New Zealand, they also have Spring Spas in some of my favourite locations there including Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown.

Star Rating

Definitely 5 stars for Spring Spa Seminyak’s Balinese massage.

Can you recommend any amazing day spa experiences in Bali?

I’m a paying guest at all day spas I review for Day Spa Oracle. The spas and therapists are not aware of who I am, what I do, or where I come from. I like it that way; it’s nice to just be me.

I hope this day spa review helps you select day spas and treatments when you travel to Bali.  Experiences like these are how we get to know others and ourselves.

Visiting Bali Soon?

Be sure to check out our Bali Travel Guide for more top tips.

Melbourne Cup at a Noosa Day Spa

The race that stops the nation is a good opportunity to let it stop you for some time out.

While most of Australia is preparing their race day outfit, hat and shoes, not everyone wants to go all out on Melbourne Cup day. Some people don’t agree with horse racing or gambling or want to get involved with partying for the Melbourne Cup, yet they still have the day off work.

Why spend Melbourne cup at a day spa

Some people like to take the opportunity to avoid the silly hats, outrageous heels and over inebriated people who take the Melbourne Cup horse race to another level and ikatan Day Spa near Noosa is the perfect place to escape all of the above.

It’s a great excuse to escape to a place where you’ll be lying down for pampering rather than lying down because your feet hurt from those high heels or you’ve drunk too much!

Some of the most popular treatments and packages we book on Melbourne Cup day are those shared with a friend to spend time relaxing and catch up over lunch in the gardens after treatments.

Some guests book themselves in for some time out alone with a longer package or a retreat for a day, to recharge and rejuvenate, while others book a double package making the most of the time off to spend with a loved one.

Popular Melbourne Cup escape race day packages

Melbourne Cup race day is becoming a popular day for day spas offering an alternative way to spend money on yourself. Instead of a spending on a new outfit, you get to wear very little (just one of our sarongs) and be fully pampered. Instead of overeating or getting a horrible hangover, you leave feeling good after visiting a day spa.

You may have all your makeup removed before a facial, rather than loading it on for the races, but you’ll look so much fresher after some time at a day spa and the makeup application we offer after facials is a natural ‘no makeup’ look.

Champagne, High Tea or a bite to eat

There’s still time to celebrate so why not enjoy some time out at ikatan Day Spa with a complimentary glass or two of champagne if that’s your thing? We also have a wine list or T2 herbal teas if you prefer. We even offer food including High Tea, a light lunch menu or cheese and fruit, mezze or cheese boards. Some of our food items, including High Tea, need to be booked in advance, but they all offer the perfect way to extend your relaxation time.

Melbourne Cup celebrations take place at most restaurants in Noosa from 11am to close on race day and for those who are holidaying or resting after the Noosa Triathlon it’s hard to escape the Melbourne Cup lunches and after parties.

Time out at a day spa is the perfect escape from Melbourne Cup or for Noosa Triathlon recovery. Book early so you don’t miss out. Contact ikatan Day Spa now.

Noosa Triathlon: Entourage Time Out!

Noosa Triathlon Entourage pays homage to the partners, family and friends of the triathletes who flock to the Noosa Triathlon each year. The Noosa Tri Entourage are the support crew, the people behind the scenes who help by allowing the triathlete time to train, rest, race, repeat. The entourage does a lot of work before, during and after the triathlon without actually participating in the event.

Are you part of the Noosa Tri entourage? Are you happy to visit beautiful Noosa for the race you’ve all been working towards for the past year? Will you be helping prepare your loved one for the event and cheering them on from the sidelines?

Then you’re probably looking forward to the quiet life after race day when you get to enjoy some time off from all things triathlon!

The Noosa Triathlon brings thousands of people to Noosa each year and creates a buzz of excitement. Suddenly Noosa is packed to capacity with fit, healthy, enthusiastic people looking for a new personal best, and nervous first-time triathletes taking on a new challenge.

Time Out for the Noosa Triathlon Entourage

Noosa is heaps of fun during the triathlon but if you want to escape the melee of triathletes with their entourage, as well as media and officials, we know the perfect place.

If you’re looking for some time out before or after the Noosa triathlon, now is the time to book in at ikatan Day Spa for some much needed and well deserved ‘you time’. You won’t be the only one!

We see more partners of triathletes each year at our award-winning Noosa Day Spa and feel our contribution to the Noosa Triathlon is in caring for the amazing entourage of women and men who look after the house, kids or business while their triathlete partner trains, races or rests.

We’re also seeing more grandparents coming for spa treatments as a thank you gift for looking after the kids when both parents are competing in the triathlon.

If you’re part of the entourage, check out our packages or specials and book in advance to lock in your time out.

Time Out for Noosa Triathletes

A few days after the race, groups of triathletes book in together to finally relax and celebrate their successes. For athletes, the most popular treatments are massages and pedicures to soothe those aching muscles and sore feet.

A magnesium massage is by far the most popular post triathlon massage because it aids recovery. In combination with a relaxing style Balinese massage, it’s the perfect recipe for mind-body rejuvenation after months of hard training and racing.

Some athletes love to combine a facial with a massage and/or pedicure to rejuvenate their skin. Those salt or chlorinated water swims, coupled with the sun, wind and cold weather exposure on the bike or when running damage and age skin. Thankfully, a good facial can do something to reverse that damage.

We’re here to help, with a special Noosa Triathlon Recharge Package specially designed for triathletes on offer at ikatan Spa to help you feel and look like you never raced. Book online now.

Training for the Next Noosa Triathlon?

We recommend Nick and Jessica Croft (pictured above) from Multisport Consultants. Both seasoned professional triathletes, they live in Noosa and offer triathlon training camps as well as online coaching so you’ll be ready to crush it next year.

Book Day Spa Time Out Now to Avoid Disappointment

There’s no other day spa like ikatan in Noosa or anywhere in the world. Set in a tropical Balinese garden, relaxation is guaranteed from the moment you walk through the gates. We serve herbal teas, alcoholic refreshments and delicious platters so you can linger in the gardens to extend your precious time out.

Tip: To get the ideal booking time for you it’s best to call us during office hours on 07 54711199 from 9 am to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday. Alternatively, contact us by email with your phone number and we’ll call you as soon as possible or book online now.

5 Breast Cancer Effects You Probably Don’t Know

Although I haven’t had breast cancer, I’m in contact with many people who have it or are recovering from it. So I wanted to cover it for breast cancer awareness month. I own a day spa where we often care for women with breast cancer and those in recovery, so I hear first-hand how it affects them and their families.

For this reason, I support and raise funds for the Cindy McKenzie Breast Cancer Program, (CMBCP), both personally and through ikatan Day Spa.

I attended a CMBCP educational evening with a girlfriend earlier this year, both to support her and to learn more about the support available through the CMBCP and the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital Breast Clinic.

The more I know about breast cancer, the better I can support women who have breast cancer, both personal friends and guests at ikatan Day Spa.

This particular educational evening was about dealing with gynaecological and sexual issues, some of which are covered here.

Gynecologist Beverley Powell presented first, focusing on how breast cancer affects hormones and creates physical, mental and psychological changes. We’ll be focusing on physical changes here.

While I knew about and understood many of the problems associated with breast cancer, I wasn’t aware of all the issues or how extreme some of the problems can be. At the same time, I learnt there are some amazing professionals who specialise in assisting with the most intimate problems.

Here are five effects of breast cancer I learnt about:

1. Dry itchy skin is normal after breast cancer

Medication, coupled with lower estrogen levels, can reduce the body’s ability to retain moisture and cause the skin to produce fewer natural oils.

I deal with different skin types on a daily basis but didn’t realise how dry skin can impact on a person’s life and even feel like ants crawling under the skin.

Tip: Beverly suggested eating a healthy diet, including quality oils such as coconut and olive oil to reduce the symptoms of dry, irritable skin. Organic body lotions and creams can help but avoid products with petrochemical or phytoestrogen ingredients.

2. Vaginal dryness

Silicone lubricants are the best choice to combat vaginal dryness and are available at supermarkets and pharmacies. Beverly advised that products like Vaseline and pawpaw ointment (which contains Vaseline) should be avoided as they contain phytoestrogens and are petrochemicals.

Using a lubricant can relieve the painful symptoms of vaginal dryness, including painful sexual intercourse.

It’s best to avoid products containing parabens which are in many skin care products, but there are plenty of paraben-free lubricants available.

 3. Hair loss down there

We all know chemotherapy can cause hair loss and many women lose all their body hair including underarm hair, eyebrows and pubic hair. It’s a normal side effect of chemo.

Despite the popularity of Brazilian waxes, pubic hair is there for protection and helps with maintaining healthy bacteria in the genital area. When women lose their pubic hair, from chemotherapy, Brazilian waxing or laser hair removal, it can create vaginal and genital problems associated with less protection from pubic hair.

Tip: Beverly advises against the use of soap on the genital area as it upsets the natural bacterial balance. Avoid antibacterial products too as they kill good bacteria as well as bad bacteria which can lead to imbalances in the body and cause issues like thrush.

4. Tight pelvic floor muscles

Medication and the treatment of breast cancer can affect hormones and cause the vaginal wall to become atrophied and dry. The pelvic floor muscles tighten or contract causing discomfort and painful sex.

While the physical problems of a dry vagina or tight pelvic floor muscles make sense when explained, it’s not something you may think of seeking help for. It’s such a personal problem and a lot of women think it’s just happening to them.

If you’ve got breast cancer and are feeling these effects, you’re not alone. This can be a normal side effect of breast cancer.

Fortunately, there are specialised physiotherapists around who focus on helping release tension through the vagina and pelvic floor. It’s an intimate area to have treated as the physiotherapist needs to work on releasing the sling of muscles through the pubic and hip area, but it’s such a relief to release the tension and pain it causes.

Physiotherapists who offer pelvic floor release have trained specifically to treat this area. As professionals, they understand and how uncomfortable this can be for the person being treated and will explain everything to make it as easy as possible.

5. Bone density loss

During and after breast cancer, bone density can drop significantly due to a drop in estrogen. However, you can improve your bone strength with weight-bearing exercise.

Beverly stressed the importance of regular weight-bearing exercises such as weight training, yoga, walking and non-buoyant aqua classes to increase and maintain bone density. Cycling and swimming are not weight-bearing exercises because your body weight is supported by a bike or water.

Although it wasn’t easy hearing about these issues I’m so glad I attended the event.  The other women there spoke about how nice it was to feel informed and feel normal.

I came away feeling I’d learnt a lot of useful information that could help spa guests affected by breast cancer. I’ve used this information to educate my therapists and am so happy we offer organic products at ikatan Day Spa.

If you’ve got breast cancer or you know someone who has, I hope you found this information helpful.

Get Support

For more information about support and educational events contact the Cindy Mackenzie Breast Cancer Program.To practice good self-care book a massage, facial or other treatment at your favourite day spa or drop hints about gift vouchers!

For self-care book a massage, facial or other treatment at your favourite day spa or drop hints about gift vouchers to friends and family!

If you’re on the Sunshine Coast or in Brisbane, all our therapists are trained in caring for women with breast cancer, including those who’ve had a mastectomy. We would always love to care for you at ikatan Day Spa near Noosa.

What’s the Best Massage in Noosa for Relaxation?

With six different massages on offer at ikatan Day Spa near Noosa, I’m often asked which is the most relaxing. I’ve created all the massages myself so it’s a bit like being asked to choose a favourite child! And all our massages are designed for relaxation making things even harder.

The various different massages are also designed to suit different preferences and needs. For example, our pregnancy massage is obviously intended to relax and nurture mums-to-be, while our Serenity head and foot massage is designed to be enjoyed while sitting in the garden.

Just between you and me, I personally find our Chi Massage  the most relaxing massage in Noosa. But I think the new Mantra Massage which we’re launching soon (stay, tuned!) might steal the title of Noosa’s most relaxing massage.

If you’re struggling to choose, don’t worry. I can guarantee that any massage you experience at ikatan will be one of the most relaxing you’ve ever had. Here’s why:

1. Total focus on relaxation

Our whole spa has been set up with relaxation in mind, from the minute you pass through our gates and turn off your mobile phone. Whether you choose the hot rock massage or the Balinese massage, a massage isn’t just a massage at ikatan, it’s a holistic destressing experience.

2. Perfectly planned massages

I’ve been in the beauty and wellbeing industry my whole adult life and don’t mind admitting I’m a little bit obsessed with finding new ways to lower stress and increase relaxation. We’re all getting more and more stressed out by modern life and relaxing isn’t just pleasant anymore. It’s essential.

I’m constantly researching new ways to deepen relaxation, often by visiting some of the best spas around the world to see what they do. Then I tailor design all our treatments, including the massages, to incorporate the most relaxing techniques with seamless delivery and natural, calming products.

3. Highly trained therapists

All our therapists are qualified in massage therapy before we hire them and then undergo intensive training to learn the different massage styles we offer. The training is done on a day spa model who can give feedback before, during and after the massage, with a trained therapist assisting to explain exactly how the massage should be executed.

This is how we plan all the details so that there are no awkward pauses while we hunt for massage oils or fresh linen because everything is set up ready to go.

This training means that our massages are consistently executed and consistently relaxing. Even if you get a different massage therapist on a second visit, the massage style and experience will be the same.

4. No sales pitch

There’s nothing worse than getting the hard sell at the end of a massage or spa treatment. Our whole focus is on treatments, not selling products and, while we do have a small shop in the reception area, that’s for guests who choose to browse the products or ask for recommendations.

That means our guests can relax throughout their massages and at the end of it with no pressure to buy anything.

5. No time constraints

Our massages last 60 or 90 minutes and I highly recommend booking the full 90-minute experience for pure relaxation. But either way, there are no time constraints when it comes to relaxing in our gardens post-massage. You can have a glass of wine, bubbles or herbal tea and even enjoy some nibbles if you’re hungry.

It’s a beautiful way to extend the relaxation experience and allow the products time to sink in and do their work.

When it comes to deciding which of our massages are the most relaxing you be the judge. Trust me, they’ll all help you stress less and, after you’ve had one, you’ll want to come back and try them all.

Find out more about Noosa’s most relaxing massages at the ikatan Day Spa website.

24 Hours in Noosa for Instant Stress Relief

A short break can be just as good as a long holiday, and far easier to plan. Getting a fortnight off work, or stepping away from our daily lives for a week can feel impossible, but everyone can, and should, put things on hold for 24 hours.

We all need to take regular breaks and one or two holidays a year aren’t enough. If you want to dial down stress and take care of yourself, it’s better to take multiple short breaks throughout the year. Here’s how to de-stress next time you’re in Noosa.

Early morning

It’s worth getting up early to watch the sunrise over the ocean at Sunshine Beach or from the National Park. This is the most peaceful time of day, and the coolest, so it’s the best time for a relaxing walk in the National Park.

Try the Japanese art of “forest bathing” if you want to ramp up the relaxation and just spend time enjoying the bush. Or, if you’d prefer to work up a sweat, pump those arms while you walk, alternate running and walking, or follow the hilly Tanglewood Track.

Even if you miss the sunrise, mornings are the perfect time to enjoy a water-based activity like stand-up paddle boarding, surfing or kayaking. Book a lesson or take a tour with a local guide.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Gympie Terrace on the Noosa River and pick one of the many cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy breakfast with river views.

Late morning

There’s no other spa in Australia, or anywhere in the world, like ikatan Day Spa in Noosa. Set in a mature tropical garden, you’ll feel as if you’re in Bali as soon as you walk through the arched wooden gateway.

If you need to relax fast, this is the place. Phones must be placed on silent for utter peace and quiet, and the staff are highly trained in the art of beauty and well-being, but also laid back and friendly

Treatments, including facials, massage, body treatments and manicure and pedicures, have been specially created to maximise feelings of well-being, and are customised to suit individual guests.

The three-hour day spa packages are most popular with locals, while a two or three-hour package is perfect for couples. For guaranteed relaxation, we recommend an organic facial, chi massage, and a foot or head massage in the garden room.

Lunch

Make sure you leave plenty of time to enjoy ikatan’s gardens after your treatment with a complimentary pot of T2 tea or sparkling wine. Better yet, order a sharing platter with cheese and fruit, or a taster plate with dips, and select a low sulphate European white, rose, red or sparkling wine from the wine list.

Take your time and enjoy the experience. During the summer months, it’s too hot at the beach anyway, so you’re better off relaxing, enjoying the breeze in the shady garden, or sitting in a pavilion with a rattan fan whirring gently overhead.

Late afternoon

When the sun starts to lose its heat, and the light softens, head to the beach to swim, check out the action in the surf or do a spot of people watching at Main Beach. If you want a quieter beach, try Little Cove or Sunrise Beach.

Evening meal

Noosa is home to some of the best chefs and restaurants in Australia so it’s a foodie’s delight. Hastings Street and Gympie Terrace are the best places for restaurants. Just go for a walk and read the menus to see what takes your fancy. Try to choose a restaurant with fresh, local produce and look out for seafood specials.

Sleep

For a complete escape, stay at the Phoenix Bed and Breakfast close to ikatan Day Spa in Eumundi. The guest accommodation and pool are separate from the main house, very private, and delightfully luxurious. In the morning you can enjoy a gourmet breakfast while you take in the views and listen to the birds sing.

Just thinking about spending a day like this melts the stress away. There’s no better way to relax and practice self-care.

How would you like to spend 24 hours in Noosa?

Retreat for a Day at Noosa’s Best Day Spa

Authentic Balinese touches and tropical gardens at Ikatan Day Spa near NoosaFor the ultimate day off, time out, destress, escape and recharge your body, mind and soul, ikatan Day Spa’s Retreat for a Day is the perfect package with Noosa’s the perfect destination. But how exactly do you spend an entire day at a day spa? Trust me, it’s easy…

Who Needs to Retreat for a Day?

Some people come because they need a total escape. Others find it’s the only way they can enjoy a break because they can’t get enough time off for a longer holiday. Many Retreat for a Day guests book in for the first day of their Noosa holiday to ease into their vacation with a relaxed state of mind.

Couples or friends often book a Retreat for a Day so they can enjoy some quality and relaxation time together.

Planning a Spa Retreat for a Day in Noosa

Your Retreat for a Day experience begins before you arrive with a private consultation by phone or email so we can organise everything for your tailormade experience. Every Retreat for a Day guest has different wishes and needs, so no day spa retreat is exactly the same. Nevertheless, here’s an idea of what to expect.

Getting your Retreat for a Day off to a Good Start

Some Retreat for a Day guests who are staying in Noosa like to go for a walk, swim, surf or stand-up paddle before their Retreat for a Day package starts.

The Retreat for a Day package at ikatan Day Spa in Doonan, just outside Noosa, begins with a leisurely arrival. With no early morning starts, it’s all about slowing down.

On arrival at ikatan you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink accompanied by fruit and nuts or cookies while you sit in the garden. You’ll have plenty of time to read your welcome letter, with an outline of the day ahead that’s been specially organised for you.

Body, Mind and Soul

Many guests like to starting their Retreat for a Day with a private yoga session to ease tension in your body, meditation to relax your mind or a yoga-meditation combination for body and soul.

Your yoga or meditation session is led by one of our highly trained teachers who will address your personal needs and guide your awareness. The one-hour sessions will clear your mind and prepare you for deeper relaxation.

Afterwards, you can enjoy a healthy breakfast in the garden before meeting your personal day spa therapists who’ll take care of your day spa treatments.

Morning Treatments

The focus of morning treatments depends on your personal needs and why you’ve chosen a Retreat for a Day package. You can choose the treatments if you wish or leave it up to us. We’ll guide you on the best treatments for your needs and the ideal order to enjoy them in.

At ikatan Day Spa in Noosa we understand that busy people and busy mums, in particular, find it hard to do nothing. It takes time to unwind but we know the ideal treatments to keep your mind a little bit engaged while we gradually increase your relaxation levels. Many guests find facials as relaxing as massages. Some guests want a body treatment while others want a massage but aren’t sure what type of massage to choose.

Before you know it, your therapist will be gently rousing you to take you back to the garden for a healthy lunch. Lunch is served with your choice of wine, tea or juice along with time to read a book or nap in the day lounge.

Afternoon Delight

While you’re relaxing, your therapist will prepare your treatment room then come to collect for an afternoon of treatments designed for deep relaxation. The focus is on the needs and concerns you mentioned during your consultation and we’ll select the appropriate treatments to suit you.

f we don’t have the perfect treatment on our spa menu for you we’ll create a treatment especially for you.

Your Retreat for a Day usually finishes with treatments such as a pedicure, manicure or head massage in our garden room while you enjoy a drink and a sweet treat.

Time drifts slowly away and before you know it the sun is starting to set as the birds sing in the gardens and you float blissfully out of ikatan spa feeling totally relaxed.

Find out more about the Retreat for a Day Package at Noosa’s Best Day Spa

To find out more about the chance to Retreat for a Day in Noosa or ask about treatments at ikatan Spa, contact ikatan day spa in Noosa today. We tend to get very busy during at weekends and over the school holidays, so call now on 07 5471 1199 to avoid disappointment.

If you need help or advice about booking a Retreat for a Day the receptionists will help you plan everything.

What would your ideal Retreat for a Day package look like?

How to Stress Less for a Happy, Healthy Pregnancy and Baby

Massages reduce stress for pregnant women and their babies

Spring is the season of new life in nature and it seems to be a popular time to have a baby too. Maybe it’s just the timing, forty weeks after a loved-up summer of fun.

Pregnancy pressures

Research shows that having a chilled-out mama is best for bubba but having a baby seems to be harder work for women these days. Getting pregnant can be hard and trying to maintain a stress-free pregnancy harder still when you’re working, looking after other young children and meeting the demands of everyday life.

Busy mums tend to want to get everything right and the pressure to hold it all together is stressful, especially at a time when you should be at your most tranquil.

Having to avoid certain foods and beverages during your pregnancy is yet another thing to consider if you want to give your baby the best start in life. But research indicates minimising stress and keeping calm is equally important for maintaining the perfect environment to grow your baby.

While it’s hard to find time for yourself when you’re pregnant there are many quick fixes that can help you relax and de-stress. It’s important that you focus on relaxation to give your baby bump a calmer mama.

Note: If stress is getting out of hand during pregnancy seek advice from your midwife or doctor.

Invest in your baby and your wellbeing

Pregnancy day spa treatments such as massages are worth every dollar you spend. Massages help your body adjust to the changes of pregnancy, relax you and the baby, and treat your skin with nourishing oils to help prevent stretch marks.

Facials are another popular Noosa day spa treatment during pregnancy as your body transitions through hormonal changes, which can affect your skin. Getting a facial can help your skin adjust, give you a healthy glow and provide much needed time out for relaxation during the treatment.

Most pregnant women want to look healthy and at their best during pregnancy because it’s a special time to take photos and remember the experience of your growing baby bump. Facials are perfect because they help you look good and bring deep relaxation and mental rest.

Pedicures are also popular with pregnant day spa visitors. As the bump grows when you transition into your second and third trimester it gets harder to do everything, particularly reaching your toes. Your feet may also swell during pregnancy and a pedicure with foot massage is the perfect way to spend an hour with your feet up and beautify your feet and toes.

Recommended reading: Stress Solutions for Pregnant Moms: How Breaking Free from Stress Can Boost Your Baby’s Potential by Susan Andrews, PhD.

Nurturing Time

Spending time and money maintaining your health and a stress-free pregnancy is worth it, resulting in a happier, calmer baby. Nurturing yourself is as easy as booking yourself in for some pampering in a lunch break, after work, or at the weekend when you have more time to enjoy being cared for and take care of your growing baby.

If you can’t get a day spa booking, run yourself a bath or set up a foot soak to soothe your feet. Take yourself to the movies and forget the world outside, or float in a pool or the ocean to take the weight off your body.

Learn to meditate, play relaxing music, sing to your baby and get plenty of rest as your baby grows. All these things will get help you relax and help you and your baby thrive.

If you can, plan a babymoon with your partner or a friend to a relaxing destination where you can breathe fresh air, swim, walk, eat healthy food, rest and visit a day spa for a pregnancy massage or treatments for two.

Noosa babymoons are popular because it’s so close to Brisbane, the scenery is idyllic and it’s so laid back you’ll feel chilled out as soon as you arrive. Enjoy a sleep in with a lazy breakfast or a long lunch at one of Noosa’s cafes or restaurants before the baby arrives and relaxed dining out becomes a thing of the past.

How do you maintain a stress-free pregnancy?

Would you like to book a visit to ikatan Day Spa in Noosa?

Visit the ikatan site to browse our day spa packages and treatment menu or book a spa treatment.

Sunscreen: The Risks Everyone Should Know

Sunscreen risks and benefitsSpring is here and the sun’s shining. It’s been shining all winter here in Noosa, but now spring has come the beaches are starting to get busy. Sunbaking or sunbathing feels fantastic. The heat of the sun warming your body is divine and we all need our daily dose of vitamin D. However, damage can come from UV exposure and from sunscreens designed to protect us from UV damage.

Sun Exposure and Skin Damage

It’s a well-known fact that sun damage is the fastest way to age skin with an increased risk of potentially deadly skin melanomas too. Yet knowing that doesn’t stop people from lying for hours in the sun to get a tan.

If you’re a sun-worshipper you need to know the best products to protect your skin safely, along with exactly what you are putting on your skin for sun protection. Skin care is so important and choosing the right sunscreen is crucial.

All sunscreens and sun block products claim to ‘protect’ your skin from the suns damaging rays but not all products alike. While every brand claims to keep you sun safe, many of them contain some rather nasty chemicals.

Here’s the low down on what sun protection products actually do, how they work and what to look for (and avoid) when it comes to ingredients. Armed with this knowledge you’ll be able to make a safe choice when buying your sunscreen.

How Sunscreen Works

Every sunscreen has a slightly different formulation but there are two main types; sunscreens that offer a chemical barrier and those that provide a physical barrier.

Chemical Sunscreen and its Proven Dangers

Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun’s rays but recent research by Riverside Laboratories in California has found alarming information about some of the chemicals used in chemical sunscreens. Three of the most widely used organic sunscreen chemicals to block UV-B, namely Octylmethoxycinnamate, Octocrylene and Oxybenzone, do not remain on the surface of the skin but are absorbed by the skin. In other words, those chemicals penetrate the skin and end up in your body.

Research has also proven that most sunscreens penetrate the skin’s surface and the higher the Sun Protection Factor (SPF), the higher the level of chemical ingredients.

The most disturbing discovery was that these chemicals create more free radicals when they’re absorbed into the skin, They also continue to react under the surface of the skin after exposure to UV rays.

In effect, these chemicals which are commonly used in chemical sunscreens do protect us from UV rays but in doing so they create more potentially serious skin damage by creating free radicals deeper in the skin.

Dr Des Fernandes, Plastic Surgeon and founder of Environ skin care, explains:

“When a chemical absorbs UV rays, there is a change in the energy of that molecule which can result in the formation of free radicals. If the free radical is on the surface of the skin then we don’t need to worry about it too much. However, when the free radicals occur in the depth of the skin they then set up chain reactions of free radical destruction and can do significant harm.”

According to the research study, if DNA is affected by these free radicals, then mutations may occur that can lead to skin cancer at a later date.

Physical Sunscreens

Physical Sunscreens are often called sun block. Their ingredients reflect and repel harmful UV rays instead of absorbing them. Physical sunscreens contain active ingredients Zinc Oxide and or Titanium Dioxide.

Although those might sound like equally dangerous chemicals, they are safe. Unlike the active ingredients in chemical sunscreen products, Zinc Oxide and or Titanium Dioxide physically sit on the skin and literally create an outer barrier. They provide skin protection and block most UV rays without being absorbed by or damaging the skin.

Zinc Oxide and or Titanium Dioxide remain on the surface of the skin and are not affected by sun exposure so they maintain their SPF value for longer than chemical products.

However, no sunscreen products provide 100% sun block protection because they all allow UV rays to penetrate to some degree depending on the SPF.

Recommendations

  • Use a physical sunscreen – Look for active ingredients like Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide. Titanium Dioxide is preferable because it doesn’t interfere with antioxidant activity whereas zinc oxide can.
  • Avoid chemical sunscreens – In particular sunscreens that contain Oxybenzone as well as ingredients like Octyl Methoxycinnamate and Octocrylene.
  • If you do use a chemical sunscreen choose one with a lower SPF because the higher the SPF the more chemicals are absorbed by the skin. SPF 15 to 20 are the safest.
  • Apply sunscreen more regularly rather than use a higher SPF.
  • No matter what type of sunscreen you use, choose one with added antioxidants to reduce the activity of free radicals contained in the sunscreen and through its reaction with UV rays.
  • Choose an unperfumed sunscreen because perfume is more likely to cause photosensitivity.

No sunscreen can block 100% of solar rays and free radicals will always occur, even with the best sunscreen and after only a short exposure. So, while we all enjoy time in the sun, do minimise that time and always protect yourself by wearing a shirt, rash top or hat when possible.

Do you have any sun safety tips?

Fathers Day Gift Ideas for Noosa Lovers

Not all dads want BCF and Bunnings vouchers but sometimes more creative Fathers Day gift ideas can be hard to think of. But let’s face it, mums don’t like getting toasters and irons on Mothers Day so why should men be given a do-it-yourself voucher for Fathers Day?

If you’re stuck for Fathers Day gift ideas here are a few options you might not have considered.

Where did Fathers Day Come From?

Historians believe that the origin of Fathers Day can be traced back to the ruins of Babylon. Records show a young boy called Elmesu carved a Father’s Day message on a card made out of clay nearly 4,000 years ago. Elmesu wished his Babylonian father good health and a long life.

Fathers Day as we know it was started in 1909 by a Sonora Smart Dodd. She decided to create an official day to honour her father, William Jackson Smart, a war veteran who raised his six children by himself. Sonora’s mother died in childbirth, so Mothers Day was not something she could celebrate, and the 19th  of June was William Jackson’s birthday, therefore, the third Sunday in June was declared Fathers Day in America.

In countries like Italy where the Catholic Church is influential, Father’s Day is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day in March.

In Australia, we celebrate Fathers day on the first Sunday in September. Both here and in the UK it became a popular celebration during World War II as a day to remember fathers when most of them were away fighting in the war.

Fathers Day celebrates male role models

Historically, fathers day was created to celebrate any male role model and today the tradition has spread worldwide and become a day to celebrate all men who make a difference to younger generations. It doesn’t have to be a father but could be another parent, grandparent, stepparent, guardian, role model, teacher or friend.

Traditional Fathers Day gift ideas

1. Ties, Handkerchiefs and Socks – In the 1900s men would receive hankies, ties, bowties and knitted socks as a Fathers Day gift. Some men still receive these traditional necessities as gifts, most often from young children.

These things can still be a good gift if they’re useful and the man in question doesn’t already have a mountain of socks and hankies.

More Creative Fathers Day gift ideas

It’s more creative and thoughtful to think about what the men in your life deserve, enjoy or wouldn’t usually buy for themselves. That’s the kind of gift that makes a special occasion like Fathers Day special.

Think outside the square hankie draw!

2. Hampers – Men love a good hamper full of their favourite treats including food and drink. We all know the kinds of things men love, like dark chocolate, nuts, jerky, craft beer or a good bottle of wine. These are things most men don’t buy them for themselves even though they enjoy them.

These are things most men don’t buy them for themselves even though they enjoy them. Well, they might buy the beer but they’d still appreciate a special hamper put together for them in a hand-painted box or big bag.

3. Massage Voucher – Most men and fathers love to be taken care of with a massage, especially if they drive a lot, sit at a computer or work hard as tradesmen.

Dads have a lot of responsibility and, while everyone thinks massages are for mums, dads deserve to be pampered too.

Men get tired and stressed by work and family demands and a massage gift voucher is just the thing to de-stress your dad on Fathers Day.

Gift vouchers are easy to purchase online then dad can book in when he has time to enjoy a good massage and some time out on his own.

4. Hobby-focused gifts

Does your dad have a hobby, sport or favourite pastime like reading or travel? If so you could make or buy him a personal gift that helps him get more out of his hobby. Or gift him a ticket for a match you can enjoy together.

5. Cleaning fairy!

Dads seem to be harder than mums to buy for than mums but if you think about what your Dad loves, something as simple as cleaning his car, tidying the garage or spring cleaning his office can be a great gift this father’s day.

Your fathers day gift ideas don’t need to be expensive but they should make him feel special and loved.

Looking for a Father’s Day gift idea for a Noosa, Sunshine Coast or Brisbane-based man?

Ikatan day spa in Noosa sells day spa gift vouchers online. You can buy them for a dollar value so dad can choose and book his own massage or other day spa treatment. He can even enjoy a beer in the garden after being pampered and de-stressed!

12 Things Everyone Should Know About Day Spas

After visiting day spas all over the world, I constantly see things which aren’t helpful in welcoming and attracting guests. Your day spa booking and visit should be the most relaxing experience in the world but often it feels far too hard.

Trying to understand a day spa menu, working out what to wear and deciding which treatment you’ll enjoy can be frustrating.

This guide is aimed at helping you understand the protocol so you have a better day spa experience.

1. What is a day spa?

Just the word ‘spa’ can be confusing because some beauty salons, and even dentists, call themselves spas.

Traditionally, the term spa means ‘partaking of waters’ and came from ancient Roman times, when people didn’t have their own bathroom so went to communal bathing houses. The communal baths, or spas, were enjoyed by men and women with attendants on hand to care for body, hair and wellbeing. Part of the ancient experience was to enjoy the social side of coming together to relax and be cared for.

The spa was, and still is, a place where others care for you at your leisure. They’re the ideal place to practice selfcare or book a day spa retreat for a mini wellcation. Although the words ‘day spa’ suggest that there should be a spa bath, not all day spas have baths. However, all day spas should focus on caring for your wellbeing and that’s what our modern understanding of a day spa is. A day spa is simply a place where you go to relax while other people take care of you.

A day spa is simply a place where you go to relax while other people take care of your health and wellbeing.

2. What’s the difference between a day spa and a salon?

Basically, you go to a day spa for an experience and to a salon for an appointment.

Day spas are built to exude luxury. They should have a unique, professional environment which is dedicated to providing a tranquil experience.

Every day spa has its own style and relaxation areas where visitors can spend time before or after treatments.

While some day spas offer water facilities, others offer sound therapy or silent rooms free of technology. Ikatan Day Spa in Noosa is surrounded by tropical gardens because being surrounded by nature has a profound and positive effect on wellbeing.

The moment you enter a day spa you should feel calmer. It’s about being in a space where you can escape from the outside world to be silently transported to another place. The staff will help facilitate that by making sure you have a special experience before, during and after spa treatments.

At ikatan, one therapist is dedicated to looking after each visitor before, during and after treatments. There’s no chatting during treatments or selling of product after treatments to ensure a restful experience.

3. How is booking at a day spa different from booking a restaurant?

At a restaurant, you decide what to have from the food and beverage menu after you arrive. At a day spa, you need to book before hand due to restrictions on time frame, therapist availability and specialities and room allocations.

When day spa reception staff are making a booking, they’re looking for an available space or room for the treatment you want. But before they can find a booking availability they need to know when you want to come and how many people are coming with you.

4. Why are day spa menus hard to understand?

Day spa treatment menus can be lengthy and overly descriptive. They shouldn’t be hard to understand but a lot of them are. Sometimes it’s hard to know what the treatment involves.

If you’ve ever had trouble deciphering a spa menu you’re not alone. I write spa menus for my own day spa in Noosa and for other day spas, and even I find some spa menus hard to understand. Many menus read like a fairy tale story, full of adjectives to describe aromas and whimsical relaxation techniques. I find this is hard work, stressful and confusing.

If you can’t understand what the treatment involves then it’s probably because the menu is badly written.

5. What’s a spa package?

Spa packages usually consist of two or more combined treatments that compliment each other and flow from one treatment to the next, giving a longer, more relaxing experience. Sometimes other services are offered and food and drinks are often packaged up with treatments to extend spa relaxation time.

At ikatan, as well as offering set spa packages we also offer personalised bespoke packages if we don’t already have a package that includes the treatments a guest is looking for. Being flexible helps our guests combine treatments to suit their preferences.

TIP: If you can’t understand, find or decide what treatment you want, just give the spa reception staff, a rough idea of what you’d like. For example, maybe you need a massage, don’t want a pedicure but would like to try a facial. That information will help spa receptionists to recommend package options or day spa pampering ideas suit your needs.

6. How should I make a day spa booking?

Booking in advance is best, but if there’s a cancellation you’ll often get lucky by booking at the last minute, so you may as well ask. Working out a basic idea of the treatments, package or amount of time you want to spend before calling or emailing will help reception staff offer you a booking faster.

Knowing what you don’t want is also useful for spa staff. If you’re interested in a certain price, package or treatment, or want to experience something different, it will help reception staff suggesting the perfect experience for you.

Emailing your booking through an online booking system is convenient for after hours bookings or if you’re at work, but it can take time to hear back from a busy spa which gets a lot of online bookings. Even when the spa does reply fast, by the time you reply someone else may have called and taken the booking. It’s unfortunate but there’s no way around it because day spas do not hold online bookings without confirmation details.

TIP: Phone bookings are best! Calling the day spa during business hours is the fastest way to book, ask questions and get advice as well as confirm your booking immediately. If you’re in a hurry ask the receptionist to suggest popular package options.

7. What if you don’t have time to read the spa treatment menu?

I find many people are so busy they don’t have time to read through the treatments listed on a spa menu, even though it’s available online. This in itself is proof you need to visit a day spa!

Good spas will understand that you’re time poor and need to escape a busy life. At ikatan, we’re constantly expanding our reception team so we can spend more time advising and caring for our guests from the first point of contact.

TIP:  Most day spas will be happy to block out spa time for you provided you give details to secure the booking. So don’t be afraid to call the day spa and secure a booking even if you haven’t had time to read the spa menu yet. Once you’ve booked and the date is locked in, you can enjoy looking at the treatment menu when you have a few minutes to spare and call or email to confirm the treatment you’ve chosen when you’re ready.

8. What if I have to cancel my appointment?

Read the day spa cancellation policy when you book as every spa will have a different policy.

Be aware that your treatment time has been reserved especially for you. If you need to reduce the treatment time, reschedule or cancel your appointment, you usually need to give 24 hours notice. If you arrive late or reduce the treatment time by changing your mind on arrival, then the day spa has the right to charge you the full amount.

9. What do I need to bring to a day spa?

Day spas have everything you need for treatments and time out in relaxation areas. If you go to a day spa with pool facilities, you’ll need swim wear, but towels, robes and slipper should be supplied.

It’s always a good idea to bring something warm to pop on after treatments and wear slip on sandals if you’re having a pedicure.

Some day spas like ikatan offer complimentary makeup application after spa treatments. This gives our guests sun protection as they relax in the garden with a pot of tea or glass of champagne after treatments and ensures they look their best for photos in the gardens.

10. What shouldn’t I bring to a day spa?

Leave your cigarettes, babies, children and pets behind and put your mobile devices on silent flight mode. That’s the policy at most day spas to ensure deep relaxation.

Leaving babies and children means you can relax without being responsible for a child. It’s not fair to other guests or young children to expect them to be quiet as is required at a day spa.

Day spa staff cannot act as babysit because they do not hold a blue card. Even if the children are older, day spa staff can’t be responsible for kids as they’re busy attending to guests. In any case, spa reception and lounge areas are for day spa guests to relax in and not a place to leave children unattended.

That’s why most day spas have a no children under the age of 16 policy.

The main day spa market is for busy mums escaping children, couples having a romantic escape and guests recovering from illness or stress. People visit a day spa for tranquillity without children and they’re one of the few places where you can escape your own kids without having to listen to other people’s!

Some day spas offer mums and bubs days which is a fantastic idea allowing other guests to book on a day when there are no children around.

11. What if I’m sick?

Clients suffering from colds, flu or viral infections should not have treatments at a day spa. Nor should people who are intoxicated.

It’s inadvisable for your own health to have treatments while unwell and unsafe for staff and other guests sharing the same facilities.

Please be thoughtful and cancel your spa booking if you’re ill and could be infectious as you may be sitting in reception with another guest who’s pregnant or undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy making them more susceptible to infection.

12How early can I arrive for my day spa booking?

Arrive early so you can start to relax before your treatment and leave time after treatments to allow you to slowly return to the real world that awaits you.

Give yourself ample time to drive to the day spa and find a parking space. It takes so much longer to relax someone whose mind is racing after arriving late for their booking.

It’s better to arrive too early than too late. Your spa therapist prepares your treatment before you arrive so that everything is ready for you. If you arrive late or decide to change your treatments on arrival, then your treatment will have to be cut short.

TIP: Check google maps for directions well in advance of your spa booking and allow for traffic.

I believe a day spa is also about the little things that make a big difference to your experience, from the first point of contact, during your treatments and throughout the visit. Feeling like you don’t want to leave, is the best compliment our guests give us.

Now you know the tips and tricks to getting what you want from a day spa experience.

Do you feel more confident about booking a day spa now?

5 Ways to Make Your Noosa Babymoon Special

What is a babymoon? No, it’s not the full moon shape of your tummy when you’re in your third trimester! It’s a holiday you take with your partner when your tummy is in full bloom with a baby bump.

It’s the last break you get together before your baby is born, the sleep-deprived nights stack up, and your bundle of joy needs constant care. It’s also time to relax and enjoy time together as a couple in a special place before you become three.

So what do you do on a babymoon? Here are our suggestions for how to spend your last holiday as a couple, when the mum to be may be feeling tired but you both still want to have fun.

7 Special Things to do on Babymoon

Activities that are geared around relaxation, or things you know you’re not going to be able to do together on future holidays with baby, are exactly what you should do on a babymoon.

1. Romantic evenings

Lingering dinners at a restaurant are one experience you won’t be having after the baby arrives, and sleep becomes more important than eating out. While your diet may be slightly limited during pregnancy, restaurants commonly cater for pregnancy requirements and it’s wonderful to have someone else cook and clean for you.

2. Spending time in nature

Going to the beach, swimming and walking are all perfect activities during pregnancy to help keep the body moving. If you can swim in the summertime, baby bumps love to cool off and float in the water. Fresh air and being in nature is a calming, nurturing way to unwind.

3. Day Spa visit in a double room

Babymoons are a popular time to get pampered with a massage, facial or foot treatment. Massages for mums-to-be are a necessity and dads-to-be need them too. It’s a stressful waiting game when the baby’s due date is coming up, and a big change for both of you. Be sure to mention that you’re pregnant when you book and request pregnancy safe massages and spa treatments.

Facials leave you feeling and looking refreshed. They create the deepest relaxation and are perfect pre-birth photo preparation for those first Mum, Dad and bub photos.

Pedicures and foot treatments are a must to rejuvenate tired feet when you’re on a babymoon as you can’t reach your toes with that baby bump in the way, and feet often swell in the last trimester. Foot treatments and head massages are popular for dads-to-be too and, if you have a treatment together, he may pick up a few massage ideas to do on you when you get home!

4. Sleeping in

Having a lie in sounds like something you can do at home, but not for long. When the baby arrives, everyone will be up before dawn! You’ll feel like half the day is over by 10 am when you’ve been up early with a baby.

On your babymoon, you may be just heading out for a lazy breakfast and coffee at that time. Enjoy the hot coffee as you won’t get many of them once the baby arrives… but you will get used to drinking luke warm coffee!

5. Shopping for baby gifts

Picking up a souvenir for yourselves or the baby’s room is a fun way to remember your babymoon together, especially if you visit a place that means a lot to both of you.

Many couples who got engaged or married in Noosa, visit again for their babymoon, and will no doubt be back for family holidays with their baby.

What would you like to do on a babymoon?

Are you planning a babymoon in Noosa?

Ikatan Day Spa in Noosa welcomes couples on their babymoon and offers special pregnancy treatments which can be taken solo or with someone else.

You don’t have to enjoy your spa treatments with the baby’s father either! Many women book a double treatment room to enjoy the experience with their mum, sister or friend.

You can even have your baby shower at ikatan if you want to share the experience with a group of friends.

To book a pregnancy treatment for yourself or a loved one contact ikatan Spa now. You can also buy Noosa day spa gift vouchers online.

5 Most Popular Day Spa Treatments

Beauty and wellbeing trends come and go, but the best day spa treatments are timeless. We all visit the day spa for different reasons. Some are looking for pure relaxation, others want a makeover that leaves their skin glowing and many need help with common overworked or stress-related conditions, sore or aching muscles or desperately need their feet attended too.

If you’re wondering what spa treatment to book, either for yourself, or as a gift, we’ve created this list as a decision-making shortcut. Sometimes too much choice can be over-whelming; if you’re suffering from analysis paralysis then just pick one of these five most popular treatments at ikatan Day Spa in Noosa. They’re guaranteed to please.

Remember! Before and or after all treatments at ikatan, guests are encouraged to relax in the tropical gardens with a glass of complimentary champagne or pot of T2 tea.

Top 5 Most Popular Treatment at ikatan Spa

1.Massage

The type of massage that people choose depends on their needs and sometimes the season, but massage is the treatment most of us need and crave. The stress-busting Chi Massage suits everyone while the Serenity Massage, for the head, neck, shoulders, feet and lower legs, is perfect for people who prefer a seated massage, where you don’t need to get undressed and takes place surrounded by nature in the garden room. Combine spa treatments with a glass of wine and nibbles, or afternoon tea, before or after treatments.

Top Tip: Book or upgrade to a 90-minute massage. The extra time makes a huge difference for the body and soul at a minimal cost.

2.Balinese Boreh Wrap and Massage

This is an energising treatment based on a traditional Balinese remedy that’s still popular in Bali today. As with all our treatments, we’ve tweaked it and improved it so that it’s now equally popular in Noosa as it is in Bali.

The Balinese Boreh (bore-a) 45 minute treatment starts with full body exfoliation using warm, exotically scented spices. This is then wrapped for warmth, which activates the spices to relieves muscle tension, minimises aches and pains and increases circulation. While cocooned in the wrap, the client is treated to a soothing scalp massage. Finally, warm coconut milk is used to nourish the body before a shower.

The second half of the treatment involves a traditional medium pressure 45 minute Balinese massage, which blends gentle stretching, with long flowing strokes. The combination of pressure techniques and warm aroma oil relaxes the mind and body, providing gently nurturing and leaving people feeling refreshed.

3.Coco-Luscious Body Wrap and Facial

 The smell of coconut and the sensation of being first exfoliated, then hydrated, make this treatment feel almost as good as a vacation. The treatment starts with dry body brushing to stimulate lymphatics and exfoliate the skin, followed by a luxurious coconut oil, scrub and milk wrap.

While the coconut ingredients in the coco-luscious wrap are working their magic, the therapist treats our guest to a 30 minute facial, personalised to suit the skin type and needs and soothing scalp massage.

This treatment ends with a warm shower and a flowing, application of organic coconut body moisturiser.

4.Anti-Ageing Facial

As we age, the skin matures and changes too, requiring more intensive care than young skin. The 75 minute Environ anti-ageing facial helps turn back time by reduce signs of ageing and is safe for even the most sensitive skin. It’s ideal for mature, sun-damaged or thinning skin, all common side-effects of ageing.

The facial includes a deep cleanse, alpha peel, relaxing facial massage, vitamin-packed serums, a soothing mask and vitamin moisturiser to hydrate, tighten and brighten the skin, leaving guests looking and feeling younger.

The anti-ageing facial treatment includes complimentary mineral make-up application to protect your skin.

 5.Deluxe Pedicure

Our deluxe pedicure is equally popular with men and women and people of all ages, from teenagers through to their grandmothers. It’s a 60-minute ritual for the feet, surrounded by nature viewed from our garden room.

This pedicure is worlds away from an impersonal quick service in a small nail salon while you breath in acrylic fumes, as found in a shopping centre and only a minimal difference in price. While drinking T2 tea or a glass of sparkling wine, our guests are treated to a a ritual for the feet.

  • Foot soak, scrub and buff;
  • Glycolic peel;
  • Full nail treatment with cuticle work, cut, file, buff and polish;
  • Soothing foot massage;
  • Hydration mask;
  • Nail polish application.
  • Take your new bottle of nail polish home.

It feels as good as it sounds and you can sit in the gardens while your polish dries. ikatan’s deluxe pedicure leaves guests feeling pampered and ready to put their best foot forward in life.

Book any of these popular treatments online or buy a gift voucher for them on our website. To make a booking contact 07 54711199 ikatan Spa today.

Bali Spa Review: Taksu Spa and Restaurant, Ubud

We regularly visit Ubud in Bali. It’s our home away from home, and we recently enjoyed a massage at Taksu Spa. I’d seen Taksu Spa and Restaurant advertised in numerous magazines and read several online reviews, so decided it was time we checked it out.

Taksu is a Balinese word for spirit and you can feel the tranquillity of this place. Taksu is a cool, peaceful oasis compared to the traffic, markets and busy streets in this area of Ubud.

First impressions

Taksu is so much more than a day spa. We called in to have a look around first because I always like to view a spa in Bali before booking since I’m a little bit fussy about cleanliness.

Walking through the main gate at Taksu, the café area before us looked like a tidy market garden or plant nursery. Tables and chairs are set amongst vegetable beds which are packed with veggies destined for use in the café. The sound of running water irrigating the plants is soothing.

We enjoyed a fresh pressed juice in the garden café while we looked over the spa menu.

The reception staff greeted us with big smiles and were helpful booking our massage treatments. There are so many massage styles to select from, I’d love to sample them all.

TIP: It’s easier to communicate your booking by visiting in person rather than by phone or email when in Bali.

Spa welcome

When we arrived for our massages we were greeted at reception by our spa therapist who escorted us on the longest walk through the garden, along a path, down what felt like 100 stairs, across a stream (where a bridge is being built), and up what felt like another 100 stairs.

I needed a massage after that epic journey. I tried not to think about the climb back after the massage.

The massage room was old, but clean and quiet, with soft music playing as my therapist, Dami, left me to pop on disposable undies and a sarong.

The disposable undies ripped to shreds as I pulled them up. I threw them in the bin, lay down on the comfy bed and put the sarong over me. The sarongs and head towel were clean and fresh and I felt ready for a massage.

Esalen Massage: Yoga for people who can’t be bothered!

I chose the Esalen Massage, which uses slow movement and flowing palming strokes that work on multiple muscles at the same time. The palming strokes move from one part of the body to another giving the feeling of one continuous movement.

The massage started on my feet, legs and buttocks with a wonderful stretching of my thighs. What I really loved was the small amount of oil used, giving a better connection with my skin and requiring less pressure by the therapist for a good, medium-pressure massage.

Soon my back, arms and neck were engaged by a flowing massage that repeatedly covered the areas I needed focused on. As Dami progressed through the flowing massage, she moved my arms and shoulders to stretch them and worked those areas at the same time. I was loving the massage and trying to stay awake, so I could fully experience it.

Soon it was time to turn over for extensive stretching to my feet, ankles, legs and hips. This felt like someone else doing yoga on my body, releasing tension with flowing massage strokes to each area while I was being stretched at the same time.

I knew the massage was coming to an end when every part of my body had been massaged, including my stomach. I love a stomach massage, as it is the area where many people, particularly women hold emotional tension, in the solar plexus area. A stomach massage is an instant boost for the digestive system, lymphatic drainage and the release of emotional tension.

Just when I thought it was all over, Dami moved to the top of the bed. After washing her hands she massaged my face, neck, décolletage and scalp. Divine, is the only way to describe how I felt when she was done.

TIP: Ask to have your stomach massaged next time you’re at a day spa because it’s so good for you and the therapist will be happy to oblige! If you’re female, the therapist will cover your breasts for privacy.

TIP: Forget your body image issues while at the day spa. Therapists don’t look at or care about body shape or size as bodies are our business. Body treatments are what we do, and life would be boring if all our guests were the same shape and size.

Day Spa Details

  • I highly recommend the Esalen massage at Taksu and look forward to going back. It was well worth the stair climb.
  • Refreshments – We also enjoyed staying on for lunch in the gardens. There are some vegan and organic options and the food and surroundings are refreshing.
  • Value for money is excellent at about $65 for a 90-minute massage

Star Rating

Definitely 5 stars for Taksu’s Esalen massage.

Can you recommend any amazing day spa experiences in Bali?

I’m a paying guest at all day spas I review for Day Spa Oracle. The spas and therapists are not aware of who I am, what I do, or where I come from. I like it that way; it’s nice to just be me.

I hope this day spa review helps you select day spas and treatments when you travel to Bali.  Experiences like these are how we get to know others and ourselves.

3 Reasons to Take Your Wedding Party to a Day Spa

People spend months planning their Noosa wedding including every detail, from where to hold the ceremony, through to what to wear. The laid back holiday atmosphere in Noosa attracts people who want a relaxed wedding, so there aren’t too many bridezillas. Still, the pressure to fulfil social expectations, please a wide variety of people and get everything organised can be nerve-wracking for the bride, groom and their families.

A day spa visit before the event can be the perfect way to spend time with the bridal party, close family or friends before the big day. It’s the best way to relieve the strain and reset the mood so that everyone can enjoy the big event.

Here are three reasons why you should make a day spa visit part of your Noosa wedding celebrations:

1. Prolong the festivities

A wedding celebration brings families and friends together for what can be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Yet the wedding day itself can feel too short and busy with so many people to entertain and so much to do, including the ceremony, formal festivities and photographs.

Noosa weddings are no different and, despite the relaxed holiday vibe, often newlyweds and wedding guests feel the big day whizzed by too fast.

Planning a day at the spa before the wedding is a perfect way to start the celebrations and bring everyone together in a relaxed environment. Wedding party spa visits work equally well for girls only get togethers, including those looking for a more sophisticated form of the traditional hen night or baby shower, and for mixed gender parties which are becoming very popular. After all, the boys love to have a massage and relax with a glass of wine or beer before the big day too.

Spa parties are particularly successful for multi-generational parties, because day spa treatments have a universal appeal, for everyone from teenagers through to their great-grandparents. We’ve never come across anyone who didn’t like being pampered while enjoying food and nibbles in our tropical gardens at ikatan!

2. De-stress

Why wait until the wedding is over and it’s honeymoon time before you relax? A day spa visit is the quickest way to de-stress and get everyone feeling cheerful.

Many of ikatan Spa’s treatments are specially designed to help people de-stress. For instant stress relief, we recommend a spa package or longer treatments like the 90-minute Chi Massage. But even a Serenity Package massage, deluxe manicure, or pedicure in our garden rooms, is guaranteed to dial down stress and restore a sense of balance.

It’s not just our treatments that relax people either, it’s the chance to enjoy time in the garden before and/or after the treatment, with a complimentary bubbles or cup of tea, that gives people time to really unwind. There’s a wine list, including craft beers, as well as food available. So if you want to spend longer hanging out together after treatments in our garden you can.

There’s no hard sell of products after your treatment either, in fact, at ikatan, we take you away from the retail area in reception and to the gardens instead. However, reception is staffed and we’re there to help you if you need advice or wish to try or buy anything.

3. Beautification

Everyone wants to look their best at a wedding because, although the day itself will fly by, the photos will last forever. Facials, body scrubs, manicures and pedicures are essential to help you feel confident and look your best.

All too often, the bride and bridal party can be out of action the day before the wedding meeting the celebrant or florist, checking the reception venue and attending wedding rehearsals. Two days before the wedding, most guests have arrived and this is usually the best time to book some day spa time together.

At ikatan Spa, everyone can come along, with space for the whole bridal party and friends. Which means you can maximise the time you spend together, particularly if wedding guests have travelled interstate or from overseas and need to recuperate from flights or jet lag before the wedding day.

The ikatan Day Spa experience and environment is an unmissable part of any visit to Noosa and should be a prerequisite for wedding parties that want to look and feel their best. It’s the perfect group get-together location.

Find out more

To find out more about booking your wedding party treatments at ikatan Spa, contact us today. We tend to get very busy during the wedding season and over the long summer holidays, so call now to avoid disappointment.

If you need any help organising a group booking, we have group coordinators to help you plan everything.

I Was a Day Spa Model

It’s a cold, grey day, but I’m being warmed from the outside in by exotic spices. A heady fragrance of cinnamon, ginger and cloves wafts around the room as my entire body is gently scrubbed with a blend of ground spices and rice. All I need to do is relax and enjoy the experience. Honestly, it would be impossible not to.

This may seem a bit decadent for a Wednesday afternoon but today it’s my job and I’m taking it seriously.

What does a day spa model do?

While all the therapists at ikatan, the award-winning Noosa day spa, are qualified in massage, beauty and wellbeing, they’re also specially trained for each of the unique treatments on offer. With a new therapist on board, I’ve been asked to act as a ‘model’ so she can practice the treatment on a real person, with help and guidance from her manager.

My job is to act as a guinea pig for the 90-minute Boreh Wrap body treatment and it’s a role I’m happy to handle.

What’s a Boreh Wrap treatment?

With a Balinese theme, ikatan’s spa treatments are all designed to optimise relaxation, and many of them are based on traditional ayurvedic or Balinese medicines. The Balinese Boreh Wrap and Massage treatment uses warm spices to relieve aches, pains and muscle tension, exfoliate the skin and improve circulation.

Once I’ve been evenly scrubbed and coated in the spice mix, which spa owner Katrina Thorpe blends herself, I’m wrapped in a thermal blanket and towels while the spices work their magic.

The treatment is based on an ancient practice that’s still used in Bali today, both by rice farmers to soothe sore muscles after a hard day in the rice paddies, and by urban Balinese who use it to ward off colds and chills.

How does the treatment work?

Everyone reacts differently to the spice mix and, while the rest of my body feels warm and cosy, my back starts to warm up like a hot plate. So much so that I ask if there’s a heat pad under the blankets. There isn’t. It’s just the spices drawing the heat out of my body and easing away the aches in my upper back, shoulders and neck where I hold a lot of tension.

It feels wonderful and I’m amazed how much heat generated purely by my own body and the spices.

I have time to enjoy the experience before being asked to sit up so the therapist can pour warm coconut milk over my skin. As well as introducing another subtle fragrance, the coconut milk  has a cooling and hydrating effect.

After my entire body has been doused in coconut milk, it’s time for a shower before what the ikatan brochure describes as a “45 minute Balinese aroma oil massage to ease away muscle tension”.

After a shower, I lie face down on the table while warm oil is liberally poured over my skin and massaged in. It appears there isn’t much tension left; I soon start to drift in and out of sleep.

The combination of gentle music, dim lighting, a calming aroma and the therapist’s slow, flowing massage strokes have taken me from distracted rushing, to deep relaxation, in way less than 90 minutes. An hour and a half has never passed so fast.

I get to prolong the experience with a pot of chai tea in the garden afterwards while I reflect on my day spa model experience. When opportunities for deep relaxation like this come your way, it makes you realise how much we need them.

What was just another cold, grey winter’s day now feels bright and beautiful.

Guest post by Annabel Candy

Annabel is a travel writer and serial expat who currently lives in Australia. She shares travel stories and tips at Get In the Hot Spot and runs Web marketing agency Mucho. When she’s not hanging out with her husband, three kids and their tabby cat, you can find her walking, running or swimming at the beach.

5 Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday at a Day Spa

On July 15th, we’re celebrating ikatan’s 15th birthday. It’s hard to believe so much time has passed since we created our Balinese-style Noosa day spa. In that time, our garden has been transformed from Australian bush to tropical serenity, with large shady trees and authentic Balinese touches that make people feel as if they’ve just arrived on an exotic holiday.

It’s been lots of work but endless fun too. I love working with my talented team of therapists and truly appreciate being recognised as one of Australia’s top destination day spas. We’ve won numerous awards over the years and in 2017 we were thrilled to win the Luxury Travel Guide award for Excellence in Service for the Asia and Australasia region.

With ever-growing demand from people who want to experience ikatan, we’re currently expanding by adding new treatment rooms.

Our birthday celebrations will be quiet and we like to keep it that way. If you do too, here are five reasons to celebrate your birthday (or organise it for someone you love) at a day spa.

1. Go solo

Yes! You can come to a day spa for some time out on your own on. It’s your birthday, so you can do as you please, and if you just need some time out by yourself we get that.

If you have a mid-week birthday or everyone is busy, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a break, destress and release tension. Your birthday is the perfect excuse to escape everyone and everything for a few hours or a whole day. This is your chance to really relax, recharge and rejuvenate.

2. Have a spa party (or sparty!)

If you have time, then organising a spa party with family or friends will be a popular birthday outing. Guests can spend time together having spa treatments then relax with high tea or shared platters including glass (or three!) of champagne or a pot of tea. Busy mums and teenagers love sparties.

3. Romance

For a special day with your romantic interest, runaway with your partner on a couple’s spa package. Relaxing together in a double treatment room will be a fine way to spend your birthday.

If your partner doesn’t book it for you, then you can always book a double package for their birthday. It’s a popular way to spoil your loved one. Plus you get to enjoy the treatments and pampering too.

4. Gift vouchers

Buying a day spa gift voucher for a birthday present means the birthday boy or girl can can book their treatment whenever they want.

Tip: Check the expiry date and conditions before you buy a gift voucher at another day spa, as some have short expiry time.

At ikatan day spa we give you a year to use your gift voucher and we’re happy to extend vouchers too. After all, it’s a gift and people should be able to use it when it suits them.

5. Surprise!

Many guests are brought to ikatan Spa not knowing they’re booked in for a spa package. While it’s nice to have a surprise, we generally find women in particular, prefer to know they’re having day spa treatments. Then they can wear appropriate clothing or sandals if they’re having a pedicure.

Unless you know exactly what treatments the birthday boy or girl likes best, they may want to swap treatments on the day, so surprising them a day early is a real surprise and helpful in giving the day spa time to change the treatments if necessary.

While we can often change treatments at ikatan Spa at short notice, many day spas can’t change as therapists or rooms are pre-booked for different treatments.

If you’d like to surprise someone, we find the best surprise is a gift voucher given a day or so before the birthday. That way there’s time to change treatments and organise food or wine. It’s still a surprise but something to look forward to and prepare for.

Would you like to celebrate your birthday at a day spa?

ikatan Day Spa in Noosa: the ultimate birthday treat

To buy a gift voucher, organise a birthday treat or find out about hosting a sparty, visit the ikatan website or call us on 07 54711199 from 9am-6pm Monday to Saturday.

Noosa Alive Day Spa Pampering Ideas

We’ve always enjoyed the Noosa Long Weekend cultural festival. Now rebranded as Noosa Alive festival, it promises to be just as much fun in 2017.

The 10 day festival spans two weekends, from 21-30 July, showcasing fabulous theatre, literature, music, dance, film, visual arts and cuisine. For those who want to get their grey matter working, there are also forums events, with art workshops if you’d prefer to get creative.

The events take place all over Noosa but much of the fun will be centered on Hastings Street and Noosa Main Beach at the Beach Club Marquee. The Broadway on the Beach cabaret,  Salsa by the Sea and Flamenco Fire events sound like a great way to let your hair down, as does the final Flying Down to Rio party.

If all the festivities prove too much and you want to escape the crowds, or if you want to schedule some rest and relaxation as well as fun while you’re here, ikatan Day Spa is an oasis of tranquility.

Set in a tropical Balinese garden, many guests like to arrive early to enjoy a pot of tea or glass of wine in the garden. Once your treatment is over, you can head back to the garden for more drinks and a cheese or mezze platter.

Everyone has their favourite spa treatment and you can choose from a massage (hot rock and chi massages are always popular), manicure or pedicure, body treatment or facial to help you unwind. Whatever you pick, they’re all carefully designed to maximise your relaxation and boost your sense of wellbeing.

You can check the ikatan spa Noosa specials on the ikatan website or see all the treatments and spa packages there too.

Here are a few pampering ideas to get you started:

1. Warmth of Bali Package

Ikatan is a Balinese day spa and many of their treatments are based on traditional Balinese medicines. This two hour package is a great introduction because it combines a chai spiced scrub with a body wrap, massage and facial.

The scrub, wrap and massage will relive anxiety and rejuvenate your body, while the facial cleanses and nourishes your skin.

2. Teman for Two Package

Teman means friend in Balinese and this package is ideal to share with a buddy, family member or partner. It takes place in a private double room starting with a foot ritual before a 60 minute Balinese massage.

The warm oil, aromatic fragrance and long, soothing massage strokes are guaranteed to induce deep relaxation and a sense of inner peace.

If you have time and book in advance, you can even follow your Teman for Two package with a high tea in the garden.

3. Signature Facial

If you want to look your best this organic facial gets results and takes you on a sensory journey. It includes deep cleansing, exfoliation, anti-aging serums and face masks as well as gentle massages for your face, scalp, neck and shoulders.

The 75 minute facial is completed with a serum, eye cream and moisturiser, followed by complimentary mineral makeup application.

4. Deluxe Manicure

Pretty hands always get noticed and our deluxe manicure will leave your hands and nails looking and feeling their best.  You’ll enjoy the 6o minute manicure in our garden room, accompanied with a pot of tea or a glass of champagne.

You’ll be indulged with a hand exfoliation and full nail treatment, including cuticle neatening with nails cut or filed, buffed and painted. The pampering continues with a hand massage and hot towel hand hydration wrap while you enjoy a neck and shoulder massage.

You can choose your favourite nail colour from a range of nail polish colours and take the bottle home with you for touch ups.

5. Essence of ikatan Double Package

This 90 minute package for two people includes a foot pamper treatment, a Balinese massage and a mezze platter to share in the garden after your treatment with a glass of champagne or pot of tea.

If you want to stick around and enjoy another drink or two, ikatan has a boutique European wine list and craft beer option. They can even order a taxi to take you back to your hotel afterwards.

Other pampering treatments available

Find the ikatan day spa Noosa specials on the ikatan website along with the full range of treatments and spa packages.

Day Spa Bookings for Noosa Alive Festival Pampering

Booking for festival events can be make on the Noosa Alive website.

For all your pampering needs book directly with ikatan Day Spa, either online through their website or by calling 07 54711199. Ikatan is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm.