Arabella Spa - Capetown
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At Arabella Spa all their energies are focused on your relaxation.
The African Rainforest Experience is a sensory water and steam treatment developed in South Africa using African products and inspired by African rains. The 15 step African Rainforest Experience costs R 520.
Receive a salt scrub on a heated slab by a therapist, to clear old, rough and dry skin and to make the skin more receptive to the treatment to follow. Lying on a heated slab, your body is kept warm as the scrub is applied.
Guests to take a hot shower and afterwards, ladle themselves with cold water from the fountain in the Ante-room. The hot shower warms the body, relaxes the muscles and opens the pores of the skin. (The cold water splash improves circulation.) In order to be effective, these steps should not be rushed. They give the body a signal to start to detoxify.
Eucalyptus Steam Room (42ºC)
The steam, in combination with eucalyptus, opens the pores and benefits the respiratory system. Plus, eucalyptus is very effective against headaches, fatigue and stress. The steam room further encourages relaxation and detoxification.
Guests to ladle themselves with cold water from the fountain in the Ante room. After the high temperatures of the steam room, it is important to cool the body down. This further stimulates the lymphatic system to clear toxins. Rest on mosaic slabs underneath heated aromatherapy towel. Oils like lemongrass, lemon, orange, lavender, peppermint and ginger encourage relaxation and help to induce feelings of calm and serenity.
Aromatherapy Sauna (75ºC)
The guest selects preferred aromatherapy oil to be infused inside the sauna. The aroma you choose is very important. Trust your instincts and go for the oil that appeals most to you at that moment. The therapist will also advise you on the effects of specific oils. The heat in the sauna helps increase the benefits of the oil - helping the body detoxify faster. The pores open and the body starts to perspire, flushing away toxins.
Cool to cold shower or cold water hose. For skin cleansing and to close the pores. Again lymphatic drainage is stimulated and circulation enhanced, helping to detox.
Dry Heat Sauna (75ºC)
The dry sauna causes more perspiring so your body is further cleansed. Muscles are relaxed by the heat.
Cold Mountain Mist
Soft cold mist falls lightly down on your skin and cools your body down.
Dry Relaxation Beds
Whilst relaxing, drink one glass of water. It is very important to drink a lot of fluids in these situations as you are perspiring a great deal. This ensures that you detox but not dehydrate. Rest is also important while the circulation is stimulated. This is where your body calms down, refreshes and relaxes.
Reflexology Footbaths with pebbles
Alternate 3 times: 3 min warm water (38ºC),1 min cold water (as cold as possible), 12 min in total. The warm water regulates your body temperature. Through heat, the water will activate circulation, giving a relaxed and calm feeling.
Rainforest Shower Beds (30 - 40ºC)
3 min soft rain lying on back, 3 min pulsating rain lying on stomach, 6 min in total. Pamper and relax under a cascade of warm water. This treatment is for the soul. Remember our bodies are over 90% water. A relaxed mind helps bring your heart rate down. Drying and application of soothing and rehydrating moisturisers. After the hot sauna and using the showers, the skin needs its moisture replenished with soft, hydrating cream.
Relax in the Candle Room whilst rehydrating with a glass of water. Your body’s detox system has been activated but you will be feeling very, very relaxed. Fall asleep, allow the body to calm and awake feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
African Tea Ceremony
Time for Tea. The ingredients are important. A Rooibos/Chamomile mix is relaxing. A Rooibos/Peppermint mix is detoxifying and cleansing.
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