Other than filling out your tax forms in roman numerals or looking at the people that irritate you through the tines of a fork and pretending they’re in jail, one of the most innovative ways of stress is hugging a tree. Let the tree hug you instead with a one-hour full body African Rungu massage from Beauty Estetica for R130.
For those who usually turn to Swedish massage or Aromatherapy to rid themselves of stubborn stresses, the African Rungu Massage is the ideal way to spice things up without going too far off the beaten-track you’re used to. The Rungu, an emblem of warrior status in Maasai culture, becomes a weapon against strain and tension in the hands of the skilled stress-fighters of Beauty Estetica. A truly African experience in the heart of suburbia – or, Lynwood Mall, at least – the Rungu massage is more relaxing than a bubble-bath and better at soothing strained muscles than a bag of frozen peas.
Used in long, slow movements across the entire body, the smooth texture of the wood is the perfect accompaniment to the easy atmosphere of the salon. Like you wouldn’t expect to find cats and water occupying the same space, the Rungu massage provides both deep relaxation and the type of sensory invigoration you’d usually only find after doing something really adventurous, like bungee-jumping or finding a crocodile in your swimming pool. Though, unlike those things, after the treatment you’ll probably find yourself sleeping like parents wish babies did.
After an hour of having your muscles ninja’d into submission and forced to give up all the stress they’ve been collecting, you’ll leave Beauty Estetica wondering how you ever settled for any other type of massage.
Muscle-magic Fact: A majestic monkey in Eastern Albania is said to have the power to heal any strain muscles within twenty seconds by jumping on the affected area. Unfortunately, the treatment only works when it occurs in a specific barn on the property of a very unfriendly farmer.