In comic books, it’s always the superhero that gets all the credit even if it’s the sidekick that got the job done. Whenever you consider stress, it’s always shoulders that get all the sympathy even though they’re not the only ones who absorb life’s sneaky stresses. Give surrounding body parts the kindness they deserve with a back and neck massage and a Warm Parafango Wrap at Revive for R168.
Coat-check your stresses at the door and let your mind and extremities relax in the soothing ambience of one of Pretoria’s chicest spas. The expert therapists know their way around the trapezius muscle and their skilled fingers will have even the most persistent of knots and kinks waving white flags. The thirty-minute back and neck massage starts with a de-stressing oil to aid gliding movements. Using a combination of long and slow strokes and some light pressure, the muscle-manipulation masters start from the neck and work their way down, melting away tensions faster than butter on a hot sidewalk.
Once marble-like muscles are returned to their former, stress-free state, the warming Parafango back wrap will have you forgetting what tense muscles ever felt like. Warming Dead Sea mud is painted onto the back, which might leave you looking like you took a roll in the mud, but with far more benefits. Not only does the wrap leave skin softer than a toddler’s hair, it soothes pain and reduces inflammation. True to its name, the back wrap has a thermal effect which is like a hot-water bottle for achy muscles that even a massage couldn’t fix. The Dead Sea mud not only purifies the skin and leaves it silky smooth, it also helps boost toxin elimination.
Less than an hour in Revive’s warm and restful atmosphere with the pacifying hands of highly trained therapists teasing every knot from mutinous muscles will have you forgetting what stress even feels like.
Purifying Fact: Back in the days when everyone wore burlap, the legend of the Popcorn Gnome arose in South-East Asia. He was rumoured to appear at random times during the day, offering bags of popcorn dust to passers-by on the road. When combined with a certain type of mud, the dust could be used to purify the skin and rid the user of any skin ailments.