Ishga Sea Breeze Treatment
Run down, worn out, stressed and tense – I was in need of some serious re-energising! So, I placed my tired, aching bones in the expert healing hands of Lucy, a therapist at Lifehouse Spa, to try out the brand new ishga Sea Breeze treatment.
What initially attracted me to this treatment was the length of time it lasted – 1 hour and 25 minutes of pure relaxation – and boy did I need it! The ishga Sea Breeze treatment is exclusive to Lifehouse and is made up of a 25 minute ishga salt and oil scrub followed by 1 hour of deeply warming lava shell massage. I couldn’t wait to get started!
Lifehouse have a useful “How to Spa Guide” so, in line with their advice and wanting to get maximum benefit from my spa treatment, I spent a blissful hour in the thermal suite relaxing in the sauna, steam and salt inhalation room. They say that this helps to relax tense and tight muscles, open your pores and start you on the process of unwinding. Stretching back in the bubbling warm water of the hydropool, I tried to avoid looking at my dull, lifeless skin – surely after a winter under cover and my all too sedentary work life, my skin was passed all hope!
With half an hour to go before my treatment, I dried off, wrapped up in my bathrobe, headed up to the Spa Café for a Passion Fruit Juice and read up a little bit more about ishga in the Lifehouse Treatment Menu. Ishga is an exciting new skincare brand that has created a range of luxurious face and body products, all featuring the potent powers of the pure and unpolluted Hebridian Seaweed. Seaweed is a natural resource that has been used for centuries for its natural healing and therapeutic properties. Using seaweed in cosmetics is said to help tighten and tone the skin, stimulate blood and lymph circulation, cleanse deeply, and increase the skin’s moisture levels and elasticity to promote a healthy glowing appearance. With the summer months approaching this was exactly what my skin required!
My lovely therapist Lucy came to find me. She led me through to a spacious, warm, dimly lit treatment room with calming music and soothing scents and explained the logistics of the treatment to me.
I settled onto the soft treatment couch and, at Lucy’s suggestion, I began to focus on the rhythm of my breath, quieting my mind and letting my thoughts pass by. Lucy then applied the ishga Sea Salt and Oil Scrub to my body, massaging it into my skin as she went. Hebridean Sea Salt is a pure, natural, unrefined salt which retains over 60 naturally occurring trace elements, all of which are essential for good health and wellbeing. The salt is hand harvested using the simplest of recipes; Hebridean Sea Water, heat and time creates pure white crunchy sea salt flakes which make up the salt scrub paste.
Lucy explained that the exfoliation was removing dead skin cells and impurities from the surface of my skin allowing fresh cells to be exposed and therefore improving the texture and appearance of my skin. After the salt had been applied and allowed to soak in, Lucy left the room and I showered off. My skin felt instantly incredible! Smooth and silky to touch and already brighter in appearance – and this was only 25 mins into the treatment!
After a polite knock to check that I was showered, dried off and modestly back on the couch, Lucy started the next stage of the treatment. She used an ishga invigorating body oil (which contains Jojoba Oil, Thistle Oil, Almond Oil, Lavender, Geranium Rose, Lemon Grass and Juniper Berry amongst other ingredients!), to massage into the tension knots in my back. The oil is also packed full of sustainably sourced Scottish seaweed, which contains many vitamins and amino acids. The powerful solution of vitamins and minerals aids blood circulation, increases skins moisture content, firms, regenerates, detoxifies and nourishes the skin. It even helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite…music to my ears!
After the oil was massage into my whole body, Lucy introduced 2 smooth, individually shaped, heat-releasing lava shells to continue the body massage. I hadn’t heard about Lava Shells being used for massage before. She explained that they are the world’s first self-heated massage tool. They are about the size of your palm and they come from villages in the Philippines where the tiger clam is part of the daily diet. A teabag-like sachet is placed inside each shell - this is the “LavaGel” (a mix including algae and sea kelp) which, when combined with salt water, generates enough heat for an hour-long massage.
Using these amazing warm lava shells, Lucy massaged down my back and worked deeply in to my upper thighs, commenting that the warmth allows the massage to work much more deeply than just using hands alone. She moved up to massage my arms and shoulders and I asked whether she could focus on the area between my shoulder blades. I am always very tense there due to sitting at a desk for 40 hours week! However, after 10 minutes of lava shell massage on this targeted area, the tension was released!
This Sea Breeze treatment is truly amazing. It takes you on a journey of feelings. You start with the invigoration and energising of the salt & oil scrub and the wonderful feeling of soft smooth clean skin in the shower. The lava shell massage then releases tensions, relaxes and soothes away all stress, leaving you feeling peaceful and completely blissed out.
At the end of the treatment, I was encouraged to sit up, drink some water and wrap myself up again in my bathrobe. Lucy advised me to keep the massage oil on my skin overnight as the seaweed and essential oils work on the body for up to 24 hours!
I floated back to my room, changed for dinner and, after a healthy salad and a not so healthy chocolate brownie, I sank into bed. That night I slept like a log and woke up to baby soft skin! I felt so fresh, rejuvenated, rested, ready to take on the world!
I have been spoiled. The Ishga Sea Breeze is going to be hard to beat! I thoroughly recommend this treatment to anyone visiting Lifehouse and will definitely have to come back in the summer for another Sea Breeze.
Until next time…
Kirsten – Guest in May 2015