Beginning today in Boston, Massachusetts, Tony is one of four massage therapists incorporating the newest treatment with aromatherapy essential oils at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston: The Inner Strength Treatment, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Geraldine Howard, co-founder and president at Aromatherapy Associates, states: “I created this oil at a time when I needed to find my own inner strength. I hope this will help others too.”
The full-body treatment caters to those seeking refuge from the aftereffects of chemotherapy, or for those dealing with cancer-related symptoms or any transition: grieving, divorce, separation, moving, changing jobs, aging, post-operative. The point of this particular treatment is to offer a massage that eases the physical tension and emotional anxiety as a result of traumatic experience or exceptional stress. The application of a heated compress warms and nurtures the core, while guided breath work helps quiet the mind and bring focus inward for a more meditative and relaxed state. Aromatherapy Associate’s Inner Strength oil is used throughout the treatment with its powerful blend of ingredients including calming clary sage and frankincense for better focus and clarity, fortifying cardamom and rosemary, healing rose and vetivert, and geranium which helps to emotionally balance the mind and stimulate circulation in the body. The treatment concludes with attention to the reflex points in the feet to make the body feel more grounded and to gently awaken the senses.
You won't get that deep tissue rub, but you will get soothing calming strokes and a combination of aromatherapy oils that can only be described as a finely orchestrated dance paired with movements of calming, soothing caresses with some pressure point work. You'll also get a lesson on a stress-relief technique: hold your tongue behind your teeth on tip of the roof of your mouth. Now breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds, hold for 7 and breath out for 8. Do this 3 times to calm your mind when you feel overwhelmed.
A treatment at the Mandarin Oriental Spa isn't solely about the treatment, though. It's about the entire experience. The ambiance of calming sounds and aroma's -- they know aromatherapy better than any spa in the area -- leads you to your seat where the catering begins with a change of footwear and guided entrance to the locker rooms, where a small package of toiletries is yours to utilize, as is the robe inside. Relax in the transition room before you're summoned to your treatment that begins with a foot bath, the protocol for all Mandarin Oriental spa treatments to honor the age when it was customary to offer guests a foot bath upon arrival after a long journey on foot. A blend of calendula, sea salt and essential oils sets the stage for your Inner Strength experience that begins with your head down. During the last part of the treatment, frankincense is added for its calming properties, yet is smells heavenly. Throughout, you are advised not to think about anything and let your mind relax, just concentrate on feeling calm -- but that's a difficult task for some. If you do think about life's stress -- you are now better equipped to sift through the complications and organize your thoughts better than ever so that everything will now fall into place and you’re able to handle life with a smile. And when it’s time you turn over, you can rest assured your back won't hurt because the beds lift up to create an arch under your knees.
The Inner Strength treatment, exclusive to The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, will launch in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2013. Through the end of this year, 10% of the cost of each Inner Strength treatment purchased will be donated to the Jimmy Fund, an organization that has been supporting Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for over 60 years by raising funds for cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world.
Inner Strength is available as a 1 hour and 20 minute treatment for $200 on weekdays and $220 on weekends, or as a 1 hour and 50 minute treatment for $270 on weekdays and $295 on weekends. For reservations, contact The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston by phone at +1 (617) 535 8820 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.