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Traveller's guide: Spa breaks

January 4, 2013

?Keep breathing,? says the therapist, as you hold your breath. ?Don?t be afraid to use your voice.? Your four-handed Lomi Lomi massage has turned into a table-top dance, in which your body is eased and rubbed, cradled and moved in different directions. As you are asked to breathe deeply with each new movement, you feel a great welling up inside you, as if all your worries are about to be released. You close your eyes, and as the massage progresses, tears start streaming down your face. You make a noise and are surprised how liberating it feels. You keep breathing and making strange noises as your therapists work, until you reach an inner calm, the kind of calm you feel when you?ve been crying for hours or run a long, long way. Finally at peace, your body is laid out and covered, and you slip into a restful sleep. Ah, you think later ? that?s much better than a facial.



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