Over a third of Melbourne's population is foreign born. With over 200 languages spoken and over 100 religious faiths practiced, dynamic and varied cultural practices are visible everywhere. And that extends to the areas of health and wellness, and more specifically, culturally-based approaches to massage therapy. Whether it’s to relieve pain, cure an illness, find inner balance, or just get much needed pampering, Melbourne boasts some of the most exciting options in massage and body therapy anywhere on the globe. In addition to the more popular and well-known massage methods (Swedish, shiatsu, deep tissue), we thought it would be fun to explore some of the more exotic therapies available around town.
It is only fitting to start with something homegrown – the ancient massage practices of the Aborigines. Kobo is a rhythmic massage with the intention to tone and re-align energy flow. This is accomplished by using forms of “touch therapy,” a kind of harmonising and reconnecting. A totally holistic approach, treatment may include various elements for the earth and environment to achieve the desired centredness.
While not a treatment in and of itself, a massage of nourishing plant oils is part of a multi-step purification ritual that has been practiced for centuries in the Middle East and North Africa. Enticingly aromatic and sensual, these spa facilities are intricate and lavish, leaving one feeling simultaneously relaxed and exhilarated by the beauty of the surroundings.
A centuries-old practice and philosophy of India, Ayurveda aims to create harmony by treating the whole being, not merely symptoms of disease or discomfort. Using specially chosen essential oils to suit your dasha, benefits of the chosen oils are said to combat age-related illnesses, detoxification, boost the immune system, improve sleep, increase vitality and strengthen the skin, just to name a few. A variety of techniques are incorporated, determined by your unique need for well-being.