Jet-setters and business travelers can now soothe their tired souls at Crown Spa Melbourne and recharge during The Recovering Traveller treatment by Subtle Energies
It’s 10AM on a Monday morning, and I’m checking into the Crown Spa Melbourne, an ultra-luxe temple of wellness at Crown Towers Melbourne in the heart of the city. As far as I’m concerned, this is pretty much the best possible start to the week.
Crown Spa Melbourne is the only spa in the city that works with Subtle Energies, a Sydney-born brand that creates results-driven aromatherapy, skincare and wellness solutions inspired by Ayurvedic principles and in accordance with natural skincare standards. I’m here to try Subtle Energies’ The Recovering Traveller treatment, a two-hour extravaganza of pampering that’s designed to be as effective as it is relaxing.
After checking in, I’m quickly whisked through to a gorgeous spa suite where my therapist explains exactly what I’m going to be doing over the next three hours. (Side note: the spa suite is a cozy space with earthy tones and plenty of high-tech features, including a massive whirlpool tub that I, sadly, don’t get to use).
The Recovering Traveller treatment begins with a short guided meditation session, where spa-goers focus on breathing (to enter a deeper state or relaxation and clear the mind) and recite an affirmation to put them in the best headspace to get the most out of the treatment.
Then it’s onto the table for a 90-minute massage that eases every single ache and tension spot in the body. Carefully developed by Subtle Energies, this Blissful Marma massage incorporates a wealth of wellness techniques and traditions, including Ayurveda, and lymphatic drainage. If ever a massage was designed to be effective and put you into a state of bliss, this would be it.
Rounding out the treatment is a shortened Ayurvedic nasya treatment, where a specially-developed herbal oil is dropped into the nostrils and allowed to work its way through the nasal passages into the throat and head. It’s slightly discomfiting if you haven’t done it before – and I’m told some people can get a sour taste in their mouth from the herbs – but despite being a nasya novice, I actually found it comfortable and useful in clearing my stuffy sinuses. The final touch is a mini-facial with Subtle Energies products – you’re guaranteed to leave the spa glowing with health and vitality.
Two hours later, I’m led – bleary-eyed and feeling lighter than air – back to the spa relaxation lounge, where I get to sip on tea while slowly coming back to the world after my thoroughly blissful treatment. Guests who book a treatment of an hour or more get full access to the Crown Spa Melbourne’s facilities, so I take full advantage and head to the Aqua Retreat for a sauna session and a dip in the vitality pool, before having a room service lunch by the tropical-oasis-like pool in my fluffy robe.
The verdict: Utter bliss.