Making waves at SenSpa by Sara Niven
1st Dec 2018
Beauty journalist Sara Niven tries out SenSpa’s new SKN-RG Wave facial...
We often hear about the importance of “being in tune” with your body; this treatment takes that idea one step further, quite literally. In addition to all the usual elements you expect with a facial, special tuning forks are held against acupressure points of the face and body, accompanied by specially composed, meditative music.
I’ve heard how the vibrations of Gong Baths can be calming and healing for the mind and body but admit to being unclear about the exact benefits of using tuning forks in a facial. SenSpa’s Director Lina Lotto explains:
"The SKN-RG® wave treatment works in three ways, through meditative sound, frequency and results driven products. The tuning forks we use vibrate at 128Hz, which is said to be a frequency aligned with the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system bringing them into ‘tune’ to help balance, calm, de-stress and provide anti-ageing benefits at a cellular level. Using them to stimulate acupressure points on the face naturally tones and relaxes facial muscles as well as stimulating the corresponding pathways and organs in the body."
To start the treatment, my therapist Tina, sprays a specially blended aromatherapy fragrance in the air; it is heavenly, and I immediately ask if its available to buy to use at home – sadly it isn’t. The skincare products are however and are a new range, exclusive to SenSpa. Tina explains the treatment uses one of two versions of this; Organics or Advanced SKN-RG products; the former is suitable for dry, dehydrated and sensitive skins whilst the latter is aimed at those concerned with anti-ageing or experiencing hormonal break-outs
After cleansing and exfoliating, she applies a mask with a gel-like consistency and then it is time for the tuning forks. There’s a thudding noise as they are activated before being held against my skin until the gentle vibrations fade away. This is a non-invasive treatment with no electricity involved and the sensation is far from unpleasant, on the contrary, it feels quite relaxing. My favourite part is the hands on, deep massage techniques though, with the addition of the use of a soothing rose quartz crystal.
Toner, eye-cream, moisturiser and lip balm complete the 90-minute treatment before a closing ritual of another round of the tuning forks. My skin often flushes badly after a facial but not in this case, and it looks glowing and radiant for several days afterwards. If you like a holistic approach to facials and are unlikely to ever go under the knife, it could be well worth trying the forks instead.
SenSpa have launched 4 brand-new treatments with SKN-RG. The ingredients used in the SKN-RG range have been chosen for their clinical results, remarkable properties and efficiency. All products are approved by The Vegan Society with the majority also certified organic.
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Sunday Times Travel
The SenSpa Health Club has become a second home to me! The staff are really friendly and I particularly enjoy the PT sessions - the social activities make it feel more like a club than a gym!"
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The Good Spa Guide
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