Let me wave a magic wand to ease you into "pre-Christmas", when our persuit of celebration and warmth of connecting with friends and family is often in conflict with the "hibernation instinct" and duvet. Behold the invitation to a day spa event on 4 December at Santosa Yoga Studio! No, you don't need to remortgage and yes, it involves Shiatsu.
The mellow combination of yoga, meditation, therapy and food aims to:
From personal experience Santosa (Albert Street, just off Leith Walk) is a bit of a sanctuary as it is - warm and welcoming space, treasure trove of a shop, delicious goodies in the cafe, great selection of yoga and therapies including our very own fabulous Shiatsu wiz Jenny White, gorgeous yoga studio and treatment rooms, and friendly staff running the show.
The Sanctuary Spa Day includes very special yoga practices, guided meditation, therapy of choice (choose Shiatsu!) plus snacks and beverages to keep you nourished for the day. All this for just £70 and even cheaper if you bring a friend.
This is from Santosa themselves, with all the details about the Spa Day:
"Welcome you to our first Seasonal Sanctuary Spa Day on Sunday 4th December from 9.30 - 5.00 pm. Prepare to be energised, relaxed and pampered – the perfect gift to yourself or a loved one in the lead up to Christmas.
Your day begins at 9:30 am with a glass of rejuvenating, immune booting juice and Santosa's signature raw energy balls to get the day off to a healthy start.
The first yoga class begins at 10.00 am where Heather introduces simple yoga techniques to gently awaken the body and mind. Through breathing techniques (pranayama), sound (mantra) and movement the intention is to help you feel calm and balanced with increased clarity of mind. The class starts with setting this intention for the day, followed by light Pranayama and ends with a gentle flow movement practice before shivasana (deep relaxation).
Time for a healthy vegetarian or vegan energy-packed lunch in the cafe and some yogic retail therapy where you can be assured that all the products are both ethically sourced and fairly traded. An exclusive 10% discount is included on Santosa’s Made in Nepal products and Yoghanda Oils and you can stock up on your festive shopping list with Gecko Galleries' gorgeous jewellery and artisan gifts from Rajasthan and Fairyland Aromatics therapeutic grade essential oil handmade products.
You have the choice of indulging in one of three holistic therapy treatments each lasting for 30 minutes. Choose from:
Reflexology with Fiona
Shiatsu with Jenny
Face lift massage including shoulders and neck with Majia
Back massage (including back, shoulders and neck) with Maija
Reiki with Maija
You can book an additional session, or extend the 30 mins to a full hour for the discounted rate of £15 (subject to availability).
After relaxing and enjoying everything our beautiful space has to offer, it is time for the second yoga class in the studio where Sharon leads you through a gentle relaxing Yin practice by candlelight. The class finishes with a Guided Meditation with light massage with the award winning range of Yoghanda Oils to calm and detoxify.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, a selection of Yogi Teas and Cake are waiting in the café before you step back, renewed and rejuvenated, into the real world!
All of this for the special introductory price of £70 per person or £120 for you and a friend! Please contact the studio for more information or book online."
Find out more on the Shiatsu Society website.