New wellness rituals at Polynesian Spa

February 15, 2015

Polynesian Spa has added to its wellness rituals with a new reflexology walk and cold plunge pool, offering guests even greater access to relaxation and recovery for increased energy levels and healthier immune systems.

Opening to guests in February, both wellness offerings originate from ancient healing practices, and incorporate changing temperatures and the use of the body’s pressure points to encourage health and healing. Both reflexology and hydrotherapy are proven to have significant health benefits, such as sports and injury recovery, easing arthritis pain, and increasing energy levels and immunity.

Polynesian Spa sales and marketing manager Simone de Jong says the new products offer guests wellness activities to complement the passive bathing and spa treatments already on offer.

“The plunge pool and reflexology walk have been popular with our guests, people can’t wait to try them. It’s also different from passive bathing, in that it offers an active way of encouraging health and wellness. We have people that use the pools for sports recovery and other injuries, or to assist with easing pains of arthritis and rheumatism.

“People know the Polynesian Spa as a relaxing and luxurious experience. By adding these new offerings we hope people will also see Polynesian Spa as a place for wellness and recovery as well.”

Reflexology is an ancient healing art that applies pressure to specific areas of the feet referred to as reflexes. By walking on the stones along the reflexology walk in bare feet, it stimulates pressure points that correspond to all major body organs and areas – encouraging vital energy and blood flow throughout the body, relieving stress, improving balance and enhancing physical and mental wellbeing.

The Polynesian Spa’s reflexology walk has ankle-deep alkaline mineral water running over the stones to keep feet muscles warm and relaxed. The alkaline water from the Rachel Spring features the antiseptic action of sodium silicate which also nourishes the skin and nails. The lake-side walk overlooks the sulphur Bay Wildlife Reserve in the Adult Pools area of the complex.

The new cold plunge pool is located in the Lake Spa and is perfect for hot and cold hydrotherapy. The extremes of hot and cold water cause muscles to expand and contract, offering gentle detoxification as toxins are squeezed from the muscles. It also improves circulation, is beneficial for muscle pain recovery and increases the body’s immunity. Alternating between hot and cold pools two to three times gives the best results.

“It’s important to embrace wellness through healthy diets, exercise and relaxation. As we approach the beginning Autumn, it’s even more important to keep immunity and energy at levels that can fight off the winter ails.”

Crankworx Rotorua ambassador and Enduro mountain biker Lisa Horlor says she has found the cold plunge pool great for recovery.

“In the 43 degree spa for five minutes, then straight into the freezing plunge pool for 30 seconds and repeat, repeat, repeat. #recoveryday #hotcold #trainingperks #lovelife.”