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Spa in Sydney; Every Day is a G'day

By: Bryan Durocher
Posted: January 30, 2009, from the February 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Next, I was led to a clean, luxurious treatment room where my spa therapist conducted a thorough skin analysis. Discovering the extremely dehydrated state of my skin, she adjusted the service to include only light exfoliation. The facial was precise and European in nature—cleanse, steam, extractions, exfoliation, mask and moisturize. Additionally, many of the preparations, including the mask, contained marine-based ingredients to hydrate, nourish and soothe my skin. The facial, like all Spa Chakra offerings, also included a complimentary hand and foot paraffin treatment, a lovely and rejuvenating touch.

Afterward, I purchased the recommended Super Aqua-Day Refreshing Cream in the Guerlain spa boutique. It contains lactic acid and was just what my skin needed to restore its texture and moisture level throughout the rest of my trip.

My therapist Joanna was a delight. She was European-trained, had worked on several continents and displayed the typical outgoing Australian personality. In fact, the entire staff offered affable, unintimidating and welcoming service in this chic and elegant environment all throughout my visit.

And like the city itself, Spa Chakra offered a best-of-all-worlds diversity. The treatments combined influences from Asia, Europe and even indigenous Australian cultures, and my therapist’s European training and broad international experience enabled her to draw from a number of approaches to customize my facial, not to mention she was extremely knowledgeable and friendly.

Likewise, the staff made me comfortable with service that was conscientious without being stuffy or off-putting. This is an important feature, especially in light of the fact that many spa clients are first-timers or visit infrequently. Making this group feel as nonintimidated as possible helps enormously when it comes to repeat visits and client retention, and this is the comfortable, easy-going atmosphere Spa Chakra has in spades.

Cozy, capable and pampering