Day Spa Forster
Day Spa Forster – Less than 4 hours’ drive north of Sydney, Forster is the jewel of the NSW North Coast and the beating heart of the Great
Lakes region. Arrive in Forster and you will instantly see why people love coming back. The beaches around Forster are all fantastic, with family-friendly spots as well as beaches ideal for surfing and fishing.
With its huge range of accommodation from private ocean view houses to apartments to lakeside camping, award winning restaurants, and the wide variety of experiences and activities available for people of all ages and abilities, it is not difficult to understand why Ripple loves this town so much. Whale-watching, scuba diving and beachcombing aside, there are also fabulous options for those who are looking for a bit of relaxation and rejuvenation. Here are our favourite spa and massage treatments in the area.
With its proximity to the sea and access to wonderful beaches, Forster is the perfect setting to try a seashell massage. Sea shells have an uplifting natural energy. Using a mix of reef shells – including speckled cowries, exquisite ginger scallops, lions paw fans and elegant sun dial shells – this style of massage taps into the energy of the shells whilst giving a deep and calming massage. The shells are used in a mix of ways. Some like the cowries are heated, and aromatherapy oils are poured into the crevasse to warm before being trickled onto the body. The smooth domed surface is also used with hands on massage to release muscles. The shells are used both to de-stress and for deeper tissue work.
Other shells like the lions paw and scarlet coloured scallops are heated and placed on the body to warm the chakras and also the hands during the massage. Smaller more delicate sun dial and cockles are used to release lines in the face, whilst cones and olives unlock tension in the neck and shoulders. Top tip: combine this luscious experience with a full-body exfoliation, hydrating facial, warm foot soak, and stress-releasing foot reflexology massage, for a full-body spa package like no other.
After a day of rigorous water-sport, it is only understandable that you should be feeling soreness and aches in muscles you’d forgotten existed. This is when a deep tissue massage by a qualified and experienced deep tissue massage therapist would really do the trick. The focus in deep tissue massage is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints), and is great for releasing chronic muscle tension.
Ripple’s Russian deep tissue massage uses unique methods such as creating friction (where the top half of the fingers is used to massage along the back) and also involves the rocking and movement of the body to release stress. This style of massage is very effective for reducing stress as it encourages surrendering your body to the massage, so that your body learns to relax and unwind. It is a very slow, peaceful style of massage that is perfect for those of you wanting to escape the stresses of modern living. You will find your mood uplifted and your body greatly relaxed after a session of deep tissue massage.
- Hot stone massage
Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.
Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness, increases flexibility, increases circulation and metabolism, and provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions. This is one of our most popular, decadent and nurturing treatments, especially during colder seasons. Volcanic stones are used with aromatherapy oils to give you an amazing, pampering and healing massage experience.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives, it is often easy to neglect our feet – we spend all day walking around on them, keep them enclosed in shoes all the time, and promptly forget them when we sit down. It is only when we take time away from our busy schedules that we remember that our feet need some love as well.
A highly popular treatment, the hour-long Ripple pedispa indulgence is a wonderful way to treat your neglected and overworked feet to much-deserved pampering. Deeply nourishing and hydrating, this aromatic foot ritual includes a foot soak, an exfoliating foot scrub, a foot massage and a deluxe pedicure.
Whether you’re juggling work and family, recovering from a joint or muscle injury, or simply needing to unwind from the day’s stresses, spa hydrotherapy provides relaxation, healing effects and nourishing rejuvenation. The heat from the warm water improves circulation and speeds recovery in damaged tissue; the buoyancy achieved in the spa reduces effects of pressure on joints and spine; while the massage relieves muscle tension and alleviates stress.
A hydrotherapy session can be combined with other spa treatments such as full body exfoliation treatments, facials, or full body massage. Hydrotherapy can relax and ready muscles to receive massage and prepare the skin’s pores to better absorb ingredients that may be used during a facial or body treatment.
- Kahuna massage
In the Hawaiian tradition, a Kahuna is a healer. This Hawaiian-style massage is a deep and rhythmic massage which consists of long flowing, continuous strokes to energise and harmonise the body mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. It is a sacred celebration of life that creates harmony on all levels of being and releases energy blockages to restore flow and balance. It is deeply relaxing, reflecting the flow and ebb of the sea.
- Babymoon and pregnancy spa packages
Pregnancy and preparations for a new baby can be stressful and exhausting for both parents-to-be, and the Great Lakes region is the perfect backdrop for a getaway before bub arrives, to take some time to reconnect with your partner and enjoy some time out from the preparations. Our Babymoon packages include deluxe pregnancy massages and beauty treatments by our skilled and experienced therapists, and ensure that you are pampered, nurtured and relaxed for a smoother and easier birth.
- Organic green clay facial
Skin is the largest organ on the human body, and it is often our facial skin that shows the first signs of stress, hormonal imbalances or tiredness. Facials are a fantastic way of rejuvenating and cleansing the skin and restoring hydration. The Ripple organic green clay and cucumber facial is highly popular as it uses an oil rich clay high in minerals, suitable for even the most sensitive skin, and gently cleanses congested and problematic skin.
The mask also nourishes the skin with macadamia oil and shea butter, leaving you feeling utterly rejuvenated. The one hour facial includes an amazingly relaxing head and face massage to relieve any tension or stress, guaranteed to make you feel lighter and very refreshed.
In a region with so many options for the outdoor-lover and water sport aficionado, there is also just as much to offer to those looking for a bit more relaxation. Come and experience for yourself why Ripple loves this coastal town so much.