This was a "found" experience while wandering through The Grove Arcade, gripping a horribly sore neck/shoulder muscle and wishing out loud to a companion "if only there were one of those places where you could get a mini-massage close by..." Whoa. Hold on what's that?? The staff at Wake were very kind and accommodating. The foot soak part is mandatory as that is their business model. The neck/shoulder massage is an add-on. In combination they were exactly the thing needed to repair the damage of sleeping on a too-fat pillow the night before. The Rose-Sea Salt soak, apparently quite popular, was soothing and wonderfully aromatic. Tanya was the massage therapist and she did a great job working on the problem area. It made all the difference in the rest of our visit.
Here's the process - after selecting from a menu of possible soaks and any other extras you remove your shoes, don slippers, and are escorted up a ramp and into the communal sitting area. This was a Friday morning and the room was empty. After placing a warm neck wrap, your therapist leaves the room and eventually returns wheeling a low platform with a large copper-hued bowl on top, filled about halfway with a milky rose-petal strewn bath (or whatever your choice happens to be) She eases your feet up and over into the bowl and then leaves you to relax on the comfortable sofa (or chair). There is soft music playing and the lighting is low. Undoubtedly this is when some may fall asleep. After a period of relaxation, the additional massage begins. You do not remove clothing for this. This is not a muscle-wrenching massage but a gentle kneading style intended to further the relaxation process.
Once the 20 minute massage was complete she replaces the neck wrap and offers a warm-up for the foot bath. After many more minutes she returns to carefully dry your feet and offer a selection of talcs. You then return to the main store to put shoes back on and pay up. Totally worth every cent. This was about a 45 minute visit but could easily have been longer.
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