A busy mind and a weary body have brought me to The Fullerton Spa. It’s where one of the pioneers in aromatherapy, a UK-based luxury spa product brand called Aromatherapy Associates, has chosen to debut its four new Wellbeing Expert (WE) treatments in Asia.
The sensory journey seems to involve three levels — smelling, breathing and touching. But first, my therapist simply asks how I want to feel today. “Calm, focused-minded,” I answer, before she presents two bottles of natural essential oils from Aromatherapy Associates’ De-Stress Collection for me to sniff and choose. I pick the one with rosemary, chamomile and frankincense, which became my mainstay scent for the next 60 minutes.
Cupped in the expert hands of the therapist, she brings the selected scent further to my face as I lay on the massage bed at one of the private spa rooms of The Fullerton Spa. After inhaling deeply three times, the mind-melting massage begins. The tension in my back, legs, scalp, neck and shoulders are slowly released with each precise pressured touch of the thumb, coupled with the hand-blended oil. De-Stress has been concocted to ease mental and physical congestion, leading the way for relaxation. Frankincense and camomile is said to calm and refocus the mind, while the refreshing rosemary gives a fresh outlook on situations causing stress or anxiety.
The treatment ends with a Wellbeing Expert affirmation ritual by the therapist, giving recommendations on how to maintain a stress-free mind in everyday life. And with that, I take home a reminder to say, think and do “kind words, kind thoughts, and kind actions.”
The three other WE treatments have similar spiels: Relax reminds one to smile; Revive encourages day to day vitality; and Strengthen asks for mindfulness to access one’s inner strength.
All in all, the new treatments at The Fullerton Spa prove that essential oils have the power to give a mental and emotional boost, even in the midst of Singapore’s hustle and bustle.