The moon symbolizes contemplation, stillness, illumination, wisdom, calm, & what is referred to as yin—a gathering inward, an energy that nourishes & connects us to the energy of earth. The sun represents warmth, light, compassion, activity & yang—the generative vitality of creation, & the expansive energy of the sky.
The secret to well-being & happiness is said to be a harmonious balance between yin & yang. From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, modern life is imbalanced. Our lives are filled with too much yang activity & not enough contemplative downtime to counterbalance it. This leaves us overstimulated, unable to truly rest & therefore recharge.
SUNMOON SANCTUARY is designed to help you reset, unwind & recharge. Far infrared heat, set to a low temperature, gently warms you from underneath, while you recline fully clothed on a spa bed. Soothing nature sounds emanate from a sound therapy device, helping settle the mind. A therapeutic blend of essential oils softly releases into the air, inducing deeper breathing & a sense of inner peace. Far infrared penetrates ultra-deeply, easing physical tension & discomfort, encouraging circulation & lymphatic flow, & supporting the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms. It is also associated with mood boosting, stress relieving, anti-inflammatory & alkaline promoting effects. Jade has been prized throughout Asia for having both a tranquil & rejuvenating effect. A special combination of 428 jade, tourmaline & passive magnet stones are located within the spa bed. Negative ions are generated by the stones when they are specially heated through the far infrared technology, releasing 1500+ negative ions per square inch. Studies in Europe & Japan indicate that negative ions may strengthen the autonomic nervous system & immune function, & promote collagen production.
Your session begins with a “sun phase”, where gentle heat and negative ions in the spa bed are active for 20 minutes. This is followed by a “moon phase” for 10 minutes where the heat tapers off & you experience a tranquil re-balancing.
This session does not include any hands-on time with a practitioner. It is a serene sanctuary, designed for you to enjoy some tranquil time on your own.
30 minutes | Special Offer Rate $38 ($48 value)
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LOCATION The SILK ROAD SPA is located within our Victoria Chinatown shop at 1624 Government St.
INFRARED CONTRAINDICATIONS A key aspect of SUNMOON SANCTUARY is the infrared component of the service. Our spa bed has a built-in, far infrared feature which provides a gentle heat of approximately 37.78 to 40 degrees Celsius (100 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit). While far infrared is associated with some beneficial effects, there are some conditions & situations where it is not recommended. If this applies to you, we can modify the service so that the infrared heat is turned off & you do not then experience the "sun phase" of the service. Instead the entire service is experienced as a "moon phase" with the heat turned off. It is a traditional wellness practise in parts of Asia to rest on jade stones because they are associated with a variety of therapeutic benefits. This can have a pleasing cooling & calming effect in hot weather, or in general.
Please read the contraindications carefully below & advise us if any of these apply to you. Infrared is not considered suitable for those who:
- have diabetes
- use an insulin pump
- have a pacemaker
- are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant
- are experiencing hot flashes or menopause
- are easily overheated
- are experiencing a fever
- have low or high blood pressure
- are prone to dizzy spells
- have poor circulation or circulatory issues
- have kidney disease
- have cancer
- who are undergoing cancer treatment, including chemotherapy &/or radiation
- are experiencing any serious medical conditions other than the ones that are listed above. In that event, consult with your doctor.
AROMATHERAPY CONTRAINDICATIONS Please inform us in advance of your service if you have any allergies to essential oils. We will do our best to accommodate you; however, depending on the severity of your allergy, a spa visit may not be suitable. Contact us to discuss.
SPA SERVICES & PREGNANCY We are able to make some accommodations during pregnancy, but in order for you to enjoy the service, it's important for you to be feeling well enough to do so. If you are experiencing nausea, wait until after any symptoms relating to nausea are gone to book an appointment. Please note that our Spa Services are performed on a spa bed & require you to lay on your back, fully reclined during the treatment. Depending on the stage of your pregnancy, it may not be comfortable to do so. In that case, it can be best to wait to book in for a Spa Service until you'll find it relaxing to be fully reclined for the duration of the service time.