The term massage is derived from the Arabic word Mas’h - meaning to knead and to press softly. The first descriptions of massage can be traced back to 3000BC, where its use was documented by the Chinese to harmonise mind, body and spirit. Hidden Dragon’s Spa offers a myriad of holistic bodywork treatments inspired by therapeutic teachings from all around the globe, from East to West, from ancient to modern influences, to balance, realign and heal the body. Massage calms the nervous system and promotes a deep sense of relaxation by reducing muscle tension, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and anxiety and aiding more restorative sleep. It can also help with pain management in conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, and muscle spasms while improving mobility, flexibility and posture. By improving blood circulation, for better delivery of oxygen and nutrients to cells, and by stimulating the lymphatic system, massage strengthens the immune system, balances the digestive system, and helps remove lactic acid and toxins. And most importantly, all our massages will flood your body with feel good endorphins and leave you floating on cloud 9.
You don’t need to wear flowing robes, sit in lotus position, chant or retreat to a cave to meditate (although that can be nice too!) Though meditation is usually recognized as a largely spiritual practice, it can be incorporated into our modern lives with the simple purpose of quieting the endless chatter in our monkey minds to bring us more peace and rest. When Buddha was asked what he gained from meditation, he replied, ‘Nothing! Instead, let me tell you what I lost: Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Insecurity, Fear of old age and Death.’ Meditation has many proven health benefits: lowering of oxygen consumption, decreasing respiratory rate, increasing blood flow, slowing heart rate, and reducing blood pressure - this all creates an improved sense of wellbeing. Meditation can also increase levels of serotonin which influences mood and behaviour, relieves stress, reduces anxiety, and creates a deep level of profound relaxation and peace.
Ashlee (Universal Healing Tao, Associate Teacher, student of Mantak Chia) teaches many different meditation techniques from ancient Eastern to modern Western practices, including pranayama, breathwork, Taoist healing, visualisation, mantra, vipassana, Transcendental (Vedic) Meditation and more.
From pedicures to facials, please let us know what you require and a professional qualified beautician from our spa will meet your needs.
Life force energy, also known as chi or prana, exists in everything. This subtle yet pervasive energy is the foundation of all matter and creation, both physical and non-physical. This energy flows in, through, and around the body, forming vibrant and cohesive living systems in endless forms. Many traditions, ancient and modern, believe that a steady supply of chi is essential to sustain all living beings. By understanding the rhythm, flow, and the qualities of chi, a variety of healing practices are used to improve health, vitality, and longevity. These practices span across many Eastern and Western cultures including Reiki, Qi Gong, Pranic Healing, Acupuncture, Theta Healing, Matrix Energetics and many more. When the flow of chi is disrupted, weakened or blocked, emotional or health problems occur. Imbalances can be caused from many life situations: emotional or physical trauma, injury, negative thoughts, including fear, worry, doubt, anger, toxicity, nutritional depletion, destructive lifestyle and relationships, neglect of self, lack of love, and unexpressed emotions. At Hidden Dragon, we believe that in order to be healthy and happy, our chi must be strong and flowing and thus we use energy work in all our treatments to enhance the healing of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues.
Naturopathy, or Nature Cure, is underpinned by a fundamental principle – vis medicatrix naturae – the healing power of nature. Hippocrates in 400BC said “Health is the expression of a harmonious balance between various components of man’s nature, the environment and ways of life – nature is the physician of disease.”
Man is a part of nature and the universe, and optimal health is achieved by living in accordance with this principle. Man is seen as a whole: a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being and all these aspects must be nourished for Man to not just survive, but thrive in Life. Harmony is achieved through the balance of proper nutrition, movement, rest, sunshine and happiness. The same vital force or chi that sustains the universe and nature also flows through man, and it is his misalignment from this source energy that causes illness: dis-ease in the body. Early Naturopaths realised that if you could restore the vital force to the patient, the body would naturally heal itself. At Hidden Dragon we incorporate aromatherapy, bodywork, reflexology, lymphatic drainage, energy medicine, herbalism, exercise and nutrition for a natural holistic approach to transformation and healing.
Hidden Dragon seeks to empower you to live your healthiest and happiest life. Being healthy means so much more than how you feel on a physical level or what you consume on your plate. Your emotional, mental and spiritual happiness, and the ways you nourish yourself in all aspects of your life, is crucial to achieving a rich, wholesome, fulfilling and delicious life. Our health coaching offers a holistic approach to attaining optimal health and vitality in mind, body and soul. Treating you as a whole, we employ an integrative, preventative healthcare model to assist you with healthy eating and lifestyle choices and together, we will set and develop achievable goals, and integrate them into your routine for long-term sustainable change. By providing you with wellness and nutrition information, options, recommendations, guidance, motivation, skills and tools, we will help you establish a healthier lifestyle routine for a balanced life filled with increased wellbeing, energy, enthusiasm, vibrancy and passion. Ensuring a holistic lifestyle transformation, get ready to say Hello to a happier and healthier YOU!
Ashlee is a Holistic Health and Happiness Coach (Institute of Integrative Nutrition, The Coaching Academy, NLP Practitioner, student of Richard Bandler).