As a typically monkey-minded person, the idea of laying down for an hour under the premise of a relaxing spa treatment is nerve-wracking. I struggle to turn my mind off at the best of times, let alone sitting – or laying – still for an extended period of time. But walking into Ubika Day Spa in Leura, I knew if there was anywhere that could help me switch off for a while, this was it.
Ubika forms the ‘spa’ component of the Blue Mountains’ Fairmont Resort & Spa. The name derives from a Sanskrit word meaning ‘to grow’. Each of the spa’s treatments are based around the philosophy of growth and its core elements: hydration (water); nourishment (food); restore (repair and nurture); regenerate (exfoliating and brightening).
Local organic spa brand IKOU designed the spa’s treatment menu. It incorporates its own range of speciality spa products that are crafted from natural ingredients. I received the 60-minute Mini Ritual Experience, which involved a full-body scrub using the IKOU Organic Body Buff, moisturiser application using the IKOU De-Stress Organic Body Souffle, ending with a Pure Results Calming Facial and Scalp Massage. As my Ubika therapist traced figure eights on my back with the scrub and moisturiser, I could feel myself descending into that glorious resting state when you’re not quite sure if you’re asleep or awake. My monkey mind was firmly defeated by the time we got to the neck and shoulder massage; the therapist skillfully undoing the damage of years sat in front of a computer screen for hours a day.
When my 60 minutes were up, I reluctantly left the treatment room – albeit relaxed and glowing – and was led to the spa’s Zen room to recline, reflect and enjoy a green tea.
Ubika Day Spa is one of the largest purpose-built spas in Australia. It boasts two storeys, 16 treatment rooms, a Vichy Shower room as well as the Zen room. The decor is warm and inviting and immediately instils a feeling of calm and relaxation. The treatment range is diverse, with specialised choices for men, couples and pregnant women. The spa also offers cosmetic enhancements such as injectables and peels. An experienced nurse injector who specialises in anti-ageing treatments administers these.
A treatment at Ubika Day Spa is an ideal antidote to frenetic city life and perfect for calming the monkey mind.