(This article is reprinted with permission and it first appeared in salon.com)
The rainstorm begins softly. You hear water falling gently through newly green spring leaves. When the first clap of thunder echoes in the distance, the sound reverberates along the length of your body, from the back of your neck to your ankles. Gradually, as the sound of thunder increases, so does the vibration. A single, primitive flute begins a plaintive tune, and the high and low notes are translated into vibrations that flow along pressure points in your body. You give in to the storm, the sounds, and the music, and you let it take you where it will.
No, it's not a dream, or even a meditation. It is SANC
The treatment seems almost too simple to work. At a day spa (Rejuvenate) located at the “The Gardens” of SunTrust Plaza, in Atlanta, where SANC
Then it begins. This comfortable, reclining chair is also a smart chair -- it knows the music therapy you are about to receive and works in perfect symmetry and balance with the combined sounds of music and nature in the carefully orchestrated program. You are about to begin a journey you will not soon forget.
As I was lying there, I was intrigued by the mechanics of the chair -- how, I wondered, did they manage to align the sounds and the vibrations of the chair so perfectly? Then, almost without my consent, I was transported to a late summer day at my grandmother's farmhouse, where I was napping on her feather bed while sounds of a summer rainstorm pinged away on the tin roof. I was transported back to a time when I was a child, and a warm feeling of sweet memories, of my grandmother, and the comfort she gave me, enveloped me in warmth and light.
But that was only the beginning of my journey. Before the hour was over, I had soared on desert winds, sat around a campfire while a native tribe danced, and landed on a beautiful beach where waves lapped at my feet and sunlight warmed my skin.
When my time with SANC
Various sound programs are available, ranging from classical, to tranquil jazz, to new age, to Native American/primitive, etc.
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(This article is reprinted with permission and it first appeared in Delta SKY Magazine)
Spiritualists say we can imagine our way to health. Massage therapists promise to work out our stress with their hands. My shrink tells me to think less and feel more. Now comes a spa experience that combines imagination, touch and emotion – and sits them in a chair.
It’s called sancTorum™. Think “inner sanctum,” or, with thrones in mind, “the kingdom of heaven is within you.”
Actually, it’s you in the chair, which is a molded modernistic recliner. Built into it is a new technology that translates the rhythms and resonances of a specially designed soundtrack into intense vibrations, a fingerless massage that jostles, penetrates and soothes. There are nature sounds, chanting choirs, classical music -- wordless, but with a narrative, or emotional arc. It works by causing you to imagine you are being shaken loose, lifted and gently set down again.
Someday, we can hope, you will find sancTorum in airport lounges, spas and fitness centers. But for the moment it’s available only at Natural Body Spa, Omni Hotel at CNN Center. A one-hour session is $40. Half-hour sessions are also available.
The lights are muted. The walls are covered in mossy bronze silk, a Zen-like fountain burbles quietly. Surrounded by lush tropical plants and purified, fragrent aromas, you settle into the SerenityChair™ and pull a soft throw to your chin. Propelled by the sounds and – literally – the feel of the music, you’re away on your journey.
During my journey, I imagined that I was tossed by fierce waves onto sand. I was brushed by ferns and birds’ wings and raindrops. I stood on a mountain peak, then in deep forest, then in a sweat lodge, then in a cathedral. At the end I was lying in a field.