Marlo came highly recommended to me from someone within the industry.

Located in beautiful Sorrento with a glowing recommendation – how could I not check it out?!

Leaving Melbourne on a grey Friday morning the sun came out just as I arrived in Sorrento, which lifted my mood straight away. Walking in to the spa I’m greeted with smiling faces and invited to sit down and speak with Marlo about her spa. She has worked in the Sorrento area as a therapist running her business for over 20 years and opened her Ocean Beach Road location 9 years ago. Marlo’s concept is based around the ancient Ayurvedic philosophy of health and beauty. The quote on her website sums it up perfectly:

“The power of Ayurvedic Beauty Care comes from the ability to become familiar with our basic nature. The secret is to accept our own uniqueness and to be willing to fully respond to our needs in a truly nurturing fashion, when such action is both loving and intelligent it will naturally evoke from within the beautiful manifestation of creation that is completely who we are. Such an approach – one of understanding and kindness – to ourselves in the seed of the only kind of beauty that has any lasting value: inner beauty. Inner beauty only shines brighter with time, its essence being to benefit everyone.

Quote: Melanie Sachs, Author of ‘Ayurvedic Beauty Care’”

Only using the highest quality natural and Ayurvedic products Marlo’s treatments are designed to deeply relax and treat the body to relieve stress and heal.

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Marlo shows me through the spa upstairs and gets me to change into a thick comfortable sarong. As my feet soak she massages my head with oil and we discuss how I’ve been feeling lately. I’m booked in for the signature Rasayana Treatment which includes a full body massage, wrap and exfoliation.

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When I get onto the bed for the massage, Marlo explains that she will be using a lot of oil throughout the treatment for it’s therapeutic benefits. Sesame oil is very nourishing, and prevents the skin getting dry, it also pacifies ‘Vata’. Vata governs all movement in the mind and body. It controls blood flow, elimination of wastes, breathing and the movement of thoughts across the mind. Since Pitta and Kapha cannot move without it, Vata is considered the leader of the three Ayurvedic Principles in the body. It’s very important to keep Vata in good balance.

The whole premise of Ayurveda healing is to balance Vata, Pitta and Kapha energies in the body. You can read more about what Ayurveda is here.

After a divine massage drenched in the sesame oil, Marlo applies a wrap made from tumeric, saffron, sandalwood, rose powered with added yoghurt. It smells exactly what it would to be like in a traditional spa in India, divine! After wrapping me up I’m treated to more scalp massage.

This wrap is designed to set on the skin as you’re wrapped, then starting at my feet Marlo begins to ‘gommage’ or rub the wrap off my body, which has an exfoliating action. The oil, wrap and finally exfoliation leaves my skin feeling so smooth and supple, not to mention the deep feeling of relaxation I have!

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To top off this beautiful treatment I spend 15 minutes in the steam room just letting everything soak through my skin. It’s hard to concentrate when I dress and go back downstairs.

Marlo Spa has truly captured the healing Ayurveda experience in a day spa. I highly recommend a visit next time you happen to be in Sorrento Victoria. You can book a signature treatment by contacting Marlo and her team though her website or by phone 03 5984 5300.

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