Textures and details from the Relaxation Centre

I’ve taken a few close-up photos in the Relaxation Centre, highlighting some of the textures and details.

If you have been here before, how many of these can you recognize?

Detail of the carved dragons and beasts on the centuries-old cauldron in the therapy room. It was once used for special feasts in China. Now it serves as a holder for the aromatherapy oils that fill the air with a gentle scent of Japanese evergreens.
The bamboo curtain as you enter the therapy room. When you step through this curtain, you step into a wonderful world of relaxation!
A Japanese “shoji” screen. These are typical of traditional Japanese architecture and are placed through the Relaxation Centre, both in the reception area and in the therapy room.
Detail from a hand-painted scroll that is now hanging in the therapy room.
The embroidered bed cover that is on the therapy bed. This cover is decorative and is removed during your session.
Grammy-award winning musician Kitaro signed this drum that hangs in the reception area. The drum is also signed by Dennis Banks, an Anishinaabe Native teacher and storyteller who died in 2017.
Detail from one of the hand-made Japanese tea cups. You can enjoy a Japanese ‘gyokuro’ tea before your session if your time permits.
All of the furniture in the reception area is brought from Asia and made from sustainable exotic fruit tree woods from trees which have finished their fruit-bearing life.
Detail from one of the hand-carved “jali” candle holders in the therapy room. These are used with candles in the Himalayan Sound Therapy session.
Detail from a mirror in the reception area. The hand-carved frame is finely detailed with ornate flower petals and leaves.
Inside the therapy room, the floor is covered with “igusa grass” natural flooring, the traditional flooring material used in Japanese tatami rooms.
Bamboo features prominently throughout the Relaxation Centre.

I’ve always felt that small details are important! These little things – some of which might well go unnoticed – make every visit to the Relaxation Centre a unique journey into a special place!


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