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Experiencing Healthful Services at Greenwood Spa

Drive a short distance south from downtown Indy and you’ll find an oasis of warmth and healing. Upon arriving at The Art of Healing, in Greenwood, there was ample tension collected in my middle back. My schedule was full as the holiday season was approaching and I had a long list of personal and professional to-dos.

I needed rest and downtime and I knew I could benefit from professional assistance. The Art of Healing has a full spa treatment package encompassing several hours including massage, Aroma- Touch therapy, floatation tank and a full-spectrum infrared sauna.

When I walked into the spa, I was greeted with relaxing smells of essential oils. I started with a hot bamboo massage with owner Cody Adkins—I had never experienced this style, and I was told this massage can go deeper into the muscles.

The bamboo tool used is 100 percent-certified bamboo and rosewood, and is used with warm oil, which felt comforting. In addition, Adkins offered me Trigger Point Therapy, which involves compression on tight or painful areas of the body to deactivate the tension in that spot, as well as the myofascial or connective tissue around it. Trigger points can be created when stressed or from injury, as well as postural and acute trauma.

I breathed through the therapy and my back finally felt the relief I needed. Next, I experienced a specialized essential oils treatment, the dōTERRA AromaTouch therapy—a licensed technique that consists of dropping eight different essential oils along the spine.

This technique is described by The Art of Healing as “a clinical approach to applying essential oils along energy meridians and visceral contact points of the back and feet to help balance sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of the body.”

The first two oils are Balance and Lavender, for relaxation. The next two are Melaleuca, another name for Tea Tree oil, and On Guard, for immune system stimulation. Then, the deep pain relief oils are applied: AromaTouch and Deep Blend. Lastly, Wild Orange and Peppermint are applied for invigoration. The dōTERRA brand of essential oils used are also available for purchase at the spa.

Soon, I was off to the infrared sauna for more relaxation. It was unlike any other I had been in before, because it consists of three infrared spectrum lights: mid, near and far infrared delivered by SoloCarbon heaters.

Adkins says, “Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to detox heavy metals and pollutants trapped in the body, as the far infrared sauna works on a cellular level.”

There were six Pre-Set Wellness programs to choose from and I chose Relaxation. Other options were Weight Loss and Anti-Aging. I put my feet up against the wall and I actually fell asleep because it was so relaxing! When I woke, I felt rested and then remembered I had my last treatment—the float tank.

I have floated before in my hometown and loved it. I felt so calm that creative ideas for the cookbook I am writing effortlessly flowed into my mind. Some of my best ideas have come from floating.

Unlike my previous floats, this float tank had an option to listen to music consisting of vibrational sound therapy that is intended to activate calming brain waves, as well as stimulate creativity.

I climbed into the pod, closed the lid and drifted into a trance in the darkness as I floated upon slightly-warmerthan room temperature water consisting of 900 pounds of Epsom salt. The music and floating experience felt like I was transported to an underwater intergalactic world of dolphin sounds, Gregorian chants and Buddhist temple “Oms”.

Adkins describes their floatation experience as “part therapy, part meditation, part transcendence, and all relaxation.” I agree with him after experiencing it. I felt deeply relaxed, yet invigorated. Additional benefits include improved sleep and immune system, as well as reduced chronic pain.

When it was time to go, and since I scheduled my session in the evening, I was ready for some dinner and a peaceful slumber.

I would recommend any of treatments I experienced. Other services offered include health coaching with nutritional therapy, cupping, detox body herbal wrap and reiki. There are pricing specials on packages as well as float club memberships. Other massage styles include sugar-glow, deep tissue, Swedish and prenatal.

The Art of Healing is located at 3019 Meridian Meadows Rd., Greenwood, IN. For more information, call 317-360-6336 or visit TheArtOfHealingIndy.com.

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