Wai Ora Traditional Massage - 30 min or 60 min treatment
The signature therapy of the Wai Ora Spa, the award winning Rotorua Spa,
is its unique massage regime, the based on elements of the Maori “Miri Miri” massage that has been used for more than 800 years in New Zealand for HEALING, RELAXATION and PREPAREDNESS. This last attribute was very important to the Maori as this was a part of how warriors would prepare themselves for battle.
This full body massage starts from the feet working towards the heart and finishes with a head and face massage. The feet are first washed signifying the leaving of worldly cares and woes behind allowing the full value of the massage therapy to weave its magic. A Karakia (prayer or blessing) is offered up on behalf of the massage recipient and massage therapist at the commencement and conclusion of the massage therapy to uplift the spirit. The hands are washed before the therapist massages the head and face as these areas are considered sacred to the Maori.
For the uninitiated, the traditional NZ Wai Ora massage includes elements of deep tissue massage techniques, gentle joint manipulation, lymphatic drainage, gentle stretching, energy balancing and relaxation techniques. Ideal for relieving muscle soreness, promotion of relaxation and maintains overall general wellbeing.
The oil used is our own “Alite’’ massage oil from New Zealand, a penetrating oil blend containing Manuka oil (a traditional Maori healing herb) that leaves the skin smooth, soft and supple to the touch. The oil is an exceptional moisturizer.