The ESPA at The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt has
launched a treatment with an historical background deeply rooted
in Irish history and tradition.
The Irish Shillelagh is a hand carved
stick that is considered a lucky charm. Locally crafted in
Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow, the smooth and rounded end of the
Shillelagh is used to ease out knots and alleviate deep seated
tension with warm aromatherapy oils.
The treatment lasts 120
minutes and costs 145 which includes a full body and scalp massage
and full use of the thermal suites in ESPA at Powerscourt.
The authentic Shillelagh Stick has its origins
in the area of County Wicklow still named Shillelagh and continues
to be handcrafted locally. Shillelagh is an area of immense
natural beauty with one of the largest remaining oak forests in
Ireland the Tomnafinnogue Oak Wood. This large forest is the
remnant of a great oak forest which was stripped during the 16th
17th centuries; it is the oldest coppiced wood in Europe.
processes involved in hand crafting the Shillelagh stick used in
this massage typically takes 3 years to complete and ESPA at
Powerscourt is one of the only spas in Ireland using this ancient tool to
carry out massages.
Kellie Ann Hayden, spa manager of ESPA
at The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt said, We are very excited about
pioneering this new treatment in Ireland at ESPA. Using local
products and traditions is part of our offering and we have been
able to use the Shillelagh stick to its full benefit, offering a
treatment only to be found in our spa. The effectiveness of this
unique treatment is amazing and we look forward to sharing this
with our valued spa guests.
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