COVERED IN MUD: A unique, sensory experience at Isango Gate Spa

BY ANNE UDEMANS - AUGUST 7, 2014

After a busy festive season, I was badly in need of an instant ‘pick-me-up’ solution before knuckling down and getting back into work mode. A visit to Isango Gate Spa, which you can find at the upmarket Isango Gate Boutique Hotel situated in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, proved to be just what I needed.

Their wonderful beauty therapist, Legene, explained that I would experience a new treatment called the Jericho Unique Deep Sea Mineral Journey. The title may sound unusual, but I later wished the journey had been an eternal one.

The treatment began with a whole body, Salt-sea scrub. Any excess salt was then removed by a quick trip to the shower and a bottle of soothing lavender gel body-wash. Thereafter, I was introduced to the strange-looking, bright green Jericho mud which is sourced from the Dead Sea in Jordan.

Much has been said about the Dead Sea with its healing water, salts and mud. Dermatologists everywhere agree that there are several beneficial elements to its mud including magnesium, known for healing and soothing the skin; bromide, which soothes, relaxes and calms the nervous system; iodine, important for a well-functioning thyroid gland and the body’s metabolic exchanges; sulphur, which is a natural disinfectant and a great remedy for acne conditions; and lastly potassium A, for skin nourishment.

Legene explained that the mud reaches deep down into the pores, thoroughly cleansing and removing grime, which impedes the skin’s nourishing process. Through reverse osmosis, minerals from the mud help stimulate blood circulation, natural skin regeneration and restore skin vitality.

With the newly applied mud on my body, she then spoilt me with a refreshing head massage to help speed lymphatic drainage. I could feel the tensions that I had accumulated over the holidays being released from my body.

I was then ushered to a steam room where I relaxed for about 20 minutes – allowing the mud to penetrate deep into my skin pores. Afterwards, I rinsed the mud off. Almost immediately, my skin felt smooth, nourished and looked more radiant.

Back at the treatment room, Legene gave me a back, neck and shoulder massage with Kiwi and Mango body butter. The entire treatment took approximately 90 minutes and left me feeling revitalised, re-energised and ready to get back to work.

Fortunately for you, you no longer need to travel to the Dead Sea to experience this curative and therapeutic combination. I recommend that you try the Jericho Unique Dead Sea Mineral Journey at Isango Gate Spa at 23 Bournemouth Street in Summerstand, Port Elizabeth or call 041 811 2225.