137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts Offers Sleep by Design

Ideally suited for busy business travellers looking to shake off the effects of jetlag, Thailand’s 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts has created a unique Sleep by Design Therapy for spa-goers.

There are two treatments in the Sleep by Design Therapy programme, now available at 137 Pillars properties in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; Sleep Therapy is available to suite or residence guests, and can be conducted at either the Nitra Spa & Wellness spa or in-room, while the Sleepdown treatment is exclusively available for suite guests, and can be conducted in-room at the guests’ requested time.

Under the guidance of the group’s Spa Consultant Roger Moore, the four-part Sleep Therapy treatment calibrates and touches all the senses in a 90-minute ritual to prepare the mind and body for deep restorative sleep. Prior to the guests arrival, the stage is carefully set with dimmed lighting, pre-warmed towels (or an electric blanket during the cooler months in Chiang Mai if required), the room temperature set to between 23-25 Celsius, a specially formulated Sleep by Design aroma which is sprayed in the room, and an oil aroma burner. Finally, a Glyph headset or Binaural beats headphones are placed on the ears of the guest.

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A gentle floral foot cleansing ritual is accompanied by a gentle soundtrack designed to relax the senses and slow the breathing rate. Relaxation is further enhanced with the addition of rolling magnesium oil on the ten key pulse points of the body. A five minute Reiki treatment is conducted on the seven chakra points, finishing with the head with chakra oil drops being applied to each of the points.

The active part of the Sleep Therapy treatment includes a massage that starts on the left foot at 50 percent pressure in a very slow rhythm to match the guest’s breathing pattern. Sleep by Design oil is used in conjunction with a specific pressure point massage. The massage continues in a smooth unbroken pattern, to the calf and thigh, and then repeats on the right side.

Ideal for busy business travellers looking to shake off jetlag, Thailand's 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts has created a unique Sleep by Design Therapy.

This is followed by a Chi Ne Tsang abdominal massage, after which the initial technique on the legs continues upwards in an unbroken motion on both arms. Shoulder points are massaged both front and back, followed by facial and ear pressure point work, culminating in a scalp massage. This is followed by Reiki strokes from head to foot, culminating with gentle pressure point work on the kidneys. During this phase, a soothing bath is run using specially curated Sleep by Design bath salts to further enhance the guest’s relaxed state. To complete the experience, an evening dream tea blend of lavender and chamomile tea is served.

During the Sleepdown service (which suites guests are able to book as an in-room treatment), a Sleep Butler presents a relaxing lavender and chamomile evening dream tea designed to assist the brain to move from the stressful beta state to an alpha state in preparation for the theta and delta sleep states of sleep. The Sleep Curator draws a bath to the guest’s desired temperature, which is scented with calming bergamot bath salts especially curated for 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts, that aid and support the relaxation of the body.

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The tea is followed by a ten relaxation pulse points application of magnesium oil; a soothing foot spray; an application of throat spray to soothe the throat, mouth and nasal passages for added relaxation; and presentation of a short bedtime story. The treatment also includes sleep music, ranging from ambient sounds of nature to an audio bedtime story; mood lighting; and an optional hot water bottle.

Guests can also enjoy this ritual at home with 137 Pillars Sleepdown Travel kits. Sleep by Design Therapy is priced at THB4,500 (US$134) per person and the Sleepdown service is priced at THB1,500 (US$45 approx) per person.

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