Whether we’re mums, career women or trying to juggle the two without dropping too many kids, wait no, we mean balls… life can be a little busy. Correction, it’s downright chaotic at times leaving us with diddly squat in the tank for a healthy dose of self-love. Well we are here to say enough of that! Because have you ever seen anyone pour from an empty cup? So how can we find time for the likes of massage, sauna, salt therapy, pilates, and shhhh – an injectable here and there (hoo-roo ‘number 11’ and if you’re over 35, you know what we mean)? Well, guess what – we no longer need to dash about the Gold Coast to 101 different clinics and send our adrenals further into meltdown mode. We just need to visit ONE luxurious, holistic and intimate medispa to help repair our minds and bodies. Yes ladies, it’s time to step away from that tanty-chucking toddler and relax, restore and reconnect at Currumbin’s new wellness clinic, RE/WIND.
Resembling a European spa with a sleek and luxe (but still warm and soothing) ambiance, this is our new favourite place. Full stop and end of story. As clichéd as it may sound, a stint at RE/WIND will leave you feeling like a better version of yourself. The super welcoming, down-to-earth and seriously clued-up team of therapists just ‘get it’, and know exactly how to address the pain points of the busy 2022 woman. Also, to maintain exclusivity and provide clients with maximum space, quiet and relaxation, classes are limited to four people and we feel the zen already.
Who do we have to thank for this little slice of heaven and one-stop shop for all our wellness needs? The gorgeous Leanne Oliveira, a women’s health nurse with 27 years in Gynaecological Oncology and IVF. As you can well imagine, she has seen an endless rotation of beautiful burnt-out women, struggling physically, mentally and emotionally with their health, life and societal ‘expectations’. After having her first baby she too neglected herself in every way, wishing there was a place with multiple services under one roof. Somewhere that focussed on mind, body and spirit with a holistic approach. Fast forward 13 years – and add in a whole lotta research, blood, sweat and tears – and voila, RE/WIND is born.
For us, the standout treatment here is salt therapy. This fascinating natural remedy can help soothe a long list of skin, respiratory and lifestyle conditions, and is even suitable for babies and children. After Leanne saw the amazing difference in her parents’ health after visiting a salt room (mum with heart and lung conditions and dad with psoriasis and osteoarthritis), she knew it just had to be a part of RE/WIND. There are also a range of classes on offer including yoga, pilates, meditation and sound healing all available in the salt room; so you can reap the therapeutic benefits (yes please). Plus they specialise in IV vitamin infusions, NATURAL LOOKING (shouty capitals for a reason) cosmetic injections, PDO threads, fat dissolving injections, scar revision and more.
Collaborating with Olibuild and Bec Purchase to lead the build and interior design, the result is an inviting, highly polished, wow-inducing space that does not skimp on luxury. Oh and is this where we mention they have an incredible sauna where you can select your very own tunes to bliss out to? Let’s just say this makes for a perfect destination for birthdays and hens, available for exclusive hire and if you’re not Maid of Honour already, you will be after you book this!
So fellow GC female (and male) folk, it’s time to make time for YOU. Paying a little visit to this stunningly beautiful utopia isn’t just time-efficient and good for all dimensions of wellbeing, it should be a rite of passage for us ladies to experience this level of bliss.
Where: 31 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin
When: 6.30am – 6pm Monday, 9am – 6pm Tuesday Thursday & Friday, 7am – 6pm Wednesday, 10am – 2pm Saturday & Sunday
Words by Bianca Trathen.
Summer is almost over and it’s safe to say that we have spent way too much time in the sun (as usual). Which means our skin has taken a bit of a battering and it’s time to give it some love.
In honour of that, we’ve found six of the best natural treatments from around the Gold Coast to help you get your glow after all that summer salt, sand and sunshine.
An Earth and Skin Experience
Ideal for newcomers to organic skincare, the Earth and Skin Experience consists of a Mini Earth Massage to ease the (no doubt ever-present) tension in your back, neck and shoulders followed by a customised Refresh Facial using organic skincare and a Jade stone facial massage. If you’re an old hand at the organic skincare thing, there are MANY incredible treatments available, including some for the fellas.
Where: Earth and Skin, 2 Regency Place, Mudgeeraba
Acupuncture at Nüwa Natural Health
A traditionally eastern medicine treatment, acupuncture has taken the western world by storm. It works by balancing the energy systems within the body, enhancing relaxation and increasing energy. The name Nüwa is derived from the goddess of ancient Chinese Mythology best known for creating mankind and repairing the pillars of heaven. Put simply, it’s a necessary personal investment.
Where: Nüwa Natural Health, 4/784 Pacific Parade, Currumbin
Manicure and Pedicure at ERVA
Is there anything more relaxing than a manicure slash pedicure complete with a luxe massage and the prettiest nails at the end? We think not. At ERVA you can expect exactly that without the use of toxic products and with the addition of experiencing one of the most beautiful, love-infused treatments of your life. The team at ERVA are the best there is and no matter which treatment you choose, you’ll walk out feeling like you’re floating on a cloud.
Where: ERVA Nail Spa, 3 Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads
Organic Infusion at endota spa
endota is an oldie but a goodie with several locations across the Coast. They have a few standout treatments but the Organic Infusion is their signature facial created to relax and rejuvenate. Using certified organic skincare, containing powerful botanicals and antioxidants infused using jade rollers to give you a clear complexion and restore calm. Skin is nourished. Mind is nurtured. The end.
Where: endota spa, Shop 1, Oracle South 17 Elizabeth Ave, Broadbeach
A head spa treatment at éva organic hair and beauty salon
This beautiful little salon in Palm Beach is turning heads for all the right reasons. Using only natural, organic, cruelty free and vegan friendly products éva organic hear and beauty salon came about after owner Indre starting looking into the cause of reactions to common hair products. On top of your regular cut and colour try the Head Spa Treatment which includes the main reason everyone goes to the hairdresser, a heavenly head massage.
Where: éva organic, Suite 2 / 1154 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Reiki at Earth Energy Medicine
You may not have heard of this one but Reiki is becoming popular amongst those willing to try something a little bit different. The ancient Japanese technique is used for stress reduction and relaxation while healing the body on all levels; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It’s known as the art of gentle hands on healing and it’s actually quite an interesting experience if you keep an open mind. Give it a try, you only live once right?
Where: Earth Energy Medicine, 7 Correa Court, Elanora
Words by Kirra Smith
Life inevitably takes its tolls. Whether you’re juggling work, children, or a questionable affection for tequila, your body and mind are going to feel the effects. And whilst we’re certainly not ones to judge, there is a little space in everyone’s life to take better care of themselves.
For you to achieve an upgraded level of vitality and mindfulness, you needn’t go it alone. You’ll require some assistance, and this is where soak and float centres come in. These are the kind of spaces where tranquil surroundings and expert insight go hand in hand to pull you from that long road to ruin: a five-minute break with a strong cup of tea just isn’t going to cut it these days.
We took it upon ourselves to do some research, and lucky for us, the Gold Coast has a sizeable selection of such places where you can unwind, soak and nourish yourself back to previous glory. Here are the top 7 places to recuperate and rejuvenate yourself when tequila life has gotten the better of you.
Conveniently located in Mermaid Beach, Soak Bathhouse is the comprehensive answer to looking after yourself with a holistic approach. By their own ethos — it’s time to start feeling great again — they invite you to experience opulent mineral spa baths and steam rooms. This may be right after you’ve taken a fully digital yoga lesson in their built-in flow house — with continually rolling classes throughout the day. And if you feel the need to hit the emails between sauna and plunge pool circuits, they have a gorgeous co-working space to nut out some work.
Where: 2532 – 2540 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Freedom Float Centre
How does the prospect of feeling yourself completely weightless and floating in your private pod in utter serenity sound? Like somewhere you’d long to be at 9am on a Monday morning, no doubt. These state-of-the-art float chambers are taking the world by storm and have been scientifically proven to reduce inflammation, control hormone imbalance, and alleviate sleep disorders. At this West Burleigh centre, you can chat through your options with friendly staff and pair up your floats with infrared sauna and massage packages. The perfect remedy for any weekday blues.
Where: Shop 5, 105 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads
One of the original venues to open allowing you to soak your weary body and relax in a serene setting — without having to travel far or break the bank. The offering is a 90-minute session to move through the facilities at your own pace; with herbal tea and filtered water on hand, you’ll inevitably finish things off on their rooftop magnesium pool bathed in afternoon sun. Push the boat out and add a massage with a pre-ordered glorious plant-based lunch courtesy of sister venue Greenhouse Canteen, Miami.
Where: 7/37 Tallebudgera Creek Road, Burleigh Heads
City Cave Float & Wellness Centre
Seeking the ultimate relaxation with added health benefits? Yep us too. City Cave Float and Wellness Centres have two convenient locations across the Gold Coast and specialise in float therapy, remedial, sports, pregnancy and relaxation massages all while also offering Infrared Sauna facilities. It’s about time you look after your mind, body and gut at City Cave with their holistic services.
Where: Markeri St, Mermaid Waters or Helensvale Plaza Shopping Centre, Shop 32, 12 Sir John Overall Dr, Helensvale
The Bathhouse at Ground
As if you needed another reason to take a sojourn out into peaceful Currumbin Valley, you can certainly add this new decadent bathhouse to the list. Set within the tranquil Ground of the Currumbin Eco Village, book yourself an hour here and simply let life’s stresses fade away. Spend your 60 minutes of luxury jumping from giant hydrotherapy spa pools to a genuine Finnish sauna before sinking into a refreshing pool packed with salty goodness imported from the Dead Sea, Israel. If this isn’t enough for you, be sure to book a massage or other heavenly treatment which take place in their adjoining fairy-tale-looking century-old Queenslander.
Where: 2 Village Way, Currumbin Valley
P3 Sports and Recovery Centre
For those who like to push themselves hard — in all of the sporty and healthy ways possible — P3 Recovery Centre is the highly popular choice to drop in and give your hard-pressed physique a little love. Fitness fanatics and everyday folks will rejoice at hydrotherapy pools and the selection of wet and dry therapies available, including other world-class treatments such as their hyperbaric chamber and vibrosaun. Go break those PB’s, and rest assured these guys and their top-rate amenities will have you covered.
Where: 1/10 Kortum Drive, Burleigh Heads
Another one for the fit and the furious amongst us, but with added appeal for many other people seeking slightly different benefits. Although primarily sports recovery focussed, the venue further specialises in injury rehabilitation, weight management and overcoming chronic fatigue. On-site, there are a host of modern therapies — and professionals to deliver them — at your disposal, including cryotherapy, where you can be subjected to an icy -130 degrees Celsius for the longest three minutes of your life.
Where: Shop 5, 117 Ashmore Road, Bundall
Words by Alex Mitcheson.