SANTA FE, MN – For guests who want to experience the ultimate in relaxation, the spa at the Inn of the Four Extremities is offering a 55-minute carotid sinus massage. It is the first spa in the United States to do so.
“We’re very proud of this new addition to the spa menu,” explained Grace Vargas, one of the spa’s massage therapists. “The results are universal: every single guest reaches levels of relaxation never before reached. In fact, we can barely wake them all up.”
According to the spa’s website, the traditional carotid sinus massage uses arnica oil, herbal packs, deep pressure, and fluid strokes to relax the body by working out all the knots in those “pesky” afferent nerve fibers in the carotid sinus, thereby “delighting” cranial nerve IX and the medulla oblongata. The pressure is provided for a generous 55 minutes.
Unfortunately, this carotid sinus massage is contraindicated in guests with recent strokes, transient ischemic attacks, and heart attacks, or a history of ventricular arrhythmias.
Of note, guests are able to enhance their carotid sinus massage with optional additions of a steam, scrub, Himalayan sea salts, or Ayurvedic telemetry.