Last night I mentioned I had Shiatsu massage and Chiropractic report in the midst of my whirlwind day. In fact my first encounter with the prestigious Bonfire was on Tuesday when I went in for a spinal examination and X Rays.
Before you start fretting I am totally fine (or thought I was) and this was all part of the Groupon voucher I purchased. To be honest I was basically in it for the massage but thought everything else was just a perk. Before I get into the nitty gritty I thought I’d share with you this amazing place. (The photos do not do it justice- I wish I had a better camera to capture it all).
Bonfire has studios at three locations around Brisbane. The closest one to my house and the location that went with the deal was at Browns Plains. As I walked in I felt like I was almost teleported elsewhere- surely this could not be Brisbane..let alone Browns Plains!
The colours stick to the theme of browns, oranges and yellows with the decor ranging from inspirational quotes, information powerpoints & posters and their health and wellness philosophy. I felt it was very new age with their health philosophies and loved the focus on wellness and good health.
At Browns Plains there are places for hot yoga, chiropractic services and massages. As well as a section selling workout apparel, yoga equipment and healthy drinks and food. Bonfire also places particular emphasis on nutrition.
I’m yet to try a hot yoga experience although I did receive a free pass to try a class after my massage. I have however had the chance to speak to Chiropractors, as I received a spinal examination, X rays and report. As well as receiving a Shiatsu massage.
I was told Shiatsu massage is similar to acupuncture without the needles, in that it focuses on your energy points and uses finger and palm pressure. It is not a particularly relaxing type of massage but really focuses on realising tension, opening those energy pathways and getting rid of the knots. She was pretty amazed at how tight I was and I did find that it was uncomfortable and at times downright painful- but the good type of pain. I also felt a releasing sensation, the longer she kept the pressure. Let’s just say afterwards I was very relaxed and ended up in a bit of a half daze, taking photos of myself in the way-too-nice bathroom (Oh and yes I walked into the shower area the first time when looking for the toilets haha).
Why yes, I do enjoy embarrassing myself
Everyone is absolutely wonderful, knowledgeable and friendly there- so I never felt intimidated. Even from those two short visits I felt I’ve learnt so much more about the importance of spinal health.
Want the verdict on my spinal health? It could be worse, but it also could be better. The biggest concern is my C1 (?!) located at the top of my neck (known as the control area or something- so it’s very important). A normal one is suppose to sit at roughly 28 degrees, whereas mine is at 4. The thing is that this being out of place can cause irritability, mood swings, anxiety, depression and all these nasty things that you don’t want (sound familiar ha!). What they recommend is for me to continue on a treatment plan to receive Chiropractic services for the next 12 months atleast. My only issue really is the finances. As a student I just can’t dish out twice a week fees to see a Chiropractor. But then again can you really put a price on your health?
Anyways, this post is starting to become somewhat of a novel so I’ll leave it there. I’ll fill you in with my next Bonfire experience when I indulge in some Hot Yoga! If it’s anything like Body Balance I know I’ll love it. Plus, I love working up a sweat 😉
Do you partake in any alternative medicine services? Have you ever done Hot Yoga? What did you think?
**I was not paid for this post nor did I receive any complimentary services.**