Treatment to Try: Tapotement Your Way Into Spring Rejuvenation


As you restyle your closet and change up your makeup routine in alignment with spring, don’t forget about revitalizing your inner beauty as well. There’s something to be said about starting the new season, one in which we greet the much awaited sun by peeling back layers and heading outside, with an invigorated self as well. 

If you’re anything like me, winter resulted in evenings of heavy hibernation. Even as February dwindled down and I saw spring on the horizon, my skin remained a little dry, my energy a little low, and my body a little lazy. A vacation getaway is always a good way to get your sexy self together but it’s not the most realistic. So a spa day works too.

Try a treatment that’s crafted to renew your body, mind, and spirit after a rough winter. My go-to spa of self-rejuvenation, Sen Spa in San Francisco, brought me back to my spring senses with Tapotement, which is included in their recent Spring Breeze Renewal procedure. This Chinese therapeutic form of massage is a widely incorporated technique in modern spas and often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, and herbalism. It comes in the form of a rhythmic percussion with the fingertips used to “wake up” the nervous system, relax the muscles, and stimulate the circulatory and lymphatic system.

The gentle drumming relaxed me and energized. It's not a contradiction: I lost myself in the rhythmic tapping of the Tapotement and at the same time, felt lifted and awake within my body as the “knocking” or “slapping” stimulated my nerves and blood flow. My masseuse, certified wellness coach and integrative health expert, Devon Athey, pinned this surreal feeling as a “buzzing energy” associated with Tapotement.

The products included in this treatment, and the ones I will continue using at home in the next coming of months in the form of scrubs and oils, supported the idea of a spring renewal. Floral scents of may chang, palmarosa, and lavender in my massage, the detoxifying fragrance of pink grapefruit during an exfoliation, and a fresh breath inducing eucalyptus to conclude uplifted my senses. Warmer scents like cinnamon, orange, ginger, and vanilla, rather, are more aligned with winter. 

The new season calls for new chi. Will you be tapping your way into spring this month?