Our Mud Body Treatment goes by the name Sculptural Clay Spa Session. There is no pool of mud in the Spa. Sorry. It's a very decadent treatment, but a pool of hot mud, bubbling ceaselessly, while person after person gets in and out of the it is not going to happen until Jeff gives me a Spa Lackey.
The biggest reason we do out mud sessions the way we do is because of the premise that art and the creative process are healing and rejuvenating. When a couple comes in and chooses a session with clay, I always encourage them to apply the clay to each other. (As opposed to having the clay massaged in my a practitioner separately.) We get the shower set up with the warm, scented clay is close at hand. A few painter's tarps and then let them go at it! It has an amazingly gentle texture and feels wonderful when you embrace and slide over another clay covered person. Yes, I have tried it. I love that I have to do so much product testing here at the spa.
The clay we use is bought from Seattle Pottery Supply and we blend in our own essential oils. Since we began the Sculptural Clay sessions, we have tried a few different types and styles of clay and slip, looking for that perfect texture. Engaging the staff at Seattle Pottery Supply usually made the selection process much more interesting. Every time I get a new staff person helping me, we always have to go through the same conversation that starts "You're going to do *what* with it?!" It's quite fun to explain and I always end up getting more information of different styles to try. At the moment, we have settled on using the Sun Ya casting slip, which is a soft gray color with smooth texture.