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Spa Bound
Text by Faye Remedios
Published: Volume 17, Issue 5, May, 2009

As the sun unleashes its fury, a great way to rejuvenate is to head to the top spas and de-stress in style. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach retreat or an exotic mountain idyll, Faye Remedios lists the most indulgent treats around


Fish Therapy
Happy Feet is the first fish therapy designer concept spa in Delhi. In Turkish Spas, the Garra Rufa fish live, breed and feed off the skin of people They only consume disease-afflicted skin cells and naturally dead skin cells, and allow healthy skin to grow. Here too, the omnivorous fish ‘nibble’ on the dead skin cells present on the surface of the skin while exuding a mild enzyme that prevents the fast development of cells on the skin. A standard treatment takes approximately one hour in which you completely submerge the area to be treated into the tank filled with the Garra Rufas and relax while they get to work. Once they’re done, you’re treated to a soothing massage that will help nourish the skin.
Select CITYWALK Saket, New Delhi – 110 017. Tel: 9811088957

For those who want to recreate a spa environment at home, the Sacred Origins Home Spa home delivers spa services to any location of your choice and lists Heaven, a pure oxygen facial as a perennial favourite. As we age, oxygen levels decrease at the cellular level, resulting in loss of elasticity and the formation of lines and wrinkles. In addition, pollution, late nights and stress all contribute to dull, lifeless and ageing skin. Here, oxygen jets and active ingredients in the serum help restructure skin, visibly plumping out lines and reducing surface scarring. The results are immediate and this oxygen therapy continues to work long after the treatment is over, stimulating cell regeneration. This is followed by a foot reflexology treatment to ensure bliss.
C-6 Ionic, Justice Vyas Marg, Colaba, Mumbai. Tel: 9930852888

Ear Spa
Cosmic Mandala15 offers a one-of-a-kind ear spa which uses a combination of pure wax candles and a gentle soothing ear neck and scalp massage, to set the mood for absolute relaxation. The procedure is relatively simple – basically one end of two hollow beeswax candles is lit. The other end is placed closed to the ear hole at an angle so as to allow a few drops of melted wax to enter the ear hole. When the candle is inserted in the ear canal, it produces sound vibrations which in turn cause a gentle massage of the eardrum. Thus, a sense of relaxation is induced simultaneously in both ears. As the ear spa treatment pampers your senses, it also cures a number of ailments such as insomnia, congestion, migraine and earache.
C-5 Amarchand Mansion, Madam Cama Road, Mumbai. Tel: 022 22043737


Detox Algae Wrap
The 50-minute treatment at the Iosis Medi Spa starts with a massage-cum-exfoliation lotion after which the body is cocooned with an algae body pack that combines the properties of brown and red seaweed. Then you are wrapped in a cellophane sheet and further covered with the blanket to facilitate easy penetration. The heat generated also helps in absorption and removal of toxins through sweating. After this, a refreshing shower followed by intense moisturising leaves skin soft and supple. Rich in minerals, trace elements and vitamins, this treatment also stimulates the slimming process.
Link Palace, Lokhandwala, Andheri, Mumbai. Tel: 022 2635190

Oxygen Facial
This O2 Intraceuticals Rejuvenation Infusion at the Asian Roots Medi Spa takes years off your face in just 60 minutes and is suitable for all skin types. Combined with topical hyperbaric oxygen technology, the Intraceuticals Rejuvenation Serum stimulates regeneration of new cells while vitamins A, C, and E and green tea are powerful antioxidants that help fight free radicals. Laser skin rejuvenation is a treatment that can safely be carried out in your lunch break. Fine lines and blemishes virtually disappear and skin feels rejuvenated, radiant, moisturised and fresh.
B-5/15, Main Road , Safdarjung Enclave, Delhi. Tel: 011 41651010

Brazilian Butt Lift
For those who want to add some serious curves, this butt augmentation procedure at the Evolve Med Spa And Wellness Centre results in youthful, prominent, perky buttocks and a more sensual body profile. The procedure involves removing fat from selected areas of your body. The doctor performing the procedure purifies the fat, then re-injects selected donor fat cells into your buttocks. It is designed to fill the upper half of your buttocks so that the derrière appears lifted and youthful. The buttocks are first contoured by performing liposuction in the areas around them to make them stand out more. An additional benefit of this fat injection method is that you not only get a more shapely behind, but the liposuctioned area is leaner, giving your profile a more sensuous look.
Veena Apartments, 198 Dongersee Road, Teen Batti , Walkeshwar, Mumbai. Tel: 022 23642452


Romantic Spa Indulgence
Soma, Nectar of the Gods is an indulgent couple spa experience that is available at the Boat Spa, Taj Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur. Two therapists offer a relaxing Indian aromatherapy massage, in a romantic candle-lit ambience, using pure, evocative oils. Guests relax in a soak tub rose petal bath, enjoying champagne and cheese in privacy. After the treatments, they can recline on the private deck and as a finale, they are offered fragrant garlands.
Lake Pichola, Udaipur. Tel: 294 242 8800

Body Strategist Remodeller
This in one of the newest additions to the spa menu at the Sereno Spa, Park Hyatt, Goa, which includes a nutritional reshaping treatment where the body is remodelled and the skin is left more toned, smooth and compact. A black pepper mixture is scrubbed and gently massaged all over the body. This encourages a delicate exfoliation and a renewing action. A marine-based iodine cream is gently massaged for a toning effect. This 90-minute session reduces the visibility of cellulite. A soothing face massage that enhances the feeling of relaxation and provides luminosity completes the treatment.
Arossim Beach, Cansaulim, South Goa 403 712. Tel: 832 272 1234


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