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

 

ROYAL PAMPERING

Magic of Mewar
Leave the world behind while you indulge in a two-and-a-half hour session of body pampering treatments at the Spa at The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur. It starts with a body scrub in which black sesame seeds and other natural products are combined with honey to make a body cleanser. The body massage uses the palms and fingertips to apply pressure with continuous strokes to stimulate blood circulation, and induce a state of total relaxation. This is followed by the Ayur Face massage, a traditional beauty treatment in which the therapist gently stimulates the facial muscles, concentrating on the marma (vital energy points). The finishing touch is a calming flower bath before you emerge completely revitalised.
Haridasji Ki Magri, Udaipur. Tel: 294 243 3300

Aromatherapy Candle Indulgence
This exotic, de-stressing treatment at Club Oasis is available in sensuous aromas - Lavender, Oriental Spices, Blackberry, Wild Mandarin and Rose. The aromatherapy candle oils melt four degrees celsius above body temperature, thus simultaneously allowing it to flow onto your body as it melts, followed by a luxurious massage. The oils as well as the wick is made with hydrating wine grape seed oil along with avocado, apricot, jojoba and vitamin E oils. Grape seeds, known for its anti-ageing and antioxidant properties, are fast absorbing and leave the skin silky smooth and velvety.
Grand Hyatt Mumbai, Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz East, Mumbai. Tel: 022 6676 1216

Royal Golden Aura Facial
This luxurious facial at Myrah is based on a special combination of highly effective and innovative ingredients - caviar extract that has revitalising and nourishing properties, gold, which stimulates cell oxygenation and exercises an instant lifting effect on the skin and vitamin C which has regenerative properties. This skin soothing facial suits all skin types making it radiant, moisturised, and has a visible toning effect.
11 Palm Springs Society, J.V.P.D Scheme, Mumbai. Tel: 022 26253968

WELLNESS TREATS

Herbal Ball Compress Treatment
This healing treatment at F.Chisel - Fitness, Spa & Salon is based on energy flow and is done to relieve muscular pain and inflammation. A selection of therapeutic herbs, including ginger, turmeric, kaffir lime, camphor and lemongrass is wrapped in a muslin cloth, soaked, steamed and then applied to the body using soothing and invigorating movements. This reduces pain, creating more balance in the body and a deeper sense of well being. In between applications of the herbal ball, medium to firm pressured Thai/Swedish style massage is done to work the stiffness out of the muscles which have been softened and relaxed by the heat and pressure of the herbal compress technique.
E-22, NDSE part-II, New Delhi. Tel: 011 46029706

Chakra Healing
Chakra Healing is derived from the ancient Indian science of yoga where the healer works on the body of the person to be healed with the intention of balancing the energy flow. At the Sohum Spa and Wellness Santuary, the in-house healer who has been trained by the sect of pravrajik sanyasis (wandering monks) offers this time-honoured quintessentially Indian healing technique which is a combination of chants, stimulation of energy points and gentle body work. There are seven steps – centering, joint mobility, aura sweeping, breath awareness, progressive relaxation, chakra cleansing and the triple light meditation.
Juhu Vile Parle Sports Club, JVPD Scheme, Vile Parle, Mumbai. Tel: 022 26139603

MOUNTAIN RETREATS

Himalayan Mysteries
This treatment at Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas begins with a wild lavender-scented scrub in which essential oils of lavender, orange and anise are added to purified salt to make a mild but effective scrub to remove dead skin cells. This is followed by a Hawaiian massage that uses palms and elbows rhythmically to soothe tense muscles and allow the healing energy to flow freely. A basic cleansing facial removes impurities while a mask provides nourishment. The ritual ends with a relaxing jasmine bath which soothes the senses and leaves skin feeling fresh.
Chharabra, Shimla. Tel: 177-2648585

Tibetan Massage
Once the residence of Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal, destination spa Ananda – In The Himalayas is dedicated to today’s traveller who is looking for innovative ways to rejuvenate. The Tibetan massage focuses on lymphatic drainage, acupressure and meridian work using hot Himalayan salt poultices infused with cardamom, lavender and jatamansi over the back, legs, chest, finishing with a wonderful head massage. The aim of this treatment is to restore the nervous system and stimulate a free flow of energy within the body.
Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. Tel: 1378 227500

URBAN BLISS

Lomi Lomi
Lomi Lomi is an ancient form of massage native to the exotic islands of Hawaii. At the White Mantra Spa & Salon, this intense synchronised massage has two masseurs to give you maximum benefit. In this massage, warmed Hawaiian oils are applied with long palm strokes. This full body massage incorporates other techniques as well according to your requirement like stretching and rhythmic movement of the limbs. The masseurs work soothing tense muscles and stiff bones to leave you with a complete remedial massage. The massage goes as deep as you can take and is thus a very powerful way to release negative energies.
142, Pop Cottage, Rustam Bagh, HAL Airport Road, Behind Manipal Hospital, Bangalore. Tel: 080 32429960

Rejuvenation Body Treatment
Luxury day spa Shiiva’z prides itself on authentic therapies from across the world with emphasis on Ayurveda and South East Asian therapies. In this signature treatment, a nourishing and moisturising paste of cinnamon and powdered rice is blended in honey and milk to rejuvenate and reverse sun-damaged skin. This is followed by a gentle massage that includes specialised techniques used in Kalaripayattu, the ancient Kerala martial arts system, and is specially designed to stimulate new healing energies in the body. Cinnamon is well known in aromatherapy as a herb that re-energises. The powdered rice gently exfoliates while honey nourishes. Milk evens out the skin tone and helps in soothing skin ravaged by dirt, grime and pollution. A luxurious massage rounds off the therapy.
Mohammedbhai Mansion, Kemps Corner, Cumballa Hill Hospital Lane, Mumbai. Tel: 022 23896001

Therapeutic Fusion
This highly therapeutic massage at the Spa at The Four Seasons Hotel has been inspired by time-tested healing techniques of both the East and West. Here, warm herbal oil is blended with camphor concentrating on the back and spine to relieve tension, improve flexibility, circulation and induce relaxation. This is followed by herbal bundles, prepared with various herbs and medicated powders. These are heated and applied to specific areas of the body and provides complete re-balancing and healing.
114 Dr E Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai. Tel: 022 24818005

   

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