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
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
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:
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 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
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
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
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
142, Pop Cottage, Rustam Bagh, HAL Airport Road, Behind
Manipal Hospital, Bangalore. Tel: 080 32429960
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
Mohammedbhai Mansion, Kemps Corner, Cumballa Hill Hospital
Lane, Mumbai. Tel: 022 23896001
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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