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A re­lax­ing time

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Ire­call a friend of mine once say­ing that if you need in­stant re­lax­ation, you should opt for a foot mas­sage. Now, my take on this has been quite to the con­trary as I al­ways re­lied on a good head rub for im­me­di­ate ef­fects. But bank­ing on my friend’s mantra, I walked into the Sukho Thai out­let at High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel, Mum­bai. And when I stepped out of the place, an hour-and-a-half hour later, I thanked her for the won­der­ful ad­vice. The am­bi­ence at Sukho

Thai of­fered an im­me­di­ate con­trast to the hub­bub of the Sky­zone sec­tion at High Street Phoenix. The in­te­ri­ors were warm and invit­ing and I in­stantly felt cut off from the chaotic world of

shop­pers out­side. The staff was cour­te­ous, in­for­ma­tive and warm in their wel­come. The ther­a­pist was ded­i­cated and skilled. He made sure that I was com­fort­ably seated be­fore he started the 90-minute long re­lax­ing mas­sage. There is enough pri­vacy

of­fered dur­ing the mas­sage, with cur­tained par­ti­tions. The change of

garment for the lower body en­sures that the oils

and other in­gre­di­ents don’t spoil your clothes. The best part of the mas­sage was herbal com­pres­sion, which was given with warm herb­filled potlis. I felt all aches and pains leave my calves and feet. Even the skin on my soles was gleam­ing with­out a trace of the hard­ships faced dur­ing the mon­soons. The ther­a­pist un­rolled dif­fer­ent el­e­ments of the tra­di­tional Thai foot mas­sage with pre­ci­sion. He started with wash­ing my feet in

warm wa­ter, fol­lowed by a stretch­ing ses­sion that helped re­laxed my tense mus­cles. A mix of brisk and deep move­ments

helped undo all the knots. The oils used were richly aro­matic, with­out be­ing over­pow­er­ing. What’s more, they were eas­ily ab­sorbed in the skin and didn’t leave any residue.

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