Against the backdrop of the Arabian Sea, the Niraamaya Spa in Kerala is an ideal space to indulge in a traditional Ayurvedic massage, finds Sonal Ved.
On a vacation, we usually see spa menus dotted with international offerings. But when in Kerala, experiencing an Ayurvedic therapy is an absolute essential. That’s exactly what I did after a thorough pre-therapy consultation with a certified Ayurveda doctor at Niraamaya — a spa that brings to you timeless therapeutic traditions from across the world. From their offerings, I chose the rejuvenating ‘Choorna Pinda Swedanam’.
The spa’s wooden decor, faux lilly pad, central courtyard and concrete-meets-nature ambience create a good backdrop for the therapy. The lush green lawns bring in a fresh, positive vibe that instantly calms your mind.
In Choorna Pinda Swedanam, small linen pouches filled with medicated herbs are dipped in warm oil and applied on the joints and muscles to cure stress.
While most therapies focus on the back, this one gives equal attention to the sides of the body, too. The technique provides a more wholesome experience in which each part of the body is thoroughly worked upon.
While most spa experiences include lying on spa beds, this one uses a well-oiled, traditional wooden bed. Thought a little stiff, the apparatus coupled with the steady hand movements of the therapist, works well to release tense muscles.
The spa has natural air conditioning with ample cross ventilation. This also means that toxins are expelled easily from the body through instant perspiration, thereby making you feel refreshed and super light.
The green chooran or bathing powder, when diluted in water and applied on skin, dilutes the excess oils on the body leaving the skin aptly hydrated.