Oceanic re­treat

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.

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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.

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