Royal Style!

Re­gal en­vi­rons and a re­lax­ing mas­sage, make a spa ex­pe­ri­ence at Jiva Spa, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hy­der­abad, very spe­cial, ex­plores BRINDA GILL.

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From the horse car­riage ride to the palace-ho­tel; the ex­quis­ite lobby em­bel­lished with old paint­ings; and the walk through the gar­den­court­yard, the erst­while zenana and a green pocket to the serene lobby of Jiva Spa….ev­ery step of the way at Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hy­der­abad, evokes ele­gance and royalty!

Walk­ing into Jiva Spa and a short in­ter­ac­tion with the ther­a­pist later, I opted to try the Vishrama, an hour long, full-body, ex­otic In­dian aro­mather­apy mas­sage that, as the name delectably sug­gests, of­fers com­plete re­lax­ation.

My ther­a­pist guided me to the spa room, a quiet haven lit by tea lamps. She greeted me with a na­maste, ex­plain­ing their phi­los­o­phy of Atithi

Devo Bhava that means ‘the guest is God’, and washed my feet in a cop­per bowl filled with warm wa­ter and float­ing rose petals. She poured a lit­tle blended oil into it, and gen­tly mas­saged my feet.

As I stretched on the mas­sage bed with soft in­stru­men­tal mu­sic bring­ing to mind the mur­mur of sea waves, she com­menced the mas­sage with an oil blend of a sesame base in­fused with es­sen­tial oils of kewda, frank­in­cense,

brahmi and san­dal­wood. Us­ing her knuck­les, thumbs, fin­gers and palms to ren­der short and long strokes, she mas­saged the body sooth­ingly with just the right amount of pres­sure.

Af­ter the body mas­sage, she took up a small bowl with a sweet-scented blend of mo­gra, ash­wa­gandha and pal­marosa, and gen­tly mas­saged the

face with it, and then pressed the scalp at the pres­sure points, ush­er­ing in com­plete sense of re­lax­ation. She then cupped the face and pressed it slightly. The gen­tle ges­ture wrapped up the ex­pe­ri­ence nicely! Mildly fra­grant and ut­terly re­laxed, I thanked her and left in a haze of hap­pi­ness!

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