North­ern de­light

French-in­spired ther­a­pies are just as ef­fec­tive in Kash­mir, as KHURSHEED DINSHAW found out...

Hair - - Spa Review -

I t was a sen­so­rial jour­ney that I em­barked on at The Khy­ber Spa by L’Oc­c­i­tane, housed in the mul­ti­ple award-win­ning The Khy­ber Hi­malayan Re­sort & Spa at Gulmarg. My ther­a­pist Emei es­corted me to my stun­ning treat­ment room for the Al­mond Detox­i­fy­ing Bal­ance Tech­ni­cal Body Treat­ment. An anti wa­ter-re­ten­tion ther­apy, the oil used is 100% nat­u­ral al­mond body oil en­riched with red al­gae ex­tracts and es­sen­tial oils of cy­press, grape­fruit and gera­nium.

The ther­apy is a bliss­ful way of flush­ing out lym­phatic tox­ins—as the fo­cus is the lymph ter­mi­nus—and re­ac­ti­vat­ing cir­cu­la­tion. Af­ter tak­ing steam for 10 min­utes, the foot rit­ual was done us­ing warm wa­ter and Laven­der Foam­ing Bath was used to cleanse my feet.

The Re­lax­ing Pil­low Mist started to work its calm­ing magic on me when the sweet aro­matic al­mond oil in­stantly re­laxed and put me in a good mood. Us­ing her palm and thumb, with the per­fect amount of pres­sure, Emei en­sured that for an hour

I was in spa par­adise. My skin felt fresh and my mus­cles were re­laxed, es­pe­cially af­ter the gon­dola ride and snow ac­tiv­i­ties that I had in­dulged in the morn­ing.

The head mas­sage, which ac­ti­vated the pres­sure points on my scalp, re­lieved all my pent-up stress, while the re­vi­tal­iz­ing blend of rose­mary and mint proved to be a treat for my ol­fac­tory senses—Emei put this blend on her palm and I took a de­light­ful whiff of it. The hot towel com­press to re­move any ex­cess oil ended the ther­apy. I left The Khy­ber Spa by L’Oc­c­i­tane feel­ing lighter, rein­vig­o­rated and ready to fur­ther ex­plore the sights and sounds of the pic­turesque Gulmarg.

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