India Today - - SPICE -

Leg­endary style icon Coco Chan­nel had once fa­mously de­clared:

“Na­ture gives you the face you have at 20; it is up to you to merit the face you have at 50”. Un­doubt­edly, the ob­ses­sion with youth and van­ity is not just a li­censed Do­rian Gray fix­a­tion re­served for mati­nee idols and fash­ion­istas, but a global pas­sion that fu­els a multi-bil­lion dol­lar in­dus­try.

How­ever, true wis­dom lies in walk­ing a fine bal­ance be­tween cos­metic beauty and whole­some well­ness. Spice nods in ap­proval with a spe­cial is­sue that mulls over the well­ness well­spring as it run­neth over. We com­bat the seden­tary trends in racy ur­ban life­styles and their in­cum­bent prob­lems.

For those who pre­fer in­dul­gence over in­volve­ment, Spice finds so­lu­tions in a jar with the most ex­otic beauty in­gre­di­ents in­spired at the an­i­mal farm. As nightin­gale drop­pings and snake venom re­place ass’s milk as the new face of food fa­cials, snake mas­sages rep­re­sent a novel sybaritic break. An­i­mal se­cre­tion as a beauty aid may de­ter the most zeal­ous nar­cis­sist, but the gooey stuff that snails ex­crete has an­i­mated in­dus­try mavens for its mois­tur­is­ing and anti-age­ing qual­i­ties.

But what you slather on is merely the first course. We com­mit to con­sum­mate health with Bol­ly­wood nu­tri­tion­ist Shonali Sab­her­wal who be­lieves that nu­tri­tion is the build­ing block on which our well­ness quo­tient rests. De­bunk­ing pop­u­lar myths, while clear­ing the con­fu­sion cre­ated by the in­for­ma­tion over­load on the in­ter­net, she de­codes the an­tiox­i­dant mantra for Spice.

To serve the cause fur­ther, we ex­plore the heal­ing feel­ing of an al­most karmic sur­ren­der to a mas­sage ther­a­pist. How­ever, we steer away from di­a­mond mas­sages and mother of pearl treat­ments to share some of the more novel trends shap­ing the spa in­dus­try. Th­ese com­bine well­ness and life­style to in­clude fit­ness, yoga, tai chi, med­i­ta­tion, re­lax­ation mas­sages, nu­tri­tion and spir­i­tu­al­ity; they even build in sleep time into treat­ments.

But Spice prefers lux­ury when it is a whim rather than part of a busi­ness plan. We take the fit­ness party for­ward with Zumba and pole danc­ing, along with a roundup of the hottest global fit­ness trends to watch out for. While per­sonal train­ers have been around for a while, well­ness coaches cel­e­brate the road less trav­elled. It’s not just about ex­er­cise but get­ting the mo­ti­va­tional sup­port pro­vided by a pro­fes­sional with the right tools: nu­tri­tion coaches, life coaches, and even med­i­ta­tion coaches.

Af­ter all, “si­lence is the ori­gin of sound and still­ness is the ori­gin of move­ment” or so be­lieve the pro­po­nents of sufi whirling. Like bal­le­rina pirou­ettes, kathakchakars, odis­si­brah­maris, and gypsy spins, sufi whirling is an ac­tive move­ments med­i­ta­tion. Spice goes up close and per­sonal with the med­i­ta­tive dance form that al­lows you to cen­tre the chaos within.

Ex­is­ten­tial­ists may ar­gue oth­er­wise but Spice pro­files the ubiq­ui­tous tech im­print that is trans­form­ing lives and tran­scend­ing func­tions with phones as the new 24/7 com­pan­ions. With 2,000 new ap­pli­ca­tions cre­ated ev­ery day, we stay ahead in the race to stay fit with fun gad­gets and apps that take a swing at daily work­outs.

Spice spins a tale ex­hort­ing the magic of in­ven­tion, in­no­va­tion and in­spi­ra­tion.

(Aroon Purie)

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