What’s That Now?
There’s so much more to a spa experience than massages, manis and facials
> Rasul Chamber
A heated private room, usually stone or mosaic, kitted out with dim lighting, music and a stone slab for you to lie on. There’ll be a pot of mud mask for you to rub on your body. Once you’re fully coated, you lie down on the slab and let the mud work its magic. At the end of the treatment, a sprinkler system switches on automatically to wash the mud away – a little alarming at first, but it turns into a soothing rain shower. Great for: Couples Need to know: It’s best to be naked for this treatment – keep that in mind if you’re booking with a friend. > Flotation Pool Not to be mistaken for a flotation tank, where you’re inside a private capsule, this is a small, shallow pool in a dark room. The lukewarm water has a high salt content to create buoyancy so you can float effortlessly in the dark. Great for: Solo relaxation Need to know: Wear a swimming cozzie. That water is seriously salty – if you have any abrasions on your skin, it’s going to sting. > Cupping Borrowed from traditional Chinese medicine, it’s a treatment designed to stimulate the lymphatic system, improve circulation and promote detoxification. The therapist applies small, heated glass or silicone cups to your skin, which form a vacuum, creating a suction effect that in turn causes your blood vessels to expand. In wet cupping, the therapist will then remove the cups, make a small incision into the skin and then reapply them, allowing blood to drain into the cup. The idea is that toxins will drain out along with the blood. Great for: Kickstarting a sluggish lymphatic system Need to know:
Bruising may occur, ranging from slight redness to angrylooking welts that can last up to a week. Not the best treatment for bikini season.