The re­luc­tant pa’s pam­per­ing

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Vi­ta­Man Sig­na­ture De-stress Facial, BalanceWell­ness Spa

I was told that BalanceWell­ness Spa’s Vi­ta­Man Sig­na­ture De-Stress Facial treat­ment com­bines ef­fec­tive mas­cu­line prod­ucts to cleanse and re­ju­ve­nate your skin with Vi­ta­Man’s unique male-spe­cific mas­sage tech­niques to de-stress the shoul­der, neck and jaw ar­eas.

The al­ways-smil­ing ther­a­pist, Mithun Raj, as­sured me that it would make my skin glow. I took this hard sell cyn­i­cally. But then he ush­ered me into the softly lit ther­apy room done up in warm brow hues, with re­lax­ing ori­en­tal mu­sic set­ting the mood.

I re­fused the of­fer of some ginger tea; I just wanted to get this over with. I was then asked to re­lax on a stone recliner with a heated col­lar around my shoul­ders. I re­fused.

Then I was taken into the mas­sage room and asked to sit with my feet planted in a bowl of warm wa­ter. “This is the way we used to wel­come guests in an­cient In­dia,” the ever af­fa­ble Mithun in­formed me. He mas­saged my feet for a few min­utes and, scep­ti­cal though I was, I have to ad­mit that I was be­gin­ning to re­lax.

Next I stretched out on the comfy bed and Mithun got to work, his mel­low voice de­scrib­ing the var­i­ous phases of the facial. “This is es­sen­tially a deep-cleans­ing and ex­fo­li­a­tion treat­ment,” he said.

First it was steam­ing time, and Mithun ap­plied the steamer to my face for a few min­utes.

Pores un­clogged, he spread cleans­ing milk, com­posed of rose essence, co­conut milk, and ar­gan (tree) oil. Af­ter re­mov­ing it, my face was ex­fo­li­ated with a scrub made of honey, red sand and rose ex­tract.

“All from the Hi­malayas,” Mithun said. He used to work at a spa in the Hi­malayan foothills so he should know. Then came a mas­sage with a cream of sage and pfaf­fia – es­sen­tially a Vi­ta­min E con­cen­trate – fol­lowed by a clay face mask.

Next it was skin-tight­en­ing time with a toner made of rose­wa­ter “from the Hi­malayas”, nat­u­rally. The treat­ment ended with a mois­tur­is­ing white lily cream.

I must con­fess I fell asleep at one point dur­ing the treat­ment. Talk about be­ing re­laxed! Mithun had to wake me up to show me the re­sults: glow­ing skin and bet­ter than that, a to­tally re­laxed mind.

Af­ter the treat­ment I was in­vited to re­lax on a heated stone recliner with a lovely ginger and honey tea. This time I ac­cepted. They ob­vi­ously don’t be­lieve in rush­ing things at this spa. Highly rec­om­mended. De­tails: Dh250 for 60 min­utes Con­tact: 04 384 7010; email info. bal­ance@cplmg.com; or visit www. bal­ance-well­ness-cen­tre.com

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