Stress-Away Signature Ayurvedic Treatment
Like any well-heeled spa connoisseur I will confirm nothing beats a traditional Ayurvedic treatment for rebooting wellness levels. Experts at The Softouch Spa, Kempinski Hotel, adjoining Mall of the Emirates, specialise in the ancient practice of Ayurveda, which is native to the Indian subcontinent and a form of alternative medicine. First I had a consultation with Ayurvedic doctor Dr Shylaja Pillai, who helped determine my dosha (body constitution), which she declared was a combination of Kapha and Pitta (earth and fire) – prone to stress. Correct!
Dr Pillai recommended the Stress Away Signature Treatment that involves three procedures – Abyangam, Elakkizhi and Shirodhara – performed over 30-minute segments.
In a softly lit room, with instrumental Bollywood music as my pampering soundtrack, Deepa, my therapist, began the treatment with Abyangam, a traditional full-body massage with long strokes across all the muscles using Karpooradi (camphor) oil. In the second procedure, Elakkizhi, Deepa used pouches filled with a mixture of powdered herbs, rock salt and lemon dipped in herbal oil to massage my body and improve circulation. In the last one, Shirodhara, a warm, consistent flow of Ksheera bala herbal oil was poured on my forehead, specifically on the ‘third eye’, which left me truly calm and rejuvenated from top to toe. Softouch Spa Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates Price Dh1,200 Duration 90 minutes Call 04 409 5909 or visit www.softouchspa.com