Stress-Away Sig­na­ture Ayurvedic Treat­ment

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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.soft­

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