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Friday - - Spa Reviews -

Dh400 for a 60-minute ses­sion. Dh1,600 for 5 ses­sions of 60 min­utes each.

Re­duces in­flam­ma­tion and wa­ter re­ten­tion, which is of­ten caused by de­hy­dra­tion, hor­monal changes, ex­cess sodium in the diet, heart con­di­tions and kid­ney prob­lems. Wa­ter re­ten­tion can re­sult in swelling in ar­eas like the feet and legs, and can in­crease body weight. It’s ap­par­ently Hol­ly­wood’s bestkept se­cret as the pre-red car­pet treat­ment to have, and is known to be a favourite go-to treat­ment for French women to ban­ish cellulite.

Man­ual Lym­phatic Drainage or MLD might be lit­tle­known, but it is slowly ris­ing in pop­u­lar­ity as one of the most ef­fec­tive mas­sages around. A trained ther­a­pist uses gen­tle mas­sage strokes to ma­nip­u­late lymph nodes and lym­phatic ves­sels to pro­mote the lymph flow in the body, thereby re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion.

After sip­ping Chi­nese herbal tea, I was met by the Cer­ti­fied Lym­phedema Ther­a­pist Gema Roca, who started with a mas­sage be­hind my ears, and worked down to my swelling feet. I was lulled to sleep. No sur­prise – MLD is known to have calm­ing ef­fects on the ner­vous sys­tem and im­proves sleep­ing pat­terns, which again has a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the way you eat.

I left feel­ing re­laxed, and dis­cov­ered I had lost a kilo. I felt less bloated and much lighter. Though the num­ber of ses­sions needed de­pends on the ex­tent of the prob­lem, five ses­sions are rec­om­mended. I signed up for a few; I fig­ured I must – it’s not go­ing to take much time for the whole of Dubai to get in on the fat-melt­ing magic.

Call 04 335 1200 or visit www.dubai­htc.com.

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