Spa reviews

The Fri­day team dips into the holis­tic world of In­dia’s an­cient al­ter­na­tive medicine, by try­ing a se­lec­tion of Ayurvedic-in­flu­enced spa treat­ments...

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We try Ayurvedic spa treat­ments.

Shi­roab­hyan­gaAyurvedicMas­sage

at The OberoiSpa, Business Bay, Dubai

Cost: Dh350 for 45 min­utes

The ex­pe­ri­ence: “Would you like ginger tea or lemon­grass with honey?” asked my friendly ther­a­pist, Hazel Ryn­jah. I forced open my eyes, find­ing it hard to wake up from my deep sleep, my body to­tally re­laxed. I had just fin­ished my Shi­roab­hyanga Ayurvedic treat­ment and I couldn’t un­der­stand where the time had gone.

It had all started when Hazel greeted me at re­cep­tion and took me to a pri­vate treat­ment room, where I changed into a robe. My feet were soaked in warm wa­ter full of bath salts. The at­mos­phere of the spa room was serene and beau­ti­ful – the lights were dim and the sounds of Asian fu­sion mu­sic filled the room.

After lay­ing face-down on the mas­sage bed, Hazel ap­plied a warm Ayurveda Vatha oil us­ing long, rhyth­mic strokes, gen­tly mas­sag­ing my back, shoul­ders and neck for 20 min­utes. The oil used in this ther­apy bal­ances all three doshas (dif­fer­ent Ayurvedic body types), eases back pain and re­lieves stress. Hazel then mas­saged my legs, feet and each toe with the same medium pres­sure (my cho­sen pref­er­ence).

The treat­ment neared its end all too quickly with an ap­pli­ca­tion of warm aro­matic tow­els on my back. Fi­nally I was turned over and oil was dripped on to my head while I was given a scalp, fore­head, face, neck and shoul­der mas­sage.

The process nourishes the five senses by fo­cus­ing on the marma points (vi­tal en­ergy points) and Hazel’s fin­ger tips even moved gen­tly over my eye­lids too. She missed noth­ing! Af­ter­wards I felt rejuvenated and to­tally calm.

To book: Call 04 444 1444 or visit www.oberoi­ho­tels.com/ho­telsin-dubai/spa-fit­ness.aspx.

The Oberoi Spa has a very serene at­mos­phere

The treat­ment be­gan with a calm­ing foot wash and scrub

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