The ex­pe­ri­ence

Friday - - Spa Reviews -

Per­fume or jew­ellery for Valen­tine’s? That’s such a per­sonal choice it’s easy to go wrong. Choco­lates? Well, why give a present you know will make us fat? The most thought­ful gift, as ev­ery­one in the fast­paced, stress-in­duc­ing, multi-jug­gling UAE knows, is some­thing that will leave us look­ing younger and feel­ing re­laxed. And if it can be a rev­o­lu­tion­ary treat­ment à deux in an award-win­ning spa, even bet­ter. But I wasn’t pre­pared for the Al­phaSphere Deluxe at Talise Spa in Dubai’s Mad­i­nat Jumeirah – the first place in the world you can try out the multi-sen­sory treat­ment cre­ated by Aus­trian artist and in­no­va­tor SHA.

Billed as a “holis­tic jour­ney of in­spi­ra­tion, re­lax­ation and re­ju­ve­na­tion,” I had no idea what was in store for us. But af­ter be­ing led through the beau­ti­ful gar­dens at the spa we en­tered a pri­vate room, which was bathed in dark­ness, ex­cept for the two Al­phaSphere pods. They are next to each other, sep­a­rated by sheer cur­tains, and are space-age-style beds that we were helped on to.

Once we’d each de­cided what pro­gramme we wanted – there are four: ba­sic blue, sen­si­tive vi­o­let, in­tense red and en­ergy or­ange, and I went for the blue, while my part­ner went for the – we lay back and were im­mersed in the whole body and mind ex­pe­ri­ence, based on ev­ery sense.

The bed rocked, vi­brated and emit­ted dif­fer­ent sounds, tem­per­a­ture, colour, smells and touch. I had been cyn­i­cal at first. How could ly­ing on a rocking bed make me re­lax, but within min­utes I could hear what sounded like whales cry­ing, notes from a rock con­cert, in­ter­spersed with nat­u­ral sounds, and a sooth­ing light show to lower my heart rate, blood pres­sure and loosen my mus­cles. Stress evap­o­rated as I lost my­self in the ex­pe­ri­ence, for­get­ting af­ter a few min­utes to even try to work out what I could hear, feel and smell. I sim­ply en­joyed the over­whelm­ing sym­phony of sen­sa­tions, each one mak­ing my ev­ery­day nig­gles and wor­ries seem in­con­se­quen­tial.

Once the 30 min­utes were up, I was smil­ing, and look­ing at my part­ner. He had gone for the or­ange to stim­u­late his imag­i­na­tion and give him in­spi­ra­tion and all he could say was “wow”.

I was glad we’d ex­pe­ri­ence this in­no­va­tive treat­ment to­gether as it’s hard to de­scribe how good it made us feel to those who’ve never heard of it.

Feel­ing a lit­tle ‘trippy” we fol­lowed the ther­a­pist back in­side to a cou­ple’s room where my part­ner opted for a sig­na­ture mas­sage and I had a Margy’s anti-aging fa­cial.

Us­ing the prod­ucts from Monte Carlo my face was stripped of make-up and ev­ery­day grime us­ing a ba­sic milk cleanser, and mild-ac­tion skin toner be­fore an ex­tra-rich firm­ing mask was ap­plied.

A near sleep-in­duc­ing mas­sage fol­lowed, and then cream was ap­plied to my neck and dé­col­leté – an area a lot of women ne­glect to look af­ter, but which is one of the first places to show your age – along with Pres­tige Triple Con­cen­trate to help re­duce fine lines and wrin­kles and a en­er­gis­ing eye­zone cream. The hour rushed by, but when I peeked into the mir­ror I looked to­tally re­ju­ve­nated with su­per-soft and younger-look­ing skin.

My part­ner floated out of the spa, still talk­ing about the Al­phaSphere. It was one of the best treat­ments I’ve ever tried, and the ef­fects lasted for a cou­ple of weeks. A mas­sage and a ground-break­ing re­lax­ation treat­ment that re­ally works – what’s not to love? 9am to 10pm

Call 04 366 6818 or MJ­talise@jumeirah.com.

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