Today, one of the easiest and most effective ways of releasing stress is a spa treatment. Be it a simple foot massage or an elaborate Swedish massage or even a session of aromatherapy, spas promise to revive and rejuvenate your exhausted body, mind and soul. But how exactly does a spa treatment work? What are its benefits? How do you choose which massage to go for? Are there any dos and don'ts to follow before stepping into a spa? Here, an expert from The Oberoi Spa at The Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa, Siswan Forest Range, New Chandigarh offers answers to all the basic doubts you have regarding a spa treatment.
Here are some edited excerpts:
Could you describe the main benefits of getting a spa treatment?
Everyone should get a spa treatment regularly. Several studies have proven the benefits of getting a massage or a spa treatment on a regular basis. It is both physiologically and psychologically beneficial. The key is to find a holistic therapist who you can consult regularly and your therapist will know your body like your family doctor.
Since there are so many treatments, how does one choose the best one?
There is no such thing as the best spa treatment. We are not static and so we have different preferences from time to time. The trick is to find a good spa with a well-trained therapist. It is like finding a good chef; everything he cooks will be delicious.
How different are the Ayurvedic, eastern and western spa treatments?
Ayurvedic treatments preferably should not be featured as a spa treatment. Ayurveda is a medical system that needs to be prescribed by a qualified physician. When practised with the right combination of herbs, it gives powerful results. The eastern spa treatment includes practices like Shiatsu, Thai and Balinese. They tend to be based on moving the energy flow along the channels. Western spa treatments include aromatherapy, Swedish, lymphatic massage, Lomi Lomi, etc, which help blood circulation and sooth and repair the skin with the use of fragrance and body oil.
Is there anything a person should do or take care of before getting a spa treatment?
Typically, one should not go for a massage immediately after a big meal. Like all activities, rest for an hour before any massage/wrap/scrubs. But there is no problem with facials, hand or foot treatments on an ergonomically designed treatment table.
What kind of spa treatment would you recommend for working professionals who lead hectic lifestyles?
Any spa treatments suited to one's comfort or liking.
Are all treatments time-consuming?
The body needs time to adjust, so it is naive to think a quick fix is a good fix. We are slowly waking up to the cost of reactive healthcare. The only truly cost-effective way to well-being is to take time out for oneself. We all have to find ways to relax. A hot bath with the right aroma oils can be considered quick and effective. However, when a therapist is taking care of a guest in a spa, quick is oxymoronic.
Is it possible to spend an entire day at the spa? If yes, what kind of treatments would the day involve?
A well-designed spa creates a sanctuary one is almost reluctant to leave. It is not the number of treatments or the kind of treatment, but the kind of space and how it cradles you into a state of relaxation and ease that matters the most.