Been to spas and undergone therapies which do nothing great for your mind or body? Maybe you are not going about it right! Follow these seven steps to get the most of your spa experience:
Zero in on the right spa; right ambiance, trained therapists, high quality products… all are equally important. In fact a good question to ask is which products the spa stocks and uses . This will tell you a lot about their commitment to deliver quality.
Identify your concern area: Is it anxiety, signs of aging, or something medical like say lower back pain or excessive eye strain, or maybe you are looking simply for stress release. Be forthright about it to the spa manager and let them suggest the right therapy options/combinations for you. For example if it is insomnia that needs to be tackled, she may prescribe Ayurvedic Shirodhara or Abhyanga, and if it is muscular stiffness that needs to be remedied then Kadi Dhara may be apt. Similar for stress relief, Sukhothai or an apt aroma massage might be prescribed. And if you are just feeling lethargic, then the Swedish massage might just get you going again.
Clearly spell out your concern areas to the therapies before the treatment begins; let him/her know the amount of pressure you prefer, the kind of music you like/hate, also whether you would prefer to talk or keep it quiet during the therapy. This alone can make or mar the whole experience. Also let them know about any allergies or skin irritations that you might suffer from.
Hydrate yourself well before the spa session, and it is a good idea to drink some water after the massage too to help the body flush out waste. In fact, increase water intake for the rest of the day to help flush out toxins from your body.
Hunger is a mood-killer, so make sure that you’re not hungry when you go for the massage but ensure a gap of at least two hours from your last meal, and keep that meal light to avoid feeling nauseus.
Avoid alcohol before the spa session; you need your body to max the benefit of the massage, and alcohol will hinder that. Have your last cigarette at least one hour before your treatment, otherwise it’ll make you feel light headed.
Pencil in some quiet time after the massage (don’t go back to work etc immediately) to extend the benefits. A nap is ideal.
Written by: Kavita Devgan
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