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May 2010
Want a complete body-mind experience? Visit Spa Oasis. There is nothing quite as invigorating as spending a few hours here getting yourself pampered…

Need a break but have no time to go on vacation? Join the bandwagon, as most working people today face this scenario, but what they don’t know is that a visit to a spa is the best way to take the load off one’s mind and body. It promises you an experience of rediscovering the old-fashioned health benefits of sun, sand and water packaged with a lot of gloss.

Their plush interiors resemble a luxury hotel and the services offered are no less. For those who want to shed kilos, there's usually a fully equipped fitness club and a yoga and aerobic studio. Most have what is termed as an aqua aerobic pool, which is ideal for aquatic exercises. Then there's the jacuzzi and a heat treatment suite with sauna and steam. There are also body massages, body wraps and body scrubs.

Pampering Treatments
Take for example the newly opened Spa Oasis at Delhi’s luxurious Hotel Grand. This spa is slowly climbing its way up the social ladder, to being one of the capital’s leading pleasure spots and offering a host of wellness facilities. The interiors are in tune with luxury and leisure of the five-star ambience. What makes the spa special is its wide variety of pampering treatments designed to relax and rejuvenate.

While massage remains the focal point of the spa, a great deal has gone to the attention of ambience. Here the experience incorporates an array of classic and modern treatments, massages, scrubs, wraps, facials, baths, foot and hand care, slimming, toning and firming techniques, as well as pure pampering and de-stressing. Together with fitness programmes, the spa therapy serves to drive away daily stress with restorative and rejuvenating therapies.

Massages and Scrubs
Spread over an area of 13,000 square feet, it is equipped with eight spacious treatment rooms and offers a holistic treatment facility. It includes a stateof- the-art gymnasium, swimming pool and jacuzzi and offers yoga therapy at the yoga studio or in the serene outdoor surroundings where one can connect to one’s inner self. One of the more exotic therapies on offer here is the jet lag massage for the weary business executive who is constantly on the move from one country to another.

Muted lighting and soft music welcomes guests. There are special treatment rooms, each having its own purpose. One of the best known treatments here is called the Tropical Coconut Crème Therapy & Cashew Scrub. This involves massaging the body with coconut and cashew paste. The exfoliation removes dead cells, giving the skin a natural soft glow.

Then there is the Moroccan Spice Body Scrub, which contains natural Moroccan ingredients that deep cleanse the skin and exfoliate without drying it. The therapy starts with a massage to relax muscles and stimulate circulation after which the scrub is applied for complete cleansing and moisturising treatment.

Ayurvedic Therapies
There are also a number of ayurvedic therapies offering de-stressing and relaxation of the mind. These include treatments like shirodhara abhayangam that promotes sound sleep and relieves headaches. Then there is the kizhi therapy involving a full body massage followed by a compress of herbs dipped in warm oil. The pizhichil is the customary ayurvedic oil bath to relieve the skin of dryness, itching and blemishes.

Besides there is the ayurvedic hair treatment called shirolepa; this is a complete hair cure routine comprising a head massage with ayurvedic oil, followed by a hair masque to nourish and strengthen the hair.

Hand & Foot Spa
Not to make your hands and feet feel left out, they have the Hand and Foot Spa which is a complete rejuvenation programme. Apart from regular manicure and pedicure, it includes a masque to brighten and moisturize hands and forearms. This spa’s pedicure is the perfect answer for tired feet. Starting with a foot soak with cooling and antibacterial properties, this ends with a special foot masque that leaves your feet happy and smiling.

Indeed, the spa experience is one of total awareness of oneself and nature. Utilising aromatic oils, decor, ambience and the quintessential sense of touch, a relaxing atmosphere is created which takes one to a plane of rest and silence. In this serenity, tensions are dissolved in a medley of aromatic oils and soothing rubs and scrubs. A wholesome and comprehensive coming together of senses and peace is the essence of Spa Oasis that reaches out to the inner quietude.

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