RITUAL: Kalari massage with Udvartina body scrub, 90 mins, Rs.4,000 approx
LOCATION: NeoVeda Spa, Metropolitan Hotel, New Delhi
Festive and wedding season is often super taxing on the body and mentally stressful. I am referring to the constant late nights, the regular use of make-up, the eating out with a lot of sweet and oily food involved; all in all as much as we love the festive season this is what nightmares are made of for our beauty regimes and our bodies. Hence the perfect time to fix up that Spa appointment is during the festive season. A Spa session is a great mood up-lifter and just the refreshment your tired and aching body needs. In my case I fixed up an appointment with NeoVeda Spa at Metropolitan hotel, New Delhi.After making its presence felt at Craft House, luxury lifestyle store at The Met, with its mind and body healing and relaxing products, NeoVeda Spa begun as a new dimension in the world of health, well-being and fitness.Serene surrounding of plush 7000 sq. ft. area embraces modern and chic designs set in warm earthy and calming aqua tones.The Spa offers a luxurious collection of time-tested ancient and traditional healing remedies and treatments whilst incorporating the latest international wellness trends to provide the guest an authentic and holistic experience. The signature therapies like NeoVeda Experience, Energy Equalizer with Volcanic Hot Stone and Vedic Journey are a combination of beauty concepts of the ancient India and modern research.
I decided to go in for the Kalari massage, which is a traditional Ayurvedic massage for stimulating vital points. Using herb infused oils, the therapist first gave me a shoulder and head massage while I was seated on a chair. Then I was asked to lie on the floor and she massaged my body with her feet. Unlike what I had imagined the therapist does not walk on my back, but instead carefully presses my nerves with just one foot, changing sides according to which side of my body she wants to put pressure on, in a way that it completely relaxed my muscles. She also emphasises on my knots and instead of a kneading movement she rhythmically moves her foot up and over my nerves moving the knots to the absolute edge till they almost vanish. I can feel all my joint pain evaporate and with each stroke of her foot and my muscles felt soothed. Finally I am moved unto the bed for the last set of the treatment, this is a massage with her hands. The aim of this is to massage the areas less accessible by the feet, like neck and sides. Here the therapist uses kneading to remove all the remaining knots. Finally, my treatment ended with Udhvartina body scrub. This is a mixture of turmeric, sandalwood and whole green gram mixed in olive oil. The therapist carefully scrubs each part of the body with this mixture, which is supposed to be great to remove suntan and leave the skin feeling smooth, soft and saturated with antioxidants. The massage is done by natural and organic NeoVeda products, also available at The Met’s Craft House. NeoVeda Spa as the tag line suggests promises a SIMPLY DIVINE experience with the nurture and individual care provided leaving you feeling cleansed, fit and absolutely refreshed.