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Middle ground

When you’ve spent hours sputtering along on traffic-choked Pedder Road, the thought of unwinding in a serene, air-conditioned spa becomes all the more inviting

health and fitness Updated: Apr 15, 2010 16:33 IST
Vidya Balachander
Vidya Balachander
Hindustan Times
Richfeel

When you’ve spent hours sputtering along on traffic-choked Pedder Road, the thought of unwinding in a serene, air-conditioned spa becomes all the more inviting. By that logic, Richfeel spa has chosen its location carefully. The compact spa is located on Bhulabhai Desai Road, within hopping distance of Pedder Road.

But the premium location means the spa doesn’t have the luxury of space. The lobby is divided between a reception, two small foot-wash stations and a tiny lounge area with couches where guests can unwind after their treatments. Most of the activity takes place in a room just beyond the reception, which is lined with pedicure chairs.

On the right foot
Although the Richfeel brand is generally associated with scalp and hair care, the signature therapy of the spa is foot reflexology. The spa’s therapists practice what is known as the ‘Caterpillar Walk Technique’. This diagnostic technique is based on the philosophy that since the foot is the site of several nerve endings corresponding to vital organs, any problems related to these organs would manifest themselves into ‘crystals’ or blockages in the foot. Intrigued, I opted for this special massage.

My therapist cleaned my feet and proceeded to knead them with a carved stick that stimulates the nerve endings. She worked steadily and meticulously, allowing me to drift away while she used powerful strokes to massage my legs right up to the knee. An hour flew by and soon it was time for a physiotherapist to take over.

Warning signs
I became more alert when the physiotherapist started probing my foot with a very specific technique that sought to uncover any hidden aches and pains. If I winced at any point, she would stop and explore that point on the foot again. She diagnosed that my main problem areas were my knee joints and my lower back — both of which I had had trouble with in the recent past.

After the treatment, the physio recommended I wear in-soles to support my flat feet, which were putting undue pressure on my knees and lower back. She also asked me to come back for ‘ultrasound therapy’ that would fix my creaking joints.

Richfeel spa strides the middle ground between being a medispa and an all-out cosmetic spa. It is competent and its treatments are unusual enough to set them apart, but if you have any serious ailments, a doctor’s office is still your safest bet.

Richfeel spa, 1 Sagar Mansion, 40 Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai — 26.
Phone: 022-2351-6228/2352-6228.
www.richfeelspa.com .