Myrah spa in Juhu has put a spin on their Royal Signature Massage for the monsoon season. Spa consultant Lovina Gidwani Jha explains, “In the monsoon, people look for massages that make them feel warm and cosy, while relaxing them and restoring strength to the muscles. We create different blends of aromatherapy oils keeping the season in mind. Blends that feature oils like peppermint, nerouli and chamomile work well.”
She insists that there are very few chances of an allergic reaction, saying, “We do a proper consultation, keeping in mind what the guest is looking for. Essential oils can be very harmful to the skin if not done by experts. The wrong blend or the wrong proportion of oils could cause serious reactions.”
Kaya skin clinic has introduced the ‘supersonic jet therapy’. A jet stream of water and air is used on the patient’s skin under various pressures to exfoliate, rehydrate and create lymphatic drainage. “We also infuse a cocktail of vitamins into the skin, which leave it feeling refreshed,” explains Dr Sangeeta Amladi, head of medical services at Kaya. “But the therapy needs to be done over a number of sittings and backed with a regular skin care regime to have long-lasting results. It’s like any other health service -- consistency matters.”
Amladi also warns that this therapy is not suited to everybody. “We would not recommend it to any client who suffers from severe acne. It might aggravate the skin problems. Also, because it’s moisture-based, it’s not good for people who are prone to colds.”
Heat-based therapies like the hot stone massage are popular during the monsoon. Jha explains, “I would recommend the hot stone therapy only during the monsoon because the climate during the rest of the year is too hot. Placing the warm stones along specific parts of the body causes constriction and dilation of the capillaries, which increases blood circulation. The feeling is akin to the rush of a good workout, except that it’s a passive process.” Jha warns that people with varicose veins or injuries should steer clear of this therapy.
Some monsoon massages can even veer towards the bizarre. The lava shell therapy offered at Caressa spa includes a massage with shells that, according to spa owner Rekha Chaudhary, will transfer the calcium content from the shells into the body.
“It’s a self-heating technique and as the shells are rubbed over the skin, the calcium gets transferred into the body and helps promote good health,” she says. But before you blow some hard-earned bucks on expensive therapies, a word of caution. “Clients should understand what to expect from a therapy. Voice your needs and concerns to the spa operator. A lack of communication could lead to a disappointing experience,” says Jha, adding, “The success of these therapies are about selling the right treatment at the right time.”