Mumbai is a city that thrives with chronic fatigue syndrome, pushing me to keep unearthing new ways of rejuvenation. During my recent stay with Renaissance Mumbai, I was pleased to be introduced to their in-house wellness centre “Quan Spa” featuring ‘intriguing’ Ayurvedic treatments along with, a ‘large’ menu of relaxing aromatherapies, scrubs and body wrap. Quan Spa derives its name from a Chinese word meaning ‘Spring,’ which is what this Spa endorses; to have its healing origins rooted in the ancient therapeutic methods. And so, to soothe the travel weariness in the most ancient way, I booked myself 60-minute aromatherapy which, was later combined with a Hot stone massage, upon request.
Quan Spa is an internationally recognised oasis of exceptional service and enriching experiences. Something you will encounter when you first enter their spacious and soothing lounge immersed in rare tranquillity. It took no more than 10-minutes for me to fill the pre-spa form which gives an insight into our lifestyle; helping the therapist choose between best-suited creams, oils and massage techniques. It’s guaranteed that no matter which service you opt for, Quan Spa at Renaissance Mumbai will help you restore balance whilst harmonising energies. What more, the trained therapists apply the masterfully blended “wellness principles” of the East and the West for you to achieve utmost Nirvana.
Having said that, my customised-massage at Quan Spa unfurled with a splendid pampering session with personalised attention. Firstly, I was accompanied to a locker room where I was offered a robe, along with, a separate compartment to temporarily store my belongings. After performing the robe-changing ritual, I was made to wait in a fountain-facing lounge, however only, for a short while. Then came the moment of ‘elation’ when I finally had the chance to enter the room where my therapist worked towards making this Spa experience a memorable one. Believe you me the next 60-minutes were sheer indulgence!
The massage began with me reclining downwards on my abdomen which allowed the masseuse to knead the aching muscles and knots of my body. She embarked with massaging my overtired legs before, moving to my back and then towards my shoulder muscles, extricating every ounce of stress from my anatomical existence. (In between, she kept enquiring about the threshold of the pain) Since this hero aromatherapy treatment was fused with a 30-minute back and neck “Earth & Ocean Hot Stone massage,” it propounded the benefits of both worlds. While aromatherapy released overall tension, the tantalising hot stone massage left me feeling deeply relaxed and recharged. Together, the volcanic basalt stones and therapeutic essential oils worked wonders on my body and soul.
Whether you are staying at Renaissance Mumbai or visiting Quan Spa for a routine session, the hot stone massage must top your must-try chart. Not only does this therapy ‘instantly’ melt away tension, but also, eases stiffness by boosting blood circulation and increasing metabolism. How is this done? Smooth, water-heated stones were placed along my spine until neck to promote “deeper muscle” relaxation. My therapist said that the direct heat of the stones allows her to access the deeper muscle layers. Which, is how she finds the stress points and heals them with the stones. I had the most luxuriating and sedative 60-minute experience at Quan Spa, something I recommend everyone to try at least once! Not to mention, the aromatherapy and hot stone massage also stimulate the nervous system wherein, the neuromuscular techniques relieve muscular tension.
Towards the end of the rolfing, the masseuse softly tapped my shoulder to let me know that the hour was up. Even though I was due for a steam and sauna session after the session, I decided to give it a pass and instead return to my room and soak in a long hot tub bath. The shower washed off the residual oil from the massage, however, the fragrance of the essential oil lingered around until the next day. Most importantly, I slept like a baby and felt feather light for the following few days. I can’t wait to return, and I’m eyeing “Shirodhara” for my next Ayurvedic therapy.