The myofascial touch of the regular spa massage unlocks and stretches your sore muscles for immediate relief
Like 3 a.m. thoughts, steam room thoughts are real. A good, deep-tissue massage followed by 15 minutes of sitting on the ledge as the vapor fills one’s pores can remind you of a word you learned 18 years ago. Mine was the word cavitation – a soft pop or crack that you hear when a good masseur is working on your body. One can actually feel the cavitation of the vertebrae when Yaana, the spa therapist at Aura, the Touch at The Park Hyderabad treated me to their new range of revitalizing massages.
Yaana recommended their new ‘Myofascial Massage’. “Ideal for busy, stressed-out working professionals,” she says. Once you are seated and have changed into disposable innerwear, you get to choose your kind of oils for the massage. I opted for ‘Happiness’ a fragrant oil with floral notes and extracts of rose, ylang-ylang and jasmine to inspire positive thoughts. For the next 90 minutes, the therapist worked her way through my muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc.
What’s different about the myofascial massage? If regular ones soothe sore muscles and relax the nervous system, the myofascial massage targets trigger points and uses stretching to help relieve pain. At one point, the therapist gets on all fours to wrap your forearms around her and lift you gently off the spa bed for a quick six-second span. You will notice how that movement relieves pressure in that part of the body. You can literally hear that gentle cavitation. The session involves six such relieving touch-ups on the entire body and ends with a steam session, soaking in a rose-petal enriched pool and a hot, jet-sprayed jacuzzi bath.
One can also opt for the ‘Lomi Lomi’ massage where the body is massaged with long, rhythmic and sweeping strokes using hands and forearms. This treatment can help lower blood pressure and improve circulation, flexibility and immune response. The ‘Herbal Pouch’ massage, also one of their new introductions this month, uses therapeutic oils followed by warmed pouches containing herbs all over the body. This technique provides relief to muscles, tendons and joints. Such spa sessions seem to be the ideal antidote after you have put together a big event in your life. Let the locked-up tensions melt away in the crackles of the nerves.
Pro tip: Don’t schedule social events after the session so that you do not wash away the oils soon after the massage. Let your body soak it and follow it up with a good night’s sleep for the best morning-after results.
Price: Rs 7,500 for 90 minutes
The Park Hyderabad, Somajiguda
Timings: 7 am to 10 pm