Specialists share handy tips on spa services for men
What are the most suitable spa treatments for men?
Since men have different needs than women when it comes to the spa, we customize treatments by choosing different oils/ herbs/powders that suit your body type, thus making every treatment most beneficial.For a man, I recommend an exfoliating scrub that uses locally grown organic rice mixed with black sesame seeds. This coarse scrub imparts a natural glow while removing the dead layer of skin. Those with more time can opt for a massage that focusses on the stress areas and helps in removing knots. A rhythmic deep massage gives relief and provides relaxation.
A deep tissue massage is a good idea for those who are recovering from accidents, sports injuries etc, as it increases blood circulation in muscles that are underused, relieves chronic muscle tension throughout the body and can also break down scar tissue and knots deep in the muscles, relieving chronically tense and contracted areas like a stiff neck, low back tightness and sore shoulders. The masseur uses mainly his thumbs and elbows, so he can reach a deeper layer of muscles.
Before considering Ayurvedic therapies, do consult a physician to determine your unique body type. The two most beneficial types of treatment are Shirodhara and Abhyanga. Shirodhara involves the continuous pouring of oil on the third eye chakra, leading to relaxation and a beautiful oneness of mind. Abhyanga is a full body massage that utilizes herbalinfused sesame oil. This treatment improves physical consistency, sleep patterns and eyesight. It also helps to liquefy toxins and induces relaxation, whilst eliminating impurities. It is often referred to as an anti-ageing therapy.
I’m planning a day at the spa leading up to my wedding. What treatment should I opt for?
Taking care of the skin in order to brighten it and to enhance your immune system is imperative and beneficial. Get a detoxifying treatment – begin with a back massage, get a body scrub that uses a blend of ingredients like neem and orange that help toxins to come to the surface, and follow it up with a body wrap that helps to eliminate these toxins. End with a soothing scalp massage to soothe the mind. If you feel you would benefit from a facial, get one that opens up the two petals of the throat chakra that reflect on the face. A good facial can remove blockages, stimulate the flow of energy along the pathways of the face and prepare them to receive prana and light. A facial awakens the blissful higher energy in the body as well as restores beautiful and glowing skin.
Dr. Pramod Mane is the Spa Manager at Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa
Are hair spas and rituals beneficial for men? Which one should I opt for and how often?
Opting for a hair spa service in-salon is definitely beneficial for men. It is a massage-based therapeutic service that provides a highly relaxing experience for your hair and scalp. Men often face scalp-related problems like itchiness and dandruff. This makes a diagnosis based hair spa service crucial for the health of the scalp and thus, of the hair. The signature massage gesture that the hairdresser is trained to give is not only relaxing, but also improves the blood circulation in the scalp. Based on your scalp and hair type, the hairdresser will recommend a hair spa service for you that involves usage of the suitable crème bath and concentrate. It is advisable to do this at the salon at least once a month for maintaining the health of your scalp and hair and using the corresponding homecare range in between salon visits.
Shweta Sodhi is General Manager – Education, L’Oreal Professionnel
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