After enjoying the first session of spa treatments during February 2011, I then decided to return and book a second session of treatments. This time I was looking for something completely different from before and decided to try the Ayurveda treatments at Lanna Come Spa, Chiang Mai.
Lanna Come Spa in Chiang Mai
Introduction To My Therapist
Once again the receptionist at Lanna Come Spa Khun Itim showed me through to my therapist, who started me off with my relaxing foot wash and a change in to a nice clean spa dressing gown. The foot wash consisted of Makrut or as we know it Kaffir Lime, oh so refreshing. Incidentally the therapist informed me that Kaffir lime is also great for your hair and keeps it clean and smelling nice.
Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and aims to harmonise the body, mind, senses and soul. Ayur means life and veda means science and the word Ayurveda is translated as ” the science of life” or wisdom/knowledge of life.
The first part of my treatment was the Shirodhara head massage. Shiro meaning head and dhara meaning flow.The Shirodhara head massage consists of a warm and constant flow of aromatic oils dripping on to the forehead, or the third eye as it were. This is actually the chakra point between the eyebrows. The oils flow over the scalp to bring a sensation of bliss. The continuous stream of oil on the forehead lasted for about 30 minutes and a lovely sense of calm was achieved.
The second part of the Shirodhara treatment consisted of a full head and face massage from the therapist, which was absolutely fantastic.The benefits of Shirodhara is that it enhances the blood circulation to the brain and really improves mental clarity.
Feeling light-headed, but on top of the world I was now ready for part two of the Ayurveda treatment which was called the Abhyanga massage.
Khun Itim, receptionist at Lanna Spa
Abhyanga massage consists of hot sesame oil rubbed deeply in to the pressure points of the body by your therapist. The combination of this calm, but rejuvenating process and the soft background spa music was enough to send you to heaven. It is said by Ayurvedic therapists that a daily Abhyanga massage is the key enhancing well-being and longevity. It is also beneficial towards increasing mental health, improving sleep and increasing circulation in the nerves. After an hour of this blissful treatment you are hoping that the therapist has lost all track of time and just continues.
The package was finally finished off with a limbering up of all limbs professional Thai massage. Thai massage might not have the worldwide acclaim at the moment of the oily Swedish and hot stone alternatives, but it has a reputation for great therapeutic results. I certainly felt a lot more flexible and ready to face the Chiang Mai heat at the end of it.
Outside Lanna Spa In Chiang Mai
The Ayurvedic therapy package lasted for two and a half hours at a fraction of the cost I would have paid in England and was a thoroughly rejuvenating experience. However to be quite honest I would not visit a spa in England. There is something about the Thais with regards to service, charm and healing wisdom that makes me want to spend time in a Thai spa. So where better to spend that time than having Ayurveda treatments at Lanna Come Spa in Chiang Mai.
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