My alarms were set for 7 and that’s exactly when my eyes opened. Good sleep is a luxury I seldom experience in shanghai. There is always that worrying about the next day’s work which keeps me up late and the sleep quality too doesn’t compare. Then again, this is a holiday!
The breakfast restaurant faces the pool area. Just as I expected the food was a lavish spread with several live counters. The team of chefs who now knew me by name, were all set to impress me with some mouth -watering stuff.
This may not be the place if you expect to be the only person by the pool or in the restaurant. But this certainly is the place if u don’t like the idea of being too lonely and if you love a sunny day and happy faces. In no way did the presence of others,affect or spoil my holiday. What it did is it granted me lots of opportunities to make many more friends. It is what I love!
Soon, it was afternoon and time for my Spa appointment. It was superb and let me get on to the details of it. The plan is to detox and cleanse our senses. The sense of smell, taste, vision, touch and sound. My oils were being prepared and blended. These were a selection of herbs and exoticoils which would elevate the good functioning and state of my body.
The first sense to go through detox was the sense of vision. The therapist patiently explained me the process and its benefits. Then she gently poured drops of a liquid based liniment into my eyelids. A slight burning sensation and I was told it would flush out the impurities and dust particles that may have settled there.
Then we moved on the sense of smell, she instilled two drops of oil in my nostril and asked me to inhale deeply. This enables removal of phlegm from the respiratory channels andclear the pathways of breathing and smelling things. This was a totally new experience for me.
But I could feel like something just made breathing easy and smoother than before. Furthermore, I had to inhale medicated fumes through each nostril to experience an enhanced sense of smell. This also helps open up the sinuses. After that, she cleaned my teeth and gums. This would help improve the sensitivity of taste and sharpen my tastes buds.
Basically, all of my senses were cleaned through various procedures. What I really liked is the explanation that came along each step.It helped feel every second of the procedure as I could feel things taking effect.
Finally, therapist guided me to the wooden oil massage bed. This reminded me of my spa experiences last year in Kerala, India. It is called as “Abhayangam”. This is a very relaxing form of massage that involves soaking your body in oils and movements directed at putting your body muscles at ease. The last part of the treatment was my favorite. Shirodhara, as it is known is a procedure where warm oil pours on the forehead for half an hour through a needle thin source. This is a very therapeutic process and could put you to sleep in seconds.
I almost felt hypnotized in a way, melting my consciousness to deep slumber. It lasted for 30 minutes, till all my head and hair was soaked in the warm Ayurveda oil.At some point of time my body has suddenly become half the weight. Like I was floating and a concept like gravity didn’t exist. It is a light feeling sohard to put into words. We ended the session with a nice and relaxing steam bath that infused herbs with steam.
I was so calmer that whole evening. I also had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Padmanabh who shared some more insights and helpful tips for day to day living. Which you would get to see in my videos later.
Little did I know, that night I would have the best seafood experience of my life at “the shack”. It would hit the spots and would almost make me feel like I died and went to heaven.
After that I would take a stroll around the hotel seeing many familiar faces. With the knowledge of this as my last night at Vivanta by Taj, it would also once again occur to me that while this may not be the place if your holiday idea is being the only person around. However,it certainly is the place if you are looking for luxury, comfort, rejuvenation, peace, friendships and happiness. Each very precious and all that I lovingly received here. In other words, the retreat at Vivanta by Taj certainly exceeded my expectations. My lovely friends Nilusha and Imesha at Colombo had be indebted.