Kathmandu is quite the city, as the Buro team quickly discovered in our nine day stay, but after a few days of all-day shoots, late-ish dinners and busy mornings, I was ready for some quiet time. I was lucky enough to be able to head to the five-star Hyatt Regency Kathmandu's Club Oasis to experience the Mountain Path treatment. I specifically chose this treatment, as it allowed me to try both an hour-long Aromatherapy Massage and the traditional Shirodhara — something I've not had the pleasure of experiencing before. Arriving in the Hyatt was like stepping into an oasis of calm. Set on 37 acres of land, this was not the typical built-up hotel properties I was used to seeing in Singapore, but a sprawling estate that includes a museum, helipad and gorgeous outdoor pool. Club Oasis not only offers spa treatments, but access to a Fitness Centre.
After being ushered into my treatment room, I began with the Aromatherapy Massage. This 60-minute long massage was a gentle one — for a stronger option, try the Deep Tissue — which suited my body's (then) tired state. The aromatic treatment combined energy point stimulation with gentle strokes to stimulate the natural cleansing processes of the body. The massage was also designed to combat rheumatism (thankfully, not something I suffer from yet) and stress, while the aromatherapy aspect reduces tension and is a natural cure for insomnia. The gentle, lulling strokes of my therapist were so calming, I was soon drifting off to sleep, and was only awoken for the next part of the treatment.
Shirodhara, is an ancient Ayurvedic treatment that roughly translates to head (shiro) and flow (dhara) in Sanskrit. Using a controlled flow of warm oil, Shirodhara is meant to open the third eye (pituitary gland) and to bring the body and mind into a deep state of calm, akin almost to what is acheived in meditation. The therapist began the process of pouring the oil gently over my forehead, slowly but surely, lulling my body into a state of calm. I've heard of different reactions to this treatment, including a ticklish sensation if the oil flow is not adjusted properly, but from the start, I found the process comfortable and relaxing. Combined with a gentle scalp massage to quiety awaken the senses, Shirodhara served as the ultimate stressbuster. My mind was literally a complete blank as I found myself drifting in and out of sleep and wakefulness. If deep relaxation is what you're after, then this is certainly a good treatment to try. I was gently nudged awake once it was over, and though I chose to opt for a hot shower to rinse off the oil — I loved that there was an attached shower in my room, as it added to the private feel of the place — if you are able to, it is good to leave the oil on your scalp and body for a few hours, as it has restorative properties. If you're in Kathmandu or around the area, pop into Club Oasis for this healing combination of a massage and Shirodhara, and you won't leave disappointed.
The Mountain Path treatment is NPR9,300 for 105 minutes
Club Oasis, Grand Hyatt Kathmandu
PO Box 9609, Taragaon, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal Tel: +977 1 449 1234 Ext. 5160
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