One day only. That’s all it takes for the Angsana tree flowers to burst into bloom and shine into the daylight, before raining down the next morning. Yellow and faintly fragrant, these little flowers teach us all about the carpe diem spirit – to treasure every moment and make the best of it.
Inspired not only by the name, but also by the lesson behind the fugitive existence of these flowers, Angsana Spa shares the same values and brings the same life philosophy in 20 different countries from 4 continents – Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. The natural ingredients they use – such as native flowers and fruits – mixed with aromatherapy and a fusion of both Eastern and Western techniques sounded like the promise of a one-of-a-kind experience the moment I was invited to optionally review one of their massages.
The town center branch of Angsana Spa I was invited to review is located in the Emirates Hills (Dubai), right next to the Fitness First club. As I arrived, Christine Angera Reyes, the receptionist, warmly greeted me and escorted me to the waiting area of the Spa where a ginger tea with dry fruits was waiting to introduce me to the Spa atmosphere. While filling up the form, Christine was giving me details about the different massage types included in the treatment menu. This is how I found out they actually have a signature massage – Angsana Massage – created exclusively for them, that mixes extracts of Ylang Ylang, Litsea Cubeba and Sweet Basil with Euphoria Oils for a deep relaxation effect. It sounded really tempting, especially after a pretty crowded day, however I decided to choose their most popular massage – the Javanese massage.
As I was preparing myself to get into the Javanese mood, Ziriya, my therapist, announced me that my treatment room was ready. From the very first step taken inside, you cannot miss the Thai setup with deep red walls and bamboo decorations. The same Thai feeling is also reflected by the room design. Before starting, I had two more options to make – the potpourri and the music.
Placed in a bowl below the treatment bed, the great smell of potpourri induces relaxation and also gives you something to look at while facing down. I had to choose among 3 different potpourri smells – orange, pine and eucalyptus – and decided in favor of Pine. The music background choice was easier to make as water is always my favorite. From drops to cascades, the soft sound of water relaxes me like no other, so I can flow into trance with ease.
As I was preparing for the Javanese session, my therapist asked me to lie down, with my head facing down. The Pine potpourri below seemed to be a perfect choice. Almost instantly, it brought me in the right mood to receive the wonder touch.
Adapted from ancient Balinese techniques, the Javanese massage is a deep tissue massage. Its invigorating effects are enhanced by the warming properties of Turmeric and Eucalyptus extracts in Harmony Oil. The pushing and stroking techniques predominate, working to ease muscle and joint pains. Ziriya was carefully performing deep thumb pressures, circling along and around the body’s energy meridians. Accompanied by simultaneous stroking palm movements, this type of massage breaks down the tensely knotted muscles, induces relaxation and stimulates blood and lymphatic circulation.
When it all ended, I was still a bit dizzy, but completely renewed. Each massage minute was a little sign of care and appreciation for my body and mind. It melted the stress and made me feel easy, like flowing on water.
I was again warmly escorted to the relaxation lounge, where the whole journey has started, and offered another cup of ginger tea with dry apricots. This 30 minute relaxation session has been added into each a la carte treatment and spa package, for the guests to completely refresh and come into senses. I took my time and enjoyed the tea. This little drop of Indonesian experience has really been a blessing for my body. I was almost feeling like a little yellow flower just bursting into bloom. Each minute of my last hour was a minute I treasured.
Have you ever tried the Javanese massage? Or any other Angsana Spa treatment? If you did, please share your experience with us by posting a comment below.