Located in Media City, this male and female spa is not very big, but has a charmingly kitsch interior that embraces sheer curtains and glitter. It offers fitness training, wellness consultations and a traditional hammam, as well as a range of massage therapies. There are the usual suspects such as aromatherapy and lymphatic drainage, as well more unique options such as a gemstone massage, which uses real precious-stone spheres, and a four-hands massage. All massages can even be performed on an ‘amethyst crystal biomat’ with infra-red heat, that claims to relieve stressed muscles and promote healing.
The four-hands massage uses a rhythmic technique developed by American board-certified naturopath Celeste Michele Roberts. Two therapists work in sync to rid you of stress and muscle tension.
Step by step
It feels strange to walk into an office tower for a spa treatment but then again, hard-working media types couldn’t ask for a more convenient location. Inside, the spa resembles someone’s apartment, decorated with warm welcoming red and brown tones. My two therapists, Marilyn and Leila, usher me into one of their treatment rooms that sports chintzy red and gold glittery wallpaper and a spacious shower area. Soon, I’m face down and the treatment begins with my back, which is given some much-needed TLC. Both the therapists start a bit hesitantly, but quickly get in sync and soon I’m left guessing where one pair of hands ends and the other begins. They use gentle strokes that gain intensity, using a combination stroke technique of sorts – probably one that you won’t have experienced at other spas. All of my limbs and problem areas are worked on with similar efficiency and I would have drifted off if it wasn’t for the seemingly thin walls that made me very aware that a man nearby was making full use of his lungs and vocal cords.
While not the best spa experience I’ve ever had, the massage technique was intriguing and left me suitably relaxed at the end.
• The therapists are friendly and go out of their way to make sure you’re comfortable at all times. • The massage technique is worth a try – four hands are indeed better than two.
• There was a fair bit of movement with therapists going in and out of the treatment room. While this was mainly to attend to my needs (such as to fetch me an extra blanket), I wish they stocked more in the room. • The walls are thin, so expect to hear some noise because of the office tower setting. • For the price, I’d like to see the massage performed in a more upscale setting.
• Women can opt for the Shangri-La Hotel Dubai’s’s take on a four-hands massage for Dhs950 for 50 minutes. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8888). • Men can try a four-hands massage experience at 1847 for Dhs560 for 60 minutes. Various locations including Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 437 0252). • Sleek Beauty Salon offers a four-hands massage using a variety of techniques, including Swedish, lomi-lomi and ayurveda, and costs Dhs450. Villa 1043, opposite Choithrams, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah (04 346 5595).