Relaxing at The Cure

Time Out samples a "Vital Relaxation Treatment Bundle"

The spa

The Cure is a small and unassuming salon in Media City’s Building 10 that offers a surprisingly large range of treatments, from manis and pedis to full-blown body wraps. I’m trying the Vital Relaxation Treatment Bundle, a two-and-a-half-hour session of total indulgence, which is on special offer for Time Out readers during April.

The promise

This is a pampering package and a half. The Thalgo Indoceane products promise to slough away all my dead skin, improve my circulation, help drain my lymphatic system and bring me into a heightened state of relaxation. After a manic week at work, I’m more than ready to give this a go.

Step by step

The Cure’s treatment room is candlelit, cosy and equipped to rival any luxury spa, which reassures me right away. My therapist, Eleanor, starts the first part of the treatment: a full-body exfoliation using a scrub made from sea salts, brown sugar and deep-sea minerals. It’s pleasantly painful and relaxing at the same time. Once I’m scrubbed smooth, it’s time for a quick shower. Then it’s back to the table for the full body massage. Eleanor’s talents are not to be underestimated: the lymphatic drainage massage is firm yet wonderfully relaxing. I’m one of those people who usually falls asleep on the table if a treatment is too soft, but I enjoy this experience and am pleased to note that she massages both right and left sides with equal attention. After the massage, the Sublime body crème is applied. Containing antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and lots of lovely essential oils, it promises to soften the skin, promote relaxation and even firm up my cellulite. I’m wrapped up in a rice blanket to increase the absorption, and Eleanor performs an Indian head massage which includes some amazing facial acupressure. Once she’s finished, she removes the body wrap with supreme expertise (I don’t even get up off the table) and covers me with fresh, warm towels. Finally, it’s time for the reflexology session from a specialised therapist, who kneads away any remaining tension and correctly informs me that I have hip problems and my sinuses are dodgy. Impressive.

Pros

• If you need some TLC, this is the ultimate package to try.
• The Thalgo products are internationally recognised for their excellence.
• The therapists at The Cure really know what they’re doing – I rated Eleanor’s towel work, which was seamlessly professional throughout.

Cons

• There aren’t any, unless you’re one of those people who hates turning off their BlackBerry – even if it’s just for a couple of hours. My treatment actually over-ran by half an hour, yet I certainly wasn’t complaining.

Results

My skin was very soft afterwards, and I felt super-relaxed and revitalised. My lower back was also less creaky – it had been niggling for days, but the reflexology worked wonders. This treatment is the perfect antidote to a stressful week at work (we suggest booking a Thursday afternoon session to prime you for a night on the town).

5/5

The 150-minute Vital Relaxation Bundle is Dhs555 for Time Out readers during April. The Cure, Dubai Media City (04 391 6485)

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