Using a specially-developed massage technique, this new treatment claims to be able to offer three different services using different oils: a detox to eliminate excess water and toxins; slimming and anti-cellulite; and lifting and firming.
Step by step
After a short consultation with my therapist, who recommends I try the detoxifying option (I’m told the three massages should be done in order for best results), I’m led into the small treatment room beyond the nail stations. I undress and slide under the towels, lying on the blissfully heated treatment bed. Unusually, the massage begins with me facing upward. My therapist sets to work, incorporating a series of intriguing sweeping motions with vigorous, circular movements, which she repeats as I turn to lie on either side, and finally onto my front.
I don’t feel any different immediately after the treatment, but as I leave I’m instructed to drink lots of water and green tea to help flush out excess fluid and any toxins. Two days later, I feel bold enough to wear a skin-tight white dress – something I’d never normally consider, but I feel slim enough to get away with it.
• If you’re dieting, the massage claims to eliminate excess water, which will give you a morale boost.
• It also feels like a treat.
• It’s not the most relaxing spa I’ve visited: I hear thumping coming through the walls from the kids’ play area next door.
• This isn’t a miracle weight-loss tool. You still need to exercise frequently and eat right.
Dhs310 for about 70 minutes, packages available. The Nail Spa, various locations including Ibn Battuta Mall (04 368 5070).