Jenny Hewett tests the Indian head and Balinese massage at Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah.
A traditional Balinese massage uses stretching and oil to soothe joints and muscle aches, while the Indian head massage add-on aids in total relaxation and healing.
Step by step
We’re escorted through Talise Spa’s majestic outdoor gardens to a massive sunken treatment room, fit for royalty. After deciding on the softly scented wellness oil for the massage, the friendly Filipino therapist begins working on our back, using long, languid strokes and medium pressure that is on the softer side of the spectrum. Following a pleasant full-body massage, including stretching of the legs and rotation of Achilles heel (where we’re told we have tightness) she then moves onto the head massage. Using a hot towel to envelope our head, she then begins parting our hair and applying paste to various parts of the scalp before massaging the head in circular motions, using her nails every now and then to roughly brush back our hair.
We’re so relaxed by the end of the treatment, we almost doze off mid-massage. Our skin feels hydrated if not a little oily for the rest of the day and our head is full of gunk, but we’re thinking more clearly than ever.
• They use paste instead of oil for the head massage, meaning you won’t leave looking like an oil slick.
• You get access to the outdoor pool, which is afforded plenty of sun and the ideal place to while away the rest of the day with a good book.
• The 30-minute head massage just wasn’t long enough, we were left wanting more, which, on reflection, is never a bad thing.
Dhs875. Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6818).