Escape into a peaceful oasis to enliven the senses and rejuvenate the body at the Ritz Carlton Bahrain spa
By Anaam Ikram
In the busy routine of today’s world, it is easy to get lost in the humdrum that one’s life succumbs to involuntarily. Time passes by in the blink of an eye, and to find solace in a moment of quiet can prove to be difficult, and thus, The Ritz-Carlton Spa in Bahrain is the ideal place for moments of tranquillity and peace that allows an escape mentally and physically to refresh the mind, body, and soul. Offering a variety of massages and body treatments in a serene setting, and at the hands of experts that truly offer a rejuvenating experience, The Ritz-Carlton Spa is the perfect getaway on the island for much needed self-revitalisation. Perle Magazine experienced a massage treatment and spoke to expert masseuse Sue Sakda about the benefits of getting a massage and the importance of allowing the body a break for more effective mental and physical functionality.
Catering to a wide range of body needs, the spa offers different massages such as the relaxing massage, stress relief, deep tissue, recovery massage, hot stone massage, Thai massage, and a variety of facials. Each massage and facial technique is perfected to ensure maximum relaxation and leaving the body feeling renewed and revitalized. Enriching the massage and facial experiences is the Espa products; signature oils created especially for The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain as well as other skin care products, the natural ingredients used enhance the skin’s natural processes and leave it visibly looking and feeling invigorated, and providing long-term benefits.
To ensure the customers experience the utmost comfort during their treatment, they are asked to fill out a form before the massage is to take place. The form requests customers to identify their exact requirements during the massage of which include problem areas they want to be focused on, if they wish to communicate with the masseuse during the treatment, if there are certain area to be avoided, how often they get massages, and so on. All of this information is taken into careful consideration, as the customers are prepared for the massage. The treatment starts with customers presented with two different Ritz-Carlton signature oils from Espa and they do a sensory test to select which oil fits their needs best that day. Expert Masseuse, Sue Sakda, explains that the oil selection can vary day to day from the same customer, “it depends on what their body and mind needs at that time”, she adds.
For the relaxation massage, the sensory test included selecting either the Soothe & Relax oil or the Invigorate & Energise oil. The Invigorate & Energise oil is comprised of cooling ingredients such as eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, litsea cubeba; the Soothe & Relax consists of sweet orange, lavender, close bud oil, geranium, ginger bay – both oils are suited to relax the body and mind but in different ways, and to ensure the body’s needs at that time are met with the kind of relaxation that it needs. After the selection of oil – Invigorate & Energise in this case – the massage begins with a ‘welcome tap’, where oil is rubbed into to the soles of the feet and palm of the hands. Sue explains the Invigorate & Energise oil is also great for the lymphatic system because of its active ingredients like eucalyptus and the relaxing properties of peppermint and rosemary allow for the body and mind to become at ease. The massage starts from the lower back using kneading movements, long strokes, and thumbs to ease the tension in the body and to attend to problem areas with ease.
The movements then progress from the lower back to the upper back and to the back of the neck and shoulders. Moving to the legs and glutes, the massage is carried out in long strokes as well and moving down to the toes and expelling the pressure from the toes. The same movements are repeated on the arms and extend to the shoulders, to release and tautness. Instantly the legs, arms, and torso feel at ease as the aches within the body start to decrease and tension is released. With the option of the masseuse keeping a soft, medium, or hard hand while carrying out the massage – based on what the body’s requirements are – the fluid movements not only de-stress the body but also help to calm the mind, resulting in complete relaxation. During the massage, hot stones – warm volcanic stones – were also used with in circular motion and moderate pressure over the body to reach deeper into the tissues to get rid of any aching muscles or tissue pains caused due to strenuous activities.
To nourish hair as well, Sue added a Pink Hair and Scalp Mud mask (note: not part of the relaxation massage). The mask is made from rich ingredients such as vitamin c rich watercress and red clay, which sooth and nourishes the scalp, and apricot kernel oil conditions to help promote stronger, healthy looking, and manageable hair. The result is hair not only looking and feeling soft, but the mineral rich treatment mask deeply conditions and feeds the scalp necessary nourishment. Sue explains it is important that people notice the need to get regular massages as it aids with blood and oxygen flow around the body, the oils help provide the body with the essential moisture it needs, and an overall relaxed body and mind leads to better productivity and health.
Ensuring the use of only the best products are used during the treatments, The Ritz-Carlton has partnered up with Espa to have signature products produced, as well as other products from the brand. The products are made using only natural ingredients procured from natural methods such as: cold pressing, laboratory processed (where water or glycerin is used to extract the ingredients from its natural source), naturally derived ingredients, and natural identicals. Environmentally friendly and cruelty free, the products are not tested on animals and only use three animal ingredients: beeswax and honey, keratin, and milk derivatives (such as sodium lactate).
Providing the body with the essential nutrients combined with the expert massage techniques (as per the chosen massage), the treatments cater to each of the individual needs of the customers, resulting in a relaxed, nourished, and de-stressed mind, body, and soul. Whether it is for a skin assessment and a facial best suited for that skin, or a specific massage to give the body the care it needs, hair treatment, or even a luxury manicure and pedicure experience, The Ritz-Carlton Spa in Bahrain offers the residents of the island a serene escape into a revitalising oasis.
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