I’ve never tried any Ayurvedic treatments before so when Cleopatra’s invited me to try out a spa treatment, I decided to skip my usual preference for a Balinese massage and try something different.
Shirodhara is an Ayurvedic therapy that involves gently pouring liquids over the forehead. It’s considered a natural treatment for allergies, insomnia, and a few other conditions but most spas offer it as an indulgent and exotic relaxation treatment. The liquids used depend on what condition is being treated, they can be oil, milk, buttermilk, coconut water, or just plain water.
I’ve heard some amazing reviews about Shirodhara, and after a bit of research, I decided it was worth checking out all the hype.
The first stage of my spa experience included a consultation. I filled out a health questionnaire about my diet, exercise habits, pre-existing conditions, etc while enjoying some delicious ginger tea. After a brief visit to a locker room where I was asked to change into a robe and slippers, I patiently waited for my therapist to arrive in a dimly lit lounge area. I was surrounded by your typical “spa music” and streaming water sounds. and the décor had a bit of an Egyptian meets Arabian Nights theme going on. This is where I started to get a little nervous for some reason, I’m glad it was a dim room because I was hoping my consultation would have been private but there were lots of other robe clad ladies lounging around. My therapist was really nice, she went through my form, discussed my answers in detail and then explained what’s in store for me.
I got a little excited as we walked to the treatment room, my research had led me to high expectations. The room itself was nothing special, apart from being dimly lit with a few candles, it was quite clinical in my opinion, there was no décor to speak which is a pity because I think interiors are also important when you want a luxurious, relaxing experience.
A huge wooden bed took up most of the room, there was a wooden stand holding up a metal pot behind the bed and there were no pillows in sight. It looked very similar to this:
I got comfortable and hoped this wasn’t going to be too messy.
The treatment started with a mini head massage, followed by a vigorous full body oil massage. It was nothing like the Balinese massages I’m used to, but the pressure was perfect. I’m always amazed at the amount of strength these pint sized massage therapists have. My massage therapist was very attentive throughout the entire process and informed me that I was very tense at my shoulders and back area.
After about 45 minutes (I’m not sure, I was too relaxed to care), my therapist began the oil pouring process. My eyes were covered for protection and my hair was pulled back. So, this is where the magic happens. As the warm oil slowly fell in horizontal lines across my forehead, I started to drift in and out, at one point I dreamt that I was floating in water, staring up at a clear blue sky and palm trees. The boyfriend laughed when I told him about the floating sensation along with my dream, but that is exactly the state of mind I was in. It felt like my entire body was weightless and I can not remember ever being so relaxed in my life.
So unbelievably worth it.
I’m not sure how long it lasted for, I was lost in la-la land and was sad when it had to end. I woke up feeling wonderfully refreshed and relaxed. I really love that buzz you get after massages, like nothing in the world matters, life is sooo good right now!
I cleaned up with a steaming hot shower, and Cleopatra’s Spa gets bonus points for offering the amazing Elemis bath range from shampoo, conditioner, body wash and moisturiser. My spa experience ended with me chilling in the lounge area with a hot herbal massage bean bag on my shoulders, delicious ginger tea and slices of green apple.
So would I do it again? Yes, I would. The only disappointing factor was their décor, it is a bit outdated but the service and staff were excellent. I was surprised at how affordable all their treatments are. I’ve been to spas that charge double the amount and I think Cleopatra’s staff are just as professional and attentive. They also have special offers and discounts on a monthly basis so treating yourself to a fancy Elemis facial or massage doesn’t have to hurt your wallet. I really enjoyed my first ever Ayurvedic treatment and I would definitely recommend trying out the Shirodhara treatment, calling it heavenly is not an exaggeration, I promise!
Have you ever tried an Ayurvedic treatment before? Let me know what you recommend!