The recent long holiday weekend in Thailand gave many people a chance to travel with their families and loved ones to tourist destinations, either abroad or within the Kingdom. Pattaya was one of those destinations visited by many tourists, as witnessed by the worsening traffic congestion in the city and which may have led to many local residents wishing to flee to other places.
However, one of the good things about a long holiday weekend is that it normally benefits the local tourism related businesses, one of which is the Spa Cenvaree at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, a venue which has a great number of loyal fans and pre-booking is essential prior to a visit.
One of the luxurious treatment rooms at the spa.
Spa Cenvaree is located separately from the hotel, thus providing complete privacy to spa-goers and I could tell right from the beginning of my visit that the spa would be as excellent as its many fans claim. Its whole surroundings and facilities were decorated meticulously in a cordial atmosphere, and combined with friendly service from the staff members it creates a healthy balance for clients under the spa’s “In Love with Life” concept.
A guest tries out the signature Salt Pot Muscle Melter treatment at Spa Cenvaree.
After I had finished taking photos of the picturesque surroundings I was invited into a rather luxurious change room, which came with its own middle-size plunge pool in the center and a wardrobe at one corner. Once I had changed my clothes I was brought to a nicely decorated massage room where all the products used for the therapy were lined up tidily. My feet were then cleansed with warm herbal water before we began.
The massage that Spa Cenvaree presented to me that day was their signature treatment – the Salt Pot Muscles Melter – which is a Thai traditional therapy applied in the old days to mothers during the postnatal care period. At present, however, the therapy has become widely used because it can provide benefits not only to mothers, but also to those who want to firm up their body, revitalize skin, reduce stomach fat, or just relax tense, sore muscles.
The therapy involves streaming along the body a small uncoated terracotta pot filled salt and Thai herbs and wrapped with white clot to prevent excess heat. Spa Cenvaree uniquely combines the hot compress massage with an aroma massage designed specially to release tension in the shoulders and lower back muscles. Besides aiding blood circulation, the heat also allow therapeutic oils such as petitgrain, eucalyptus and lavender with their medicinal properties to penetrate deeply into muscle tissues. I was impressed with the skill of the therapist who massaged me and mindfully took care to apply the pot with the right temperature throughout the treatment.
Next up was the Anti-Aging facial therapy that employed Jurlique products from Australia that provide dehydrated and nutrient deprived skin with antioxidants derived from carrot root extract, evening primrose and calendula. This facial improves skin firmness, minimizes pore size and leaves skin looking radiant. The finishing touch included a wrinkle softening cream to soften the appearance of fine lines.
Both the Signature Salt Pot Muscles Melter and the Anti-Aging treatments are reasonably priced at 2,348 each and until the end of July there is a promotion on A Taste of Thai “Tom Yum Therapy” for 2,995+ baht. For more information and reservation call the Spa Cenvaree Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya at 038-301-234 or email: [email protected] or visit www.spacenvaree.com.
Spa Manager Ratchamas Muksriprasert.
The Salt Pot treatment is a traditional Thai therapy that provides many health benefits to the body.
|Rungratree Thongsai graduated from the Taralai Thai Massage School with professional qualifications in Spa Management, Thai Traditional Massage, Original Western Technical Massage, Reflexology Foot Massage, Aromatherapy Swedish Style Massage, Body Spa, Body Lift-Up, and Business Management of Thai Massage. She also holds a professional spa certificate from the Ministry of Health and a Spa for Health operator’s license.|