Curls&Glows Experiences: Hot Stone Massage @ The White Room
With so many lavish spas and treatments at, quite literally, every corner in Dubai, it becomes increasingly hard to find the few ones that are worth your time as well as Dirhams. Therefore, every month, Curls & Glows will be reviewing for you the top treatments to try in D-town!
Recommended Treatment of the month:
Hot stone Massage @ The White room, JLT
As you might know, I switched jobs this month and you can only imagine how my first few days were! Meetings, travels between 3 countries, not to mention millions of names, info pieces, jargon I had to learn in days, and so by the end of the my first two weeks, I felt I truly needed a bit of a recharge break. One of my friends swore by the Hot Stone massage and how it helps her relax her sore muscles and so I decided to give it a go.
First, A little on the Hot Stone Massage
It is claimed that the Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. Each 1 ½ -hour hot stone massage therapy session promotes deeper muscle relaxation through the placement of smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body.
The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to their deeper muscle layers. Combining hot stone protocols with a full body massage provides a very healing and effective experience. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.
It was my first time ever to visit The White Room beauty salon. For those of you who dont know it, The White Room has 3 main branches in Dubai, with JLT being the biggest one. It has an overall calming white theme and caters for all sort of beauty services. As I stepped into the spa, I was greeted by a very friendly therapist who took me directly to my treatment room. The spa has an overall relaxing ambiance and is spacious with several nail stations and treatment rooms. The room is medium size, with a shower installed in it and a few candles freckling in the darkness. Overall convenient and calming without being overly done.
I was really excited yet a bit anxious as It was my first time trying out a Hot Stone Massage and I had no idea what to expect. So I informed my therapist, Ella, who kind of helped me relax and prepared me for what I am about to experience.
At first, I layed face down, and she started with the regular warming up. I think for the first 5 minutes there was a lot of fiddling and I wasn't sure what will happen next. Shortly, the heated stones were ready and she tried a bit on my upper arm to make sure the temperature is ok before placing them on my back.
How did it feel? Honestly, the stones on my back part was a tad uncomfortable. However....As soon as that part was done and she covered my back, the next part was just HEAVENLY. Using one of the heated stones, she started rubbing my legs and massaging it with a medium-hard pressure and after only a few minutes I decided that this was the world's best massage technique!
The pressure and heat from the stone helps relaxes the muscles, and the constant stretching and pulling technique got me relaxed in seconds.
The massage continued for a good 80 minutes, with a new set of hot stones put on my back after every major muscle is massaged and done (Which takes around 10-15 mins). We ended the massage with a few minutes of stretching which I thought would make this massage just brilliant as a post-workout treat.
Towards the end of the massage, I was secretly hoping the clock would stop and the therapist would go on for several more hours (Which sadly didn't turn into a reality...). Regardless, I had the biggest smile of content on my face and was beating myself on why I haven't tried it before! Besides, my therapist was one of the best I tried, technique and pressure wise, and she was very quite yet trying to make sure I am comfortable after every switch in muscle group. At the end, I felt Relaxed, pampered and prepped for the busy week ahead!
In a Nutshell
Overall rating: 4/5
Service: Good and fast. You can also book online which is very convenient.
Recommended Therapist: Ella
Price: 350 AED for 75 min
Will I go back? Sure!
The White Room deets: http://www.whiteroomdubai.com/