RELAX AND REJUVENATE
FACT’s Angela Beitz discovers a world full of rest and pampering at Eden Spa, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi.
I love a good massage and try to regularly get my aches and pains sorted out. I head to Eden Spa & Health Club at Le Méridien Abu Dhabi for a Deep Tissue Massage which I’m promised will sort out my tired and achy muscles. Eden Spa is one of the oldest in the city and has a unique design, which boasts 10 treatment rooms with 40 indulgent treatments to choose from, inspired from all around the world for the face and body. Therapies range from European to Asian massages and facials and the spa is referred to as the most admired one stop destination for the unique Ayurveda and oriental massages including Thai, Chinese, Shiatsu and Balinese remedies. There are also two swimming pools, a baby pool and a private beach and gym. The space is calm and relaxing and while it’s one of the older spas in the capital, it’s definitely one of the most popular with its professional staff and vast range of treatments on offer.
I check into the spa and am shown to the locker room to change into a robe and slippers. I then sit in the waiting area and sip a relaxing ginger tea that soothes me and gets me ready for the treatment. The massage involves an intense deep tissue pressure to really get down to the base of the pain in the muscles and to relieve tension.
I lay on the bed and the therapist starts by pressing her hands firmly all over my the upper back and shoulders where I’m the most tense and have some pain. It’s a super intense massage using a specific herbal oil to nourish and revitalise body tissues and allow toxins to be removed from the cells. Hard pressure is applied and my arms are moved and twisted to really target the pain in the shoulder blades – it’s vigorous but a welcome feeling of relief at the same time. This treatment increases tissue strength, improves blood circulation, delays signs of ageing, induces sound sleep and promotes vitality. I leave with an instant relief, especially from the sore areas. The therapist did a lot of strong pressure point work that helped me around the base of my head and neck to alleviate very deep tension, and this coupled with the massage really made me feel so much better. I left super relaxed and I had the best night’s sleep I’ve had in a long time. The whole experience was wonderful and it was great to try a treatment that really gave results, immediately. ✤