Sunday, 18 March 2018 19:21

Naturopathy in the wilderness

On the menu for now is the fruit facial and an amazing signature spa experience at the beautiful Aahana resort in the wilderness of Corbett. ( Later I will write about the stay experiential ) Corbett has long been a favourite of Delhites for a weekend getaway because of its pristine nature, the easy accessibility through road and train and particularly because of its natural surroundings filled with amazing flora and fauna and the tiger safari. It’s a place that we just take to during the hot summers as a respite for that lovely mountain air. It's no wonders that many have their summer homes tucked away in the beautiful wilderness here. It gets its name from the British hunter, naturalist and conservationist Edward James Corbet and the popular Jim Corbett National Park here was named in his honour. Aahana The Corbett wilderness,  is located at Sawaldeh village in RamNagar.

So what am I doing here? I was invited by the resort to experience their naturopathy wellness centre which included the above mentioned spa treatments. The spa is naturally surrounded by lush green trees. I was escorted to a treatment room with a beautiful front yard, the walls of which were shielded with beautiful flowers all around.

"We will begin with the foot ritual, the Aahana signature massage and the fruit facial," announced the therapist gently to me. She began by immersing my feet in big earthen bowl filled with flowers and scrubbing it with bath salt, dried it and made a gesture for me to lie on the massage bed.

 I am immersed into the various fruit fragrances that hit my nose and then feel the therapist's expert fingers gently massaging the pressure points on my body. The Aahana signature massage is an hour long relaxation massage using warm oil, kneading, pressing and gently using the elbow for stronger pressure.  So much needed! There's some soft instrumental music playing in the background which puts me to sleep and I wake up at the soft nudge of the therapist.

"I will now begin with the fruit facial," she announces gently again. She proceeds to cleanse and scrub my face, using fresh guava and apple fruit finishing it with a fresh almond cream. My skin feels soft and supple and fresh as a fruit J

Soon I am escorted to the lobby and served herbal tea. It's absolutely relaxing and rejuvenating, the very thing for which guests come to this beautiful resort. I make a mental note of the other therapies that I try for my next visit and walk towards my beautiful Ranger Suite crossing the organic garden that has beautiful vegetables and herbs that the resort use at their restaurant.

By Arati Thapa

www.aahanaresort.com

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