At Bengaluru’s Earthen Wellness, the use of natural, Ayurvedic, and herbal products provides a unique approach to holistic wellness. By Indu Bhardwaj
I am bursting with excitement at the prospect of spending a day at Earthen Wellness. The day spa, strategically located in Ulsoor, is like an oasis in the hustle-bustle of Bengaluru. I walk into the spa to be greeted warmly by Mary, my therapist for the day. The ambience is soothing—the music is soft and made up of sounds of nature, and the decor is a mix of contemporary and traditional elements. The therapy rooms integrate the vital elements of earth, water, fire, and ether. The use of natural materials like bamboo, mud plaster, Indian bidasar, marble, and wood soothe the senses, and perfectly adapt to every therapy.
I leave it to the experts to select the therapies for me, and they recommend that I pamper myself with the spa’s signature treatments. My day begins with an Ayurvedic Pedicure, which uses a seven-step approach to cleanse the feet. First, my feet are scrubbed with incha, then they are soaked in naalpamradi kashaya (which improves circulation), after which they are rubbed with besan, turmeric, and Ayurvedic herbs to remove dead skin. Mary knows exactly how and where to apply pressure when she massages my legs and feet, and the herbal steam and compressing that follow seal in the relaxation. Then comes a hydration treatment and the application of an Ayurvedic mask made of rakthachandana.
A change of room and floor herald the Pure Heaven Facial. As I lie on the massage table, I can smell the fresh fruit pulp and dal powders that are to be used in the facial. Mary begins by cleansing my face with a concoction of exotic herbs mixed with aloe vera, lemon peel, tulsi, and butter. Then comes a destressing face and shoulder massage with floral oils, in the middle of which I am almost ready to doze off. The herbal steam and gentle scrub that follow make my skin feel nourished, and then a natural mask of powdered rose petal, honey, and herbs is applied. A papaya pack brings the facial to a close.
The best is left to be savoured last. The Abhayangam, a 60-minute head-to-toe massage, improves blood circulation and helps rejuvenate the body. With their synchronised movements and the right amount of pressure, two therapists coax all the stiffness out of my body. I spend a quick 10 minutes in the en-suite steam room, and come out refreshed, relaxed, and ready to take the plunge back into life as I know it.
Try the 75-minute Full Body Sculpting Massage. The head-to-toe treatment improves circulation and helps in deep relaxation by eliminating toxins from the system, besides toning the body.