The Peak Health Club & Spa, located on the ninth floor of Jumeirah Carlton Tower, has recently launched Ytsara (which means ‘freedom’ in Thai), a line of energising massages, offering a contemporary approach to age-old Asian holistic practices. The treatments include the one-hour Absolute Desktop Recovery; the 90-minute Nuat Namman Body Oil Ceremony or my pick: the one-hour Lazy Man Yoga.
Each treatment begins with a gentle set of Thai stretches, designed to remove tension and prepare the body for the use of essential oils. The oils are individually chosen to suit personal requirements, with a choice of four signature aromatherapy blends to rebalance vital energies and leave the body feeling uplifted and re-energised.
My treatment kicked off with chamomile tea and a soothing warm foot bath with marjoram and lemongrass. A warm herbal compress filled with healing camphor, indigo and cinnamon was used to warm my muscles before Ronaldo, my therapist, massaged away stiffness and muscular tension. Ronaldo took an individual approach to my treatment, so I not only received a good stretch, but he applied a variety of techniques including reflexology, deep tissue massage and a full body massage, including my face (while applying warm towels). I also had a cooling eye mask with kaffir lime and lavender.
The massage was akin to a luxurious sports massage; all the benefits without the pain. There was a constant gorgeous scent of herbs and I really felt like I was in expert hands. The ritual finished with an acupressure scalp massage to release tension hidden in the cranial area.
I left feeling more relaxed as well as energised. I was glad I’d booked in on a Monday morning – a very spoiling start to the week.