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April 25, 2008

Spas offer blissful retreat from reality

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While most of your treatment will be administered in silence (you may even doze off), it’s important that you let your therapist know what you want. For instance, if the temperature of the room isn’t right or you don’t like the selection of music, tell her immediately. Or, if she’s applying too much or not enough pressure, she’ll adjust that at your request. Generally your therapist will let you know what she’s doing before she does it, and she’ll ask you to turn over, tuck in a leg, or perform other necessary maneuvers. You’ll never be rushed, even when the session is over, the therapist leaves, and it’s time to rejoin the real world.

The point of the whole procedure is to pamper yourself, and to relax. And you can do that best by preparing, taking your time, planning ahead, asking questions, and being forthright with your therapist.

On a recent trip to Walt Disney World, we sampled the fare at the Mandara Spa at Disney’s Dolphin Resort. Mandara has locations all over the world; in the past, we’ve visited the one at Universal Studios’ Portofino Bay Resort in Orlando. Mandara has a distinctly oriental ambiance that clients find supremely soothing.

“Mandara,” the company literature informs us, hails from an age-old Sanskrit legend detailing the search for immortality and eternal youth. The connection is appropriate; upon entering the Mandara at Dolphin, clients are invited to relax in what they call the “Meru Temple,” a beautifully appointed room styled like an Asian pagoda and symbolizing the mythological Meru Mountain, “navel of the universe” and home to the gods. Buddha-type statues sit serenely about, and hot tea is available to sip as you await the arrival of your massage therapist to begin your ritual. And the therapists themselves – as they move quietly through the Temple to enter a room – reflect a sedate attitude perfectly in keeping with Asian tradition. The individual therapy rooms are dimly lit, enhanced by candlelight, and lotus blossoms and other flowers are strewn casually about to enhance the effect.

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