Rising temperatures and scorching heat make us look forward to the Songkran season when we can keep cool by having fun splashing water on one another. The Water Festival also allows us to pat din so porng (marly limestone) on other people to whiten their faces.
A herbal compression massage using a pouch containing heated sea sand, crushed sesame, grated ginger and black pepper.
Water, white clay and sand are Songkran-related elements in a festive package at Spa Cenvaree, located on the 26th floor of the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre, CentralWorld.
Sand is certainly associated with summer, but you may wonder how it relates to the Thai New Year.
Songkran traditions include carrying sand into temples to build miniature sand stupas as a spiritual New Year cleansing ritual. Spa Cenvaree's body treatments, on the other hand, deliver physical cleansing along with relaxation.
Sinee Chutinavee, the spa's assistant wellness manager, said: ``Spa Cenvaree is known for treatments inspired by traditional Thai healing. In addition, we always think of festive and seasonal treatments to add more variety, and so the Songkran Sand Magic package is an option on the spa menu through April.''
With 14 treatment rooms, the stylish spa is designed to follow the Circle of Life concept. Its spa-healing philosophy is based on age-old therapies yet it is also technology driven, offering facilities, such as Vichy shower therapy and infrared sauna, to complement traditional Thai spa techniques.
Signature treatments include river stone massage, Asian and Western massage therapies, personalised slimming programmes, scalp treatments, anti-ageing facials, and four-element bath therapies.
Songkran-related elements come together for the festive spa package.
The Songkran Sand Magic package (3,450 baht ++) combines four treatments: a foot scrub, a body massage, a body scrub or mask and a Vichy shower or herbal bath. All in all, the pampering takes 150 minutes.
As the name of the package suggests, sand is the star ingredient. First, the foot scrub involves the use of a mixture of sand, sea salt, fresh mint leaf and neem tea. This ritual is said to help wash away negative energy.
Second, the whole body receives a soothing massage with skin-nourishing virgin coconut oil, followed by a herbal compression massage using a sand pouch with heated sea sand, crushed sesame, grated ginger and warming black pepper.
The herbal pouch is dipped in coconut oil before and pressed at strategic points of the body to relax muscles.
``Instead of hot stones, we use sand because of its better heat-storing ability. The heat from the sand pouch will help draw out toxins and bring relief to joint conditions, as well as reduce water retention,'' Sinee explained.
Spa Cenvaree's signature sand pouch therapy was first available at its branch in Mauritius. Even though that island is known for its soft white sand, the contents were imported.
The third step, the Sea Sand Body Exfoliating treatment, begins with smoothing yoghurt on the body before a salt scrub is used to exfoliate the skin. An alternative to the body scrub is the Thai White Clay Body Mask with the freshly-prepared mask containing din so porng, a traditional Thai medicinal ingredient for the treatment of certain skin conditions, as well as to beautify the complexion.
To wash off the body scrub or mask, you can choose either a stimulating Vichy shower or a detoxifying Thai herbal tea bath. The Songkran-inspired pampering is rounded off with a cup of detoxifying herbal tea at either the indoor or outdoor relaxation lounge, the latter offering a great view from the sky-high spa.
For reservations, call Spa Cenvaree on 02-100-1234 ext 6511, 6516.
A stylish treatment room to escape from summer heat wave.
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- Writer: Kanokporn Chanasongkram