September 25, 2008

Laid Bare: Vakruti Balancing

What is it? As One Spa's signature treatment, Vakruti balancing is a unique fusion of ayurvedic-influenced massage and reflexology. Deeply relaxing, the whopping three-hour treatment restores natural balance, releases tension and reduces stress. Plus, each treatment is tailored to individual requirements, so no two treatments are identical.

Where? One Spa at the Sheraton (0131-221 7777). A three-hour treatment costs GBP 215 and includes the Escape at One package (use of all the spa facilities for up to three hours).

What happens? Clients are invited to use the award-winning facilities prior to the treatment to fully relax and unwind. Then it's time for head therapist Jamie Chalmers.

The treatment starts with a deep exfoliation to invigorate the skin, and slough off dead skin cells to allow for deeper penetration of the oils. Afterwards, he performs a lengthy deep-tissue massage using free-flowing movements, energy point massage, hot stone massage and joint release. An extensive reflexology sessions follows, finished off with a scalp massage and shirodhara.

Was it worth it? "It was the best treatment I have ever had," says our tester. "I was initially shocked at the price but when you see what's included - from the pre-pampering in the spa to the three- hour treatment time - it's worth every penny. It was so relaxing, so indulgent and I was amazed at just how expert the therapist was. Afterwards I felt deeply relaxed and rejuvenated. Everything in that spa is state-of-the-art and absolutely faultless."

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