Painless detoxing: Body wraps, spa treatments and classes
What’s On tries out some of the best spa treatments in Dubai, with a focus on detoxing as part of a guide on how to be healthy in Dubai in the summer.
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The Detox Wrap at SensAsia Urban Spa
If you’re too busy or too lazy to work out those pesky toxins in the gym, then perhaps a trip to the spa for 100 minutes will suit you better. SensAsia Urban Spa offers a special treatment simply called ‘The Detox’ – a de-bloating and detoxifying treatment featuring a combination of wraps complete with active ingredients to promote lymphatic drainage, which aids in the elimination of toxins.
Does it work? Aside from all the complicated scientific stuff that’s happening, it’s certainly a relaxing experience. Not only did we feel emptier and lighter at the end of the treatment, we left feeling utterly relaxed.
Emirates Golf Club, Main Clubhouse, Sheikh Zayed Road, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs795. Tel: (04) 4179820. Taxi: Emirates Golf Club. sensasiaspas.com
Detox Marine Algae Wrap at The Spa
A detox cocktail of marine algae applied to the body, before cocooning in a warm wrap that helps the seaweed’s minerals, vitamins and enzymes nourish the skin. A final massage fully decongests the body, leaving you and your skin refreshed.
The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs480. Tel: (04) 4367424. Metro: Dubai Marina. theaddress.com
The Argan Scrub at Mandara Spa
A 90-minute Arabian deep cleansing and exfoliating treatment featuring an infusion of refined argania nut shells, rice-powder, beeswax and argan. It’ll stimulate your lymph and blood circulation by removing impurities from under the skin’s surface.
The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 9am to 10pm, Dhs440. Tel: (04) 5018270. Metro: World Trade Centre. mandaraspa.com
Ashtanga Yoga at The Surf House Dubai
Sitting in a warm room and twisting your body into pretzel shapes is really good for you – so say the people at the gorgeous new Surf House Dubai. They offer Ashtanga Yoga sessions every Sunday and Tuesday. Starting out with light stretches and breathing exercises, the instructor Laura Farrier aims to work the stress and toxins out of your body without you even noticing it. The class works your body over a full range of motion, twisting and turning it in a way that’s meant to break down toxin buildup.
Does it work?
It certainly gives you a great core workout without doing hundreds of crunches, and afterwards you should feel completely regenerated. Not bad for Dhs70.
The Surf House Dubai, Villa 110, Al Soon Street, Umm Sequim Beach, Sun 6pm, Tue 7am, Dhs70. Taxi: Umm Sequim Park. Tel: (04) 3211309. facebook.com/surfhousedubai
Aside from helping build core strength, Pilates adopts five basic principles: control, flow, breath, precision and concentration. The slow breathing helps to create an ‘internal shower’ to flush out toxins.
The Hundred Wellness Center, 53B Street, Jumeira 1, Sat to Thur 7am to 8pm, Dhs90. Tel: (04) 3447333. Taxi: Dubai Zoo. thehundred.ae
Moksha Yoga is a clean, hot yoga series. You’ll tone, strengthen muscles and get flexible, but mainly you’ll flush out toxins.
Sweatshop Studios, Concorde Tower, Cluster H, JLT, Sun to Thur 7am to 10pm, Fri and Sat 9am to 1pm, Dhs85. Tel: (050) 4355474. Metro: Dubai Marina. sweatshop-studios.com