Prayer for the Soul
May 7, 2009
The White Mantra spa
It was just one of those days, when I wanted to be with myself. Give into the sheer luxury of being me.
So instead of heading to the gym, I packed my tote and drove straight to a glorious secret in the form of a palatial white bungalow, tucked away in a verdant serenity, called the White Mantra spa.
While I sipped on some herbal tea, I studied the various treatments offered at this all-new space. There was Indonesian, Hawaiian and Thai massages with signature therapies like the Balinese Boreh, Javanese Lulur and hot stone therapy. White Mantra also has exotic treats like chocolate-and-almond skin exfoliations, strawberry-and-oatmeal skin smoothers and frangipani and grapefruit facial, besides salon services. There are four individual treatment rooms and one couple treatment room with a soak set in a natural setting.
I picked a treatment that sounded both natural and heavenly: Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage. I was escorted to a room with soft Hawaiian music playing in the background. The masseur gave me an intense massage with stretching and rhythmic limb movements to relax my tense muscles, using warm Hawaiian oils with long palm strokes. The massage, which lasted an hour, soothed me down on one hand and energised me simultaneously – the fallout of the exclusive mix of herbs, hand-pounded powders, pure essential oils and fresh, organically grown fruits and flowers.
And I’m out now, smelling fresh as a flower.
White Mantra Spa & Salon. 142, Pop Cottage, Rustam Bagh, HAL Airport Road, Behind Manipal Hospital, Bangalore. Ph: 32429960. Prices start at Rs 1800.