It's safe to assume that chocolate is one of those things in life that is universally loved. A chocolate massage, on the other hand, might draw some hesitation.
But that unexpected combination is exactly what visitors to an exclusive spa in Kuala Lumpur will find.
The Chocolate Indulgence treatment is just as its name suggests – a wellness experience that envelopes one in chocolatey goodness.
While I have a serious case of the sweet tooth, I had initially balked at the idea of lathering myself up in chocolate (so sticky!).
It didn’t take long for me to warm up to the idea of a full-body chocolate scrub and wrap, though. And the scent of pure chocolate was oddly calming. When it came time for the full body chocolate aromatherapy massage, I was a convert.
A chocolate massage – the one I tried was at EQ Kuala Lumpur’s Sanctum Spa – isn’t merely a gimmick, though. Dermatologists agree that chocolate is a powerful ingredient for skincare.
Dark chocolates, especially, is revered for its skin-nourishing properties. These include improving circulation, hydrating and rejuvenating the skin.
As far as novelty is concerned, a chocolate spa is definitely intriguing in the local and regional wellness landscape.
Gone are the days when the spa menu merely consists of typical massages and reflexology therapies. These days, getting a massage is like a trip to the candy store – with many surprises waiting.
If you’re looking to jazz up your wellness routine, there are many other treatments available in the country and regionally. Some of these are age-old treatments unique to the region, while others feature more novel methods and ingredients.
Mandi embun is the traditional practice of bathing in “forest dew” that has been passed down over generations. The treatment is attributed to the Orang Asli as well as some silat practitioners within the Malay community. Mandi embun is essentially a leisurely walk in the early morning to “bathe” in the natural environment.
These walks are usually done in a forest where the air is fresh and crisp. Studies have shown that being in a natural environment, like a lush forest, elevates mood and boost the immune systems. As far as modern spa therapy goes, the concept of mandi embun is incorporated by some local hotels which include a traditional Malay massage in its treatment.
Crystals and gemstones are no strangers to healing energies. It’s no wonder that they have been gaining prominence in the realm of mainstream wellness. Some spa centres in the region have begun incorporating precious and semi-precious stones in their treatment menu. Enthusiasts believe that placing crystals on pressure points can help relieve stress and joint paints during a massage session.
Closer to home in Malaysia, small homegrown business Botica Natural Remedies has developed gem essences (vibrational crystal energy infused oils with corresponding botanical energies) that could be incorporated into massages. Since each stone has its own set of benefits, a crystal massage is great for those seeking a more holistic treatment.
Floatation therapy might look like something you would see in a sci-fi movie. The treatment involves floating on salt-saturated water inside a sound-proof and light-proof tank. That weightlessness feeling supposedly helps with relieving stress, anxiety and hypertension.
While some people have initially reported feeling terrified being in the tank, they ultimately claimed feeling a profound sense of calm as the minutes go by. That heightened state of relaxation can allegedly last throughout the day, long after the treatment has ended.
If you ever need to unwind with a warm massage, this is the way to go. No, seriously – a hot stone massage is known to help relax the muscles. Smooth, heated stones are placed on specific points on the body without causing much pain.
In a typical session, the masseuse will also glide a pair of heated stones in their hands along the muscles. Some purported benefits include help in releasing toxins, relieving pain and improving sleep quality. The treatment is also believed to help increase the body’s metabolism.