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How I became a goddess

It is believed that SPA is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase “Sanus Per Aquam”, which translates as “health through water”. The health that I was lucky enough to get in Belek came from water, milk, chocolate, ylang-ylang oil, sea salts, vitamin C and much more. “the Morning met with warm sun, light breeze and… a trip to the SPA-center of the hotel Spice (Belek). Well, what would a Turkish SPA, do not start from the very dear to the Eastern heart? The Hammam is a middle Eastern version of the steam bath, which can be called a “wet relative of the sauna”. It was considered a source of pleasure and played an important role in the culture of the Middle East, serving as a place of public meetings and ritual purification. Traditionally, the procedure looks like this: first, a person relaxes in a “warm room”, which is heated by a continuous flow of hot dry air. This allows the bather to prepare for the bath itself, that is good to sweat. Reclining on the bright cushions on the sofas around the fountain, do not forget that the rules oblige every visitor to taste a little bit of spicy Turkish dishes – pate, wrapped in lettuce leaf. It’s tradition. At the same time in the corner of the “warm room” four musicians perform folk Turkish melodies. “While I was looking at a bunch of Moroccan glass chandeliers of amazing beauty, two dancers appeared. Appetizing chubby tummies are moving in time strings melody. They say that the true belly dance is when the dancer “pushes out the wave” of the abdominal muscles. But I was more surprised that they for 20 minutes for a second didn’t stop and created hips such…” Further the bather moves to even more heated room (“the hot room”) under which dome the round platform is located. On it you need to lay a towel (carefully prepared by employees), and then lie down for a long time, warming up the overworked bones and muscles. In the Turkish bath exquisite interior: beautiful marble mosaic, large stylized taps with water, copper bowls for pouring. Contemplation of this beauty in combination with the procedure of “steaming” allows you to achieve complete harmony of body and soul. “And then a man and two women appear. Terry roller under the head, under one leg, under the second. What could be better than just steaming the bones? However, you feel even better if the waves pour warm water from three different sides on top of you! One by one, an endless amount of water was poured on me. Then in turn went to the silk gloves with the addition of camel wool is a Turkish peeling. One person rubs my back, the second – the right heel, the third – the left. Mmm, I’m in heaven. Peel off the whole body… And tutya feel such an energy explosion right between the shoulder blades! … Half asleep, realize that began foam massage. The masseur gathers the foam with a cotton washcloth and squeezes it over me. A warm enveloping mass of refreshing wave passes on the back, on the legs… And under me hot marble…” At the end of the procedures the bather again poured water (this time cool), wipe with towels and sent to the “cool room” – on the pillows, drink fresh, eat fresh strawberries and recover. AYURVEDA In Sanskrit means “knowledge of life”. The teachings of Ayurveda help to balance the mind, soul and body. The main purpose of this concept is to increase life expectancy by freeing the human body from disease and stress. The Indians believe that Ayurveda is the key to a quiet happy life… “Two Balinese laid my steamed body on a massage table in a cozy dark red massage room. Fresh flowers… Silence… Heard the whisper of these young ladies in their local language, which in itself gives the procedure mystery. In the corner is a strange device for heating natural oils. Girls begin abundantly watered me with a warm oil. Plentiful, but schematic. One of them kneads my heels, the second gently massages the head. Four hands simultaneously RUB oil into my shoulders drooping from work in the office…” AB’yanga/Abhyanga Special balanced movements performed simultaneously by two massage therapists, using oil of a special composition and consistency. This therapy allows you to simultaneously maintain the skin in excellent condition, removing all the toxins from the epidermis, and to inspire the soul. “I must admit that it is an unspeakable feeling when four strong hands are running along your legs at the same time. And most importantly smell what is oil! It is clearly not sorry – I just bathe in a semi-liquid substance. Especially nice, lying on your back, again feel like a man, when you massage the shoulder girdle, stretch your neck and neck… I woke up when I was already soaked with wet Terry towels…” Pinda Sweda/Pinda Sweda Therapy, performed by two experts, using a special bag filled with a unique combination of exotic herbs and rice. Bags of rice, soaked in warm oil, relieve tension and local pain. This type of massage reduces and soothes rheumatic pains. Shirodara/Shirodara This unique type of therapy is already 3500 years old. The name itself translates as “massage the frontal part of the head with oil.” This is a specific massage of the head and face, when your forehead continuous flow of warm oil. This therapy allows you to put in order the Central nervous system, relieve the usual stress symptoms – headache and insomnia. The effect is instant. Garschan/Garson of Massage with a special silk glove. It removes the blockage of energy, increases blood circulation, and this, in turn, helps to lose weight and fight cellulite. BATHS, thermal BATHS, SAUNA “is Even a sticky from the oils, go to the steam room – steam room. You can’t see anything here because of the wet steam. Groping find the bench. Oh, good! Again heat, again the smell of Asia – melted butter! Five minutes and I’m out. Here Spice offers a wide choice: the usual cool shower, attraction “pull the rope – and you will overturn a tub of cold water or… snow.” In the dressing room there is a “Cabinet”, where it is produced, so that our Northern man could after the bath to wipe himself with a sharp, but so wonderful white snow!” Spice has a steam room and two types of saunas: the usual Finnish and bio-sauna. In the latter, ultraviolet rays are active – light therapy is included in the work. CHOCOLATE MASK FOR the WHOLE BODY “That I – an absolute and total chocolate addict – could answer the question: “What kind of wrap do you want? Chocolate or seaweed?” Well, of course, chocolate! For this procedure had to undress and use disposable underwear. Then I was completely smeared with the most natural melted dark chocolate. Oh, Yes! Covered with polyethylene, wrapped with a thermal blanket (a real candy!) and lowered into termopane…” In the bathroom set the water temperature of 35.2°C. Hot chocolate wrap lasts 45 minutes. However, if you are not sure of your blood pressure and heart, ask the master to look into your room every 10 minutes – the procedure can always be stopped without compromising the result. “From the ceiling hear the murmur of water, the singing of tropical birds, the noise of palm trees… I’m in the mountains of Thailand? No, I’m at the SPA. And I fly away, fly away, fly away… When I try to turn on this waterbed in oblivion, a pleasant wave passes beneath me. Impossible to move. Under all thermodial tempting smell of chocolate. From the ceiling poured the sounds of the sitar. Am I in India? I decide to sleep on… ” Any professional wrap should start with a deep cleansing of the skin. Light massage with scrub prepares the epidermis for better absorption of nutrients, which will then come into it from the composition used for wrapping. Many are skeptical about the miraculous results of chocolate wraps, painted in booklets. But it really gives a powerful anti-stress effect, rejuvenates the skin and cleanses it from age spots and blackheads. In addition, after the procedure, the body smells of sweet bitterness all day. “Chocolate doesn’t wash off in the shower right away. The body has a pleasant lightness, and you can see that the skin is saturated with useful substances: it is smooth and velvety.” And ON the FACE “Ended my SPA-marathon complex face care. Me, steamed and chocolate, finally (according to my inner feelings) healthier, beautician carefully covers a soft large towel. And the next hour of women’s happiness begins: peeling, nourishing cream with vitamin C, 15-minute facial massage, moisturizing mask, pink lotion and face massage again. All this time I’m lying with my eyes closed. Professional and infinitely gentle hands of the cosmetologist carry me to space. And if earlier I did not understand in the name of what it is necessary to earn big money, then after today the answer is simply obvious. The body sings, the face rejoices. Fatigue – as hand lifted. I can do so much again!”

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