Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Namaskar Initiatory Journey spa experience at Palais Namaskar in Marrakech. And about the Kundalini massage.



In Morocco last weekend, living a Travelife, I booked the Namaskar Initiatory Journey spa package as a little treat for myself before getting on a series of airplanes back home.


I figured I could use some "me time" as I did have a long trip home via three cities.

In fact, I'm writing this from Tokyo, which is one of the stops and also home, although I haven't really unpacked my Morocco bags yet.


A SPA TREATMENT AT
THE LOVELY AND VERY EXCLUSIVE
PALAIS NAMASKAR

Palais Namaskar has a wonderful spa, and its signature spa package is 3.5 hours long.

It starts with a hammam experience in a private hammam, and I have to say that the private hammam at Palais Namaskar's spa is one of the nicest I've seen.

That's my hammam therapist at the
Palais Namaskar spa
In the hammam, you get coated with savon noire, which is basically black soap with herbs, and then undergo a vigorous exfoliation while in the middle of a nice old-fashioned steam.

It's all very relaxing.

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THE KUNDALINI MASSAGE

This is followed by a type of massage called the Kundalini massage.

Now I get all kinds of massages all over the world all the time, but this was a really interesting and special massage.

Tea before the treatment

The therapist worked on the pressure points -- basically similar to a Japanese shiatsu massage -- but focused mainly on the back.

This was incredibly sleep-inducing.

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SUDDEN WAVE OF EMOTION

At some point, however, she pressed a particular energy point and a wave of emotions came over me.

I've had enough massages of this kind before to know she'd pressed an emotional trigger point -- or a chakra, as some people call it. But frankly, this was the most powerful trigger I'd ever experienced.

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ONLY ONE THING

Suddenly, I remembered the one kind of sad thing in my generally happy life -- just like that, and literally like Truth staring me in the face.

Sunlight shining into the spa
of the Palais Namaskar

The nice thing about this was that it felt like a release. After that emotional wave, I felt incredibly relaxed and at peace, in Marrakech, living a Travelife.

Later on, I thought about it and I guess it's called acceptance.

The Palais Namaskar spa uses products from
Aromatherapy Associates and ila,
both from England

A WONDERFUL FACIAL
BY AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES



The final phase in the Namaskar Initiatory Journey is a 90-minute facial using techniques and products from Aromatherapy Associates in England. I like this brand a lot and I try to get their facials when I find these somewhere in the world.

This facial really leaves the skin glowing and toned.

THAT EMOTIONAL TRIGGER POINT


After the treatment, I had a chat with the spa manager and the therapist who had performed the Kundalini massage.

I said to the therapist, "You must've pressed an emotional trigger because I suddenly remembered something, out of the blue."

It was indeed the emotional pressure point she'd pressed.

A RELUCTANT FAREWELL

That's my car, waiting for me
at the driveway of Palais Namaskar
After that, I wanted to just sit and relax in that wonderful spa -- or perhaps take a walk in the gardens of the Palais Namaskar, as it was the end of the day but the weather was still just comfortably cool and the setting sun had cast a nice glow on the estate.

All the photos here were taken with my iPod, by the way, so you can see how beautiful the Palais Namaskar was on that day, with the sun shining down on it.

But I had a gastronomic farewell dinner awaiting at the Riad Kniza back in the medina of Marrakech -- and, boy, was that one of the most enjoyable and relaxing evenings I've had in recent memory, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.




  

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