Most spas in the capital are preparing irresistible ayurvedic
massage packages for Commonwealth Games (CWG) players and
tourists, knowing well the lure of Indian culture and tradition
"We are geared up for the CWG and are looking forward to it. We
are expecting Oct 3-14 days to be boom time for our business. Spas
are a favourite and foreigners are big fans of Indian ayurvedic
treatments; so it is going to be an add on," said Rakesh Sethi,
general manager of Ramada Plaza.
The spa industry in India has seen phenomenal growth in recent
years. With over 2,300 spas, the industry generates around $400
million annually. Kerala, for instance, has emerged as a hot
destination for spa tourism.
"People across the world are big
fans of ayurveda. It is an ancient Indian system of preventive
healthcare. It is a medical science which teaches us how to be
healthy and lead a long and fruitful life," Megha Dinesh, brand
manager of Aura at The Park, told IANS.
The relaxation treatments will cost between Rs.2,000 (about $43)
and Rs.5,000 ($107) per hour. The Commonwealth Games are starting
Oct 3 in the capital and will see 7,000 athletes and delegates
arrive from 53 countries.
Ginni Batra, business development manager of Radisson, said: "Ayurvedic
treatments are the USP of Indian tourism and it will serve as one
of the main attractions during the Commonwealth Games.
"Foreign tourists love spas and massages and are exposed to
different treatments available in their countries. But the
ayurvedic massage is an Indian treatment which they may not be
"The specialised oils can only be found in India and the
professionals giving the treatment are knowledgeable and skilled.
So the whole experience - the ambience, the skilled labour and the
specialised products - is unique and makes it the USP of India."
Apart from relaxing your body, ayurvedic massage helps in treating
ailments like sinusitis, migraine, arthritis, skin diseases,
infertility, slip disc and spondylitis. It also has wellness
packages for obesity, de-stressing and rejuvenation.
Explaining how ayurveda stimulates and helps the body, Dinesh
said: "According to ayurveda, health is determined by three
biological principles, called doshas: Vata, which regulates
movement; Pitta, which regulates metabolism; and Kapha, which
"Oils like olive and sesame are used to soften the skin. The
therapist uses the entire palm in vigorous strokes to release
toxins in the body," she said.
To woo sportsmen to use the spa facility, Ramada Plaza will have a
special massage offer just for players.
"We have added a new therapy which will be available during the
Games and not before that. We have introduced the use of sea
shells in our therapy instead of hands. The oil will be applied on
the body and massage will be given with shells. It will help in
removing dead skin and opening pores," explained Sethi.
"For sportsmen, a quick massage has been introduced, which will be
done from the feet to the knee to stimulate the cells," he added.
Spa operators see the Games period as boom time.
"At present we have four rooms where we proceed with our
treatments but now we have added a fifth room specially for Games
tourists. It's an ayurvedic therapy room, with a soothing
ambience," said Sethi.
Hotels are also renovating their spas to meet the needs of
international tourists. These include vichy showers, lockers,
hydrotherapy tubs and steam, sauna and multipurpose rooms for
massage and facials.
An official at Le Meridien said they are prepared round the year
to serve international guests.
"We are always prepared for new things but don't have any specific
plan for the CWG. Our offerings are high on relaxation and luxury;
however the menu remains the same all through the year. But some
packages might be visible," Jatin Grover, guest relations officer
(GRO), Le Méridien , told IANS.
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