If you’ve been spoiled by Thailand, India is no place for you. Cheap, paid services aren’t easily available here. By services, I mean massages but of course that’s what you were thinking as well. You know when you go to Thailand and there are so many massage parlours and you pop in for a foot massage and you feel awesome because it’s just so cheap? Yeah, that doesn’t happen in Mumbai. Especially if the place is located in a mall. I opted for a foot massage from Aromathai Foot Spa. What follows is a soleful experience. *Laughs manically* I love puns!
Located on the third floor of R City, Aromathai Foot Spa stands awkwardly between a whole line of restaurants. The entrance consists of a tiny seating area and a desk behind which a spa manager stands. Inside, the foot massage area has four chairs and I couldn’t see much of the rest of the spa but they do offer full body therapies for which I assume they have rooms. This spa stands next to a mall entrance so people can kind of peep in while your clothes are hitched upto your thighs but most people don’t peek in. One young girl did mange to bump into the glass while trying to get a better look at me sprawled on a lounge chair.
AromaThai Foot Spa is not a full service spa. By this I mean that even their head to toe service doesn’t use oils for the upper half of the body. In fact, all their services use oil for the lower half and it’s a dry massage above the waist is what I was told. The menu isn’t extensive featuring only 7 sections with 3-4 therapies each. I went for a Foot Massage Sampler which was for 30 minutes. I did, however, exasperate the person at the counter asking about each service in detail. I wanted to try the Head, Neck and Shoulder massage but didn’t have time. Most of their therapies have an option of 60 or 90 minutes of service.
Once I had annoyed the man at the counter with my incessant questions, I finally made a decision. The guy at the counter *may* have put in his resignation. I was asked to wait for 2 minutes. My therapist, Areen, came and handed me chappals that looked suspiciously like Oshos. But they could be Thai. I was then led into a room with four lounge chairs. I was seated on one. A man wearing palazzos then delivered a utensil with warm water near my feet. Another lady, not Areen, came and started working on me. I think they assumed I was racist and couldn’t tell one north eastern from another but I totally could. Quietly, she hitched my dress up till my knees. Then, she pushed the chair back so I was practically lying down. She realised I was uncomfortable with my legs that apart and tucked in a towel between my legs to make me look decent again. She then proceeded to scrub my legs. After the scrub, my legs were washed with warm water. I was trying to take picture till then but counter man told me pictures were not allowed. Then, Areen was back. She covered the foot she was not working on with a towel. She first worked on my foot and after pressing a few points, she used a reflexology stick on my foot which was very relaxing. Then, she massaged my feet with nice strokes and enough pressure. This was repeated on the other leg. Funnily enough, my therapist never confirmed or asked if the pressure was okay. I was then asked if I wanted lemon tea. I said yes and thank god, because it was delicious.
Spa: AromaThai Foot Spa, R City (They 5 other branches in Mumbai)
Service availed: A Foot Massage Sampler for 30 minutes
The wallet is lighter by : Rs.1125 (inclusive of taxes)
Get in touch: 022 6671 3018
Brands used: Wasn’t informed
Hygiene of spa and professional: Clean and neat. Therapist was also professionally dressed
Destress Quotient: 2.5 aahs
Recommended therapist: None. Areen was good but not the best.