The Vaidyasala is handled by Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre from Mysore and the staff are trained there and the raw materials come from there! Here at Orange County Resort, 2 types of services are provided - Rejuvenation Therapy and Beauty Therapy. There are 11 Rejuvenation therapies and 4 Beauty therapies. As soon as you enter, you're given a refreshing Sarsaparilla (nannari) Sarbath drink.
There is a separate room for beauty therapies with 4 different equipment! There are 4 different massage rooms and each is painted with a mural just like the rest of the hotel!
Of the Rejuvenation therapies there are 2 full body massages while the rest concentrate on certain body parts. While my guy took up Abhyanga, I took up Shirobhyanga and Padabhyanga. All the massages begin with a prayer by the masseurs and we're given a change of outfit. Men are given a cotton muslin loin cloth, and women are given a similar cotton muslin bikini set!
Abhyanga is an hour long full body massage where 2 masseurs work in a synchronized way! It begins with head, neck attended by 1 person and feet attended by the 2nd. The massage continues to the whole body. Later he was shifted to a teak wood cot. The teak wood cot was again custom made with a single piece of wood! Depending on your comfort level, you could lay down directly on the teak wood (which btw feels fantastic) or have a mattress laid atop the cot! Leg, chest, back massages are done in the laying position. It continues with a sauna box which is also made of teak wood. The whole thing wraps up a shower!
Shirobhyanga is a head and neck massage while Padabhyanaga is a foot and leg massage! Yeah, I've almost dozed off half way through the massage!!!
Each room is separate and has the facility to massage only one person. So even if you go as a couple, you're in separate rooms. Men massage for the men and women massage for the women. All the massage rooms face a small open sky waterbody on one side. But don't worry, the architecture is so fantastic that even if its open sky, it isn't visible from any of the terraces of the resort!
After the massage, a warm ginger tea is given and we're let to sip it in front of that waterbody from the main lobby! There are a couple of turtles and several lotuses here and its such a pleasure to watch them!!! Once in a while, a good massage like this is so damn necessary to get that utmost relaxation from our busy lives... Totally worth it!
P.S: I was invited by Orange County Resort for review purposes. However all the views are my own and this post does not advertise the product!!