Ushvani day spa at Cadogan Gardens is offering brand new ‘hormonal yoga’ workshops to counter the harmful, anxiety-inducing effects of cortisol – and they’re a perfect complement to indulgent rituals inspired by Asian traditions…
Words: Madeleine Howell
The residential exterior of Ushvani spa in SW belies a serene, healing hub. It’s a veritable treasure trove of Malaysian artefacts – but the classes and treatments themselves also stand out from the crowd.
Vinyasa flow yoga in the Sentosa Studio is designed to build strength, and the new ‘hormonal yoga’ workshops tackle the harmful effects of cortisol, which according to Ushvani are linked to a variety of health problems, including sleep disruption and increased abdominal fat.
A luxurious treatment and a dip in the subterranean hydrotherapy pool post-yoga is the ultimate way to relax if you’ve been training hard or leading a hectic lifestyle. You can relish the solitude, or opt for the Asmara suite, for friends and loved ones who would rather bliss out side by side.
The Nutmeg Flower ritual we tested is an antidote to anxiety. After softening tension with a ‘mandi’ ladle bath infused with 33 essential oils, remedial ginger and nutmeg, it includes deep presses and Balinese massage strokes. The use of pure botanicals to cure ailments is common in Asia, which is why Ushvani use natural herbs, spices and flowers as part of the treatment.
The effects are tangible: your spine will feel physically lighter. This is followed by reflexology with an intensively moisturising coconut and kemiri butter, which works beautifully as an intense after sun product as well as being a real treat for dry skin.
While a compress locks the moisture in, there’s the stomach massage – which stimulates the metabolism and produces a non-invasive colonic cleanse to diminish bloating. A face and scalp massage is the final icing on the cake, using drainage and pressure point massage to stimulate muscle tone and smooth your frown.