Professionalism + Experience = Heaven

OHLALA’s tester headed to the Heavenly Spa by Westin and encountered a therapist with the hands of an angel.

I entered through the lush green atrium located at the heart of The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa. This is truly a unique pathway towards the highly anticipated Heavenly Spa by Westin experience. Upon entering the spa, I was greeted by a friendly hostess who provided a refreshing bottle of water. A standard yet effective massage questionnaire had to be filled in. A good first sign. Next, I was fortunate, to encounter a therapist whose abilities, character and professionalism single-handedly added a star to my experience. This gem is named Ricky.

A spa’s beauty is not only about its design. Spa beauty, in part, stems from the therapist’s character, knowledge and skills. Ricky has 16 years of experience. He was trained at the crème de la crème of spas in Abu Dhabi and subsequently gained further knowledge at the Heavenly Spa by Westin. In a knowledgeable and professional manner, he explained the chosen Heavenly Signature Massage to me. It is essentially a muchimproved Swedish massage. A heat pack was gently placed on my back prior to the treatment as moderate heat functions as a natural sedative and relaxes muscle tissues, a perfect start to a massage indeed.

I frequently workout at the gym, and therefore have constant stiffness in my upper back and shoulder regions. My massage questionnaire informed Ricky about my request for extra attention to the knots in my shoulders. And he did indeed spend significant time, working effectively and skillfully to get rid of the knots.

Many people will complain about soreness after a massage and blame the therapist for it. Please be advised that soreness is an indicator of an effective massage, especially when medium or stronger (deep tissue) pressure has been requested. This positive discomfort is called DelayedOnset Muscle Soreness. After the soreness, which can set in a few hours after the massage and lasts a day or two, comes the feeling of being loose and relaxed. If you do not like soreness or a bit of struggle during your massage, always opt for soft pressure. If you like strong intense deep tissue massages, Ricky, who is as strong as an ox, is your guy!

After my excellently executed Heavenly massage, it was time for a facial. In dusty and extremely hot places like Doha, facial treatments are a godsend. The hot summer sun dries the skin and dust fills sinuses and pores. I opted for the Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facial. I encouraged Ricky to guide me through the process of the treatment. His step-by-step explanation and use of terminology all indicated that his 16 years of experience were at work.

The Crystal Lymphatic Facial follows the steps of standard cleansing, exfoliation, toning and application of a mask. Heavenly Spa by Westin exclusively uses high-quality products from Organic Pharmacy. Contrary to a regular facial, the procedure is complemented by stroking of crystals on the skin. Lymphatic drainage is the result or, in layman’s terms, flushing of stagnant water. It subsequently promotes detoxification and clearing of sinuses too. Other benefits include improvement of blood flow and circulation as well as brightening of the skin.

The Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facial at Heavenly Spa by Westin is truly a valueadded facial treatment with scientifically proven effects. The use of crystals, such as quartz and amethyst, can be traced back to ancient Egypt and China. Cleopatra is said to have treated her face with crystals from the Nile River; she would sing the praises of Heavenly Spa’s treatments. Cleopatra is not with us to comment on the matter anymore. However, the biggest compliment came from my better half, who said that I looked fresh and young!

I discovered, in my post-review research, that Ricky is not the only exceptional therapist at the Heavenly Spa by Westin. One finds accolade after accolade on the internet, positively referring to the characters and skills of the therapists. So, this is not a review full of poetic laurels about design decadence or opulent flattery. None of that! This time the sincere recommendation to visit the Heavenly Spa by Westin at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa stems from my encounter with a valuable human gem!

For more information, please call Heavenly Spa by Westin at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa on 4492 1682 or WhatsApp 6686 6854.

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