Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and the city of majestic heritage buildings, a quaint colonial charm, warm people and natural beauty. Oak, Himalayan cedar and rhododendron dot the landscape interspersed with British era buildings.  The best way to explore lovely Shimla is on foot. Mall Road and The Ridge are strolling delights while the steep climb to Jakhu Temple will test your fitness levels.Spa Review | Akasa Spa, Hotel Willow Banks, Shimla, khursheed dinshaw

I enjoyed the sights and experiences of Shimla by walking throughout the day. It was only in the evening that I realized my feet were aching as I am someone who is not used to walking. So what did I do to relieve my pain? I simply booked an appointment at Akasa Spa in Hotel Willow Banks. I chose the 60 minutes Balinese massage. My therapist Amugha started with stretching. The massage itself was done with a combination of lavender, rose and olive oil.Spa Review | Akasa Spa, Hotel Willow Banks, Shimla, khursheed dinshaw

Amugha used her thumbs, fingers, palm and knuckles to deeply soothe my strained muscles and joints. The tension in my body eased as she used a variation of techniques including kneading, feathering and tapping. Depending on the requirement of the guest, the strokes are applied. Shimla is also popular for trekking and mountain biking. Such adreline high sports are also strenuous for the body and a spa massage works wonders to relieve tired muscles. For such guests, a deep tissue massage is recommended as it uses strong pressure. The therapist uses elbows during this massage.

For Balinese massage, one can choose from medium to soft pressure. After my massage was done, to absorb the oil better, I went for a 10 minutes steam followed by a shower. This charged me and I was ready for the next day of walking and exploring Shimla which is a beautiful blend of architecture, hospitality, enviable weather and Himachali ethos.

Akasa Spa

Hotel Willow Banks,

The Mall, Shimla

+91 177 2658125/26

Khursheed Dinshaw

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