On a recent visit to Jordan, I was determined not to miss out on God’s own spa, after all this was to be the whole point of what was probably for me a once in a lifetime experience. Having now tried it, I realised how an Egyptian princess must have felt, as I lay on a cold slab, covered all over in mud, wrapped in blankets and left in solitude as the mud dried. I felt I was being mummified, fortunately though I was not being embalmed but instead experiencing a mud treatment in a luxurious spa on the shores of Jordan’s Dead Sea.
At 410m below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth. Its great attraction is the salt content of the water which is 31.5% making the water so buoyant that it is impossible to sink, so much so you can enjoy a good book while laying in the still water, The water also contains 21 minerals including high levels of magnesium, sodium, potassium, and bromine and 12 of these minerals are found in no other body of water in the world. As a result the mud of the Dead Sea makes for a fantastic beauty pack that is as irresistible to us to today as it was to the emperors and queens in the days gone by.
I opted for a spa treatment at the The Zara Spa at the Move n pick, Dead Sea, where I was staying.
I chose to have the Salt Scrub + Mud Wrap in one combined deluxe treatment. It seemed a great way to exfoliate, detox and treat the skin, especially when you are coming from a city high on pollutants as is Delhi. And when I was told by the spa attendant, that the heat from the mud wrap makes it like you are cocooned in your own personal sauna, it sounded inviting enough to try it!
STEP 1: The treatment kicked off with a scrub that was a blend of Dead Sea salts. The salts, the therapist told me, is full of nourishing ingredients to enrich the skin with rich minerals, cleanse, detoxify and restore skin & muscles. As compared to common salt which has 90% sodium, the Dead Sea salt has 10% sodium and 90% minerals. These minerals are rich in Vitamin A, C, D, E, B12, as well as over 80 other minerals that help revitalize the skin. The high concentrations of salts exfoliate, cleanse, condition, rejuvenate and refresh the skin. The fifteen minute massage with the salts ended up removing the build-up of dead cells on my skin and opened pores, which helps in cell rejuvenation. It also relieves muscle and emotional tensions, and eases rheumatic pain.
STEP 2: Once my skin was scrubbed clean with salt, the entire body was covered with a Dead Sea Mud pack which contains magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron, all vital ingredients for maintaining healthy, supple skin. The therapist explained that the natural properties of the Dead Sea mud is scientifically proven to restore suppleness and moisture levels in dry skin (which I have). It also reduces soreness, roughness, and redness. The mud which is massaged into the skin aids cell communication and detoxification. While this was being done on my stomach back and limbs, I found myself drifting off into the most blissful state of relaxation!
STEP 3: Now it was time for the really exciting part – the mud wrap. First the nourishing mud mixture is applied all over till the complete body is covered and then the body is wrapped in blankets to maintain body heat as the mud mask does its work. After half an hour, when I had set hard and found I could not move a muscle without cracking, the therapist freed me from my muddy tomb with soothing jets of warm water.
Luckily I do not have any skin or health problem so I could not judge the medical efficacy of the treatment, but I certainly can vouch that my skin felt wonderful post the treatment.
STEP 4: I was by now quite amazed at how squeaky clean and astonishingly supple my skin felt! As a final pampering my skin was moisturized with body butter. The relaxing effects of the hour long treatment combined with the curative properties of the salty, thermo-mineral waters and the thick, black mud left me with toned, detoxified, and hydrated body. I felt great and my skin felt fabulous!
The Salt Scrub and Mud Wrap was worth the experience. While you can also try the mud at the beach ( this is free & you can apply it from a trough where the mud is kept) but a mud wrap at the Spa ( with oil & fragrance added to the Dead Sea mud and warmed for the right consistency, aroma & temperature) is a truly luxurious and decadent experience.
Besides the curative properties of the salty, thermo-mineral waters and the thick, black mud is enjoying the natural beauty and special atmosphere of the Dead Sea and the amazing sunset from the infinity pool, if you can time it right.
Written byShashi Sunny
A writer and journalist working in a senior capacity in many leading publications such as PEOPLE magazine and Magna Publications such as Society Savvy and Stardust. She has interviewed a wide range of celebrities, achievers and news makers for these publications. She has over 25 years proven expertise in writing and communications and organizing hi profile events. A post graduate in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College New Delhi, Shashi has also taught English Literature at Delhi University. She is currently freelancing for several publications.