Perfect Veda For Inner Wellbeing !

By Sharmila Chand 

Spanning around 7000 sq. ft., the exclusive neoVeda is truly a haven of peace and tranquility. As you enter the elegant space, a whiff of exotic aromas, essential oils, spice and floral fragrances, tend to enhance and optimise the total “mind-body experience” and peel away the layers of daily stress.  Contemporary ambience, modern and chic designs, warm earthy and calming aqua tones warmly welcomes you. 

After making its presence felt at Craft House, luxury lifestyle store at The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa ,with its mind and body healing and relaxing products, neoVeda Spa unravels a new dimension in the world of health, well being and fitness. 

Based on the concept of new Ayurveda, you get to understand exclusive therapies for your well-being and takes you on a journey of self discovery. In a way, this epitome of understated luxury encapsulates the time-honoured powers of Ayurveda with a modern influence to heal and restore, relax and invigorate.
 
The Spa is home to a state-of-the-art gym and offers an array of classic and modern treatments, massages, scrubs, wraps, facials, baths, foot and hand care, slimming, toning and firming techniques. The five treatment Spa rooms have distinctive themes, big and spacious. Marma room has a Kalari massage set up, Ananda room is stylized for Shirodhara treatment, Prana room is for volcanic Hot Stone massage, Jiva room is for practicing Thai massage and a special Kama room for couples. There is a spacious lounge where one can wait, relax and indulge in some reading before or after the therapy.   

neoVeda Spa offers luxurious collection of time-tested ancient and traditional healing remedies and treatments whilst incorporating the latest international wellness trends to provide the guest an authentic and holistic experience. The signature therapies like neoVeda Journey, neoVeda Signature, Energy Equalizer with Volcanic Hot Stone, Vedic Journey and THE MET Indulgence are a combination of beauty concepts of the ancient India and modern research.

An Exclusive Interview with Jayan A Narayanana, Spa Manager,  neoVeda Spa 

Jayan A Narayanana has been working in hospitality sector for few years now and before joining The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa as neoVeda Spa Manager, he worked with few other leading hotels like The Lalit, The Bagh Hotel, Rajasthan and Ishana as a Spa Operation Manager, handling a team size of more than 100 employees. He started his career as an Ayurveda Punchkarma Nurse with Ayurveda Kendra and this experience helped him to understand the essence behind traditional massage.

In an exclusive interview, he talks about the trend, challenges and his own experience of being in spa industry:

What kinds of changes you have witnessed in the spa industry in the past 5-6 years?

Spa or Wellness Industry is booming in India as people have realized the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Apart f r o m having a balanced diet, people are moving towards wellness industry as it plays a vital role in easing out a stressful day. People are working hard for a desirable lifestyle but relaxing is equally important for a healthy mind and body. After a stressful day at work or after taking a long flight, an Ayurvedic massage with modern application techniques not only calms mind but also relaxes nerves and muscles. These days wellness industry is not only limited to beauty treatments or spa therapies but also have yoga sessions under one roof. Also, Wellness & Spa industry has created good job opportunities.

What are the current top trends in Spa?

Adhering to our age-old Ayurveda in terms of Ayurvedic treatments or using natural skincare products derived f r o m it, is a significant trend. Guests have evolved towards preferring natural therapies over the cosmetic ones. They love the usage of essential oils and its aromatic effect over mind and soul. It’s a great way to relax body and mind. Similarly, our neoVeda Spa is based on the concept of new Ayurveda. Here we use the time-honoured powers of Ayurveda with a modern influence to heal and restore, relax and invigorate mind, body and spirit. You would get the ultimate indulgence and stress release here for a simply divine experience.

We only use our in-house neoVeda products as these are made f r o m pure essential oils and are without paraben, sulphate, silicone, mineral oil, triethanolamine & phenoxyethanol. They are also PETA certified for not testing on animals & Vegan free. This is another trend, wherein, only natural products are used, free f r o m harmful chemicals, etc. Most Spas now days are using their in-house spa products rather outsourcing them.

What are the key challenges in opening a spa?

Working in this industry has been an enriching experience. Seeing and working with age-old wisdom of Ayurveda, its influence in today’s time, knowing about your body, marma or vital points, calming your mind, etc really inspires and motivates me to go deeper into subject. Currently, I’m working with neoVeda Spa and have learnt a lot here as it is based on the concept of new Ayurveda. We do detailed R&D on powers of Ayurveda with a modern influence, how to heal and restore, relax mind, body and spirit. This beautiful fusion of traditional and modern Ayurveda concept helps me to be updated and stay connected with my subject.

There are few challenges that we all face in terms of getting a well-trained and honest staff, which is very important for a smooth flow of work. And the second challenge is as to how to retain trained staff despite giving good pay, perks, working condition, etc.

Also, we need to maintain top class services for an excellent therapy. Careful hiring of well-trained therapists is the key to success for our Spa and therapist must be fully qualified with suitable experience, excellent communications and administration skills. Therapist should be well groomed, highly hygienic, medically / clinically tested and professional. Therapist must be able to perform normal spa and beauty treatments. Therapist undergoes thorough spa training to ensure smooth operations, exceptional service and maintaining of stocks to highest standards. Most importantly, therapist should be able to achieve excellent customer service levels and exceed customer’s expectations. f r o m the reception to the therapist, people choice is made with a great thought!
 
How do you decide on the spa menu? What factors have to be kept in mind to chalk out a decent menu?

We are doing continuous R&D on new Ayurveda, which is what our neoVeda Spa is based on. Also, guest feedback, what is working with them, etc also helps us in deciding spa menu. We constantly add new therapies and treatments to our menu so that we are with time and offer our guests the best therapy in vogue. With every R&D, our primary focus is rejuvenating and relaxing mind and body. The therapy should provide relief f r o m stress, uplift moods, detox skin and body, pamper one and create memorable moments and transcending mind.
 
What do you enjoy most about being a Spa Director?

Being a Spa Manager, I love the fact that after a wholesome unique experience, guests get relief f r o m stress, their day-to-day issues and are able to enjoy some ‘me’ time here. Also, that I am able to learn & go deeper on topics like, Ayurveda, natural ingredients, its benefits, etc.
 
Could you tell us the USP of your Spa? What distinguishes it f r o m others?

neoVeda Spa is the only Spa to be based on the concept of new Ayurveda that encapsulates the time-honoured powers of Ayurveda with a modern influence to heal and restore, relax and invigorate. neoVeda Spa is a perfect blend of Eastern and Western approach towards healing and beauty practices.

Centrally and strategically located at Connaught Place, New Delhi’s premier business and shopping district and has easy access f r o m International and Domestic Airport, New Delhi Railway Station and walking distance access to Airport Express Line’s Metro Station, is it’s another USP.

Spa menu is very extensive and innovative. It offers unique techniques like aroma therapy, stone therapy, and incorporates products like honey, cocoa butter, chocolate, fruits into the offerings. It also lets guests indulge in organic and natural beauty and wellness treatments using natural substances like sea-weed, jasmine, wild-rose, salt, sandalwood and many more.

neoVeda Spa has its own range of exclusive products like bath gels, body lotions, face masks and massage oils that are developed and tested by our own experts and are PETA certified apart f r o m their unique properties as follows : 

NO- Paraben, Silicone, Sulphite, Mineral Oils, Triethanolamine and Phenoxyethanol

It is also one of the few Spas to have dedicated ‘Online Spa Reservation Box’ on Hotel’s official website, wherein, residential and non-residential guests of the hotel can make guaranteed Spa treatment reservation with instant confirmation.

Lastly, neoVeda Spa incorporates the latest buzz, Health/Medical Spa, wherein, guests does not get pampered, but also treated with holistic treatment, i.e., a combination of both beauty, as well as therapeutic programs.

Do you have some customised treatments?

We can customise treatments based on guest’s needs, befitting the season and occasion apart f r o m the wide menu that neoVeda Spa has to offer.
 
What is your favorite treatment to receive? Why?

There are few signature therapies which I would like to recommend like ‘neoVeda Journey’; ‘neoVeda Signature’ -Balancing of the senses; ‘Vedic Journey’; Energy Equalizer with Volcanic Hot Stones; “Active Calming and Soothing Facial”; “Udvartina Body Scrub”; as they offer a complete sense of relaxation and wellbeing.

But my favourite is ‘Kalari massage’. It is a traditional Ayurvedic massage for stimulating vital points. This is a traditional Ayurvedic massage using herb infused ayurvedic oils, performed by the therapist using hand and feet, applying appropriate pressure to specific vital points/parts of the body. Kalari massage not only relieves back pain, stiffness and sports injuries but also stimulates various bodily organs and systems. The massage stimulates or generates the energy resources and helps the flow of vital energy in the individual. It removes blockages form the ‘marma’ points giving physical and psychological relaxation and strength forward with Udvartina scrub for longer lasting suntan - shed those dead layers of skin with a thorough body exfoliation using an age-old Ayurveda formula renowned for its strong herbal anti-oxidants. This treatment cleanses and invigorates the body and leaves skin feeling smooth, soft and saturated with anti-oxidants.  
 

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