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Our room at the JW Marriott Mumbai + my Shirodhara experience at Quan Spa

As I shared in the last post, Jonathan and I spent one day at the JW Marriott in Mumbai. We didn’t spend much time in the room since we wanted to check out Bombay Bakery (photos in previous post), Quan Spa (photos below) and Dashanzi (photos coming soon).

hotel room

The eyeless/mouthless man art was everywhere in this hotel.

palm trees
View from our room
marble bathroom
Marble bathroom

Quan Spa

We were in this couple’s room that had a (concrete?) tub, lounge area and shower; we just used the tables for massages. I love when spas have something pretty to look at when face down (even though most of the time I have my eyes closed).

massage table
quan spa room

After Jonathan’s massage he went back up to the room; I stayed behind for a scrub and the Shirodhara Ayurvedic treatment in a new room (below). The spa menu describes Shirodhara as, “an ancient Indian therapy, where warm, herbal, medicated oil is gently poured over the third eye chakra – a vital energy point located in the center of [the] forehead. It helps improve blood circulation, increase oxygen, nutrients and energy flow to the brain, reducing mental stress and improving concentration.”

Shirodhara table

I had heard of Shirodhara, so I thought there was no better place to try this Indian treatment than in India. It was…interesting.

You lay face-up on the stiff, towel-covered wood surface. The warmed oil is poured in the “kettle” above, then moved to hang over your face; it slowly streams out from the bottom onto your forehead. At times the oil was a bit too warm for my liking, so I ended up slightly shifting my head throughout the 45-minute treatment.

I can’t say I experienced any of the touted benefits of increased blood circulation and oxygen or improved concentration, but I don’t regret trying it. Overall, meh on this experience.

Have you had a Shirodhara treatment?

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