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At the new wellness center in Mahabalipuram, rejuvenate with relaxing Ayurvedic treatments

A Lonely Planet pick, Butterball Bed a�?na�� Breakfast is known for its affordable accommodation, and delicious burgers and pastas at the adjoining Burger Shack. Now there is yet another reason to drop by this establishment in Mahabalipurama��three-month-old Prana Ayurvedic Wellness Center. Samia Sait, the 24-year-old owner-entrepreneur, says, a�?Every time we wanted a relaxing treatment, we had to step out. Then it struck us, why not start one here.a�? With trained masseuses and therapists from Kerala, the centre promises a versatile range of rejuvenating services in a hygienic environment. a�?We have stress-busting massages, like Shirodhara, where medicinal oils like ksheerabala are poured on the forehead in a continuous stream,a�? says Sijo Varghese, one of the therapists. He recommends the kizhi treatment, a gentle massage with a pouch filled with herbs like neem, garlic and adalodakam (medicinal Malabar Nut leaves). Among the facials, the tan-removing Navara face packa��where the Navara rice is boiled in milk and herbs-infused water and then grounda��is popular. Assuring us that it is a wellness center and not a spa, Sait says, a�?We have an on-call doctor whom you can consult with before choosing a treatment.a�? Prana also offers several detox packages that include massages and healthy vegetarian meals.
Between 7 am and 7 pm.Rs 500 onwards. Details: 9094792525
a�� Ranjitha G


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