Professional athletes have had access to some of the most sophisticated training equipment for ages and the St. Gregory Spa at the PARKROYAL on Beach Road is bringing the highly-acclaimed MIHA BODYTEC to the public. In fact between now and 30 May 2016, you can enjoy a unique MIHA BODYTEC & Ayurveda Experience Package which combines modern European fitness technology with healing therapies from India. The kind folks at PARKROYAL on Beach Road invited me down to the property on a weekend to try out this package.
If you are staying at the PARKROYAL on Beach Road, you can enjoy the MIHA BODYTEC & Ayurveda Experience Package for just S$180 Nett (10AM to 4PM on Weekdays). For everyone else, this package is available at S$250 Nett (U.P. S$310 Nett). The package comes with the following inclusions:
- 30mins One-On-One MIHA BODYTEC Session with a certified fitness trainer
- Choice of Ayurveda Treatment
- Shirodhara (Signature Stress Relief Massage – 45mins)
- Abhyangam (Herbal Oil Massage – 60mins)
- Podi Kizhi (Dry Herbal Slimming Massage – 45mins)
- Posterior Treatment (Lower Torso and Lower Limbs Massage – 80mins)
- Nutritious Light Meal at Poolside Café & Bar prepared by our culinary team
Honestly, the MIHA BODYTEC looks intimidating - especially when you look up images of this on Google. With that being said, I did not think it would cause me to perspire as much seeing that it is conducted in an air-conditioned environment but boy was I wrong. After getting suited up for the training (just bring your own running shoes and the hotel will provide the rest), I was given an overview of what the MIHA BODYTEC is about - it basically utilises electric muscle stimulation (EMS) to train specific parts of your body, making it possible to isolate and focus on the parts that matter most to you. While this technology has been used in muscle rehabilitation for over two decades, it is gaining some popularity in the fitness world. More importantly (at least for me), a 30-minute MIHA BODYTEC session is apparently more effective than a 90-minute resistance workout on the gym floor.
The exercises weren't overly complicated. In fact, I would go as far as to say that they are relatively easy to do. The only challenge is to getting your body to actually do it since the EMS will definitely provide more resistance than you think it would. I've only managed to get up to 75/100 of the maximum level and that to me was tiresome enough. For those of you who wish to take advantage of the MIHA BODYTEC training, it is available at an introductory price of S$816 (U.P. $960) for 12 Sessions or $1,440 (U.P. S$1,920) for 24 Sessions until 31 December 2016.
As mentioned early, with the MIHA BODYTEC & Ayurveda Package, you do get a choice of Ayurveda treatment. While I have been meaning to try the Shirodhara, I decided to go for the 60-minute Abhyangam (Herbal Oil Massage) instead. In my opinion, the Abhyangam did not give me the spa experience that I thought it would. While the experience was interesting, I thought that it was not as relaxing as I have hoped it would be - perhaps the transition between the MIHA BODYTEC and the massage was a little abrupt?
At the end of my treatment, I had a light lunch (which is sufficient enough to feed a hungry man) by the pool (inclusive in the package). All in all, I think the MIHA BODYTEC & Ayurveda Package offers immense value since you do get 30 minutes of fitness training (remember this is equivalent to 90 minutes!), an hour's worth of massage and a light lunch by the poolside from just S$180 Nett.
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