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Saturday, 30 June 2007

Travel Lithuania! - Page 3

Written by Christina Kay Bolton
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Looking for a safe place to explore with friendly and beautiful people, ancient castles, magnificent churches, cobblestone streets, quiet forests, thousands of lakes, huge sand dunes, and sparkling beaches lining the sea?

If you have any serious medical issues the first thing they schedule at any of the many spas in town is a doctor’s consultation (which only costs about $5) and your doctor recommends a series of treatments for you. In fact a number of the procedures can’t be done unless you first have that doctor’s consultation, I was surprised to find out that the mud bath was one of them.  After much deliberation, I finally decided on the ‘Embraces of Neptune’ package which was supposed to be a 1 hr 40 min package of various treatments. It turned out to be good, but not as great as it sounded because I spent most of the hour and 40 minutes waiting in the pool for the procedures to begin, and seeing how I’d just spent the previous 2 hours in the pool at the new Druskininkai Aqua Park (more about that later) and 45 minutes in this same pool in the morning, I was disappointed that the various massages were only a small part of it.

 

On the other hand, the whole thing only cost about $25, and I had a short body scrub and honey ‘massage’, relaxation massage, and a somewhat strange ‘circular shower’ – where you stand at one end of a wet room and someone stands at the other with two water pistols and sprays extremely hard beams of water at you in a certain pattern.  Though it sounds like some form of torture, I thought it actually did feel good when they went in circles in the abdominal area.

 

I loved walking through the quiet flower lined paths of Druskininkai.  There’s a nice lake in the center of town, again with walking paths surrounding it.  You can also rent a bike and cycle along the Nemunas River which is pretty at sunset when the flowers and trees alongside it are reflected in the otherwise yellowish-brownish waterway. There are a few nice churches as well; be sure to explore the Orthodox Church, as the priest is extremely courteous and generous (and speaks English).  He spent an entire hour showing me around, explaining the icons, and telling me about the church’s history and restoration. He also mentioned that people from Chernobyl have been coming to Druskininkai to heal from very serious medical conditions (even though it is quite far away).lithuania

 

The next morning I was off to Spa-Vilnius where I had some appointments booked, which turned out to be more like the Spa treatments I’m used to in length and privacy. I did sign up for some unusual ones, though, just because they sounded so unique.  I tried the lymphatic drainage massage with bamboo sticks which was actually very relaxing despite the sound of it.  Inhalations in the salt room was another, basically you lay on lounge chairs in a cave-like room with naturally shaped pure white salt walls and a rock salt floor – kind of like walking through sand except that it’s big salt crystals crunching under your feet – then you just breathe (and if you like watch the silent Tom and Jerry cartoons which were a surprising match for the new-age music and soft lighting).  This is supposed to be very good for the lungs, asthma, and other respiratory issues.

 

I also booked a seaweed bath, but there was no water in the town – they said sometimes this happens in summer when they’re working on the systems. Though later I went back to my hotel and had a hot shower, so perhaps it was only in that area of town, or only for a few hours. The staff at Spa-Vilnius were professional and suggested I have a head, neck, and shoulder massage instead and given the situation didn’t charge me the additional cost.

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