Wellness centre takes off at Mumbai airport

Written by Shaheen Mansuri | Mumbai, Mar 18 | Updated: Mar 19 2008, 06:03am hrs
Mumbais Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) is the first airport in the country to have a wellness centre, My Foot Reflexology.

The centre, which has come up last week at terminal IB and offers foot reflexology therapies, has been leased to My Foot International Pvt Ltd by Mumbai International Airport Private Ltd (MIAL). However, aviation analysts term this as a trend, which might spread to other airports as well.

Said an official of MIAL, Currently, the centre is located at the domestic terminal IB. Later, we may consider one such wellness centre at the international terminal which will be ready in a couple of months. But nothing is clear as of now.

Aviation analysts feel that airports are introducing such wellness centres so that passengers can rejuvinate themselves before their onward journey. If the service is extended to international travellers in future, the business travellers who want to take a connecting flight to any international destination from Mumbai can take a quick rejuvenating treatment, said the analyst.

He added that Mumbai airport alone handles over 25 million passengers annually (includes domestic and international). Other metro city airports too handle large volumes of passenger traffic and are being upgraded at par with their international counterparts. The trend is likely to pick up in a big way because after a long travel, nothing is more rejuvinating than a relaxed massage, said the analyst.

International airports like Singapore s Changi airport also have foot reflexology centre to alleviate tiredness and stress after a long-haul flight.

Bhavna Vohra CEO, My Foot India added that the company handles one such centre at Changi airport where response from the travellers is very good. We expect the same feedback at the Mumbai airport. These quick touch-up therapies are aimed at relieving muscle aches and tired feet which are tailored to the amount of time one decides to spend at the airport, said Vohra.