5 massage therapies to soothe away stress

At Constance Hotels, we offer luxury spa treatments that help restore equilibrium and a sense of well being to your body, mind and spirit.

Hand in spa pool with flower

Luxury treatments at Spa Constance for total relaxation

Our spas provide a sanctuary in which you can escape for a while and indulge in a range of relaxing and rejuvenating health and beauty treatments.

Here’s a taste of the massage therapies on offer, guaranteed to release tension and promote relaxation.

Ayurvedic massage

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system that aims to maintain the health of the mind and spirit, tailored to each individual depending on their dosha – vata, pitta and kapha  (or unique mix of energies).

Shirodhara and Shirobhyanga massage are two examples of this powerful massage technique that we offer. Using sesame oil and herbs, the massage therapist will focus on the marma points, similar to pressure points used in reflexology and acupuncture.

This type of massage relaxes the whole nervous system, balancing your energy and leaving you with renewed vigour.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is an ancient massage technique originating from Japan. The therapist uses their thumbs to massage the acupressure points along the body’s meridians (invisible channels through which qi circulates around the body).

The massage stimulates this flow of energy around your body, leaving you feeling more balanced and in a state of total relaxation. For shiatsu massage, you lie on a futon fully dressed.

Traditional Thai massage

Traditional Thai massage combines stretching the body with deep massage along the meridian channels.

You start by lying on your back, fully clothed. The stretching techniques used by the therapist are similar to yoga but it’s the therapist who does most of the work, easing you into each position. This is combined with deep massage strokes. By the end, you’ll feel revitalized, energized and totally relaxed.

Spa treatment room with client and therapist

Relax in the tranquil setting of Spa Constance

Fusion massage

This massage technique combines Thai, Shiatsu and Swedish massage. It works alternately on the muscles and nervous system to soothe away stress, and leave you feeling serene and invigorated.

Sports massage

Sports massage is ideal for anyone wanting to recover from an injury or enhance their sports performance.

The technique is particularly effective if you have chronic pain or restricted movement. This is a deep massage, and the therapist will either focus on the problem area (for example frozen shoulder) or the whole body.

Follow the action at the French Open 2011

The 2011 French Open  has entered its second week (17 May-5 June).

Tennis player at French Open 2011

French Open 2011 at the Roland Garros stadium, Paris

Follow the action at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, and find out who the most likely contenders are for this year’s trophy.

Roland Garros 2011 official website

The official website for the French Open tournament. Get the latest scores, daily schedules of play, and watch or listen to the matches as they unfold.

BBC

Watch the latest action on BBC iPlayer.

Straight sets

Tennis blog offering from the New York Times, with lively and detailed articles by coaches and journalists.

Tennis X

The blog’s tagline is dysfunctional tennis blogging at its finest. Informed articles including video, keeping you up-to-date on the latest action at the Roland Garros stadium.

WIN a luxury, 5-star holiday in Mauritius, flights included

Constance Le Prince Maurice Resort, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice Resort, Mauritius

Constance Hotels is running a fantastic competition to win a luxury 7-night stay for 2 at the 5-star Constance Le Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius.

As well as half board in an exceptional luxury Junior Suite, the prize includes flights from our partners, Air Mauritius* and access to two championship 18 hole golf courses.

All you have to do is answer 3 simple multiple choice questions about Constance Le Prince Maurice and you’ll be in with a chance of winning. And the answers can all be found on this blog!

Enter the competition now by visiting the Constance Hotels Experience Facebook page.

Perfume, wine and champagne on Twitter

Weekly prizes can also be won on Twitter throughout May, including bottles of wine from the wonderful Art de Vignes, magnums of champagne from Champagne Deutz and high-class French perfume from Serge Lutens.

*Flights must be taken from an Air Mauritius Gateway. Prize does not include transfers to and from the airport to Constance Le Prince Maurice. Holiday insurance isn’t included.

Serge Lutens – sponsors of our Twitter competition

Serge Lutens Fragrances

You can win Serge Lutens fragrances

Every week for the next month we’re offering fabulous prizes through our Twitter account including perfume from the world class perfumer Serge Lutens.

Serge Lutens’ perfumes are famous for their individuality, authenticity and rarity. Although born in Lille, France, Serge Lutens draws inspiration from his adopted home, Morocco.

His scents are pure and intoxicating yet anchored in reality. They smell of the things you recognise: places, skin, sex, people, even bread.

Lutens’ newest perfume Jeux de Peux is said to be inspired by childhood memories of warm, crusty bread. Other popular perfumes include Ambre Sultan, Fille en Aiguilles and Daim Blond.

Enter our Twitter competition throughout May and you could discover for yourself the beauty of Lutens’ fragrances.

You can also enter our fabulous competition to win a luxury 7-night stay for 2 at the 5-star Constance Le Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius including half-board and flights.

You can enter the competition now! Check out Constance Hotels Experience on Facebook to enter.

Deutz champagne – sponsors of our Twitter competition

Bottle of Deutz champagne

Deutz Champagne

Deutz champagne is produced in the Aÿ region of Champagne. Founded in 1838, Deutz is today considered one of the finest champagnes in the world. Five successive generations of the Deutz and Geldermann families have continued to produce champagne and the house now produces both vintage and non-vintage cuvee.

Enter our Twitter competition throughout May and June and you could win a magnum of Deutz champagne, among other prizes.

You can also enter our fabulous competition to win a luxury 7-night stay for 2 at the 5-star Constance Le Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius including half-board and flights.

All you have to do is answer 3 simple multiple choice questions about Constance Le Prince Maurice and you’ll be in with a chance of winning. And the answers are all on our blog.

To enter, visit the Constance Hotels Experience Facebook page.

Air Mauritius – partners in our fabulous holiday competition

Air Mauritius

Air Mauritius

We’re delighted that Air Mauritius is sponsoring our fabulous competition, where you can win a luxury 7-night stay for 2 at the 5-star Constance Le Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius including half-board in an exceptional junior suite and flights.

Our lucky winners will start their magical holiday aboard Air Mauritius. The airline flies from more than 25 destinations across Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

Renowned for their exceptional customer service both in-flight and on the ground, the award winning airline has a young fleet of aircraft including the Airbus A340-300C, A340-300E, A330-200, A319-100.

On board, the cabins are designed to reflect the colours and scenery of Mauritius, from the calm turquoise waters of the lagoon and Indian ocean to the native flora and fauna of the island.

Passengers can take advantage of the airline’s eticketing system, online check in and frequent flyers club. Dedicated check in counters and use of the departure lounge is also available for business class and Elite card holders.

All you have to do is answer 3 simple multiple choice questions about Constance Le Prince Maurice and you’ll be in with a chance of winning. And the answers are all on our blog.

You can enter the competition now! Check out Constance Hotels Experience on Facebook to find out how to enter.

We’re also running competitions on our Twitter account throughout May and June.