How to choose the right massage for you

Spa menus generally open up to a long list of massages, ranging from relaxing to more complex types and techniques.

Choose the right massage for you

Sisley Spa, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Choosing the right massage for you is crucial if you’re to get the most from it, and improve your sense of well being. At Constance, we find that guests tend to look for the familiar that they have read about or experienced before, as a safer option.

But here’s another approach you can take to choosing the right massage for you. 

The important step is to recognise that the process needs to start with you. What is it that your body most needs in this moment?

How the body copes with stress

Our body has 3 main ways that it copes with stress in modern life: nervous tension, muscular tension or chemical tension. To put it simply we either need to relax, energise or detoxify.



1. Relax

If your body has built up mostly nervous tension you will feel the muscles are tense, you will have knots in them but it is coming from stress of the nervous system. Perhaps your sleep will also be restless or you tend to feel tired in the mornings as if you have not fully rested.

If this is what your body is feeling like then what you should choose is a long deeply relaxing slow type of massage. You need a massage that will take time to calm the nervous system, and help your body to switch into a state of rest. The sign of a good relaxing massage is that you find yourself dreaming or drifting off to sleep without realising it.

2. Energise

If your body has stored a lot of physical and muscular tension you will feel aching in the muscles, stiffness and knots that are a result from overuse and tension of the muscular system. You may find that you wake up with stiffness, or muscles get tense in certain postures such as at your desk or computer.

When your body is feeling like this you need to choose an energising and circulation-stimulating massage. The objective of the massage is to bring a lot of fresh circulation to the muscle fibres, and warm up the connective tissue so that you feel more flexible and relaxed. The sign of a good energising massage is that you find the muscles feeling warm, flexible to the massage strokes, with a deep feeling of relaxation physically.

3. Detox

In modern life we have so many factors that overwhelm our body with excess. Too much pollution, chemicals, toxins, sugar, alcohol, junk food, stress, emotional tension – all of these lead the body to develop a toxic load and can leave you feeling tired, heavy, bloated, puffy and generally overwhelmed.

Choose the right massage for you

Spa de Constance, Halaveli

If your body has just had enough of modern living conditions and toxins it is time to detoxify. You need to choose a draining and cleansing massage. The massage focus will be on draining the muscles and circulation by focusing on the lymphatic system and circulation system together.

The sign of a good detoxifying massage is that you feel the muscles relax and become light whilst the skin feels tighter and less puffy as excess water is draining. Drink enough water and natural foods after your massage to help replenish with the right chemicals.

Taking the next step



So for your next visit to our spas at Constance Hotels & Resorts, take time to see what message your body is telling you and then choose a massage with the focus that you need.

Sometimes you may even feel that you need all 3 to fully rejuvenate, in this case start with the most urgent feeling and then progress over the next few days as your body re-adjusts.

I always find 3 massages is the ideal to really improve the state of the body. So I start with a good Detox Massage to get the system clear and drained, then move on to either deep relaxing or energising massage depending on the need.

Dr Chase Webber

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Top 5 walks in Madagascar

Immerse yourself in the spectacular biodiversity, varied landscapes and unique species of Madagascar on walks through the country’s national parks.

Walks in Madagascar

Isalo National Park

From tropical rainforests to sandstone canyons and even a UNESCO World heritage site, trekking in Madagascar is a once in a lifetime experience.

Here’s our guide to the 5 best walks in Madagascar.

Isalo National Park

With its deep sandstone canyons, cliffs and gorges the spectacular mountain park of Isalo is reminiscent of the great canyons of the world. Park rangers are on hand to guide walkers through the park on various trails highlighting different features such as caves and swallow holes, lemur watching and natural swimming pools.

Andringitra Moutains

A landscape of high mountains and deep valleys, Andringitra is one of Madagascar’s more accessible mountain parks. A famous hotspot for high altitude biodiversity found on its stunning mountain prairies including rare lemurs, birds and palm trees.

Walks in Madagascar

Andringitra Moutains

The park features Madagascar’s second highest peak, the granite dome of Peak Boby at 2658m. Walkers will find a selection of trails here from 6km to 18km.

Ankarana

Spectacular jagged pinnacles of Jurassic limestone known locally as tsingy interspersed with dense tropical jungle, dry forests and deep caves characterise this remote area in the north of the country.

Walkers are advised to take a guide as this can be a tough trek but keen walkers will find a landscape untouched by human hands and unchanged for thousands of years.

Bermaraha

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1990, Bermaraha is a startling landscape of limestone needles known as tsingys, canyons, mountain peaks and rolling hills.

The protected forests and mangrove swamps are home to rare and endangered wildlife including the western woolly lemur and the fat-tailed dwarf lemur, the antsingy leaf chameleon and the Madagascar Goshawk.

Walks in Madagascar

Bermaraha

Tsarabanjina

One of the few inhabited islands of the Mitsio Archipelago, Tsarabanjina is a small private island to the north west of Madagascar 40 miles from Nosy Be. With a coast of idyllic white sand beaches and a mountainous heart of lush vegetation and rare wildlife there is plenty for walkers to enjoy here.

Guests at Constance Tsarabanjina are provided free guides to enjoy nature walks around the island where they may be lucky enough to see rare birds such as the famous flycatcher of Madagascar and fish eagles. Those with particularly good eyesight might even spot the world’s smallest chameleon.

Discover more about the region’s history with a walk to the Eastern beach peninsular, the site for the tomb of the Sakalava kings of the Mitsio Islands. Local islanders still bring offerings to the tombs today.

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Kickstart the Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice has teamed up with the best selling author of the Fast Diet to offer guests the perfect way in to the hugely popular diet.

The Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

What is the Kickstart Fast Diet?

Our chefs, personal trainers and spa therapists have worked with diet co-creator Mimi Spencer to come up with a Kickstart Fast Diet program at Le Prince Maurice, to help and inspire guests to enjoy the Fast Diet lifestyle.

The Kickstart Fast Diet will be available at Le Prince Maurice from November 2013.

The idea behind the Fast Diet is that people eat normally for five days of the week and fast for two. This makes it the perfect holiday diet for guests who also want to enjoy the sumptuous flavours, signature cocktails and fine wines Le Prince Maurice has to offer.

Fast Diet on the menu

For fast days our chefs have created delicious, fresh dishes including local seafood and locally grown fruits and vegetables with a careful calorie-count listed on the menu.

Fitness and spa at Le Prince Maurice

One-to-one tailored sessions with a personal trainer are also available for guests who are inspired to try the Fast Diet, or those already following it.

Spa treatments to complement the work of the diet will also be available at the Spa de Constance and Sisley Spa such as digestive massages, lymphatic drainage and detoxifying wraps.

Mimi Recommends

Mimi Spencer is determined to help guests get the most from the diet during their stay at Le Prince Maurice and has tagged a range of dishes and spa treatments with ‘Mimi Recommends’ to highlight their effectiveness as part of the Kickstart Fast Diet program.

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21 unique experiences in the Indian Ocean

Journey to the diverse islands of the Indian Ocean and seize your chance to try something you’ve never done before.

Discover Mauritius from the air

Discover Mauritius from the air

1. Dive with sharks in the Maldives

Discover the secrets of these beautiful creatures on a PADI shark speciality course at Moofushi. Learn about their behaviour, their group relationships and their eco-system and then watch them in the wild on two separate shark dives.

2. Meet the unique lemurs of Madagascar

Take a short boat ride from Constance Tsarabanjina to Nosy Komba and meet one of Madagascar’s most fascinating natives, the black lemur.

3. Discover Mauritius from the air on a helicopter ride

Take in the breathtaking beauty of this volcanic island with its lush mountainous interior and stunning beaches during an exhilarating helicopter ride.

4. Pit your wits against the big game fish of the Indian Ocean

Feel the thrill of the chase while sports fishing in the Seychelles where Blue Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna, Sailfish and Barracuda swim in the warm, calm waters.

5. Experience the deep relaxation of a 4 hand Ayurvedic massage in the Maldives

Let two therapists soothe your tired muscles and stimulate pressure points in this hour-long sumptuous aromatic massage at Spa de Constance, Moofushi.

Big game fishing at Constance

Big game fishing at Constance

6. Watch the dance of the exotic marine birds of Madagascar

Take a boat trip from Tsarabanjina at sunset to witness the balletic swooping of the frigate birds, northern gannets and white-tailed tropic birds as they return to the volcanic Frères Islands at night.

7. Watch a movie on the beach under the stars in the Maldives

Lie back on comfy beanbags on the white sand of Moofushi and let our waiters bring you popcorn and cocktails while you enjoy a classic movie.

8. Try your hand at traditional Malagasy net fishing

Fish the way the people of Madagascar have for hundreds of years, then take your catch back to the resort and have your fish prepared for you by our chefs for a sumptuous dining treat.

9. Explore the depths of the Indian Ocean on a submarine ride

Be one of the few to experience the world of the submariner with a trip beneath the waves from Belle Mare Plage. See the stunning marine life of Mauritius including vibrant tropical fish and colourful reefs.

10. Zipline through tropical forests of the Seychelles

Get your adrenalin pumping with a series of exhilarating aerial ziplines at Constance Ephélia, Mahé.

A romantic dinner on the beach

A romantic dinner on the beach

11. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two on a private sandbank in the Maldives

Savour dinner under the stars on a secluded sandbank at a table lit by flaming torches and a personal butler on hand to serve you sumptuous 5* cuisine at Constance Moofushi.

12. Play golf on a championship course on a paradise island

Join the list of many golfing legends to have played the Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage, home to the annual MCB Tour Championship, or play at the only golf course in the Seychelles, at Constance Lémuria.

13. Indulge in an oriental bathing ceremony in the Seychelles

Wash all your tension away with a Shiseido Nourishing Bathing Ceremony at the stunning Shiseido Spa, Ephélia.

14. Visit a traditional Maldivian fishing village

Take a boat trip from Moofushi to a local fishing village and experience the laid back charm of the Maldivian people and culture.

15. Reconnect with a couple’s spa treatment

Indulge together in a Zen Ritual for couples at the Spa de Constance, Belle Mare Plage. Relax with a body scrub, wrap and ylang ylang massage in our special couple’s treatment room.

Relax at Spa de Constance

Relax at Spa de Constance

16. Explore the unique flora and fauna with a guided walk around Tsarabanjina

Take in the breathtaking views from the hilltops of Tsarabanjina and allow our guides to introduce you to the unique biodiversity of the wildlife on our island.

17. Take a romantic Dhoni ride at sunset in the Maldives

Sail around the beautiful waters of the South Ari Atoll on a traditional Maldivian wooden sail boat and watch the sun turn the ocean and sky to amber.

18. Stroll beneath the waves in Mauritius

Walk the ocean floor and meet the varied and vivid marine life of Mauritius in just your swimsuit, with the aid of a weight belt and a diver’s helmet.

19. Take a night dive in the Seychelles

Experience the Indian Ocean at night when many of the fish and corals change colour and witness the stunning display of phosphorescent plankton on a night dive at Ephélia.

20. Eat fresh lobster served at a secluded table on rocks overlooking the ocean in Madagascar

Try this unique culinary experience where local lobster caught off the shores of Tsarabanjina is prepared and grilled just for you before being served at a secluded table beside the beach.

21. Traditional night fishing in the Maldives

Experience the unique tranquillity of being on the ocean at night under the stars as you try your hand fishing the night waters from a traditional Maldivian Dhoni.

 

Constance Moofushi guide to barefoot luxury

Constance Moofushi, set in the Maldives stunning South Ari Atoll, is a castaway island with a generous dash of Constance luxury.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Barefoot luxury at Moofushi

From bars with sumptuous sofas on the beach to restaurants on the sand where you can savour delicious seafood fresh from the ocean, the vibe at Moofushi is one of laid back boutique-style chic.

Time for romance

Take a sunset cruise on a traditional Maldivian sailboat, enjoy a secluded torch-lit dinner for two on a private sandbank with your own butler, or simply feel the joy of walking hand in hand down perfect white sand beaches. At Moofushi, thanks to the beautiful setting and peaceful ambience, romance permeates everything we do.

Savour the luxury

Enjoy the luxury of our personalised service with staff always on hand, happy to help ensure you have everything you need for a perfect holiday. Savour the sumptuous food, stylish surroundings and top notch facilities of our 5* resort.

Water and beach villas

Float above the turquoise lagoon in our secluded, spacious water villas with uninterrupted views out across the Indian Ocean, or retreat to the privacy of a beach villa with hammock strung across your private terrace.

Cleansing mind, body & soul at Spa de Constance, Moofushi

Cleansing mind, body & soul at Spa de Constance

Everything’s included with Cristal

With the generous Cristal all-inclusive package everything from chocolates in your villa to sumptuous fine dining experiences are all part of the deal. If you’re looking to add something unique to your holiday, a special experience just for you, there are opportunities to add extras.

Wine

Moofushi shares the Constance passion for excellent wine. The wine cellar forms an impressive centrepiece to our Manta restaurant, and our professional sommeliers are on hand to guide and advise your choices.

Unwind at the Spa de Constance

Indulge yourself with sumptuous massages, invigorating scrubs, nourishing wraps and hydrating facials in the stunning palm-thatched treatment rooms of our spa floating tranquilly above the lagoon.

Or reconnect with yourself and reboot your energy reserves with our one-to-one yoga and meditation sessions.

Explore the stunning underwater world of Moofushi

Often described as one of the best diving spots in the world, the South Ari Atoll is rich with marine life including migrating species such as whale sharks, giant manta rays and turtles.

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Explore the Indian Ocean directly from your water villa

There are 32 major dive sites around Moofushi including the world famous Maaya Thila with its grey reef sharks and the caves of Fish Head. Surrounded by its own house reef, guests can also enjoy amazing snorkelling from the beach.

Guest reviews on Trip Advisor

A recent guest wrote on TripAdvisor, ‘From the moment we landed… we were in a different world, a world of fantasy. Our initial thoughts were, what will we do for 4 nights here? But when the day came we had to return we had only one regret… why didn’t we stay here for 10 nights?’

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How to get the most from your spa experience

So you’re finally on holiday…. and finally away from the stresses and time pressures of modern life. 


Relax with a spa experience at Constance

Relax with a spa experience at Constance

With a holiday comes the chance to relax both body and mind, and a spa treatment or three is the perfect way to target stress and tension that has been accumulating in your body for months.

Whether you’re a spa aficionado or newbie, Constance Spa Manager Dr Chase Webber reveals his tips for making your spa experience the best for your body, one where true healing and rejuvenation can begin.



1.  Give yourself enough time

The tension and stress has been building up in your body for many weeks, months, years even – so really give your body the time to let go. Plan for the longer massages especially for your first massage.

If you have a good long massage of 90min your therapist has time to really get to know all your muscles, find the tension areas and work on them. Your body also has time to really relax and allow your therapist to work deeper gradually. It is always better to work deeper gradually to clear tension than try to force the muscles which will only feel painful.

Even before you arrive for your massage I recommend that you take some extra time to have a warm shower, or spend 5 to 10 minutes in the steam or sauna facilities to begin the relaxation and prepare your body for treatment.  Then after the treatment spend some more time just relaxing as much as possible.

Sisley Spa, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Sisley Spa, Constance Le Prince Maurice

2.  Talk to your therapist before the massage begins

Take the time to tell your therapist about any particular areas of tension, or an area of sensitivity or where you prefer no massage. If your therapist understands your needs they can better customise the massage and spend extra time on important zones. If during the massage you need more pressure, or less if it is too tender, ask your therapist to adjust. At Constance our therapists are trained to note your preferences and check if you are comfortable but they often need your feedback to adjust if necessary.

3.  Allow yourself to relax and get absorbed in the treatment

Touch is one of the most important senses to communicate with the brain and nervous system. The touch and pressure signals activate the brain and nerves to update the body tissues. More and more research is starting to show the benefits of regular massage on all parts of the body and not just muscle tension. Blood Pressure improves, digestion improves, general circulation improves.  So allow your awareness to scan the body to see where there is an area of high tension. These areas may need follow up massage to fully improve them which leads to my last point.

4.  Always book a follow up massage

Total relaxation at Ephélia's Spa Village

Total relaxation at Ephélia’s Spa Village

It is virtually impossible to clear all the tension and stress from the body in one massage, normally the muscles that have been really tight may even be a little more tender the day after a massage and it is at this time that a follow up massage is most beneficial to bring more fresh circulation into these areas and continue the deep relaxation. I always recommend to plan for at least 3 massages during a week, this way the first massage starts the process and clears most of the superficial tension, the second massage works to clear out any deeper tension and then in the third massage you are completely checking the entire body and integrating the new body awareness.

Next time I’ll be writing on how to exercise to get the best results and latest scientific findings for spa and fitness.

Yours in health
Chase

Spa at Constance Hotels & Resorts

At our hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean, we offer a range of spa treatments. Our Spa More Smile More package is designed so you can enjoy multiple treatments at a discount, and our Welcome Offer is a 90 minute massage so you get the most from your first treatment.