Thai massage at Constance Hotels

Our spa trainer at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Ajay Kishtoo, shares his knowledge of Thai massage and what you can expect from a treatment at Constance Hotels.

Thai massage, also known as yoga massage, consists of deep massage and stretching movements.

Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The therapist uses his hands, elbows, knees, feet and entire legs to move the client into a series of yoga stretches. No oils are used in Thai massage. The client wears comfortable clothes, and the massage is performed on the floor on padded mats. Getting Thai massage may feel like doing yoga without having to exert yourself.

History of Thai massage

Thai massage, like traditional Thai medicine, has been influenced by Indian and Chinese traditions of medicine. In Thai, it is called nuad boram, which means ‘ancient massage.”Thai massage has been a medical specialty for over 2500 years, since the time of the Buddha. To this day, there are a lot of variations of Thai massage from different regions inThailand.

What happens during a Thai massage?

Thai massage is performed solo or in a group. You will change into comfortable, loose clothes provided by the massage therapist and lie down on a firm mat on the floor. The therapist will push, pull and stretch you into many different positions during the massage. Many stretches and movements are similar to traditional Western sports massage, to lengthen your muscles and release compromised joints.

Woman relaxing at Spa de Constance

Relaxation at Spa de Constance

The massage therapist leans on your body, using her hands and elbows, and applies firm and rhythmic pressure. The therapist follows the ‘sen’ lines, comparable to meridians in traditional Chinese medicine or nadis in Indian medicine.

The therapist walks on you using her feet and heels. The therapist also uses her legs and feet to fix your body and limbs in necessary positions while you are being stretched. A full massage typically lasts 2 hours or more. It consists of rhythmic pressing, pushing, pulling and stretching of your entire body including fingers, toes and ears. The massage follows a standard sequence.

Benefits of Thai Massage

Thai massage stretches your muscles, releases tight joints and increases range of motion. It improves circulation and reduces stress. You will feel relaxed, centred and energised.

Precautions

You should not receive Thai massage without first consulting a doctor if any of the following apply:

  • you have an infectious skin disease, rash or open wounds
  • after chemotherapy, radiation or surgery
  • you are prone to blood clots or if you have heart disease
  • you are pregnant (you would also need a Thai massage therapist who is certified in pregnancy massage)
  • you have bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors or recent fractures – Thai massage should not be performed directly over the affected areas, so advise your massage therapist of any such wounds.

Tips

Arrive at least 15 minutes early so you can relax and fill out necessary forms in peace. Let your massage therapist know your complete health history and any health conditions that need special consideration. Don’t eat a big meal right before the massage. If you feel pain or discomfort during the massage, let your therapist know immediately so they can adjust their treatment. After the massage, drink a lot of water.

Marc Farry offers golf lessons to guests in Mauritius, 12-21 April

Marc Farry, professional golfer and golf ambassador of Constance Hotels Experience, is giving personal coaching to guests of Constance Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice from 12-21 April 2012.

Links golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Links golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Marc Farry, a full member of the European Tour since 1989, has won 16 tournaments on the French domestic tour including the 2000 French PGA Championship. He joined the European Senior Tour in 2009.

In 2010, he captured a special second Senior Tour title when he won the inaugural Cannes Mougins Masters, an event that he co-organised. His maiden victory came four months earlier in similarly rainy conditions when he triumphed in the Handa Irish Senior Open presented by Fáilte Ireland.

Mark, a regular visitor in Mauritius, was named Ambassador of Mauritian Golf  during MCB Tour Championship 2011 by Robert Desvaux, Chairman of MTPA (Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority).

For more information about the courses with Marc, please visit the Links or Legend Club Houses at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

 

 

Golfer Bill Longmuir coaching at Belle Mare Plage 24 March-6 April

There’s a treat in store this coming week for golf enthusiasts at Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice as Scottish professional golfer, Bill Longmuir, will be offering personal coaching courses to guests from 24 March to 6 April 2012.

Bill Longmuir

Bill Longmuir

Book your lesson with Bill Longmuir

If you would like to book a lesson with Bill, visit the Club House at the Links or Legend Golf courses during your stay, or pre-book by using our the contact us form on our website.

Winning titles

After joining the European Senior Tour in 2003, Bill finished runner up in the Order of Merit that same year winning 2 titles.

He has won the following European Seniors’ Tour titles:

  • 2003   De Vere PGA Seniors Championship, Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open
  • 2004   Charles Church Scottish Seniors Open, Mobile Cup  
  • 2005   Scandinavian Senior Open          
  • 2007   Midas English Seniors Open       
  • 2008   DGM Barbados Open         
  • 2010   Handa Senior Masters       

Other wins:

  • 1976 – Nigerian Open, Southland Classic (Nouvelle-Zélande)
  • 1980 -Nigeria Open
  • 1983 -Ivory Coast Open
  • 1985 -Nigeria Open
  • 1996 – British PGA Club Professional Championship

Find out more about golf holidays with Constance

Luxurious spa treatments at Constance Halaveli Resort

Constance Halaveli is the ultimate luxury get-away, and the spa experience at the resort is not to be missed.

Spa treatment pavilion at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Spa at Constance Halaveli

At Spa de Constance, you can indulge in a range of beautiful treatments that will restore your sense of vitality and have you skipping back along the jetty to your villa.

Our beautiful treatment pavilion is perched on stilts above the Indian Ocean, with each room offering breathtaking views across the turquoise waters.

We offer an extensive range of holistic spa and beauty treatments, and use only 100% natural products free from SLS and parabens, including the exquisite organic range from Ila. A kids’ spa menu is also available, for children aged 3-12 years.

And in May this year, we’re opening our brand new Valmont Spa – offering beauty and spa treatments from the prestigious brand.

Inside peek at the spa menu

Here’s a taste of what you can look forward to when visiting the spa at Halaveli:

Skin to Within Experience 180 minutes

  • Skin to Within Body Massage
  • Revive Coco Glow
  • Sublime Healing Wrap
  • Restore Hair Mask

Complete body nurturing and re-balancing from top to toe. Our signature blend of oils, Elemi, Coriander, Lime, Coconut and Pomegranate are rich in anti-oxidants to protect your skin, are immune boosting, and will encourage  feelings of euphoria.

Complete Earthjoy 160 minutes

  • Earthjoy Body Massage
  • Invigorate Salt Glow
  • Cool Earth Clay Wrap

This combination of healing herbs, oils and treatments will bring far away dreamers back down to earth, and tease even the timid to sing with joy. Using oils of Vetiver, Ylang Ylang and Lemon to ground, bring feelings of sensuality, clarity and balance, this experience will release all signs of nervous tension, and is the natural choice for complete restoration.

Massage at Constance Halaveli

Massage at Constance Halaveli

Ila Scrubs and Wraps 60 minutes

Choose between Ila Blissful Experience or Ila for Energising and Detoxing. The combined friction of these body scrubs and the healing power of Himalayan salt will leave you looking and feeling truly radiant.

Ayuverdic Shirodara 60 minutes

Warm herbal oil poured over brow chakra to induce a profound sense of relaxation.

Ayurvedic Pindasweda 75 minutes

Traditional hot poultice body treatment using a mixture of rice, herbs and milk. The warmth of the poultice and the powerful scents of these exotic herbs will penetrate your whole being.

Salt Glow Scrubs and Seaweed Wraps 80 minutes

  • Skin to Within Glow and Wrap
  • Earthjoy Glow and Wrap
  • Soul Soothe Glow and Wrap
  • Ocean Purity Glow and Wrap

Bath Soaks 30 minutes

  • Skin to Within Bath Soak
  • Space for Togetherness Bath Soak
  • Ila Bath Soak for Inner Peace
  • Ila Bath Soak for Cleansing

Find out more

A fabulous beauty treatment for mothers-to-be

Therapist at Spa de Constance

Spa de Constance

At Spa de Constance, we offer a wonderful holistic pregnancy massage for mothers-to-be.

In one of our beautifully designed treatment rooms, your therapist will use light and smooth movements, applying the gentlest of pressure to ease tension away from your body and restore equilibrium to your whole being.

The massage we offer is suitable from the fourth to eighth month of pregnancy.

Here are some of the benefits you may experience from the treatment: 

  • Reducing swelling in hands, feet and ankles
  • Easing muscular pain caused by the extra weight you’re carrying
  • Reducing anxiety, encouraging relaxation and promoting better sleep patterns
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Reducing sciatic pain
  • Promoting a sense of well being which releases endorphins, the body’s natural feel good chemicals

Trends 2012 – the spa experience

Spa treatment room

Wonderful spa treatments available at Constance

As we stride into 2012, are you enjoying the challenge of keeping to your new year’s resolutions?

This is a great time of year to make changes in your life that will bring you a greater sense of wellbeing, and improved health and happiness.

These days, the trend is towards a certain art of living. There’s a general wish to feel comfortable with ourselves, and to find simple internal happiness.

Lifestyles are constantly evolving and we need to adapt to the new demands on us. A spa is all about combining health, beauty and well-being through specific and tailor-made treatments.

Try something new…

At Constance Hotels, our guests return time and again to our spas for well deserved treatments.

Spa de Constance

Stunning setting for Spa de Constance at Moofushi

It’s not just about reclaiming ‘me-time’ – it’s about reminding ourselves, when we’re not functioning at full speed, to listen to our body and mind, and to restore an equilibrium that enables us to live life to the full.

Our spas provide a wonderful harmonious space were you can:

  • enjoy something new
  • immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings
  • receive personalised treatments
  • feel really well looked after
  • nuture your physical and emotional self.

At our 7 resorts across the Indian Ocean, you’ll find the renowned Spa de Constance as well as spas specialising in Guerlain and Shiseido treatments. At Constance Ephelia, you’ll find spa villas that come complete with personal treatment spaces.

Visit our Constance Hotels Experience website to find out more about our spas at each resort, and don’t miss these spa articles on our blog: