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.

 

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.

Create your own luxury spa experience

spa stones

Luxury spa hot stones: don't try this at home!

Can’t wait for your luxury spa holiday to start? Just back from a luxury spa holiday and suffering withdrawal symptoms?

We’ve put together some tips for you to enjoy the pampering of a spa holiday from the comfort of your own home. Okay, so it’s not going to be quite the same exclusive experience, but it’s a start.

Preparation, preparation, preparation

If you’re going to enjoy the spa experience at home, make sure you have some time alone and that nobody is going to disturb you. This is your day and you need time to enjoy it.

Candles, bath oils, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, nail polish, nail files, face packs, bath robes, slippers – there’s a lot of planning to do to make your home spa experience complete. Preparation is everything!

Have a relaxing bath

Choose the right bath foam or oil for you – scented oil, a bath bomb, bath salts or aromatherapy oils. Why not have some scented candles in the room, or for a real sense of the luxury spa experience, use some floating candles and petals in the bath water.

Don’t rush this part of your spa experience – get a bath pillow, sit back and enjoy a precious few moments of calm. If the water cools down, top it up with more hot water and take a few more minutes.

Take a shower

Yes, you’ve had a bath, but that was for relaxation purposes. Now shower yourself off and shampoo and condition your hair. Why not choose more luxurious products that your usual ones for that extra special sheen?

While you’re relaxing, shave your legs and armpits then use a body scrub or loofah to exfoliate before using a scented bodywash before rinsing and towelling yourself down.

Cleanse, tone and moisturise

If you want to, now’s the time for a facemask. Otherwise, now you’re relaxed and clean, cleanse and tone your face. Either use your favourite cleanser and toner or get one you haven’t tried before that suits your skin type.  Now it’s time to moisturise – not just your face but your entire body. Don’t rush it – take your time and enjoy it.

Now, put on your bath robe and comfy slippers. Your ready for hair and nails.

Hair

Before getting to your hair, pluck your eyebrows while your pores are still open. Brush and style your hair – why not try something different – if you normally wear your hair up, let it down – or vice versa.

Nails

Clean off any nail polish from your hands, moisturise and file your nails before painting them. Why not choose a different shade to normal?

While your doing your finger nails, why not soak your feet in a salt water bath, before rubbing on some foot balm and painting your toe nails?

Other luxuries

Get some of your favourite magazines in – while you’re waiting for your toenails to dry, sit down with a cup of tea – or a glass of wine – and read. Enjoy the peace and quiet.