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 10 spa treatments at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Soothe your mind and put a spring back in your step with our luxury spa treatments at Constance Hotels & Resorts.

Spa de Constance, Moofushi

Spa de Constance, Moofushi

Here’s a look at some of the most popular treatments our guests choose on a Constance holiday.

• Prince’s Stress Relief (Spa de Constance, Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius)

The spa’s signature treatment this is the ultimate in relaxation, a 4 hands massage using long, smooth strokes to soothe muscles and clear the mind.

• Shiseido’s Japanese Beauty Paradise (Shiseido Spa, Lémuria, Seychelles)

Welcome yourself to the elegant luxury of Lémuria with this treatment exclusively designed by Shiseido for guests of the hotel. Commencing with a Japanese foot ritual and gentle steam it ends with a sublime 75 minute Qi facial.

• Valmont’s Anti Aging UV Repair (Valmont Spa, Halaveli, Maldives)

Developed in Princess Pan Deï Palace in St Tropez this treatment from Swiss skincare specialist Valmont deeply regenerates skin repairing skin damage to the delicate face and décolleté.

Spa Village, Constance Ephelia

Spa Village, Constance Ephelia

• Green Tea Wrap Experience (Spa de Constance, Moofushi, Madives)

An invigorating wrap which purifies and restores the natural mineral balance of your skin with the exotic scents of rosemary and frankincense.

• Sisley’s Intensive Hydrating Anti-Ageing (Sisley Spa, Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius)

A rejuvenating combination of aromatherapy, anti-aging skincare and massage will leave your skin feeling refreshed and firm.

• Enchanting Wave Massage (Spa de Constance, Moofushi, Maldives)

A holistic treatment for body and mind this full body massage combines reiki, tai chi, temple Hawaiian lomi-lomi and Esalen traditions.

• Shiseido’s Nourishing Bathing Ceremony (Shiseido Spa, Ephélia, Seychelles)

Gentle lighting and Japanese fragrances of cherry blossom, green tea and silken rice will transport you to a new level of serenity in this indulgent bathing ceremony concluding with the application of Ultimate Nourishing Body Cream.

Night spa on the beach, Constance Lemuria

Night spa on the beach, Constance Lemuria

• Soulful Soothing (Spa de Constance, Halaveli Maldives)

Set to the scents of benzoin, rosewood, cedarwood, petitgrain and rose this calming treatment includes a soul soothe body massage, softening skin polish and rosewood warmth wrap.

• Tropical Stone Detox (Spa de Constance, Ephélia, Seychelles)

Pamper yourself outside and in with an all-encompassing spa treatment including a green clay wrap, a mini face detox, relaxing scalp massage and concluding in a heavenly hot stone massage.

• Shiseido’s Japanese Jet Lag Therapy (Shiseido Spa, Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius)

The perfect treatment after a long journey Shiseido uses its signature Qi therapy to relieve stress and revitalise cramped, tired muscles. This treatment includes a back, neck and shoulder massage, Japanese scalp treatment and feet and lower leg rub.

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Weekly round-up, 15-21 August 2011

Legends golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legends golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

This weekly feature offers a roundup of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything.

Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

This week we’ve got championship golf, recipes, beauty tips, expert advice on travel apps and more.

Events

PGA Championship 2011

Keegan Bradley won this week’s 2011 PGA Championship. Catch up on the golf action with our roundup.

Culinary

Recipe: Chilled tomato and green papaya soup with cucumber-coriander salsa

Want to create some of our chefs’ amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online.

Blue breakfast at Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi offers the ultimate in laid-back beach chic. Their blue breakfast is inspired by the turquoise waters surrounding this Maldivian Jewel Island.

Insider tips

Top 5 travel apps

No matter whether you’re heading to the open road or 5 star luxury, these are the top 5 travel apps you can’t leave home without.

Spa and sport

Enjoy a natural facelift with our nutmeg facial massage

If you’re feeling jet-lagged and less than radiant upon arrival at Constance Le Prince Maurice, head to Spa de Constance for this amazing facial treatment.

Inspiration

Mauritius – Top 10 ideas for a day on the water

Here are 10 great ways to discover the sublime waters of the Indian Ocean.

Top 3 beauty tips for beautiful hands

Beauty products at Spa Constance

Beauty products at Spa Constance

Our hands and nails quickly show signs of ageing if we don’t take care of them. Hands lack fat and sebum, which makes them very sensitive to external factors including water, chemicals, sun and cold weather.

After your face, people tend to notice your hands. Get them back in top condition with these simple tips from Sophie Demaret, Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius.

 1. Hand massage and moisturise

Use a neutral Ph soap. Dry your hands carefully and apply a moisturiser. The best way to do this is to gently massage your fingers and thumb, and then the palm of your hand. Don’t forget to relax!

Oil in glass bottles

Oil in glass bottles

2. Reinvigorating warm oil bath

If your hands are very dry or damaged, give them a treat with a warm argan oil or olive oil bath.

Model and author Sophie Dahl is a fan of argan oil – the latest beauty must-have, found in South western Morocco. Argan oil is rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants. It also contains eight essential fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Gently warm the oil and place in a deep bowl. Rest your hands in the oil bath for at least 10 minutes. Then pat them dry with a soft towel.

3. Cellophane wrap

If your hands need some super-deluxe treatment, wrap them in cellophane after the warm oil bath and rest for a further 15-20 minutes. You’ll be amazed at the results.

We’ll be posting regular spa, beauty and health tips here so watch this space.

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.

Spa for children and teenagers at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Children enjoy the spa experience

Enjoying a rose milk foot bath and massage

At Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius, the luxury spa is now offering fun and relaxing treatments for children and teenagers.

With the emphasis on fun rather than all-out indulgence, our younger guests can now enjoy a range of treatments tailored to suit their particular age group.

Children aged 3 to 10 years can choose from three 30 minute treatments.

Spa fun for children and teens at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Spa fun for children and teens at Constance Le Prince Maurice

At the end of the session, they can take away a surprise present or enjoy a fizzy drink with popcorn.

For the girls, there is The Little Mermaid:

  • Flowers in the hair
  • Rose milk foot bath
  • Rose foot massage
  • A surprise to take away

For the boys, there’s The Little Prince:

  • Bubble foot bath
  • Cocofoot massage
  • A surprise to take away

There’s also the dreamy Head in the Stars for children to enjoy:

  • Wheat face massage and head massage
  • Fizzy drink and popcorn

Teenagers also love the new range of treatments. If you’re looking for a change from sunbathing and water sports, or simply want to enjoy some pampering time, the spa offers a space to relax and rejuvenate.

Having a relaxing head massage

Having a relaxing head massage

  • First facial treatment – 45 minutes
  • Toning massage – 30 minutes
  • Coco exfoliation – 30 minutes
  • Candy nail manicure – 30 minutes
  • Glam feet – 30 minutes
  • Light make up – 30 minutes

All treatments are given by our fully trained beauty and health therapists in the tranquil tropical surroundings of Spa Constance.

Yoganimals

Children can now enjoy yoga classes based around animal poses. The essence of Yogani’mals is to awaken children’s senses, and teach them about yoga through simple, fun exercises.

Find out more about yoga classes for younger guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice.