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A Blissful Spa Treatment experienced by Miranda Allard
I recently had the good fortune to spend some quality vacation time with my family at Constance Lemuria in The Seychelles. The whole experience was so good that after resisting for many years I finally signed up to Trip Advisor so I could write a great review!
The success of both a hotel stay and particularly the enjoyment of each spa treatment is very personal and subjective. I have always championed that, for me, the natural ability of the therapist has to shine through and even if a treatment is technically perfect it isn’t the same if the therapist’s touch is taught rather than coming from within.
If I have time I usually like to try the spa signature treatment as well as a personal favourite. I often book a Hot Stone Massage – checking first that the stones are actually used to massage rather than set onto chakra points from start to finish which some spas seem to think comes under the title of a hot stone massage rather than a massage while hot stones sit on chakra points! I love spas where the menu offers treatments with a unique slant rather than those restricted by brand training.
This was a 90 minute treatment and it was explained that I would first be massaged by my therapist’s hands and then with the heat from the stones before the stones themselves. There was still time for my lower back (my personal weak spot) to receive some extra attention and I soon forgot that hot stones were going to come in at all. Then I noticed her hands becoming warmer and warmer and deliciously soothing - she had positioned hot, and I mean very hot, stones by my side and she swiftly moved her hands from stones to body between each stroke – creating the most wonderfully affective “hot hand massage”. Once the stones were cool enough (though still hot) they were brought into the massage in the usual way.
My husband had booked the same treatment at the same time – the result being that we both staggered back into the relaxation area like a couple of zombies – wonderfully relaxed! I do travel a great deal but this “hot hand from hot stone” massage was a first for me and I hope not the last. Thank you U Spa!