Hot Stone Massage
Spas use a variety of different stones for this kind of massage. Many use basalt rock while others pick stones for their attractive colours. Pevonia stone which comes in four different sizes is considered the best type of stone available in the world for massage therapy.
Before use, the stones are carefully heated in a special warming pot to get the temperature right and to keep the stones warm during the massage session. The therapist checks to see that the stones are at a comfortable temperature by placing them in your hands. They can easily be cooled using a wet towel.
The treatment starts with a shower, after which you lie face-up and the therapist starts the massage from the feet, using the warm stones to rub scented oil slowly, gently and deliciously into the whole body apart from the knees and other bony parts. You turn over, and the therapist repeats the process from waist to shoulders.
Depending on which spa you choose, this delightful geological experience takes between an hour and 90 minutes.
Stone massage is claimed to help increase blood flow, balance the body temperature and make you feel calm and relaxed. There is also evidence that it may help heal injured muscles.
To have one highly-skilled therapist massaging your body is bliss. To have two therapists doing so at the same time is close to heaven on earth.
The four-hand massage is something akin to a slow ballet, requiring a great deal of practice and teamwork. Both ladies gently massage you with oil from the back to the feet, the gliding motions perfectly choreographed. Neither leads the other; they work precisely together, applying smooth and equal pressure in the same direction so that it’s impossible to tell whose hand is where.
After doing your back, they ask you to turn over, then perform the same remarkable ritual, starting at your feet and ending at your head. A superlative four-hand massage should feel as if it’s being performed by one extraordinary person, not two.
Naturally, the four-hand massage is the perfect way to relax. It also boosts blood circulation.
Chocolate Body Scrub
Chocolate, is, let’s face it, one of the sexiest substances on earth. Everything about it – the taste, the smell, the texture – makes it the perfect symbol of love and romance. Skilled spa therapists know how to make the most of these properties by using chocolate for a body scrub.
The chocolate comes first, in the form of a 30-minute body scrub, with the therapist using chocolate to gentle massage the entire body from feet to neck, filling the air with the delicious scent of, yes, chocolate. When you are completely edible, you shower without soap to get the chocolate off.
This is followed by 30 minutes lazing in a bathtub full of milk, the ultimate moisturiser. Finally, the therapists give you a long, deep Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Loving Hands massage, in which the forearms do most of the work.
Chocolate helps to soften your skin and the anti-oxidants in it reduce wrinkles. Lomi Lomi massage is also very popular among sportspeople as a way to relax and to revive overworked muscles. And, of course, there can’t possibly be a more romantic, sexy way for a couple to get closer than being slathered in chocolate, then bathed in milk before receiving a deep, relaxing massage.
Before undertaking any of these treatments, check with your doctor. In general, people with skin problems and women who are undergoing a period or who are pregnant should not try these massages.
Don’t treat yourself to a massage immediately after eating. You’ll appreciate it much more on a relatively empty stomach.