There are not many things you can truly indulge in and enjoy that are good for you, but massage is one of them. If you always thought of massage as a purely pampering treatment, think again. Local therapists believe it boosts the immune system, lowers levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, and prevents long-term injury. One of the main health benefits of massage is that it is deeply relaxing and, as so much illness is stress related, it is certainly worth finding time for.
Beverley Pugh from Bodhana Wellness Clinics has spent 20 years working in holistic therapy on the island after her own illness made her re-evaluate her life. She is a firm believer that regular massage is an investment in your body and your health. “We all need to be touched more,” she says with conviction. “I also believe that pain is caused by blocked energy, and massage releases these blockages.
Massage is such a simple thing and as a therapist it is great when people realise that they can use it to feel good about themselves.” Physiotherapist Jayne Coombs who specialises in sports massage believes that massage is not only relaxing but also excellent for preventing injury in sports enthusiasts. “In my work I see a lot of golfers and cyclists and tennis players who come to me after they have injured themselves through putting stress on joints, ligaments, tendons, as well as the muscles. I urge them to take regular, preventative massage as it releases muscle tension, relieves muscle imbalance and helps prevent the kind of discomfort that can affect performance.”
Every therapist I spoke to stressed that as massage is a personal treatment it is important to find the treatment that works best for you. Swedish massage is the basic massage therapy and most therapists build on this with other techniques to personalise their massage style.
If you are uncomfortable with the idea of being naked, you might want to explore a massage that can be done fully clothed such as Shiatsu. Agnes Eisenkolb has been practising this ancient Japanese healing art from a studio in Palma for the last twenty years. She says everyone from the young to the old can gain something from this method and that it benefits both body and soul. She believes that by ridding ourselves of stress and pain we can change our thought patterns and live a fuller life.
So, with such a broad spectrum of healing treatments available in Mallorca, why not soothe your troubles away and lift the weight of the world from your shoulders?
How to get the most from your massage:
- Wear comfortable clothing and, as you will be asked to remove jewellery, you may want to leave it at home.
- Tell your therapist if immediately if you experience any pain and also what you wish to gain from your massage, for example whether you want to be relaxed or invigorated.
- Don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage.
- Aim to arrive early so you have time to relax before starting the massage.
- Time your massage so you don’t need to do anything demanding afterwards.
- Leave the oils on your hair and body for long as possible.
- Drink plenty of water after the massage to help flush toxins from the body.
A few of the best:
Bodhana Wellness Centre
I liked the way the sounds of the busy Illetas beach faded into the stillness of the Bodhana massage room. The smell and silence of the room was very soothing and as there are several massages happening simultaneously there is a strong energy. Marianna immediately located the knots in my back and spent extra time soothing them out.
Visit Bodhana Wellness Centre at Carrer Benito Jerónimo Feijóo, 2, Portals Nous +34 971 676 469
Centro de Shiatsu
Agnes Eisenkolb’s Centre of Shiatsu is a haven of calm in the centre of Palma. Literally translated shiatsu means “finger pressure” and this is exactly what I experienced. I lay fully clothed while Agnes pressed, clicked, stretched and smoothed out aches and pains in the most unlikely places. At times it was a little uncomfortable but I could feel it was doing me good. I left standing taller and feeling far more open to the world.
Visit Centro de Shiatsu at C/. Unio 2, Palma +34 670 436 269
Bahari Spa at the Linder Hotel
Staff at the spa raved about their new two-hour Royal Bamboo Ceremony that uses award-winning French Acadayspa products for a bath, exfoliation, massage and body wrap. The massage uses Royal Bamboo to relax, Wooden Stones to detox and Celestial Spheres to tone. The Spa itself is small and intimate and residents benefit from a resident day rate.
Visit Bahari Spa at C/Arquitecto Francisco Casas, 18, Portals Nous Tel: +34 971 707 769