spirit one spa at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway is an oasis of calm nestled away from the hustle and bustle of city life and much loved by Galway people and hotel residents alike.
Ann McDonagh is the spa manager and we got a couple of great insights from her about spa life.
“What is the most popular treatment in the spa?” is the number one question I get asked most often by both guests and my peers alike. I don’t even have to think about the answer, as by far our most popular treatment is massage.
Massage feels good and has lots of health benefits - just two reasons why it's the most popular service at spirit one spa. Our most popular treatment is a full body massage followed by one of our specialty massages, ranging from hot stone, lava shell, hot poultice or touch therapy massage.
There are many benefits to having a massage, enough to make a regular trip to the spa a good investment in your wellbeing
• Massage can reduce tension and anxiety.
• Massage improves blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
• Massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which carries away the body’s waste products.
• Massage prevents and relieves muscles cramps and spasms.
If you are going for a massage, often the first thing you will say to your therapist is that you like deep pressure in a massage. That is fine, of course, but you should remember that having a massage can be a bit like doing an intense aerobic workout – if you only work out once in a while you are guaranteed to be stiff and sore the next day!
It’s the same with massage – most people ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, they can get rid of all their tension in that one hour. But that isn’t how it works. A bit like doing weights for the first time, you need to build up to your ideal pressure for massage – in the same way you wouldn’t start off lifting 15kg weights when you should only be lifting 5kg, you should start out with gentle massages and gradually build up to a deeper pressure that suits you.
You should always consider scheduling chill-out time into your massage timetable too. There is nothing worse after a massage than having to head straight back to the real world, so when you do book a massage, try to make sure you’ve given yourself enough time before and after to really reap the full benefits. My suggestion is check out our Thermal Suite with the sabia med room which resembles a mini beach.
Go on treat your self and see some of our great massage options
. You deserve it.