Since I enjoyed the Island Spa in Resorts World, I thought I'd try a spa in Cebu. My friend and I went to Meddah Spa at the Crossroads Mall in Banilad. This place offers a lot of services, including hot stone massage.
The ambiance and accouterments of Islands Spa are better. Meddah's room is spartan; their garb (shorts), towels are tired and ready for retirement. The room is dimly lit and your eyes covered for the most part, so the clinical feel of the room is not really an issue. The masseuses that we had were courteous and professional; I have no complaints with them.
The massage started with a regular hands-on massage, followed by the stone massage. Heated river stones are used to massage your body and placed on parts of your body. The heat of the stones, the suddenness when applied and the lingering heat when placed against your body are very comforting.
I nabbed this information from the internet:
The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times, but it wasn't until Arizona massage therapist Mary Nelson introduced her hot stone massage technique, called LaStone Therapy, that the use of hot stones for massage caught on.
The stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heating device until they are within a certain temperature range. The stones may be placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes.
The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired.
The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system.
The stone massage was quite good and I'll probably do it again.
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tags: massage, hot stone massage, Cebu, Meddah, tourism, travel, therapy, health, Shiatsu, Swedish
All for now,