Yesterday we put the spotlight on Colombia Beach Resort in Cyprus, but while we were there, we also took some time to chat to Spa Manager Victoria Gladunova to find out exactly why their signature Aromatherapy Massage really works and why!
Firstly, what exactly is an aromatherapy massage?
It is a top to toe massage using a lymph drainage technique. Before the treatment we ask clients questions such as whether they sleep well or if they suffer from headaches – so that we can prepare the right blend of essential oils for their particular needs. The massage itself is a light massage without too much pressure.
What is the theory behind the treatment?
The idea is to create a sense of wellbeing and to target specific problems that people are suffering with. Of course, one of the major features of massage is to be relaxing and rejuvenating.
Why does it work?
The power is in the essential oils – which is a historic idea. The oils are really pure making the molecules very small, so they go through the epidermis of the skin and into the blood stream to work from within.
Is there anything that you do to enhance the treatment?
At Columbia Resorts we focus on making treatments into a ritual. It is important to create the right ambience with careful attention to the lighting, music, and smells; we use a hot compress after the treatment to add that sense of pampering, and make recommendations as to what clients should do after their treatments to get the most out of them.
What post-treatment care do you recommend clients take?
After a massage you should drink lots of water, and if your skin is dry, take care to exfoliate. Sometimes we suggest specific exercises or complimentary treatments, which vary depending on the individual – it’s very personal.
Who is the treatment particularly good for?
The aromatherapy massage is recommended for people suffering from water retention, headaches, dry skin, stress and there are special oils that also aid digestion.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have an aromatherapy massage?
As the oils are very stimulating they can cause complications. It is not recommended for people with high blood pressure, diabetes, certain skin conditions or recent surgeries, pregnant women, and of course you your therapist will ask before your treatment if there is anything you are allergic to.
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