If you’re feeling tense, anxious and your shoulders are up to your ears, a good massage can help. I don’t mean a flimsy, airy-fairy bit of fussing around with a fragrant oil, but a properly expert, iron out your muscles treatment that really gets to grips with your own points of tension, leaving you rebalanced, calmed and energised. For this kind of treatment, fancy relaxation rooms are not the most important thing – it’s all about the therapist. Here are three names to know for guaranteed results:
Back in February I reviewed a massage treatment by therapist Andras, based at Nuala Woulfe in Glasthule; it entirely rescued me during a tough winter month, and I’ve been back several times since. Andras has since moved on to set up his own space, dedicated to “body restoration”, in Dun Laoghaire. “I’ve created a calming, fully organic environment where my clients are able to fully switch off,” he says. Choose from hot stone treatments, facials and full body poultice treatments; Andras is also trained in Therapeutic Touch Cancer Support treatments. Start with a customised back, neck and shoulder treatment (€55, 40 minutes); a Full Body Restoration treatment is €85 for an hour and I can highly recommend it. But if you can stretch to the Absolute Relax Ritual (€110, 90 minutes), combining Japanese Reiki with stress-relieving massage, you’ll be so glad you did – this is the ultimate rescue remedy during dark winter days. Book quickly – there’s an opening discount offer of 40 per cent off until the end of August; see www.andreas.ie.
Jenny Faison’s Nautilus salon in Fairview is well worth adding to your contacts list. Voted in the top twelve Irish Times Best Salons (2016), Nautilus is a small gem. Lovely Jenny is a real expert: her stress-relieving massages are properly, deeply effective, and she even specialises in treating muscles strained by teeth-grinding; many people hold their stress in their jaw and neck (€45 for 45 minutes). You can also book in for anything from Indian head massage to reflexology, beauty treatments and Phyt’s facials. You couldn’t be in better hands. www.nautilusbeautyandspa.ie
Holistic therapist Karen offers treatments both to residents of Orwell Healthcare Centre, Rathgar, where she’s based, and also external clients. If you know someone who is very stressed, or perhaps recovering from an illness, Karen is the perfect person to send them to: she is incredibly warm, caring and dedicated to what she does. “I am so passionate about how touch improves everyone’s quality of life and the benefits of the natural side of skincare,” she says. Try her facial workout (€35 for 30 minutes), reflexology (€60 for an hour’s treatment) or treat someone to the full classic Dr Hauschka treament (€110). It’s a holistic 90 minutes that’s supremely gentle and restoring. www.nourishingbeauty.ie
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