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Aspria Avenue Louise, Brussels: I tested the Shiatsu Massage

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Shiatsu time!

I haven’t done any sport for ages! Heresy for a sporty old. Do I need to add I fear recovery: I’m sure many of you’ll understand me! Yoyo pounds too comfortably resettled (get out of my body, now! LOL!). And spirit and energy falling. Antoine Houssière, the Well-Being Manager of the Aspria Avenue Louise, for the collective course, suggest me to try the Aerotonique. Okay for the Aerotonique in a few days! Meanwhile I go to the spa to experience my first Shiatsu Massage: “A sort of Japanese acupuncture without needles” explains Victor, my therapist.

I confess being very intrigued. Instead of needles, the massage consists of pressure on the meridians to unlock energy. Upstream, there is work on breathing. Take comfortable clothes, the session is held on a kind of tatami covered with towels (picture 1). In the background, oriental music. I start lying on the stomach to finish on the back. Less painful than traditional Thai and Chinese massages, the pressure on certain points can hurt.      

As to the body loosens and relaxes. At the end of the massage, I felt a deep calm, both physically and mentally. In a few hours, it is not recommended to move too much, not to sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. The next day, some pressure points were still a little sore, it seems that this is normal until two to three days after the massage. But mostly I found flexibility throughout my body. Which is extremely nice and allows you to reconnect with your ​​body.

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I was a guest of the Aspria and as as usual, all my opinions are mine. Photos: Aspria / Lay out : Mademoiselle Le K.   

Aspria Avenue Louise, Bruxelles: découverte du massage Shiatsu

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Shiatsu time!

Une éternité que je n’ai plus fait de sport! Une hérésie pour une ancienne sportive. Autant dire que j’appréhende la reprise : beaucoup d’entre-vous me comprendra! Kilos yoyo trop confortablement réinstallés (sortez de ce corps! LOL!), moral et dynamisme en berne. Antoine Houssière, l’avenant Well-Being Manager de l’Aspria Avenue Louise, me propose d’essayer comme cours collectif, l’Aerotonique. Va pour l’Aerotonique qui a lieu dans quelques jours! Entre temps j’ai rendez-vous au spa pour expérimenter mon premier massage Shiatsu : Une sorte d’acuponcture japonaise sans les aiguilles” m’explique Victor, le thérapeute.

J’avoue être très intriguée. A la place des aiguilles, le massage se déroule par pressions sur les méridiens, afin de débloquer les énergies. En amont, il y a un travail sur la respiration. Prévoyez des vêtements confortables, la séance a lieu sur une sorte de tatami recouvert de serviettes éponge (voir photo 1). En fond sonore, une musique orientale. On commence allongé sur le ventre pour finir sur le dos. Moins douloureux et participatif que les massages traditionnels thaï et chinois, il n’en reste pas moins que la pression sur certains points, ainsi que les étirements peuvent faire vraiment mal. 

Au fur et à mesure, le corps se délie et se décontracte. A la fin du massage, j’ai ressenti un calme très profond, à la fois physiquement et mentalement. Dans les heures qui suivent, il n’est pas recommander de trop bouger, ni de faire de sauna, hammam ou jacuzzi. Le lendemain, certains points de pression faisaient encore un peu mal, il paraît que c’est normal jusqu’à deux-trois jours après le massage. Mais j’ai surtout constaté une grande souplesse partout dans mon corps. Ce qui est extrêmement agréable et permet de se reconnecter avec son corps.   

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J’ai été invitée par l’Aspria et comme toujours, toutes mes opinions sont les miennes. Photos: Aspria / Maquette : Mademoiselle Le K.   

Massage, Sauna and Spa at The Golf & Spa Resort Andreus

If my first golf lesson

was a real pleasure, I also woke up an old light pain in the shoulders and upper back (nerds understand what!). I choice a massage of the neck @ Wellnessalm, the award-winning wellness of Golf & Spa Resort Andreus. While normaly for me, massages = Asia (I know, it’s really basic!), I want to experience the famous Haki Strech & Relax, a 50-minute massage that “focuses on muscle tension in the neck, shoulders and head“.

Daniel, the therapist start the massage by my head, with the Haki oil (composed of essential oils and I get worried of my allergies, but no problem this time). A kind of new-age music gives rhythm to the massage, slowly but surely I’m drowsy. After the upper body, hands and feet are massaged with the Haki balm with essential oils too, offered at the end of the massage. No way to know the composition (nothing mentioned on the packaging, except the mention of “Organic Cosmetic”) : surprising, I like to know what I give to my skin!

At the end of the massage, Daniel left the room fifteen minutes to let me relaxe and slowly open my eyes. But the great surprise was the next day : I could turn my head from left to right and vice versa, with an unprecedented flexibility and ease : unlocked neck and shoulders and lightened spine! Fantastic! Often right after a massage, you feel good. But after a great massage, it is really the next day and following days, you can feel the benefits. 

Then I reached the Vital Spa Andreus

for a sauna with essential oils of melissa, lemon and mint (picture 1): an unspected show in the dark and steam choreographed and acted by Haller Helli, the world champion of saunas (I didn’t even know it existed a world sauna championship!).

A girlfriend nicknamed Halle “Marc Jacob”, so let’s say, I had the privilege to have a private sauna with Marc (LOL!). On a pleplum music, he shakes with dexterity a wet towel in front of each one of us, for the essential oils to better penetrate our skin. It’s like a peeling that cleans the skin deeply and makes it extremely soft and smooth after.

I sat at the first level, where the lowest temperature is 50 °. Two higher levels, the temperature is 90°! Fortunately in front of the sauna, there is an ice water pool. But I prefered swimming in the large pool of warm water, surrounded by mountains, with the Dolomiti in the background (photo 2)! A bless!

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Many thanks for this beautiful invitation to Suedtirol and Lufthansa. As always these opinions are my own.