Treat yourself to a soothing massage with our professional massage therapist. The perfect way to enhance a relaxing day on the beach, an afternoon by the pool, or to unwind after a long day hiking through the jungle or kayaking in the estuary. No matter what’s on the agenda guests are sure to feel refreshed, revitalized, and pampered after an hour long private massage here at the hacienda.
Ah, the massage. The name alone signals the muscles to relax, the body to let go, the mind to be still. Millions of people all over the world receive massage therapy for a multitude of reasons. Most commonly massage is used to relieve pain, to relax the muscles, to decrease anxiety and tension, and to treat injury or illness. It is commonly used in athletes, to improve performance and treat or prevent injury. Massage may seem like a relatively new “trend” to Westerners, but in fact massage techniques have been developing for thousands of years. Evidence of massage has been revealed in many ancient cultures, such as in Greece, Mesopotamia, Rome, China, and India. Massage therapy has been documented in China for 5,000 years, and probably extends even beyond that.
There are many different styles of massage, though the most commonly used technique in Western culture is the “Swedish Massage” or “Classical Massage” (as it is known in most non English and non Dutch speaking countries). The Swedish massage was introduced to America in the mid 1800s. It is distinguished by the use of five specific styles of manipulation during the massage – sliding, kneading, tapping, friction, and vibration. The massage therapist will use their hands to exercise these techniques in order to deeply effect the muscles and connective tissue. Besides providing muscular relief, comfort, and stress alleviation, massage can actually reduce blood pressure and heart rate. It most certainly is effective in calming the body and soothing the soul. Certified massage therapists and physicians around the world use massage to enhance the health and well being of their patients, just as they have been doing since the beginning of recorded human history.
A soothing massage at Morgan’s Rock is enhanced by the almost spiritual natural setting – the rhythmic whirr of the waves, the sounds of the jungle, and the pleasant tropical climate with occasional rains all deepen the positive benefits of a massage treatment.