**Update: my shoulder is absolutely KILLING me after this massage. It feels like the muscle over my shoulder blade is pulling in the wrong place. Ouch**
I purchased a Wahanda Mobdeal (think they are great) for Heaven Spa located in Manchester at the rather posh Hilton Hotel last week. (When I say posh, I mean posh like how Organic Muesli is posh compared to Frosties, or how Nandos is compared to KFC. Its just a facade.)
The Hilton, in Manchester if full of Footballers (I saw Rio Ferdinand as I made my way in), WAG wannabes and people who have “executive” in their job titles.
The deal was £20 for a £50 treatment. I chose an Indian Head Massage which is £50 at full price. I was so looking forward to this – I have a lot of head and neck pain.
So I arrive at the salon and head to the second floor. I was surprised at how simple the entrance seemed – being the Hilton I thought it would be more swish.
Anyway I filled in my forms and was led to a dark massage room and asked to lie down on the bed – hmmm. I’m sure that the proper way to do a head massage is to be sitting up in a chair?
So the treatment began –
There was a lot of time spend on the back, and shoulders, probably about two thirds of the time.
The rest of the time was spent on my head or should I say – my hair. It felt like the therapist spent a lot of time shaking my hair – I supposed that’s a light massage for the scalp but it really wasn’t what I was expecting – I wanted something more intense and a lot more work on my noggin.
Overall, the whole thing felt a little rushed. There wasn’t much talk about what oils I would like (ie. what scents) or about where I’d like the massage to be concentrated. I felt it was a quick come and go experience – I never fully relaxed either which is a shame.
Now THIS is what you call an Indian Head Massage:
I’m not sure that some of the places I have been to on the Wahanda deal are really getting it – the point of doing this kind of offer is to impress people so much that they come back for a full price treatment not to do a slightly half assed job because they are paying less?
After having quite a few massages this year, I must conclude that the best one overall, so far, is the one I had at Eastthorpe Hall which got the atmosphere and massage just right.
Verdict on Heaven Spa:
It certainly wasn’t a bad massage, it just didn’t feel like a proper head massage, and there was a lack of attention to detail. For £20 I would go again but I certainly wouldn’t go back and pay £50 for the treatment.