The other day I was invited to enjoy a Bellabaci massage at the Suntra Spa at the 15 on Orange hotel in Gardens. Look how lovely the place is:
For those of you who haven’t heard of Bellabaci cups, (you pronounce it Bella-ba-tjie) they’re essentially little silicone cups that are used to create a vaccum on your bod.
According to Patsy, my lovely therapist, the benefits of a cup massage are many. Think improved circulation, lymphatic drainage, toxin elimination, the breakdown of cellulite (wee!) and improved absorption of any essential oils or product that you use them with. (I actually happen to have a set at home and use them to help better the penetration of my cellulite cream and Bio-Oil…)
I arrived for my treatment with a slight dull headache which I get often as I have terrible ‘sitting posture’. I tend to hunch over my desk all day and clench my jaw when I type. Merrily, the massage definitely helped to ease away every last drop of tension in my body. So much so that I almost fell asleep on the table and didn’t have to reach for my beloved muscle relaxants later that evening.
I also like the fact that you get two different types of cups so you the pressure they exert on your body can be adjusted to your liking. I had a bit of a knot in my left shoulder and the harder pressure cup really helped to give it a good pummel. Also, if you leave a cup sitting on a certain spot, it can assist in releasing muscle spasm. Just be aware that if the cup is left in one spot for too long, it can result in a very light ‘hiccie-like’ bruise that disappears within two days. This happened in my case, but I was warned about it first and gave Patsy the go ahead to leave it on as long as she liked – I wasn’t going to be showing off any skin in this freezing cold Cape Town winter…
If you’re looking for a blissful, deep tissue massage that helps with lymph drainage, give Bellabaci a bash. A deliciously long 90 minutes Bellabaci massage at Suntra costs R620. They’re also having a special on their cups, which you can buy should you wish to use them at home; buy either the facial cups or the body cups (you get two in a set) for R350 per set. If you buy both, you’ll receive an Aromeopathy oil for free.