TreaT­menT of The monTh The Quiro Golf Ball mas­sage

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A Park Hy­att treat­ment in­spired by the fair­ways

he golf ball is a pretty sim­ple bit of sports kit – its in­nards are made of rub­ber while the dim­pled outer cas­ing is made of plas­tic. But they’re not just for whack­ing across fair­ways and greens – they can also treat tired mus­cles.

The Atarmia Spa’s Quiro Golf Ball Mas­sage is a 90-minute treat­ment com­bin­ing Swedish and sports mas­sage tech­niques, along with some deep, in­tense rolling ses­sions with two golf balls. The shape and size of the balls fits per­fectly into a hand, mean­ing ther­a­pists find them a use­ful tool for treat­ing mus­cles in hard to reach ar­eas, and they give a greater amount of con­trol over the amount of pres­sure ap­plied to your limbs.

The ses­sion, though, started with hands, which were used to warm up the mus­cles (our ther­a­pist claimed start­ing with the balls could be too in­tense and cause pain). Much of the mas­sage fo­cused on the back, legs and arms and a men­thol cream by Span­ish com­pany Natura Bissé was ap­plied, in part to re­lease mus­cle pain and help blood cir­cu­la­tion. The cream was calm­ing and the smell sooth­ing and cleared nos­trils, but be pre­pared for it to feel quite cold – it was a shock to the sys­tem at first.

Even with your eyes closed on a treat­ment ta­ble it’s easy to know when the golf balls are be­ing rolled over limbs – if you’ve used a foam roller be­fore, you’ll recog­nise the feel­ing straight away.

Over­all, the Quiro mas­sage was well ex­e­cuted, re­lax­ing and of a high qual­ity, although we have reser­va­tions as to just how much of a dif­fer­ence the golf balls ac­tu­ally made. It’s a good mar­ket­ing ploy con­sid­er­ing the Park Hy­att’s lo­ca­tion right next to a golf course, and while our mus­cles cer­tainly ben­e­fit­ted from the ses­sion, you might feel a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed if you ex­pect dif­fer­ent re­sults than you’d get from a stan­dard sports or hot stone mas­sage.

Park Hy­att Abu Dhabi Ho­tel & Vil­las, Saadiyat Is­land, Abu Dhabi, daily 8.45am to 10pm, Dhs710. Tel: (02) 4071170. Taxi: Park Hy­att Saadiyat. abud­habi.park.hy­

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