TreaTmenT of The monTh The Quiro Golf Ball massage
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.hyatt.com