I remember how bad I felt when I got sick in Canada in June 2013. My body was telling me again that eating ”too well” and thinking of just pleasure and not health was not good. The last time I got sick it was a year ago in the Andes and once again it was my beloved sinus infection which changed all my plans in Bolivia.
This time the worst I felt in Charlevoix when I had to cancel via ferrata adventure because of fever. Afterwards, I found myself at Chateau Mont-Sainte-Anne for a few days to fight my life-long enemy, the sinusitis.
Part of my recovery was of course spa once I got over the fever after the first 2 days. What better could I do?
After a long walk around the hotel with sun shining and thus helping my sinuses to somehow melt, I decided to do what I am best at. Lie down on a table and get a massage in Spa Chateau in my hotel. I booked nourishing and energising 60 min La Juvenile chocolate massage (costs $80) as soon as I saw it on the treatment menu. I have to say they have pretty good prices for spa treatments in the spa comparing to other spas around the world, especially those in 4 or 5 star hotels.
I stepped in the Spa Chateau, filled a form about my health as usual in any good spa and sat down checking out the Babor organic cosmetics they use and sell in the spa.
Babor organic cosmetics used in Spa Chateau
Natasha, my masseuse for the next hour, called my name. She looked very shy and I was wondering if her English was going to be pretty basic as in some other spas (and other service institutions) in Quebec. But then, it turned out I was completely wrong. She was sweet, talkative and with no French accent at all. I learned she studied a language school and also spent a year and a half learning and practising massages.
And trust me, she knew how to give a great massage! If a masseur/masseuse knows everything about my horrible back within the first 3 minutes of the massage, he/she is good! That’s exactly the way it was as soon as I undressed and lay down and she started going over my back through a blanket. I mean she didn’t even see my back, just touched it and knew every single spot where there was something wrong.
started with the back massage
The smell of chocolate was everywhere. It was so tempting! At times I wished I could eat! If only it was not just a chocolate lotion but a real chocolate! First Natasha massaged the whole back but she started facing me standing just behind my head.
chocolate lotion used for La Juvenile chocolate massage
Then shoulders, neck and shoulder blades very precisely and not too strong. I was really amazed at how Natasha always felt where to apply less pressure so I didn’t jump out of the massage table (because sometimes the reaction is stronger than me!)
upper back and shoulder blades
Afterwards, she sat down when massaging my arms, hands and each finger from each side. Then legs and feet. I was falling asleep to the silence and stimulating smell of chocolate when I heard ”please turn over”. Legs from the front, then the cleavage and the neck.
”The chocolate smells so nice” I said when Natasha started massaging my cleavage. ”Yes, I’ve been tantalized by it all the massage” she laughed. It made two of us.
I didn’t want the massage to come to its end. But hey, you know what they say – nothing lasts forever, and especially not the good things!
Don’t tell anyone but just after the massage I had to buy myself chocolate ice cream. I mean, after that aphrodisiac smell, who would be strong enough to resist?
Chocolate massage at Spa Chateau was part of my Adventure and Spa project organized by Chateau Mont-Sainte-Anne and Mont-Sainte-Anne. Many thanks to everyone who helped me with it. I can still smell the beautiful chocolate.
***It took me 3 hours to write this post.