Do you remember when I wrote about my first visit of Caldes de Malavella, a little romantic town in Spain no one ever heard of, and my first getting sexy at Balneari Prats hotel? I hope you do because it influenced me so much I decided to go back there a few months after and try more massages. And if you know at least a bit about my way of traveling, then you must get surprised now.
”Wait, Alex returned to the same place so quickly?” Because I really never do, unless it’s Slovakia or Barcelona where I go over and over again.
Which means only one thing … both Caldes and Balneari Prats are magical and so dear to my heart! And if a place become that in such a short period of time after just one visit, it must be special, right?
What I love the most about Balneari Prats is the family atmosphere and everyone taking care of me both mentally and physically. They all also knew my name and I were very professional but on the other hand I got a rather personal approach and that’s what I appreciate the most.
After my very exotic shower massage the first time when I had no idea what to expect from it (and turned out funny and relaxing), this time I got 4 massages at Balneari Prats spa: circular shower, horizontal shower, and then bamboo massage and hot stone massage. Spending again 3 busy days of adventure in Caldes de Malavella doing different physically demanding activities, 4 massages came in super handy not only to recover my muscles but to achieve mental peace too.
ready for the massages
Horizontal and circular shower
The first night I had both circular and horizontal shower with the healing thermal water from the area. In case you haven’t read my previous article, I forgot to mention that Caldes de Malavella is heaven on Earth when it comes to thermal water with many healing properties, hence the presence of Roman baths in the past and a few spas nowadays.
Once again I didn’t know what to expect but I was more than sure it was not going to hurt. Again, both massages turned out to be extremely pleasant and I only wished they would last forever (or 10 more minutes each at least!) I was wearing bikini during both of them.
The spa girl was the one holding the hose and pouring the thermal water all over my body in a horizontal way. The current was much stronger than later on during the circular massage when I just stood straight and water was running from all the sides. Both massages took just a few minutes as it is not good to put pressure on the same muscles for a longer period of time, but I could easily fall asleep even standing. So relaxing!
The best way to explain the horizontal and the vertical massage is with the following photos:
where horizontal shower took place
should I be scared of circular shower?
decided to give a try to circular shower
circular shower close-up
The following day I had my first bamboo massage ever. Well, you know you don’t really know what expectations to have. I was talking to my mum just before the massage and she left me curious.
”Are they going to beat you up with the bamboo sticks or what? Tell them to do so so you start to obey me finally. It’s about the time” mum laughed.
However, no one dared to beat me. The bamboo massage was surprisingly very relaxing and it relieved the muscle pain quickly. It was the best thing I could wish for after my first via ferrata I survived that day.
all ready for bamboo massage
bamboo sticks for the massage
bamboo massage started as foot massage
bending my legs
can’t forget the back
it was less drastic than it looks like
with my sweet spa ladies
Hot stone massage
I’ve had a few hot stone massages since my first hot stone massage in Sheraton in Bratislava and can say it is indeed one of my favorite massages. Not many types of massages relieve the muscle pain so much and in such a relaxing way like this. On the photos my skin looks red but it stayed red just a few minutes after the massage, then it disappeared
Believe it or not, I felt asleep in the end of the massage.
the beginning of the hot stone massage
first the legs
let’s do the back massage
relieving the muscle pain
finishing the hot stone massage
All these 4 massages really helped me to be in the balanced state of mind when looking for the best off the beaten path in Caldes.
Massages at Balneari Prats spa were a press trip as part of my Adventure and Spa project. I greatly enjoyed my days there, as usual. Many thanks to all the girls who made my stay unforgettable.
*** It took me 3 hours to write this post.