I wanted my next spa experience to be masculine, more macho, more ... deep than previous ones, so I decided a deep tissue massage was what I needed. Yes, the music would still be new age and the lighting soft and forgiving, but the massage would be manly.
Well, the 60-minute deep tissue massage at MGM Macau's Six Senses Spa was certainly that.
Along with thoroughly kneaded, knot-free muscles, I came away from Six Senses wondering just where these often diminutive masseuses get their strength and stamina from.
The full-body, oil-based massage (a 90-minute version is also available for masochists) was systematic and came without the sensual bells and whistles that so often accompany spa treatments. It started on the back and shoulders, moved down to the buttocks and the legs and finished, on that side, with the feet. After flipping over the process was repeated, ending with a head massage, which was my favourite part.
There were times when I thought the masseuse was actually trying to hurt me, going over the most painful spots again and again. Waves of knot-busting pain coursed through my body and conjured those irrational thoughts. She was in fact the epitome of professionalism, continually asking if the pressure was OK, and even pulling my disposable underwear back up to a more modest position. I wasn't sure I would be able to look her in the eye afterwards.
The facilities at Six Senses Spa are, as you would expect, plush. They have a laconium (a Roman dry sweating room) and a snow room, which is exactly what it sounds like. And there is a range of treatments available, including Chinese cupping, Chinese foot massage, ayurveda aromatherapy, as well as four different massages — Energiser, Holistic, Detox and Oriental.
Perhaps deep tissue massages should be the new test of just how hard you are. Instead of who can eat the hottest curry, it should be who can go the deepest for the longest — 60 minutes was enough for me. Rob McGovern
Deep tissue massage, 950 patacas (60 mins), 1,450 patacas (90 mins) at Six Senses Spa, 3/F MGM Macau,tel: +853 8802 3838, email@example.com