Total body relaxation
After seeing the sights, relax and unwind with a massage.
Estonia is already known for its long history of spa culture. There are many day spas in Tallinn where you can pamper yourself from head to toe. Beauty salons also offer massages in addition to their long lists of services. This month, we decided to explore some of the massages on offer in town, and even asked locals where they like to go.
Located a short distance from Tallinn’s city centre, Thaiana Massage offers different Thai massages. Their masseurs come from Thailand and offer traditional Thai massage, Thai oil massage, Thai foot reflexology, and Thai aromatic oil massage. When we visited, we tried the Thai oil massage, and what a treat it was! It is one of the most popular types of massage in Europe now, and it’s clear why. The massage uses sensitive massage oil that does not contain any preservatives. The hour long massage (90 minutes available as well) is a deep, full body massage that starts at the feet and works its way up, finishing with a face massage. The result: you feel both energised and relaxed. After the massage, you are served tea in the waiting area, where you can relax for just a few more moments until heading back out into the world.
Central Ilusalong is a full service beauty salon offering everything from hair dressing, to manicures and pedicures, and to, of course, massage. The massage rooms and the salon are separated, so you can ensure total peace and quiet. Central Ilusalong offers many different types of massage. Your massage therapist will ask you about any problem areas and tailor a massage to suit your needs. Choose between classic massage, aromatherapy massage, lava stone massage, and more. We opted for the classic massage on our visit. The one hour fullbody massage was relaxing and calming, and sore spots had been relieved.
The Elemis Spa at Hotel Telegraaf is an oasis in the Old Town, and is open to non-hotel guests as well. Upon arrival you are assigned a locker so that you can change into a robe and slippers and let the relaxation begin. You will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire, and your massage will be tailored to your needs. My massage began with a skin brush, which helps boost circulation and a hot lime compress on my feet. Your senses are immediately stimulated with the fresh lime scent. The oil that was used for the hour-long deep tissue massage had essential oils from sea buckthorn, sea fennel, lemon, and juniper that was better absorbed into the skin with rhythmic massage techniques. This massage was intense and by the end of the hour, you are in a deep state of relaxation. To gently wake you up, the massage therapist rings a small bell. After the massage, you can enjoy a glass of water for rehydration on a lounge chair by the pool. Use of spa facilities is included with pro- cedures.
TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV, MARI PUKK, HOTEL TELEGRAAF