Massage at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba
Indulging in a massage at Boardwalk is the perfect way to start—or end!—a relaxing and recharging vacation in Aruba!
Florian (aka Flo) is our onsite massage therapist, offering all types of massages. According to Flo, "Boardwalk is one of my favorite places to give a massage on Aruba. Just walking onto the property already makes you relax. The place feels zen, and that is a fantastic feeling to start a massage with."
It's up to you whether you receive the massage in the comfort of your own casita or enjoy the treatment outdoors surrounded by the beauty of the garden. Can it get any better than enjoying a massage while listening to the songs of exotic tropical birds as the refreshing trade winds tickle your skin?
Couples massages are also possible. In this case, Flo enlists the help of another licensed massage therapist.
After three and a half years in Vietnam co-owning SIK (a kitesurfing and windsurfing center in Mui Ne) and DIVA (a spa and fitness center in Ho Chi Minh City), Flo chose to follow his passion and travel around the world.
A combination of traveling and practicing extreme sports caused him to explore different ways of self-treating injuries. His experiences with Tuina, Thai, and Swedish therapeutic methods allow him to offer you a tailor-made massage that suits your personal needs.
Sports/Deep Tissue Massage
This type of massage combines movement and stretching to affect change in the muscles. Athletes often recover faster and sustain fewer injuries when they incorporate this type of massage into their regular training and workout routines. A sports massage is not just for professional athletes. It's also appropriate for active people of all sorts: those who work out regularly, joggers, bikers, runners, people who practice yoga and Pilates, dancers, etc.
A sports massage incorporates deep tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, Swedish massage strokes, range-of-motion techniques, and assisted stretching. It is an ideal way to prepare for and recover from a sporting event or any other athletic activity.
Thai massage, or nuat phaen boran, is a massage that involves stretching and deep pressure. The massage recipient changes into pajamas and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. The massage giver leans on the recipient's body using his hands and forearms to apply firm, rhythmic pressure to almost every part of the receiver's body. The massage generally follows the sen energy lines on the body (the sen lines are comparable to Chinese meridians).
The main purpose of the Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system while soothing the nerves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is recommended as part of a regular program for stress management. It also has many specific medical uses.
Reflexology is a method of stimulating reflex areas of the feet that relax and rejuvenate each and every part of the body, including the glands and organs. By relaxing the body, tension is relieved, the circulation of blood and lymph is restored to its natural flow, and all of the body's processes function more efficiently. Simultaneously, awareness of one's body is heightened. These effects have been observed to facilitate the natural healing processes of the body and enhance a person's general health.
Reflexology is a safe yet powerful technique for balancing the physiological systems of the body. Pressure is applied to reflex areas of the feet, hands, and ears to aid the healing process.