Poor sitting posture is something that affects everyone and can even cause low back pain. I have always felt excessive pressure on the joints and muscles, so this week I decided to do something about it.
The last time I had a massage was two years ago in the bush during Nedbank’s Tour De Tuli.
It was long time coming so I visited the newly relocated and revamped Mosha Wellness Spa at Avani Resort. I opted for the 30 minutes Swedish back massage that costs P300.
A Swedish massage is relaxing by nature. Speaking of nature, the Spa is located at Avani, adjacent to the back garden and the location provides a natural feel while getting the body treatment.
My massage therapist for the day, Tumi, starts her work and instantly I could feel my back pain being relieved. After applying the products, she used her hands to manipulate the soft-tissues of my back.
As she repeated some of the routines, I could feel that the Swedish massage techniques are different from other methods as they are specific in the order in which the massage is done.
I had read somewhere that these techniques are also known to increase oxygenation of blood and release metabolic waste such as lactic and uric acids from the tissues of the muscles. As Tumi applied deeper pressure with her touch, I bet that this treatment can help rehabilitate injuries. At some point I usually try to relieve some back pain by stretching, but it usually doesn’t do the magic so halfway through the massage I felt joint pain and stiffness reduced.
I didn’t talk much during the 30 minutes massage, but afterwards I felt relaxed. Overall the massage fixed me and helped improve blood circulation.
In an interview, Mosha Wellness Spa director Lezanda Ernst revealed that they opened in 2016 at Kgale View. She said after travelling the world they realised that in Botswana there is more to spas than just providing treatment. “There is relaxation involved and you should be at home and feel more welcome. In Botswana you just do your thing and leave so that’s what drove us to open the Spa,” she explained.
Ernst further revealed that with Mosha Wellness Spa they wanted to give people a place to do their treatment and also relax. She said people have to be calm and it is important for their clients to feel that way. She added that customer service is the main objective behind their success today. Ernst was quick to admit that since moving to Avani they have grown as a result of client support. “Customer service is our number one priority. Here there a lot of relaxation areas and people must feel relaxed after their treatment,” she said.
She said moving to Avani was to get a bigger space and more people. Ernst added that all clients are important to them as they all pay the same fee and require the same services. “We want people who believe in having more than a treatment,” she said.
Ernst also told Arts & Culture that the reason they have an outdoor experience is because in Botswana a person has to travel to far places to experience the country.
“Gaborone has grown so much that its lifestyle is different now. So our concept of the Spa is to bring the Botswana outdoor experience to Gabs,” she added.
She also emphasised that their products are made of indigenous ingredients like Marula oil. Ernst indicated that 70% of the Spa structures are made out of recycled materials.
She revealed that having started with four employees now they have 13.
“We have a partnership with Stanbic Bank Botswana and Avani so both have seen our potential,” she said. She added that it is more than business because they go an extra mile and treat their customers like royalty.