Guam - Relax and Say Spaaaaaah
With dozens of great spas to choose from, Guam has it all when it comes to pampering – from corporate parties to ladies day out to after-work stress relief. These tips will help you enjoy the best spa experience possible.
Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment and enjoy a relaxing foot bath or hot tea, depending on the spa. If you are receiving massage treatment, don’t eat a heavy meal beforehand.
One insider tip is that most spas are less crowded on Mondays or Tuesdays. Not only will you receive more personalized attention, but you may nab a complimentary foot scrub if you ask.
Here’s a rundown on the main types of massage that are available:
Aromatherapy is massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs. The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing or balancing. Calming lavender is one of the most common essential oils used. Aromatherapy massage is particularly helpful in calming stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component.
During this therapy pressure is applied to points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet. Ask your massage therapist which major organs and systems they’re targeting during the foot massage. If you haven’t already fallen asleep, you may be surprised.
The Japanese word shiatsu means “finger pressure.” Each pressure point is held for two to eight seconds on acupuncture meridians. Shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stress. The therapist kneads muscles through a sheet covering your body, so it’s not necessary to remove any clothing. Don’t be afraid of a therapist who uses knuckles, elbows and knees used to work out the kinks!
This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you’ve never had massage before, this is a good one to try first.
Now, check out this selection of some of Guam’s most luxurious spas:
Ly Shiatsu & Spa
This Chinese-owned spa is a tidy older establishment offering a no-frills massage experience. It is a popular stop-in for Japanese and Korean tourists weary from strolling the streets of Tumon. Don’t expect to see elaborate water features and hear Yanni playing softly in the background.
This is a no-nonsense spa offering foot massage, shiatsu, and body wraps and scrubs with petite curtain stalls for privacy. Customer service is good and prices are slightly less than hotel spas.
Couture Hair Boutique & Spa
Chic is a locally owned boutique specializing in hair, makeup, facials, waxing, nails and spa treatments. At this trendy and sleek shop, no opportunity is missed to pamper a client. When you book multiple spa treatments, you might find a silver platter full of chocolates, strawberries, and mini cheese cake waiting for you in a candle-lit private room. Clients may also enjoy the sauna and private Jacuzzi rooms.
Couture is the only spa on island to offer endermologie lipo massage, which promotes skin fitness, smoothes cellulite, and improves blood and lymphatic circulation all without needles or knives. This treatment can even be effective as sports therapy to smooth out strained muscles. Four to eight sessions are recommended, as well as a good diet with exercise.
Facial Fitness is a hydrodermabrasion treatment that can be performed during the lunch hour because it leaves zero redness. A dozen style and spa packages are offered, including a treatment for men called Manscaping.
Entre Nous Salon
Entre Nous is the final destination for all things beauty-related for hair, face and body. Located just outside the Fiesta Resort, the salon caters to both local and military clients.
Kenko Sauna & Spa
For an all-around relaxation experience you can’t beat, try Kenko Sauna & Spa. The spa has an extensive set-up including locker rooms with showers, a comfy relaxation room with flat screen TV, a sauna that fits up to 15 people and a charming outdoor patio with three Jacuzzis.
Indulge in an authentic sauna experience the way the Finnish always have – alternating from hot sauna to cold outdoor pool for maximum body stimulation. Guests often take advantage of the sizeable facilities to have small parties under the covered canopy with an outdoor grilling station.
The massage house allows for up to eight people at once and is perfect for company sponsored events or bridal showers. The well-appointed spa offers foot reflexology, shiatsu, aromatherapy, lymph massage, and facials. Kenko also has some of the lowest prices on-island with a 60-minute massage for just $63.
This is a classy resort spa offering body polish, massage and facials in a Zen-like setting. Angsana promises a tactile experience to engage all the senses, with a “hightouch, low-tech” approach. Based on studied methods of Banyan Tree Spa Academies in Phuket, Thailand, Angsana has mastered the psychology of relaxation.
Expect the unexpected with all-natural treatments made up of yogurt, milk, rice, tofu, orange and turmeric. After all, Angsana is named after a flowering rainforest tree in the Orient. There is a heavy leaning towards Indian, Thai and Balinese techniques designed to promote peace and relieve tension – all with a holistic touch.
Arrive early and stay a while for the complimentary foot wipe, choice of herbal tea and 30-minute calm time.
Jiivana Spa for Well-Being
Jiivana Spa for Well-Being is located on the beautiful beachfront of PIC. Jiivana is a Sanskrit word that means “life,” relating to the essence of the mind, body and soul of an individual. Guests can escape with a purpose and honor themselves at Jiivana Spa in Guam with a signature massage such as the Jiivana Journey which is the best-selling treatment to date. Jiivana Spa offers a wide selection of massage treatments, detoxification and healing experiences, and Yoga classes.
Jiivana is the first spa on Guam to offer the far infrared (FIR) sauna (a sauna that uses ceramic or metallic elements to emit heat in the far infrared range, as opposed to traditional steam saunas. It offers benefits such as regeneration of lung tissue, weight loss, reduced blood sugar and blood pressure, decreased cholesterol and increased circulation) and healing experiences based on reconnecting healing practices, light frequencies and “reiki” or life energy. The healing experiences at Jiivana Spa spa on Guam can be of benefit for clarity, relaxation, personal balance, and easing of tension and stress.
The Samudra Yoga Pavilion, located on Jiivana Spa’s beautiful beachfront, is an open-air pavilion. Jiivana Spa offers free Yoga classes to all in house guests of PIC. Non-in house guests are welcome to experience Yoga at Jiivana for $15 per session.
– Jiivana Spa for Well-Being
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