Journalist Ekaterina Istomina went to the Mahash Spa at the Intercontinental Hotel and shared her impressions.
To be honest, I still cannot understand how this small and thin girl has such strong hands as if a professional boxer. Today, on this cold autumn morning, I want to tell you about a real person - a wonderful masseuse from the Mahash salon, located on the ground floor of the pleasant and helpful Intercontinental Hotel. The salon, which is practiced by almost all well-known spa practices (and does it invariably well), has many luxury areas in the basement floor space. Let's say right away that this establishment is quite expensive and, to the best of eastern minimalism, is beautiful and in all respects worthy. But believe me, a champion in sports and Asian massages, any ruble left in this institution will pay off a hundredfold for real and genuine physical and mental health.
The girl whom I today want to introduce you with exorbitant pride is Catherine. Ekaterina is a tall, thin brunette who, only at first glance, does not give the impression of a really strong person. However, you must agree that the first, opening impressions in our best of worlds, in the overwhelming majority of cases, are deceptive and ephemeral. So in the case of my dear Catherine: I myself did not choose her personally as a companion, I was offered her skill by the friendly administrators, in fact, the spa itself.
And they did not lose, and did not deceive, and did not let stardust into my eyes: Catherine, in terms of the strength of her influence on the human body, can only be compared with the legendary masseuse Galya from the St. Petersburg hotel "Europe" (Galya is famous - note in brackets - in two capitals at once, and for massage they come specially from Moscow).
Now you no longer need to go to foggy St. Petersburg for a real manual massage: it is done by a slender brunette Ekaterina from the Mahash spa for five with four pluses.
Ekaterina and I chose, perhaps, the darkest of the Mahash massage rooms: it is quiet, cozy, warm, calm oriental music plays - some kind of pleasant purr that does not distract from the main goal. I chose the longest massage - two hours. And I thought then, when choosing: what will they do to me during all these two hours? After all, my height is small, my weight is also within the normal range, with what, in fact, are they going to tinker with? After washing my feet with warm, gentle water, Ekaterina transplanted me onto the massage table (plus I had to choose, of course, the most suitable smell of oil for me).
And the beginning! What is this, a symphony? Rhapsody? Another musical homage?
Of course, I asked her in advance - to give me a "strong" massage. But I always ask that, and many experts mean by the word "strong" some kind of light stroking, which I can hardly call a sports massage. But Ekaterina understood everything correctly: she quite correctly caught my desire.
Sports massage is not stroking or tingling. Sports massage with elements of oriental massage is a real feast for the back, legs, head and, of course, it is a feast for the belly! Ekaterina long, powerfully, very professionally and persistently “smashed” my somewhat stiff back. Yes, what can you say? The back hurt after the visit for a long whole week, but it was an exceptionally pleasant pain - like the pain after a smart and fruitful workout. Slowly, but persistently and tactfully, Ekaterina got to the very muscles, if not to say here - to my very bones. And so it went on for two hours: Katya and I were in no hurry.
Two hours, by the way, is the optimal time for a big fruitful massage. Paradoxically, this is a fact: during the ceremony, I even managed to take a nap several times - to the quiet frequencies of the musical accompaniment of the Mahash spa center.
Two hours for the massage flew by incredibly quickly: all I had to do was rub my back and regret that my date with the powerful and intelligent Ekaterina was over. But I immediately signed up for the second session: this wonderful and ferocious massage is better done in courses. And here's the bottom line: Massages at Mahash Spa are professional and honest. You will be able to feel its impact on "your own skin" for a long time. But this is correct: there must certainly be long memories of a good place.
Complex massage Self-Renewal Face and Body Experience (120 minutes): 7,500 rubles Complete relaxation and recovery of the body from the crown to the tips of the toes: massage of the face, back, legs, arms, neck (90 minutes - body massage, 30 minutes - face and head massage).