1847– tried and tested

In a bid to relieve sport-induced muscle tightness, Will Reece tries 1847’s new golf ball massage

Tried & tested

In a bid to relieve sport-induced muscle tightness, Will Reece tries 1847’s new golf ball massage.

The promise
An invigorating deep-tissue massage performed with a golf ball, which aims to target golfing hotspots such as the lower back, hips and shoulders.

Step by step
After working out how to enter the spa’s confusing front door (there’s a little button on the right), we were led into the massage area. The spa is small and functional and the room’s pleasant lemongrass scent and relaxing music quickly took us far away from the chaos of JBR traffic. The treatment begins with a more traditional, non-golf ball massage, and our therapist warmed our muscles expertly. We expected the golf-ball-roller-thing to be a gimmick aimed at gullible golfers (would a rugby player sleep better if he uses a rugby ball as a pillow?) but we actually didn’t notice the moment our therapist introduced the device to perform the deep-tissue part of the treatment. The shape and hardness of the ball allows the therapist to really target the deep-tissue massage into tighter areas such as hamstrings and shoulders. The ritual was surprisingly effective, and less jarring than previous deep-tissue massages involving knuckles and/or elbows.

The result
Our muscles felt immediately more supple after the treatment, and stayed this way until we went for a run the next day. Gimmick or not, the golf ball massage is surprisingly effective.

• The golf-ball roller really allows the therapist to target problem areas.

• Staff at 1847 seem particularly warm and smiley.

• Leaving the spa into the chaos of JBR is not ideal for your post-massage aura.

Dhs400 for 60 minutes, Dhs590 for 90 minutes. 1847, various locations including The Walk, JBR (04 422 1847).

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