Beauty rituals of course do exist in Africa. We prove it along and forth in our articles. But what about massage? Does a real ‘spa culture” exists in Sub-Saharan Africa? I don’t talk about North Africa (with the world-wide known tradition of Hammam) or about the Indian Ocean (development of spa culture through the development of tourism and hotel industry), let’s talk about Black Africa.
The reasons why
The African approach …and trend.
Congo Massage : « happy-therapy » and deep energy.
« I wanted to offer my clients an African holistic treatment that powerfully reconnects them to their roots, to who they really are; a treatment that not only relax but detoxifies the whole body and brings a deep energy. I wanted a massage which represents the creativity, the elegance and the « joy despite everything » of the Congolese people.
So, as I am both Belgian and Congolese, I created the Congo Massage ®, a Signature Massage which is nearly a tribal choreography on the body of the client. During the treatment, its heart rate varies depending on the hypnotic drum of the djembe, sometimes frenetic, sometimes calm and deep. A unique experience. » says Julie Lombé.
Congo Massage ® begins with a long session of feet reflexology, with baobab oil, symbolic tree in Africa, ‘palaver tree « under which young people come to listen to the stories of their elders. The feet connect us to the earth, to our roots, to our energy flow.
What follows is a massage of the whole body, manual first, and accessorized in a second time. This massage is inspired by several African massage techniques. First massage Rungu (Kenya) whose characteristic is to use Rungu wooden sticks, young Maasai warriors attributes. Concerning the Congo Massage ®, we use precious ebony and wenge wooden sticks coming from the DRC. The two different sizes allow working on every part of the body. They are used for drainage, vibrations, pressure, percussions and stretching.
Another influence is the Bamikilé massage (Cameroon – United Baham) whose baham handle (or handle Manefaing), made of sacred red earth is used by healers for its cleansing properties. The gesture of ‘African rolled’ is played by pivots pressures of the hand on the muscles to loosen them in depth.
After the treatment, the client feels happy and has a peaceful mind, its body is full of energy and shaped, its skin is regenerated.
All products are organic and/or Fair Trade and grown in Africa.
As mentioned above, for the work on the feet, we use baobab oil (healing and regenerating the drier skins) and add a few drops of essential oil of black pepper (warms and relaxes the muscles, stimulates the digestive glands , activates circulation) for an immediate detox and wellness action.
For the rest of the body, a blend of butter Shea (nourishing and restorative) and cocoa (antioxidant polyphenols, theobromine and caffeine burns fat). The client adds a choice of vegetable extracts of coffee, cocoa or pineapple to reinforce the sliming properties… and because it smells delicious!
At the end of the treatment, to complete the journey of the senses, tea or African coffee with chocolate or, depending on the season, juice and fresh fruit are served.