Two strong persons joined our team of SPA experts
Two new and very different experts have recently joined the SPA VILNIUS top-level team of massage specialists – our SPA experts’ team. The first is Tadas Stonkus, one of the most internationally acclaimed massage therapists in our team who has already developed his signature massage. The second one is Nerijus Malijonis, our clients’ beloved therapist, who has been awarded the title of the best employee of SPA VILNIUS for three years in a row.
“You have cat hands, except for the scratching,” Nerijus quotes one of the funnier comments he has received from a client. Another one is “I truly envy your wife...” Sincerity and a good bond with the client is, in Nerijus’ opinion, one of the most important components of a great massage; however, “modern massage is no longer possible without the knowledge of modern medicine,” said the new SPA expert after completing two years of special training.
His medical knowledge came in handy on the very first day of work at SPA VILNIUS when his first client confessed to barely getting out of bed that morning due to back pain. That first massage is the most memorable one in his career of five years.
Nerijus’ favourite massage is the ESPA hot stones deep muscle massage, because hot stones warm up the deeper muscles and bring obvious benefits. For him, the title of a SPA expert means a boost in self-confidence and the possibility to give advice and teach others.
By contrast, Nerijus’ colleague Tadas enjoys giving a wide variety of massages: “I like a number of different massages because it’s more fun to switch from one to another and avoid monotony.” Still, Tadas is one of those few massage specialists who knows what it means to create their own signature massage. “I thought about a unique massage with a certain sequence of movements for about a year, and then it took me about a week to write it down,” said the expert. February will see the one year anniversary of Tadas Stonkus’ signature Deep tissue & joint full body massage in SPA VILNIUS.
Tadas has won many awards at massage championships in Lithuania and abroad, including in Russia and Italy. The SPA expert is most pleased with the silver cup won in Kaliningrad as well as the spectators’ prize because there was a fierce competition: 14 participants from Moscow, Kaliningrad, Belarus and Lithuania (2017 International Championship of Aesthetic Cosmetology and SPA Aesthetics) displayed their talents.
At the championship, Tadas Stonkus performed the ESPA mindful full body massage with three oils of different scents. The colours of the SPA concept were white and purple, which symbolizes the sacred and pure touch. The goal of the massage was to restore the body’s balance, calm the mind and balance the emotions. The distinctive feature of this particular massage is that it incorporates visualization, breathing techniques and pink quartz stones to enhance the client’s sensations.
Tadas says that being given the honourable title of a SPA expert means an increased responsibility. And that responsibility falls on him.
The team of SPA experts is an internal SPA VILNIUS quality management system that encourages the whole team to excel – it celebrates the best specialists and encourages learning from each other.
SPA VILNIUS system of mastery levels encourages a continuous development and creativity of our specialists. The specialist attains the highest level of mastery when:
- they have worked in their field for at least 5 years
- provide quality services and receive positive feedback from clients
- learn and develop in professional training courses
- participate in professional competitions, events and championships
- are actively interested in SPA innovations
- share their experiences with beginners and help them develop.
SPA VILNIUS high qualification masters: