Return to Paradise Resort offers a menu of massages based on ancient massage (fofo) techniques and traditional blends of healing oils and plant extracts. We invite you to experience an indulging, relaxing massage by our team that have been trained by their parents and grandparents to provide healing fofo.
Massage (fofo) has been a healing art in Samoan culture for over a thousand years. Passed down from generation to generation, selected members of most families are chosen to learn this practice. Fofo is regularly given to babies, the elderly, the sick, the depressed and the weary as a healing and relaxing aid. The oils used for fofo are ancient recipes based on plant extracts with known healing properties passed down and refined over the years.
The basis for most fofo massage treatments is coconut oil. This is extracted from freshly picked coconuts and infused with fruits, leaves and flowers with other healing properties to create the perfect organic natural massage creams and oils.
Coconut oil has been used for wound healing since time immemorial. It improves antioxidant enzyme activity and stimulates higher collagen cross-linking in repairing damaged tissue. It is used for its anti-inflammatory properties.
A concoction of cold pressed coconut oil, virgin oil, avocado extract, Samoan cocoa and vanilla scent. Cocoa is known as a super food taken internally or used externally. It has a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals that act as an antibacterial and protector of the cardiovascular system. The caffeine and theobromine in cocoa combat fatigue and boost energy.
An infusion of cold pressed coconut oil combined with the heady scent of extract from freshly picked frangipani flowers. Frangipani is traditionally used for its rejuvenating qualities and its ability to revitalise the skin, giving optimum moisture. It relieves cracked skin and has antioxidant properties.
A mixture of cold pressed coconut oil combined with extracts of fresh papaya and mango. Papaya is an excellent source of dietary fibre, vitamin A, C and E and rich in antioxidants. It also strengthens the immune system. Mango is known to protect the immune system and clear clogged pores.
A pleasing combination of cold pressed coconut oil with a slight fragrance from a range of flowers