Meet Anna Miccichè, Spa Manager at Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa

By Courtney Imel | 10:00

Anna Miccichè, Spa Manager Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa

This month’s monthly theme of Wellness & Wellbeing just wouldn’t be the same without one of or very own NH Spa Managers. Today we introduce you to Anna Miccichè the Spa Manager at the luxurious Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa where she is involved in the Spa management, consulting for clients, and the creation of new beauty treatments. 

Originally from Valledolmo (Province of Palermo) and now residing in Ragusa, she has been a part of the  the Donnafugata Golf Resort Spa team since 2010. During her time here she has acquired new technical competences, such as sports massage with physiotherapy techniques, among many others. Sit back, relax and don’t miss this exclusive interview!  

What exactly does your position as Spa Manager at the Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa consist of?

As Spa-Manager I take care of everything related to my position. I manage administrative, technical and aesthetic aspects related to the Spa, all this doesn’t prevent me from entering the cabin and being in touch with customers.

What massage techniques do you specialize in?

I’ve learned many techniques over the years (this is my 27th year of experience!), but my specializations are sports and decontracture massages. The doctor, who has trained me, is still dealing with golfers. I must say that he was great to teach me technical and manual methods, which are different from physiotherapy (branch separately).

Could you explain the main differences between your massage specialization techniques?

The difference between simple relaxing massage and sports massage is the pressure of the hands, which you have to exercise on the body. The pressure of the relaxing massage is very soft, in order to relax muscles and avoid creating tensions, if you touched the sore spots. In case of sports massage, you have to change technique and manual skills. You have to research the problems of customers (discopaties, muscle tears, contusions) to intervene in an appropriate manner, so that the treatment will be effective and bring the expected benefits.

 What are some of the benefits of massage therapy?

Massage therapy has a lot of benefits. The touch of expert hands can relieve muscle tension due to several factors: stress, nervous tension, poor posture, trauma, etc. However I can say that a good massage helps always.

Would you recommend massage therapy for everyone or only in certain cases?

I recommend massage therapy for everyone, including children and pregnant women. It’s absolutely not recommended for people with serious diseases, such as: Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases in general (transplants) Autoimmune diseases. At our Spa it’s a good habit, before starting any treatment, we ask the customer, what kind of health problems he has got, so we can work in absolute tranquility.

You hold a “Certificate of Dermoestetista”, an excellent knowledge of skin diseases. What attracted you to this field of study?

It’s essential to recognize skin tissue diseases in order to protect ourselves in many occasions, because the massage requires the “touch”, as a direct contact, of our hands on human skin. Not all skin diseases are contagious. A good knowledge allows us to perform massages even in case of diseases, such as eczema, psoriasis, vitiligine, etc. … (absolutely not contagious). In many circumstances with the proper precautions we can suggest to customer, maybe oblivious, to consult a dermatologist to solve problems.

The world of aesthetics is very broad and I assume that we have to have passion for everything we do. The knowledge is never too much in any field: I continue to study with a dear friend (doctor) of mine, who takes care of dermatology. I like deepening my ability to be an example for my colleagues. In life you never stop learning.


  • posted by Bradley Elliot | 26 December 2013, 13:16,

    Heal in spa is a great way to felt fresh mind and body too.

  • posted by Courtney Imel | 16 January 2014, 10:47,

    Thanks for the comment! Have you stayed at our hotels before? 🙂


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