When it comes to relaxation and the ultimate on board pampering, massage has a deeper effect than simply relaxing the muscles. They also reduce the stress hormone cortisol and increase the anti-pain hormone serotonin.

A handful of superyachts have crew members who are trained as massage and beauty therapists, but your broker can also arrange for specialists to come on board during your cruise.

Heather Hawthorne is one such expert, travelling the world as a spa therapist-in-residence.

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