An Introduction to Mud Therapy

An Introduction to Mud TherapySpa treatments have long been seen as a great mode of relaxation, allowing people to relax and remove all stress while rejuvenating and rebalancing the mind, body and soul. While many may consider treatments to comprise of invigorating massages and facials, one of the most popular is Mud Therapy. If you’re new to the Continue reading

Spa Treatments for Men

Spa Treatments for Men

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For men who are new to the spa environment, the range of treatments and facilities available may seem a little daunting. Many spas offer a wide range of treatments that are suitable for everyone, including massage, hydrotherapy and facials. However, there are a number of treatments that appeal particularly to men.

 Foot Treatments

Whether you’re in a profession where you need to be on your feet all day or your feet are training hard at the gym, a relaxing foot treatment is a wonderful sensory experience for your feet and very relaxing. There are plenty of health spas that offer spa treatments for men, including Titanic Spa, which offers the fabulous ‘Sole Delight’ foot treatment that can be included as part of a spa break in Yorkshire. This helps to soften hard skin on the heels and leave you and your feet feeling smooth and rejuvenated.


Skincare is important no matter what your lifestyle. If you work in an office, air conditioning can dry your skin out and make it cry out for a little rejuvenation. Working in a city or in an environment where there’s a lot of dust and grime can also have an effect on your skin. Facial treatments thoroughly cleanse your skin and unclog all the dirt from your pores, and they can also reduce sensitivity that appears from shaving.


There’s no beating around the bush here – waxing does hurt, but the pain is short-lived and leaves smooth, hairless skin for up to six weeks. There are waxing treatments for all body hair from top to bottom – literally! After waxing, hair grows back softer, smoother and even lighter than after you shave. So whether you want to try it just the once or as a long term solution to unruly body hair (as after around 4 years of waxing an area, hair ceases to grow), don’t be shy and contact your local spa if you’re interested in a treatment.

How to make the most of a massage

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Massage is one of the most satisfying spa treatments there is but often people don’t make the most of their session through either nerves or being underprepared. With a bit of preparation beforehand and the right attitude, however, a massage can be the most relaxing treatment out there. So, before booking your massage – whether full body or back pain relief – bear in mind these helpful hints and tips on how to get the most out of your massage.


The most important thing to remember during a massage is communication. All too often, massage clients are too nervous to tell their masseuse what they want out of their massage or whether it is causing them discomfort. A masseuse wants to make the massage experience as relaxing and beneficial as possible but can only do this with a bit of help from their client.

Before your next Yorkshire health spa massage, be sure to let the masseuse know of any allergies or health issues that could impact on the enjoyment of the massage process as oils, lotions and powders are often used and the massage may not be suitable if you are suffering from certain medical conditions. The masseuse will also be happy to hear what you want to get out of the massage, as well as personal preferences like music.


The other important thing to remember during a massage is to relax. People new to massage often become tense and nervous which can have adverse effects on the outcome of the massage. The more relaxed and open you are to the massage, the more beneficial it will be.


Finally, be sure to drink lots of water after your massage and to take it easy – it can sometimes take time for the effects of the massage to be fully absorbed.

Before booking your next massage session during a relaxing spa seekers break, be sure to note down your massage preferences for your next session.

What Alternative Therapy spa treatments are there?


There are plenty of treatments that guests can enjoy during a spa break, some of the most well known and popular being massages, facials and manicures. Alternative therapy treatments are available in many health spas, but the word ‘alternative’ may scare some people away. These treatments are based on ancient traditions and are great for relaxing the body and mind, so why not try one of these alternative treatments when visiting the spa?

Indian Head Massage

Also known as champissage, Indian Head Massage was brought into western culture in the 1970s and has since proven to be hugely popular. The face, neck and head are massaged to manipulate the energy channels within the body so that blockages are removed. It is believed that blockages build up negative energy in the body, causing stress, aches and pains, so removing these blockages can help calm the mind. Treatments tend to last around 40 minutes.


This Japanese technique promotes natural healing within the body to create balance and harmony in mind, body and spirit. It is relatively new as it was developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist, and involves using hand positions to energise the physical, mental, emotional and energetic levels of the body. A whole body treatment typically lasts for an hour.


Reflexology utilises pressure points on the feet to stimulate certain corresponding zones within the body as a whole and is a great treatment to try when next visiting a Yorkshire health spa. The practice of reflexology has been dated back to the Ancient Egyptians and has proven to be another popular treatment in the modern western world. A treatment will last around one hour.

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Top exercise classes to try at a spa

People choose to enjoy a spa break for a number of reasons, including to rejuvenate the body, get pampered or just do something healthy. As well as enjoying one of the many treatments and spa facilities that a health spa can offer, some spas run a number of dance and exercise classes that can relax you and get the blood flowing.


Originating from ancient Indian spiritual, mental and physical practices, yoga became incredibly popular across the globe in the 1980s. Musculoskeletal, mental and breathing improvements have all been seen as benefits for yoga practitioners, combining development of core body strength and meditative breathing.

Tai Chi

The Chinese martial art is now practised around the world and essentially involves three aspects: health, meditation and martial art. Rather than being a martial art based on attacking, tai chi is self-defence combat that focuses on adapting to change created by outside forces. Movements are slow and fluid in tai chi, helping to relax both the body and mind.


Pilates is a comparatively modern exercise system compared to yoga and tai chi; it was developed in the 20th century by Joseph Pilates. A following quickly developed in the USA, UK and Germany, making it one of the most popular classes to enjoy at a Yorkshire spa. The focus of Pilates is on developing a strong core and aligning the spine and pelvis, and a workout will help build muscle strength and endurance across the body.


Circuit training can be very intense, and although it may not be as relaxing as other exercise classes, it does offer a variety of different exercises. A class would involve completing a series of different activities before starting the routine all over again. A circuit can be made up of any number of different activities, but some common ones include pull ups, medicine ball chest passes, stomach crunches, squat jumps and burpees.

Step & Tone

These classes involve following a choreographed routine that incorporates a small step. This workout combines cardio with toning, providing a good balance of fat burning and toning of the upper body, arms, legs, thighs and bum. As the choreography can sometimes be quite tricky to follow, many health spas offer classes for both beginners and advanced steppers.

Make the most of the sauna during a spa visit

When enjoying a spa break, there are certain features that are repeatedly favourites, such as a dip in the swimming pool, back massage or a few moments in the steam room. Saunas come high up the list for many spa fans and people all over the world now enjoy the intense heat that has made the Scandinavian tradition so popular.

Many saunas these days are made even more relaxing through the use of mood lighting, music and steam infusions, and some also offer treatments that you can rub into your skin and give the body a real treat. Here are some of the top treatments that you can have a go at in the sauna.


Honey is a very popular product to rub into your skin in a sauna and is a natural antibacterial agent. It is great skin toner and leaves skin soft to the touch and feeling nourished. It will also help increase the sweating and calorie burning effect which has helped make saunas so popular.

Infused Salt

Salt scrubs are often used as beauty treatments, and the sauna is no different. Salts can have a soothing effect on the senses and are proven to help promote skin which is fresh and clean. It exfoliates your skin and also improves blood circulation in the skin when you rub it in. Skin is left feeling silky soft and infusing the salt with various oils, such as coconut or mint, is both refreshing for the nose and moisturising on the skin.

Rubbing these treatments into your skin is sure to leave you feeling totally pampered and relaxed when visiting a spa in Yorkshire, and don’t forget to wash off anything in the shower that you have rubbed in during your session and moisturise to combat dryness. A cold shower is highly recommended for the best blood circulation!

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How to make the most of a spa as a pregnant woman

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Being pregnant is a wonderful but tiring thing. It is also a busy time for soon-to-be mothers, but it is important to take time out to relax and be calm, and what better way to do this than with a spa break? Many spas offer wonderful treatments specially for pregnant women, but before going it is worth knowing what you should and shouldn’t do when visiting a spa.

The best time to visit the spa is during the second trimester of pregnancy for a number of reasons: morning sickness should have ceased, energy levels are higher and the chances of early labour or miscarriage are low. Between 12 weeks and 32 weeks is best practise.

Heat treatments should be avoided as these can affect the circulation of blood and nutrients to the growing baby, so it is advisable to stay away from saunas, Jacuzzis, tanning beds and steam rooms. Once these general rules have been taken into consideration, there are a number of great treatments that are particularly suited to pregnancy.


A massage can be a wonderful method to ease sore hips, an aching back and stiff shoulders that are related with pregnancy. A good masseuse will have massaged pregnant women before and will avoid sensitive areas, provide plenty of padding and pillows to make guests comfortable and will tailor the massage to whatever the stage of pregnancy is. Some treatments can also help reduce the signs of stretch marks.


Skin will be more sensitive during pregnancy so it is a good idea to carry out a patch test in advance, but most facials can be adapted for pregnant women. They are great for relaxing and treating the skin.


It is advisable to steer clear of being regularly exposed to certain chemicals in nail varnish, particularly toluene and formaldehyde, but having nails filed and having hands and feet moisturised is a treat that pregnant women can really enjoy.

Before booking one of these excellent treatments at a spa in Yorkshire whilst pregnant, you should first speak to your midwife or GP.

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Three ways to combat back pain

Back pain can be incredibly painful, so bad in some cases that it can stop you from doing day to day tasks around the home. Despite the much reported problems that back pain can cause, it is such an easy issue to alleviate. Here are three simple ways in which you can help keep the complaints of a bad back at bay.

Keeping good posture

With many of us now working in offices, we find ourselves having to sit down for many hours a day in order to earn our pay packets. It is important in this case to keep a good posture, as slouching or sitting awkwardly can have a massive effect on your back. To maintain a good posture, keep your back straight while having both feet flat on the floor.

Eat more Broccoli

It might seem like a completely ludicrous suggestion, but Japanese researchers have found that Broccoli, along with other leafy greens, contains Vitamin K – just as important as Calcium to develop strong bones. Of course, the stronger your bones are, the less likely you are to have problems with your vertebrae.

Purchase a mobility aid

If the beginnings of back pain have already begun to settle in, rise and recliner chairs are a fantastic way to combat against it and keep it away. With the settings of the chairs being operated through an electric motor, it means that the user puts a limited strain on their lumbar region. They can also be completely customised, meaning they can be completely suited to your taste or to fit into a colour scheme within their home. adjustable beds are also good tools, raising you out of bed to once again take the strain off your back.

Sheffield singing sensation celebrates 100th birthday

A man from Sheffield celebrated his 100th birthday last week, and having been a familiar face on the club scene for many years of his life, Joseph Trigg’s birthday party was the best party in town. Starting the day off looking his best with a soak in walk in baths and special birthday T-shirt, the home where he has spent many happy years was packed full of friends and family to celebrate the big day.Entertainment microphone

Jospeh made a name for himself as a performer in venues across Sheffield, singing and dancing his way into the hearts of club-goers everywhere with his rendition of the Woody Woodpecker song. To commemorate his successful career, his family organised for an entertainer to come along and perform some of the great tunes that Joseph would have sung during his time on the stages of Sheffield.

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90-year-old continues to visit Sheffield’s prison cells

A 91-year-old woman recently found herself being praised in The Guardian after a journalist heard of how she is still continuing to help the community. Vera Miles has spent the last 21 years volunteering as an independent custody visitor and even now remains in charge of 14 other volunteers.the bars in a prison

Suspects who are held in custody in police cells are paid a visit by independent custody visitors, people who arrive unannounced at police stations to make sure that the welfare of detainees is looked after.

Although Vera undertakes the visits only a couple of times a month, she instead plays a more crucial role in organising the visits of the other volunteers, including drawing up a rota, dealing with problems that her team bring up and makes sure that the volunteers are fully briefed on what they need to be checking.

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