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.

Facials

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.

 Grooming

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.

What Alternative Therapy spa treatments are there?

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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.

Reiki

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

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.

Yoga

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

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

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

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

Pregnant woman at a spa

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.

Massage

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.

Facials

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.

Manicure/pedicure

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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Great occasions for a trip to the spa

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Many people like to enjoy spa breaks throughout the year, combining a relaxing day away from all the stresses in life with a pamper experience that can leave you feeling totally rejuvenated. Whilst a spa break can be enjoyed at any time of year, there are a few occasions which really call for a day at the spa.

Valentine’s Day

For a relaxing and romantic break, there is nothing better than a spa break. Booking an overnight stay means that you will have the comfortable bed and delicious dining experience of a hotel, but then the added benefits of spa facilities and treatments on top of that. Many spa treats, such as a massage or mud chamber session, are ideal for couples too.

Post-Christmas

Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year and everyone gets caught up in making the day as perfect as possible, something which often requires all the energy we can muster. Something that can help keep you going through the stress is the knowledge that you have a trip to the spa coming up, ideal for recharging your batteries.

Colleague bonding day

Many spas offer group packages, ideal for work groups. A refreshing alternative to a meal out or paintballing session and other typical corporate activities, a spa day gives you and your colleagues the chance to fully relax and enjoy spending time getting better acquainted away from the office environment.

Mother’s Day

What better way to show your mother that you appreciate all of the hard work she does for you than with a visit to a spa in Yorkshire? Everyone deserves a treat and Mother’s Day is the perfect day to treat you mum with a massage, exfoliating treatment, hydrotherapy or other pampering session that will ease those tired, hardworking limbs.

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Things to leave at home when you go for your next spa treatment

Without question, taking a spa break is one of the most relaxing and truly indulgent activities that it is possible to enjoy. Lying back and being pampered with some first class beauty treatments by trained therapists is an experience unlike any other, and one which everyone should make sure they sign up for at some point; it’s important to remember, however, that there are still a few things to bear in mind when you arrive for your chosen appointment, so that both you and whoever is treating you can feel completely at ease.Personal mobile phone

There are a few things which you should be sure not to take with you when you set off for your spa appointment, and perhaps the most obvious of these is your mobile phone. If you really don’t want to leave it at home, then turning it off or at the very least having it on silent is highly recommended. One of the best things about going to a spa is the tranquillity it offers, Continue reading