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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Great occasions for a trip to the spa

Red Rose

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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