What Alternative Therapy spa treatments are there?

Reiki

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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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

Enjoy a range of specialist Spa package treatments

Anyone looking to enjoy a spa break shortly at one of the many superb dedicated health spas around the United Kingdom is sure to have a wide variety of wonderful spas to choose from.

Many of the best UK health spas offer specific or dedicated packages to give their customers a fully tailored spa experience. Dedicated or tailored packages offer visitors the very best way to enjoy a range of treatments during your stay, while in most cases the best way to save money is to indulge in a range of treatments during one visit. Continue reading