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.

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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Top Three peculiar Spa treatments

Top Three peculiar Spa treatments A spa break is the perfect tool to release yourself from the shackles of everyday life, offering a feeling of relaxation like no other. If work, family or any other important factors in your life begin to test your patience, a trip to the spa provides the perfect release. While an authentic massage or the soothing comfort of hot stones are standard treatments, a number of more peculiar methods from around the world have begun to increase in popularity for spa seekers.

First we have the snake massage, currently hugely popular in Israel. For around £50, participants are asked to take off their clothes and lie down, shortly before being covered head to toe in snakes which are said to help relieve migraines and even soothe sore muscles.

While that one might have been peculiar, the next is sure to leave your sensations confused. The carp pedicure has been somewhat of a phenomenon across the Western world, particularly in the UK and USA. Participants are asked to remove their shoes and socks then place their feet in a task full of tiny carp. The fish, also known as ‘doctor carp’ get to work immediately nibbling away all of dead skin from your feet, leaving them feeling incredibly fresh in time for a full pedicure.

Finally we have the 24 carat gold facial, for those who really want to feel like royalty. Currently on offer across the pond in Santa Fe, the unique gold flecked serum is said to tighten and lighten skin, whilst also slowing down collagen depletion, which can be a main cause of sagginess and spots.

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