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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