What Alternative Therapy spa treatments are there?


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.


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 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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Treatments that can help reduce stress levels during pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a beautiful, but stressful, thing, which sometimes sees professional and personal pressure build up on women whilst physical discomfort is also not uncommon.Woman during Pregnancy

A great way to alleviate the aches, pains and stress that comes with pregnancy is to take advantage of a number of spa treatments proven to help those in difficulty.

Before proceeding on some of the methods available to pregnant women, it is imperative to check with a midwife or GP to ensure they are happy with you attending a spa and using the facilities available.

One great way of preparing yourself for motherhood is partaking in a ritual, which helps ease the mind, Continue reading

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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Spa Treatment’s Basis: Balneotherapy

Balneotherapy is the treatment of disease by bathing, and is the basis of modern day spas (yes, even the ones that you’d enjoy on a relaxing Wales spa break. The treatments nowadays also incorporate the use of muds and clays, which is actually an element of fangotherapy, but they work alongside each other very well.

Balneotherapy can involve being submerged in water, lying in water, moving in water or having water flow over you, and whilst it was originally intended as a treatment for diseases, it is also now used for relaxation.

Part of the health benefits associated with balneotherapy is that the waters used are normally rich in minerals, and can help keep skin healthy. If the water is not already mineral water, these will often be added, along with aroma therapy oils to help with relaxation.

The treatments that balneotherapy and fangotherapy offer are also now largely used in beauty therapy, as they can smooth wrinkles and revitalise skin, though when they are used as such, they cease to be balneotherapy, as balneotherapy refers specifically to the use of these for treating disease.

Whilst all of this is interesting to know, it’s much better to experience the treatments on your own Wales spa holiday.