Spa Day Newbies

photo (1)Whether you have booked already, or are still considering joining us for a fabulous spa day, here are a few words of advice to get you a step closer to a day of complete relaxation and pampering.

We are really popular because the team are all friendly and approachable – we promise you won’t feel uncomfortable or intimidated.

If you haven’t experienced a spa day before you may find the pointers below useful to make the very most of your day

Things to know before you book

We can accommodate individuals or group bookings to celebrate a special occasion just call our helpful knowledgable reception team who will be ready to take the stress out of your booking.

Your day includes a light lunch and a complimentary glass of house wine, the brasserie is open throughout the day should you wish to enjoy extra nibbles or drinks.

If you have any medical considerations, please let us know at booking as some treatments may not be suitable.
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What to wear and bring with you

Avoid wearing any jewellery, in your treatments you will asked to remove it and we would hate you to leave it behind or lose it. You will probably find that most of your day is spent in your bathrobe- most people do even for lunch. When you head to treatments you can go with just underwear or dry swimsuit under your robe to stop any messing about with dressing and undressing.

It’s always best to remove your make up to visit the spa. Our changing rooms have hair dryers available.

Pack light just bring your towel, flip flops and swimsuit, we supply robes and if you forget your towel you can hire one from reception for £1.

When you arrive

Come ready to relax, let all your worries drift away and allow us to take care of you throughout your day.

Take the time to arrive early (15 to 20 minutes prior at the very least). Certain treatments, massages for instance, require that you fill out a medical questionnaire. You’ll also need time to change and time for a quick tour.

You may also want time to enjoy a few of the extras (such as pool, sauna, steam room, relaxation room, gym) before your treatment. The treatment will also be more effective if you allow yourself time to relax and enjoy the entire experience.

If you’re concerned about what to wear under the robe, don’t be. Most people are nude under those spa robes, but it’s perfectly O.K. to leave your undies on if you feel more comfortable. We also offer disposable underwear if you prefer, please ask for a pair when you’re shown to the locker rooms. While some European spas tend to be freer and more casual with nudity, our spa therapists are taught special draping techniques and the only part of the body exposed at one time is the part being worked on. So don’t worry about lying there stark naked and feeling exposed because most of the time you’re covered by a combination of sheets and towels.

Another thing that new spa-goers may not realise is that a therapist will usually leave the room to allow you privacy to remove your robe and hop onto the treatment table, and vice versa at the end of the treatment. So relax. We do everything in our power to make a client feel comfortable and worry free during a treatment.

To help you relax mobile phones need to be turned off and left in the secure locker provided.
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Treatments

Our reception staff will advise you of treatment start times, try to arrive at beauty reception 5 minutes before they start- this makes sure you do not lose any of your treatment time.

Remember to spend a penny before the stat of your treatments as you don’t wont to interrupt your lovely relaxing massage to visit the loo.

Let the therapist know about your aches, pains, and areas that need attention.

Let your therapist know if the massage pressure is too hard, the wrap too tight or anything else that makes you feel uncomfortable. They won’t know unless you tell them.

Some clients will talk and ask questions during a treatment, others won’t. It’s up to you to decide what’s best for you.

Don’t worry about falling asleep on the table. It’s the ultimate relaxation.

Drink plenty of water whilst you are at the spa,many throughout the day, to keep your body hydrated; this helps gain maximum benefit fro your treatments and is really important if you are using the sauna and aroma steam room- we want to look after you!

Above all have lots of fun and enjoy your day

What is Massage?

Spa-MassageMassage works through the various body systems in one of two ways, a mechanical action and a reflex action. A mechanical action is created by moving the muscles and soft tissues of the body using pressure and stretching movement, thereby cleansing them of acids and deposits. This mechanical action breaks up fibrous tissue and loosens stiff joints.

A reflex is created when treatment of one part of the body affects another part of the body, much like pressing a light switch on a wall to turn on a light in the centre of the room. Just like this electric connection, so too are different parts of the body connected to each other not just by flesh and bone but by nerve pathways, or flows of energy known as ‘meridians’. So, by using reflex action, some therapists will treat a patient’s stomach complaint by massaging the arms, and will alleviate pain in the legs by massaging the lower back.

spa-massageWhat does a Massage treatment involve?

Our massage therapist will treat you through four stages of healing – relief, correction, strengthening and maintenance. For relief, the therapist will aim to alleviate any pain by sedating the sensory nerves, stimulating blood flow and reducing muscle tension, possibly by using hot and cold compresses. Secondly, for correction, the therapist will need to alleviate the underlying cause by re-balancing the muscles, clearing away lymph congestion and unknotting any fibres through various techniques of massage.

What it can help?

Massage can improve circulation and aid digestion and has been known to help insomniacs and migraine sufferers. Relaxation massage has been shown to help reduce blood pressure by as much as 20 points.

Body Scrubs/Body Polish

A scrub or body polish is a spa treatment which exfoliates the skin on your body leaving it feeling fresh, smooth, moisturized and soft. An abrasive product is rubbed vigorously, and massaged across and into your skin, and is then rinsed away to reveal a moisturized layer of fresh, clean and smooth skin.

Body Wraps

Warmed Dead Sea Mud, which is rich in 49 minerals is applied to the entire body to help nourish and detoxify the skin.

Top Tips for Your Massage

Drink plenty of water before, during and after to avoid getting dehydrated, especially if you have a heat treatment or a massage, as these often leave you feeling thirsty. Avoid big meals and alcohol beforehand as this could make you feel uncomfortable during the body treatments.