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Spa treatments for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Three favourite therapies to boost your mood as the light changes.

Almost a third of people in the UK suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD); as the days get shorter and the nights draw in, it’s time to start thinking about how to ward it off.

The depressive illness is caused by shortened daylight hours and a lack of sunlight, leading to a diminished amount of vitamin D.  It’s estimated that more than 20% of people in the UK suffer minor symptoms, with a further 8% suffering from severe symptoms of the disorder.  While it might just seem like a good excuse to stay in bed, the reality for many means that life becomes very limited.

However, there are a few simple things that can be done to help ease the problem, and spas themselves hold some of the answers (or at least a little help).

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Aqua Sun Mineral treatment at Donnington Valley

The perfect antidote to the short days, spa-goers immerse themselves in a warm mineral bath containing 21 minerals from the Dead Sea, covered with a UV canopy. This canopy is an excellent source of Vitamin D and not only effectively treats SAD but also helps alleviate dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, acne and stress. Meanwhile, the minerals each play their part - including hydrating sodium, relaxing bromide, detoxifying iodine, and anti-stress magnesium.

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Sun Meadow Room at K West Hotel and Spa

Regularly voted one of the UK’s best spas, K Spa has numerous unusual treatments and facilities. The luxurious Sun Meadow treatment room is one such example, featuring specially designed UV lights for light therapy treatment. Whilst the sound of birdsong and a running stream fills the room, spa goers relax under gentle lights that feel like spring sunshine, encouraging the production of Vitamin D and serotonin.

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The Beach Hut at the Three Horseshoes Country Inn & Spa

A facility more than a treatment, amidst the rustic charm of The Mill Wheel Spa at the Three Horseshoes Country Inn and Spa, The Beach Hut is a unique experience which replicates the positive benefits of being on a beach in the sun. A unique experience, you lie on a bed of warm sand, and the 25 minute experience takes guests from darkness to sunrise to peak sunshine and then sunset. Relaxing music and essential oils complete the ‘holiday’ experience. It is ideal for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) to top up Vitamin D levels helping beat winter blues and this can even stimulate the metabolism.

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