At the epicenter of Ufford Park’s spa is it’s thermal suite with all manner of water jets and temperature changes to idle through during your stay … but what exactly is a thermal suite? Head Therapist Becky Spanners explains.
What exactly is a thermal suite?
A thermal suite is a heated area infused with essential oils, where you can relax, unwind and prepare the skin before your treatments. It includes a sauna, steam room, mineral grotto – which is like a steam room with exfoliating properties, and a hydro pool – which has water jets to massage the body. There are also cool experiences including a tropical rain shower, cold mist shower and an ice fountain.
What is the theory behind it?
Thermal suites have been around for years and originated in Eastern Europe. They are a great way to prepare the skin for hydrating treatments such as body wraps and facials.
Why does it work?
The idea is to do a heat treatment first to open up the pores and detox the skin, followed by a cold treatment to close the pores. Going from hot to cold dilates the capillaries and prepares the skin for treatments by increasing its ability to absorb products. It’s also a really good way to get into the right frame of mind for a treatment – it gives you a little time to relax so that you get the most of the experience.
Is there anything extra you suggest clients do before or after a thermal suite to get the most out of it?
It’s a good idea to remove your make-up before going into the thermal suite so that your skin doesn’t absorb it! As you are sweating out impurities you should also be careful to stay hydrated and avoid caffeine. We always make sure there is lots of water and herbal teas available for guests.
Is there anyone you particularly recommend thermal suites for?
Everybody benefits from a thermal suite, especially busy people who need to take some time out as it really does help you to relax!
Is there anyone a thermal suite is not suitable for?
As it is a heated area with lots of essential oils such as citrus and peppermint, you have to be careful if you are pregnant – you don’t want to over-heat or increase your blood pressure too much.
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