The classic treatment of choice for most men is a back massage, but when it comes to relaxation a facial can actually prove to be infinitely more effective, as Stoke Park’s Spa Operation’s Manager, Anna Williams explains …
What does the facial involve?
Like every treatment, the facial starts with a welcome touch to relax the guest; in this case that includes a shoulder and scalp massage. After that we do a cream cleanse using an exfoliating emulsion to remove dry skin cells, and an energising mist to hydrate and stimulate the skin. We then move onto an acupressure massage on the face and scalp, neck and shoulders incorporating stones which make it much deeper than a regular massage, before applying a blended aromatic oil and sheer wax. We then apply a mask to the face and neck which smoothes skin texture and plumps up fine lines and wrinkles, and that stays on for 20 minutes while the guest has a choice between having a scalp or hand massage. The mask then peels off, which is great for men as it isn’t at all fussy, and a regenerating emulsion is applied to the skin to finish.
Where does it come from?
The treatment uses Terraké products which are inspired by nature and four sensorial universes – Terra Magica, Primordial Waters, Of Air and Light, and Luxuriant Plant Life. This treatment focuses on the Terra Magica range which is all about the earth – hence the use of the stones.
What is it supposed to do?
It is all about releasing tension and anti-ageing. Acupressure is a very deep massage which a lot of men prefer, and the movements using the stones are lifting and firming so really help the anti-ageing process. I think a lot of people don’t realise that a facial can include the neck and shoulders and in this case the hands as well, which makes it extremely relaxing as those are the areas where you tend to hold a lot of tension
Is there anything you do or recommend to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment?
A lot of men don’t have a regular skin routine, even though as they get older (whether they admit it or not) they often start worrying about changes that occur, so we always recommend a couple of products that they can use at home to continue the effectiveness of the treatment and help counter any lifestyle factors like stress, dehydration, and a lot of time spent outside on the golf course – one of the simplest things we suggest is to use a moisturiser with an SPF. It is also a great treatment to follow our Rebalancing Back Treatment as it eases the whole body a hundred times more than a regular massage.
Is there anything you suggest clients to do pre or post-treatment to get the most out of it?
People don’t realise how dehydrated they get during a treatment, so drink lots of water afterwards, and continue that as part of your routine – it makes such a difference and it’s so easy. Before the treatment it is a good idea for men to shave so that stubble doesn’t prevent the products from having the best effect. As a general thing it is also a good idea to invest in an exfoliator to use before you shave – it will provide a closer shave and also help to prevent in-growing hairs.
Is there anyone you particularly recommend the treatment for?
The treatment is specifically designed for men, and I would say that it is particularly good for anyone who is extremely stressed out, suffering from tension headaches, and tightness in the neck and shoulders. We get a lot of golfers and tennis players at Stoke Park and it’s a great treatment for them as there is a lot of pressure on the shoulders during those sports, but any skin type will see a benefit from it and it is very soothing for shaving rash!
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have this treatment and why?
Anyone suffering from cancer or who has had recent surgery on their back, neck and shoulders should avoid it, and if you have any infectious skin conditions including cold sores it is best to wait until they have cleared up. If you are unsure about something though, just ask your therapist beforehand.
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