The winter may well be drying out our skin and the impending rush to buy presents and decorate the tree leaving you somewhat frazzled, but fortunately with a little help from Decléor, Macdonald Manchester Hotel and Spa has the answer, as Spa Therapist, Lauren Wright, explains …
What exactly is the treatment?
It’s a one hour, full body treatment including a consultation and aftercare advice. It starts with a top-to-toe exfoliation using fruit seeds and a Relax Balm – which is extremely nourishing and doesn’t scratch the skin. The guest then showers and we do a diagnostic back massage using the Relax Balm again to work on tension areas on the shoulders and lower back before applying the balm to the rest of the body to help the skin absorb the mask. Next we apply the sauna mask, which is a self-heating product made from white clay and papaya extract, over the whole body to smooth and hydrate the skin, boost radiance and ease muscle tension. The mask stays on for 20 minutes while we give the client a head massage focusing on pressure points along meridian lines of the scalp. The client then showers and we apply a System Corps body moisturiser.
Where does it come from?
It is a Decléor treatment, but during the massage we also include Thai and Swedish techniques.
What is it supposed to do?
The treatment eases muscle tension and re-hydrates the skin. It is also a great way to relieve stress.
Is there anything you do to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment?
We make sure clients are completely comfortable by talking them through the different stages of the treatment, and also try to personalise it as much as possible through the consultation at the start and the aftercare advice at the end.
Is there anything you recommend clients to do pre or post-treatment to get the most out of it?
Before – it’s a good idea to take advantage of our thermal suite to loosen the muscles and simply chill out. Afterwards – always drink lots of water.
Is there anyone you particularly recommend the treatment for?
Everyone needs a bit of a stress reliever, and it is great for that. It’s also extremely good for dry skin and before a massage to get the most out of it, to enhance a sports massage, and to give your skin a good glow to your skin before a Christmas party!
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have this treatment and why?
It isn’t suitable for anyone in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, undergoing treatment for cancer, with contagious skin conditions or with any nut allergies.
To visit Macdonald Manchester Hotel and Spa go to Spabreaks.com or contact the team on 0808 163 9238.
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