One bank holiday weekend may be over, but we have two more to look forward to, especially as we’re booking in for a Scalp, Neck, and Shoulder Soother at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel!
What exactly is the Scalp, Neck, and Shoulder Soother?
It’s a 25-minute treatment using hot stones and manual massage to work on any of the main tension areas around the shoulder blades, top of the shoulders, and the neck, and there is a scalp massage combined with that.
Where does it come from?
It’s one of our signature treatments developed in house by the team based on what our customers were popularly asking for us to focus on.
What is it supposed to do?
It’s main focus is on relaxation, as are most spa treatments, however it’s very much about breaking down tension in the areas we are focusing on and relieving the muscles in a way that’s ten times deeper than it would just with manual massage thanks to the stones.
Is there anything you do to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment?
We use specific aromatherapy oils that are for the clients’ individual needs. There is a Muscle Ease oil for tension and soothing them – it contains ginger so it really warms up muscles and stimulates circulation which is often why people suffer from pain. The relaxing oil has lavender and camomile which is great for anyone who struggles with insomnia or switching off. If someone’s jet lagged we have an Energizer Oil with bergamot, eucalyptus, and thyme to uplift the mood and revive the body.
Is there anything you recommend clients to do pre or post-treatment to get the most out of it?
I would always recommend they use the heat facilities, preferably before the treatment, to relax the muscles and make the most of the massage and stimulate the circulation, but you can go into the sauna afterwards as well to help the absorption of the oils.
Is there anyone you particularly recommend the treatment for?
It’s particularly recommended for tension around the shoulders, tension headaches, and insomnia. It is suitable for anyone aged 18 and over and it’s great for people who drive a lot or spend a lot of time by the computer as that tends to be the main cause of neck and shoulder tension. It’s also great for anyone with sports injuries in that area as the heat from the stones and oils is very soothing without adding stress in the way that a deep tissue massage might.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have this treatment?
It’s not suitable for pregnant women, and we wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who is currently having chemotherapy, but if you are in a recovery period that should be fine. The treatment is safe for anyone who is breastfeeding but without the aromatherapy oils so it’s advised to tell your therapist about that beforehand so that the oils can be adapted.
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