Otherwise known as a Turkish Bath, these are variations on a traditional Middle Eastern bath houses, and boy do these guys know how to spa. It tends to involve heated steam rooms, warm ‘beds’ to relax on, and if you’re really lucky there will be a massage thrown in for good measure – bliss!
There’s lots of different types of yoga, but in simple terms, hatha seems to be the ‘gentle’ one – it’s a bit slower on balance, at least in the classes that we have been to, and is more about breathing and gentle physical exercise with good results for body and soul.
A spa treatment where you get smothered in herby products and wrapped up in a sheet or foil while they work their magic. Sure it makes you feel a little bit like a dessert in the making, but it also makes you feel warm, cared for, totally looked after and leaves your skin looking and feeling amazing. An excellent way to relax and unwind and also perfect for detox…. Not sure what more you could ask for from a treatment!
Health care, spa treatments and products that fall into the holistic category are the kind of things that can make you feel holier than thou about the way you approach health and wellbeing. It basically does what it says on the tin and takes a ‘whole’ view of life and body from environment to physical, nutritional, social, emotional and spiritual needs in order to support wellbeing. It tends to be used as a compliment to Western medicine rather than an alternative and is about achieving personal balance.
A branch of medicine that’s all about stimulating healing in patients through natural substances or pressure points on the body. It looks at causes of symptoms of ill health or health problems and looks at helping the body to heal itself.
An awesome form of massage that uses stones heated in a basin of hot water instead of just hands to massage the body. It’s perfect for getting a really deep tissue massage going for those who like them, and thanks to the heat penetrating the muscles it tends to have a much deeper effect than ordinary massages – a firm favourite, no pun intended.
Therapeutic processes using water – usually in the form of lots of different pools, showers, jet massages, mineral baths and including thalassotherapy which is mineral rich water at a specified optimum temperature. It’s ideal for relaxation, preparing for spa treatments and has a wealth of wellbeing benefits to boot. Watch out for hydrotherapy facilities when you’re choosing your spa, they’re a marvellous addition to the experience even if we do say so ourselves.
Cosmetic products said to create fewer allergic reactions than their counterparts, although that’s a pretty broad claim to make so we will leave you to make your own minds up on individual products with that tag on them!
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