Spabreaks.com believes a spa break is for every body. It’s about getting dressed in that fluffy white robe and taking the opportunity to enjoy a little time out no matter what else is going on in life, the world and the universe.
So in 2012 we launched Spa for All, an umbrella initiative under which we aimed to make the spa industry more accessible. In the 21st century we talk a lot about the importance of the individual: special requirements are the rule, not the exception, so whether it’s a serious illness or physical impediment Spa for All gives you the freedom to make an informed choice and find the best spa for you.
Part of Spa for All is Accessible Spas, which highlight venues with facilities catering to a whole range of disabilities from impaired hearing and vision to mobility. The term ‘disability’ is wide reaching; it can be temporary or permanent, concerning sight, hearing, mobility and beyond.
Accessible Spas is designed to give you as much information as possible so that you can find a destination to suit your needs. With many venues offering the ability to take a carer along to use the spa facilities free of charge as well, Accessible Spas is also designed to limit any extra costs a disability may cause, and give you as much independence as possible while you are there.
The important thing is that each spa and spa treatment is as different from each another as the people going to them. We work with more than 850 venues across the world so obviously each one has its own unique character and atmosphere; some are small and in older buildings where the customer service is spectacular and the food is a joy in itself. Others are contemporary, shiny and new with the latest facilities.
What we have aimed for with Accessible Spas is to give customers easy access to at a glance information to give greater independence with their booking choices. The end result is that we hope people feel they are getting the same experience that anyone else would have on a spa break – peace, quiet, relaxation and feel good factor.
When it comes to treatments there really isn’t a one size fits all model whoever you are. However, we know a number of people have really liked hot stone massages and lava shell massages for example because of the deep tissue penetration, which really eases aches and pains and any back neck and shoulder tension. Facials are also popular because they’re a treat for anybody and are surprisingly relaxing even though they largely tend to one area of the body.
At the core of the Spabreaks.com philosophy, the spa experience is all about making sure everyone can experience the benefits of the spa experience. It’s about supporting body confidence and mental wellbeing as much as physical wellbeing. That’s something that applies to everybody, not just people with disabilities. We know that health and wellbeing can be as intimidating as it is relaxing, so our message is to be kind to yourself.
We see the fluffy white robe as much more than an accessory – it’s somewhere you can feel safe and warm and comforted for a little while without your armour on. A spa is an environment where no one has their make-up on, everyone is simply recovering for a little while from whatever life is throwing at them, and taking time out.
We think it’s important not to underestimate the power of touch. A massage, a facial, someone simply touching you in a kind, positive and gentle way is very healing on a number of levels.
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