Top of the agenda are hot stone massages and body wraps, but there are also a number of tailored treatments especially to boost the spirits at this time of year…
Conjuring images of sunnier climes, those of us who are less than thrilled to see the onset of winter months will be pleased to discover the Sand Bed treatment. The therapeutic qualities of hot sand have been known since antiquity, yet the idea of a massage sand bed was born only in the end of the 20th century to a man who wished to cure his wife of unpleasant back pain and constant insomnia. When they took a vacation by the Mediterranean Sea, they discovered that laying on the hot beach greatly improved her condition, so upon their return they decided to apply the method to various therapeutic treatments. It is now known that hot sand releases tension, encourages metabolism as well as lymph and blood circulation, eliminates toxins and accumulated water from the body, helps correct body lines, and restores lost elasticity to the skin. A procedure of just 90-120 minutes makes the body feel instantly better.
A facility more than a treatment, amidst the rustic charm of The Mill Wheel Spa, The Beach Hut is a unique experience which replicates the positive benefits of being on a beach in the sun. A unique experience, you lie on a bed of warm sand, and the 25 minute experience takes guests from darkness to sunrise to peak sunshine and then sunset. Relaxing music and essential oils complete the ‘holiday’ experience. It is ideal for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) to top up Vitamin D levels helping beat winter blues and this can even stimulate the metabolism.
Regularly voted one of the UK’s best spas, K Spa has numerous unusual treatments and facilities. The luxurious Sun Meadow treatment room is one such example, featuring specially designed UV lights for light therapy treatment. Whilst the sound of birdsong and a running stream fills the room, spa goers relax under gentle lights that feel like spring sunshine, encouraging the production of Vitamin D and serotonin.
A deeply warming treatment, as the name suggests, come in from the cold this winter with a blend of luxurious lavender, zesty orange and uplifting ginger spice. This salt and oil exfoliation treatment leaves your skin beautifully smooth and polished whilst indulging in a hot stone neck, shoulder and scalp massage. Lavender is great for relaxation which during the stressful Christmas period lavender is great, while orange is a great detox for the skin and it’s uplifting.