If you have not yet experienced a rasul, Valentine’s Day is a good time to try one. Different to other spa treatments in that it’s self administered, it’s perfect for people who want to try spa therapies but are not keen on being touched by a therapist. However, they’re also perfect for being shared, making them the ideal couple’s spa treatment for time together and feel good factor.
Essentially they are dedicated, private steam rooms. You are given pots of spa mud to apply to your face and body, or you can help your partner apply them as well. As part of the treatment, sometimes the spa will suggest applying a scrub to your skin first, sometimes they recommend it after the mud. Some mud can be applied to the hair, but you don’t have to get your hair muddy or wet at all if you prefer not to. You then relax in the steam room with the mud on to let it work its magic, detoxing, softening and nourishing the skin.
After around 15 minutes, shower nozzles are activated (in areas of the ceiling and also hand-held) and you can rinse the mud off. The treatment is completed with a dedicated moisturising balm. Sometimes there are extra treats such as iced towels or chilled smoothies afterwards. Often spas will theme their rasuls to the time of the year. For example, on Valentine’s Day you might have a chocolate themed rasul.
It’s an Arabic cleansing ritual in origin. The volcanic mud contains lots of minerals that feed the skin, and having opened the pores with the steam it is predisposed to absorbing the nutrients. So it’s particularly good for times of the year when the skin is dry.
It’s a great couple’s spa treatment because it gives you time to talk and it is good to have some help applying the mud – which can be quite fun as well! Having said that, it can also be a lovely treat to do solo and get some peace as you take care of your skin.
Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel and Spa can always be relied upon to offer a delicious seasonal mud rasul and on Valentine’s Day this year have a spa break that includes a strawberry and cream theme.
From £104.50 per person (minimum two people)
A selection of the Macdonald hotels group have introduced rasul mud chambers to enhance the spa experience, including Macdonald Inchyra Hotel and Spa. They have seasonal scents – for example in the winter they had a chocolate rasul mud treatments or winter berry infusions. At these spas the rasul is a treatment in its own right, but it also sets up the body perfectly for a massage or a facial if you want to extend the experience. On their Spa Break for Two you can extend the feel good factor by adding a mud rasul onto your experience for an incredible £10 per person.
From £64.50 per person (minimum two people)
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