FIVE WAYS THAT THERMAL SPAS CAN BENEFIT YOUR WELLBEING

Tuesday - 23/05/2017 16:05
Thermal spa experiences have a long history, dating back to Ancient Roman times. The combination of therapies involving hot and cold treatments are renowned for relieving muscular aches and pains, detoxing skin, improving body metabolism and increasing circulation. They are also linked to improved mental wellness, including better quality sleep and fewer sick days.

Thermal spa treatments have been shown to combat stress, reduce anxiety and help people feel more centred. Spa Experience has a number of thermal spa therapies across their UK locations that can improve your wellbeing and enrich your mind, body and soul.

WHY YOU NEED A THERMAL SPA EXPERIENCE

Whether you want to invigorate your body, find some peace of mind or simply a relaxing place to do some soul-searching, the Thermal Spa Experience allows you to refocus on what is important to you. Become more motivated and productive with the knowledge that you are taking care of yourself.

DIGITALLY DETOX

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First things first; because many of the thermal spa treatments involve water, you are unable to bring your phone with you. This allows you to unplug from the outside world, fully immersing yourself in the relaxing experience without any external distractions.

Not only can you mentally immerse yourself in the thermal spa, but you can also become physically immersed in one either a Hydrotherapy Pool or a Plunge Pool. Floating in water has a calming effect and allowing yourself the time and space to destress builds your mental strength and improves motivation.

Best facilities: Sweat it out in the sauna before a cleanse in the Monsoon shower. 

Combine with: The La Sultane De Saba Cleopatra's Milk & Honey Ritual will melt away your stresses, or treat yourself to an Essie Mani Pedi.

Before and after: Participate in some other offline activities that focus on yourself. Keeping a journal is known to be a cathartic practice, as releasing your daily stresses in writing lets you process your emotions in a thoughtful environment. Even if you don’t want to keep detailed notes, try writing down one thing you enjoyed about your day or a quality about yourself that you value. You could also invest in a colouring book (or print out some designs) and some high quality pencils to do some adult colouring-in. Activities that occupy your hands in repetitive motions are known to have a calming effect, and colouring-in is simpler than crafts like knitting, embroidery or jewellery making.

Take home: Renowned for its fragrant quality, La Sultane De Saba Vanilla Body Oil moisturises and softens the body, while our Argan & Milk Body Scrub stimulates microcirculation and increases skin elasticity and firmness. 

EMBRACE HYGGE

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Hygge (HOO-gah, rhymes with cougar) is a Danish concept that roughly translates to ‘cosiness’ or ‘closeness’. Hygge embodies the idea of recognizing the joy or meaning in ordinary experiences and embracing the positive mood that comes from the simple act of that recognition. Maybe you’ve had a good meal with people you love, or you’re wrapped in a blanket on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book. Maybe you’ve just had a thermal spa treatment that has made you calm and content. The pleasant feeling you get from these seemingly inconsequential experiences, and acknowledging the fact that they have made you happy, is the foundation of hygge.

Thermal spa experiences are a quintessential part of Scandinavian life, particularly in Finland; there are over three million saunas in a country of just five million people. That’s approximately one sauna per household. Scandinavia is also consistently ranked as one of the happiest places in the world to live, so the hygge lifestyle definitely has its benefits. Forget the January detox, January blues and the long cold nights of winter; Spa Experience has mastered the art of wellbeing, mindfulness and relaxation with their new Experience Hygge promotion, available until 31 March 2017.

Best facilities: Warm up on the Hammam benches before getting hot in the Turkish Baths. 

Combine with: Lose yourself in the joy of the new limited edition [Comfort Zone] Tranquillity™ Pro-Sleep Ritual that will gently guides you to achieving a quiet peaceful mind and body, or take your pick of some uplifting facials.

Before and after: Denmark eats around 10 kilograms of pastries and cakes per person each year and are famous for their simple yet delicious baked treats. Boost your hygge moments with some homemade kanelbullar (cinnamon rolls), risengrød (rice pudding) or a meat and cheese spread accompanied by rugbrød (rye bread). Eat by candlelight to up the hygge factor – Danes burn more candles per person than anywhere else in Europe.  Spa Experience has an exclusive range of signature candles available from £10.

Take home: Continue your [Comfort Zone] journey with the Tranquility Discovery Kit. This exclusive blend of essential oils, including cedarwood and sweet orange, creates profound relaxation and harmony during the day or before nighttime rest. It draws on the benefits of aromatherapy to bestow an immediate sensation of mental and physical wellbeing, helping to balance the frenzy of modern life. 

HEAL YOUR BODY

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Have you recently overdone it during a workout? Sprained your ankle during a friendly game of football? Or maybe you’ve thrown your back out as you bent down to get the last cupcake out of the fridge? Thermal spa treatments can accelerate the healing process and get you back to peak form in no time.

The combination of heat and cool therapies dilate and contract blood vessels to promote circulation throughout your body; and the better your circulation, the more oxygen and nutrients your blood can deliver to your muscles to repair the damage. This enhanced circulation means that your body can burn through calories at a faster rate, improving your metabolism.

Working up a sweat also flushes impurities from your body, rejuvenating and clearing your skin. Thermal treatments also relieve tension and fight the effect that stress has on your skin. Increased stress makes your body release more cortisol – a hormone that tells your skin to produce more oil – which can result in breakouts. Not only will a Thermal Spa Experience combat and heal problem skin, but it will also help to prevent spots at the root of the cause.

Best facilities: Visit the Hydrotherapy Pool and alternate sessions in the Hot Rooms or Sauna with the Plunge Pool and Ice Fountain. 

Combine with: An Elemis Freestyle Deep Tissue Massage to improve blood circulation and work the tension out of your muscles, or purify your whole body with a La Sultane De Saba Deep Cleanse Rassoul.

Before and after: There are several at-home remedies you can use to treat sore muscles in between thermal spa treatments. Invest in a foam roller, try a homeopathic arnica cream and eat foods that are rich in antioxidants such as blueberries, pecans, artichoke and dark chocolate. A healthy diet is also key to clear skin; too much salt makes your body retain water, which can lead to swelling under the eyes, while too much sugar spikes your insulin, which increases sebum production and breaks down the collagen tissue in your skin, leading to acne and wrinkles.  Poor nutrition also puts your body under stress, exacerbating skin problems.

But the most important part of maintaining a healthy body is ensuring that you stay hydrated. Water makes up two thirds of our body and is essential to all functions. Dehydration leads to poor digestion, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and increases your risk of muscle damage and kidney stones, so drinking plenty of water is the first step to your body is in peak condition. A word of warning about coffee and alcohol; both are diuretics which naturally dehydrate your body. Cut down on both for faster recovery times, better metabolism and clearer skin. 

Take home: Our Muscle Spray fuses the relaxing abilities of pepper, cinnamon leaf, yellow birch and many minerals to provide you with an instant relief stressed and tired muscles, or the Aching Muscle Super Soak that will relieve tension and get you back to peak performance in no time. 

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