With more of us looking for ways to boost self-confidence or learn how to manage stress, it is little wonder that spa days are a rising trend in the wellness world. Spas are places devoted to overall well being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit. With today’s busy work and family schedules, sometimes we need an escape. Perhaps there is a niggling problem that we could use some help with, such as tight and aching muscles or chronic pain. Maybe we just want to indulge in a bit of pampering or enjoy a special beauty treatment. There are so many benefits to shutting out the world and giving yourself the gift of a little ‘me time’, and a visit to a spa is the perfect way to do this! In today’s fast paced life, it becomes very essential to allay stress as much as possible. By visiting
a spa you will feel pampered and rejuvenated, whether you are getting a massage, a skin treatment or just a manicure. When you take time out for yourself, the return on your investment will be improved well-being. And when you put yourself in the expert hands of a spa therapist, she can help your skin, hair and nails look their absolute best with a variety of ancient time- proven therapies and 21st century treatments using natural ingredients such as Scottish seaweed and aloe vera. And when you feel relaxed on the inside and beautiful on the outside, it’s a huge boost in self-confidence, giving you a whole new outlook on life. Spa days are a brilliant way to celebrate with the girls, spend quality time with your sweetheart or just take some time alone, with nobody yelling, ‘Mum!’ for at least an hour- ah, think of the bliss! Who needs to jet off to the big city or Europe for world-class spa treatments? Here on the West Coast, we are spoiled for places to chill out, relax, recharge, reflect, detoxify and re-energise.
What to expect from your first spa visit
You have booked your first spa appointment and are all ready for a pampering session, what should you expect? Be sure to tell the spa receptionist that it’s your first visit- he or she should take as much time as you need to answer any questions you may have. They can explain the different treatments on offer and make suggestions to customise your visit. You might also ask for a tour of the facility. The most popular spa treatments are massage therapy, facials, body treatments, manicures and pedicures, but there are also more exotic treatments on offer, such as a Rasul Mud experience or a frozen crystal facial. It’s best to arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill out any paperwork and make sure you are not rushedafter all, the whole idea is to relax, and if you are late, you will be stressed out. Also, your time slot usually can not be extended, so if you arrive late, your treatment might be cut short. When you arrive, you may be shown to the changing room and given a robe, slippers and towel, or taken straight to the therapy room, where, if needed, the therapist will leave you to disrobe and get comfortable on the treatment table or chair. Now it’s time to lie back, relax and put yourself in your therapist’s expert hands. This is your time, so enjoy the tranquillity, beauty and sense of refreshment that only a visit to a spa can offer!