The Oban Times - - SPA -

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!

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