How can mindfulness make me feel better?

Stress, anxiety, sleep problems – we’ve all been there at some stage in our lives, whether it was during exams, when there’s too much to do at work or home, when we’re totally preoccupied with something or a relationship breaks up. We probably all know that feeling of over-thinking things, brooding, ruminating and living so much inside ourselves that we don’t notice the small pleasures around us, here and now.…

Is once a day enought to prevent ageing?

Let’s face it – slathering ourselves in sunscreen is messy and a bit of a bore. Putting it on our children is even worse – they wriggle and squawk. So what do you do? Apply once a day sun cream, use SPF50 or put the kids in a a plastic boiler suit in a tent on the beach? The answer is …use more than you think you should….and often.  …

Common Questions About Massages Answered

Massages are a wonderful stress reliever and a brilliant way to ease the pain in tired muscles which is what makes them one of our most popular spa treatments. We often gets questions about massages such as what to do before and how they can help with particular ailments. Here are some of the most common questions along with the answers.   Is there anything I need to do to prepare myself for a…

Is Cold Water Therapy Good For You?

It’s fair to say that when most people step into a shower, they would prefer it to be hot and steamy. Yet a growing number of people are shunning this basic comfort and turning the temperature dial in the opposite direction so that they can treat their body to a cold shower. Are these people mad or is there something to be learned from them? One thing is certain, taking…

The Benefits Of Body Brushing

If you have ever visited a spa, you may have come across body brushing as part of the menu. While it might sound painful it is usually done firmly but gently as part of the preparation for various other spa treatments including wraps and massages.   As you might expect body brushing is used to clear dead skin and any other impurities that build up on the surface over time. The act of brushing…

Chocolate – Should You Eat It or Be Treated With It?

Chocolate is one of those indulgences many of us can’t do without but did you know it can actually be good for you?  Chocolate has many other benefits besides being nice to eat and that includes its therapeutic uses.   You will see chocolate spa treatments on many spa menus, not least because it is bound to attract the attention of chocolate lovers keen to sample some of the added benefits.   One of…

What Is Cupping Therapy?

Few people will have heard of cupping therapy until they saw Olympic swimmers showing off unsightly red marks all over their torsos. However the therapy is nothing new and has been embraced by Hollywood celebrities keen to tap into the benefits of this painful looking treatment.   Cupping therapy is a treatment aimed at improving circulation in what is called the Qi area in Chinese medicine. The reason you will have seen so…

Beauty Treatments And Pregnancy – Which Ones Are Safe?

A trip to the spa while you are pregnant can be a great way to relax and unwind but before booking treatments, it is important to know which ones are safe.   Facials  Pregnancy can either be very good for your skin or it can cause all sorts of problems. A good facial can do wonders if hormones are causing your skin to become sensitive and there are plenty of products…

How Anti-Ageing Are Spa Treatments?

As time passes, it is inevitable that your skin will begin to show its age. The good news is anti-aging spa treatments can help slow the effect and leave you with a healthy glow in your complexion no matter how old you are.    Having regular spa treatments is one of the most effective ways to look after your skin and combat the effects of losing collagen and elastin as we age. Of…

What Is Reiki and How Does It Work?

You may have heard about Reiki or be curious as to what a typical Reiki session involves so here is a brief introduction to the treatment and its benefits.   Reiki involves using the energy that exists all around us and focusing it on healing the body of a variety of ailments. It can be used to ease the symptoms of illness or simply as a relaxation therapy. The treatment is non-invasive,…