Hotels - Stratford-upon-Avon
Planning a relaxing
Spa break in Britain? by Martin McAllister
In today's fast-paced and
often hectic modern world, relaxation is the key to maintaining not only
an active and healthy body, but also a fresh and alert mind. Historically
people have chosen to relax in a variety of ways, whether it's by playing
golf, visiting a beautician or even indulging in a bit of retail therapy.
However, a new trend has been emerging among both men and women over the
last decade - that is to chill out by paying a visit to a spa.
Taking a short break at a
spa hotel or a popular spa destination can prove to be one of the most
rewarding ways in which to escape the hurly burly of everyday life, particularly
if you live or work in a fast-paced environment. The idea of the "spa"
takes its name from the Belgian town of Spa, which is famous for its hot
thermal baths and mineral water treatments - known respectively as balneotherapy
and hydrotherapy. A typical spa service can include facials, massages and
waxing, as well as body treatments (such as body wraps and aromatherapy)
and skin exfoliation treatments, such as chemical peels and micro-dermabrasion.
While the medical value of
spas and similar hydrotherapy clinics has been scientifically proven and
are more than just attractive destinations for tourists, they are also
considered excellent centres of rehabilitation; whether its from long-term
medical conditions or substance abuse. Some of the most popular treatments
to aid relaxation and rehabilitation in spas involve applying pressure
to muscles and tissues in the body, using Swedish massage techniques, or
the principles of Chinese acupressure.
"Zone therapy" is another
popular form of spa treatment and involves the stimulation of points on
the feet and hands - a treatment which is believed to offer benefit to
other parts of the body. Techniques such as this, coupled with modern methods
of aromatherapy have proven themselves to be crucial in maintaining the
success of day spas and luxury spa hotels alike. In fact, one of the main
attractions of spas is that people can choose to indulge themselves in
a treatment even if they can't afford to take a whole weekend break. Alternatively,
those wishing to indulge in longer spa breaks can opt to spend an entire
weekend relaxing at a spa getaway.
Britain is home to several
exciting spa locations. In England, many excellent spas can be found in
cities such as Chester, Stratford-upon-Avon and in the Cotswolds. In Scotland,
there are fantastic spa locations to be found in Edinburgh and Dundee,
while Ireland and Wales are also catered for, with Belfast and Cardiff
offering top-quality spa hotels. So if you're looking for a place to take
a short spa break, you're sure to have plenty of options to choose from
which are close to home.