If you’ve had a stressful week - or month, consider treating yourself to a spa break. Whether you go away for the weekend or simply take a day to devote time to yourself , a visit to a luxury spa will help you relax and replenish your resources. When you plan a spa visit, you’ll need to make two choices that will require a bit of research. First of all, where will you go? Ask friends and look online for Good Deals on Spa Breaks, and you should be able to find an affordable spa experience. The second choice is, what treatment package will you book? Since a spa deal needs to be booked in advance and there are usually a wide variety of offerings, it may be helpful to learn more about your options.

Often when people think of a spa treatment at spa hotels UK, the first image that pops into their heads is a relaxing massage. The following are some common types of massage:

Swedish Massage. This is the most common type of massage, and its purpose is to deeply relax the whole body. It can also help increase circulation and flexibility and spa weekend breaks release toxins. A Swedish massage uses a combination of long smooth strokes, tapping, circular motion, and stretching.


Deep Tissue Massage. This type of massage is therapeutic in nature and attempts to relieve tension involved in chronic pain. The massage therapist uses more pressure in this type of massage to stimulate tissue well below the surface of your skin.

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Hot Stone Massage. This type of massage may begin as a Swedish massage treatment, but once your body has warmed up, the massage therapist will place smooth heated stones on your skin or use the stones to massage you. The heat from the stones penetrates to your muscles to help relieve tension.

In addition to massages, another popular spa treatment is a body wrap. Body wraps are generally preceded by dry brushing or a body scrub to exfoliate the skin, ensuring maximum benefits from the wrap. Body wraps can have the following distinct purposes:

Detoxification. First, the detoxifying product is applied to your skin - it may contain mud, algae, and/or certain minerals that are considered beneficial in drawing out toxins from the body through sweat. After this you’ll be wrapped up in plastic and left to rest under a warm blanket for about 20 minutes until it’s time to wash off.


Hydration. The purpose of this wrap is to moisturize the skin, and your therapist will use a high-end moisturizing lotion. This is a great treatment for dry, flaky skin, and you will not need to wash off the lotion at the end of the treatment.

Slimming. Every part of your body is wrapped tightly in bandages that were soaked in a detoxifying mineral solution. After 20 minutes, you can wash off and notice slimmer body contours.


Other common spa treatments include facials, body scrubs, infrared sauna therapy, and manicures and pedicures.

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