As a celebration of your love, why not invest in a refreshing spa treatment? There is no better gift you can give yourself or a loved one than a rejuvenating massage or facial to invigorate you with renewed energy to face the remaining days of winter, while rebalancing your physical and emotional health.
But, as it is that time of year, why not add something extra to the proceedings? With recent developments in spa technology, there are now various romantic spa treatments to really make you both feel special. Here are our eight favourite treatments to try on a luxury spa break with your partner.
If you have been exercising over the past few months or even working a desk job with little exercise, it’s important to relieve any tension in your muscles before a romantic break so that you’re in peak condition for romantic activities! The perfect way to get rid of any aches and pains is with a specialist deep tissue massage.
Shannon Smyth from A Girl’s Gotta Spa comments:
“For those of us who sit at our desk for endless hours per day, I highly recommend a tension tamer massage. A tension tamer is a deep tissue massage that focuses solely on your upper body. Kneading out the knots, and working out built up tension in your shoulders and neck, not only helps to "relax your back", but also helps with your overall posture.”
Chrystal Webster from The Luxury Editor agrees, saying: “I always find myself correcting my posture at this time of year, I think it’s from huddling to keep warm on the chilly winter days. So, I’d definitely recommend a deep tissue back shoulder and neck massage to help elevate the tension. The firmer the pressure the better!”
Working through to the deeper layers of muscle tissue, these massages are perfect for soothing overstressed areas and improving flexibility. Kerry Symons, Spa Manager at Champneys Henlow, recommends, “Elemis offers a deep tissue massage – this is a deep massage which helps to relieves tension from the muscles using the Elemis techniques and oils. It is good if you are exercising regularly.”
For a truly romantic treatment to make you feel your best, an aromatherapy massage is a gentle and indulgent alternative. Choose from a range of scents to create a calming atmosphere as you feel any stress and tension simply melt away. Kerry Symons explains:
“This is a slow, deep and relaxing massage that helps to relieve tension using pre-blended oils to suit the individual guest’s needs. This treatment can be great for couples as the treatment could be carried out in a shared treatment room, subject to availability. It can also be adapted to each guest – helping them relax and unwind” in the way that best suits them. The aromas that fill the treatment room during an aromatherapy massage will connect you and your partner, bringing you to a mutual level of relaxation for the rest of your spa day.
For those who prefer a somewhat lighter massage, while remaining refreshing, hot stone, shell and poultice massages are a blissful alternative. Remie from Remie’s Luxury Blog notes that, to help you completely wind down for a romantic break, “a relaxing hot stone massage is a must”. The Luxury Columnist also recommends a hot stone massage, which is just one of the applications of hot massages that are fantastic for melting away tension with ease and comfort.
During a hot stone massage, heated, smooth, flat stones are placed on key points of the body, before being used to enhance the massage. Lava shell massages are another alternative, which promotes deep relaxation in your muscles to get rid of every last ache and twinge, while eliminating toxins. Poultice massages are a unique choice, providing a rhythmical and rebalancing massage using heated coconut poultices and gently warmed anti-oxidative oils to relax muscles, release tension and nourish the skin.
For a romantic break with your loved one, a main priority may be ensuring your skin looks its best. While following your usual beauty regime will help to maintain the desired tone and texture of your face, sometimes we need a little boost before a special occasion – and that’s where facials come in. These days, facial treatments are enriched with all kinds of nutritional ingredients that can remedy any skin complaint.
Remie suggests: “An oxygen facial will brighten the complexion and create a flawless base for your makeup,” whereas Shannon comments: “I prefer a facial with Vitamin C boosts to brighten my skin and fade any hyperpigmentation, as well as a glycolic acid peel to quickly melt away blackheads and dry patches.”
In an oxygen facial, for example, pure oxygen, under light pressure, targets ageing, lines and wrinkles, dryness and dark circles for instant hydration, increased firmness, improved facial contours, and radiance. Whatever your skin concern, from acne to dryness, there is a perfectly-tailored facial ready to make you feel good. Chrystal recommends: “To ensure that you look your best, I’d add a youth booster facial to my wish list. Ideal in filling out laughter lines, hiding those tired eyes and giving a firm and silky smooth complexion.”
Lucy Etherington, senior spa spy from The Good Spa Guide comments that one huge current trend is “spa-to-party facials and beautification”, which eradicates the “post-facial fringe and oily face” to give you all the skin and body benefits of a spa session while also doing professional hair and make-up, getting you ready and refreshed to enjoy a night out to remember. In these A-list style spa sessions, you can relax in a hot float with ambient lighting, enjoy a rich facial and even a massage before being made up, ready to wow on your big date.
Twilight is certainly the most romantic time of day. Why not bring this experience inside and add an element of relaxation with a twilight spa session? An evening at the spa is an incredibly atmospheric experience, as the warm, calming lights and comfortable furnishings allow you to unwind. Kerry Symons comments:
“Spa evenings are a good way to unwind after a busy day. The facilities allow you and your partner to spend quality time together whether it be in a class, swim, gym sauna or steam, followed by a three course meal. Couples can spend time away from the children, work, TV housework, and enjoy a date night with a difference.”
While aiming to follow a healthier lifestyle is a valuable goal for the New Year, it is often the case that the festive season spills over into the first few months of the year. With many celebrations still occurring, it is important not to make any dramatic changes until you are sure you can maintain them. Lucy from The Good Spa Guide says: “One piece of advice: if you have overdone it, don’t suddenly cleanse your diet and shock your poor body with anything that challenges your immune system. Best to treat yourself gently – have a stress-busting aromatherapy massage, reflexology or Indian Head Massage, or bubble away in an outdoor hydrotherapy pool, with possibly a few minutes in a steam room, making sure you drink plenty of water. The ideal time to detox is spring, when your body is physically stronger.”