Just thought I’d let you all know that there’s still just about time to enter the competition for a free spa day or stay at the Aqua Roma Spa at the Georgian House in Haslemere. The details of the prizes are all here on the blog, and on our Facebook page, but to be in with a chance of winning one of three brilliant prizes, just get yourself over to Facebook and click the ‘like’ button.
That really is all there is to it. Good luck!
Meanwhile – I thought I’d mention something I thought was really sad this week. I was on a spa day at the Felbridge Hotel Chakra Spa in East Grinstead, and I got chatting to a lady while I was checking out the pools. She wanted to know what I was doing there and so I told her all about SpaSeekers. She told me she had been going to the hotel since the spa was just a leisure club, for fourteen years. In all the years the Chakra Spa had been there, she’d never once plucked up the courage to actually try a treatment.
I’d like to send a message out to anyone who feels a bit shy or nervous about spas, and dispel a few myths for you. Spas aren’t at all scary. I’ve never come across a therapist in a spa who was anything but friendly and approachable, and I’ve been visiting spas in the UK and abroad for well over ten years now. Even the therapist I came across in Hungary was friendly – just a little over enthusiastic with her massage technique, but I put that down to cultural differences in the understanding of the word ‘relaxing’.
You’ll probably be slightly anxious before your first ever massage, facial or spa treatment – if you’re nervous about being touched, or just don’t know what to expect. I was, and my mum, who I recently took with me to Lifehouse Spa in Essex, admitted she was too. The thing is, once you’re over the initial ‘weirdness barrier’ it’s wonderful. We Brits can be a bit reserved when it comes to physical contact but if you can get over that and just give in to the pure indulgence of a pamper day, you’ll never look back.
I don’t know whether I convinced that lady to give it a go…but if there’s anything you want to know about spa treatments, etiquette or what to expect, just ask!