Spa treatments are constantly evolving, with new trends emerging and the re-emergence of some ancient and traditional treatments. So, if you’re ready to move beyond your basic facial, massage and manicure, here is a look at five types of treatment you might like to try.
Far from new, many traditional holistic treatments, such as crystals and Hopi ear candling, are enjoying a surge in popularity as spa clients seek out a balance between mind and body. Crystals, like rose quartz, have long been used for healing and are increasingly being incorporated into spa treatments for the face and body. Hopi ear candling involves placing a lit candle into each ear canal in turn. It is an ancient technique that can promote relaxation and healing.
The Spa at The Midland in Manchester offers a Holistic Hideaway Spa Day that includes a choice of Hopi ear candling, reflexology and Indian head massage.
Crabwall Manor and Spa in Chester offers a Holistic Spa Day that features an ESPA aromatherapy massage, Hopi ear candling and an Indian head massage.
Not for the fainthearted, this treatment, which is also known as the platelet-rich plasma facial, involves injecting components drawn from blood into the skin (hence the name!). Your own blood is first extracted and then the platelets are separated out by spinning the blood in a centrifuge. These platelets are then injected back into the face to refresh the skin and give it an energy boost. Popularised by a certain Kim Kardashian, this type of facial supposedly has quite a few benefits for those with premature wrinkles or sun damage. However, we certainly won’t blame you if you’d rather stick to a traditional facial!
If the man in your life balks at the idea of going with you to the spa, he might like to know that male spa treatments are becoming increasingly popular, as more men discover the benefits for their appearance and wellbeing. As such, luxury spas and spa brands now offer treatments and products designed for the specific needs of male skin. Male facials, in particular, can work wonders. ESPA, Decléor, Clarins and Elemis are among the high-end brands that now offer products to nourish male skin, reduce signs of ageing and soothe damage caused by shaving and other irritants.
Available at 33 locations nationwide, the Men's Pamper Day includes two types of massage and a facial.
The classic French manicure may never go out of fashion, but today, many women want to make a bolder and more personal statement with their nails. Colour-wise, current trends range from metallics, vivid colours and glitter through to earth tones and scarlet red, so there’s something for everyone. Likewise, if you’re not a fan of awkward long talons, shorter nails are another trend right now, as are manicures that highlight the cuticle rather than the tip. Get experimenting!
A recent trend in spa treatments is the use of extreme cold and heat to bring about various benefits for the body. Some treatments target one extreme or the other, such as a thermal wrap or cooling facial. However, it is also believed that switching between hot and cold can bring about such benefits as improved circulation, as your body adjusts to the change in temperature. Again, this isn’t a new trend. In Finland, for example, it has long been a custom to follow up a spell sweating it out in the sauna with a bracing dip in the nearest ice hole!
The facilities at Whittlebury Hall Hotel Spa in Northamptonshire include the Heat and Ice Experiences, with an ice cave, sauna and samarium.
The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield offers a One Night Fire and Ice Break that includes an invigorating 90-minute experience through the spa’s 12 bio thermal rooms.
As well as offering traditional ‘evergreen’ treatments, many spas enjoy bringing their clients something new (or at least newly popularised) in order to keep providing the best possible spa experience, along with delivering optimal benefits for the body, mind and spirit.
If you’re ready to book your next spa day or break, why not give our experts a call today?