I’ve noticed a bit of a trend in spas recently, a trend for some spas to diversify and start taking on more medical-style treatments. Spa experts seem to think that the old guard health spas like Grayshott Spa are tending towards more medical and wellbeing focussed programmes to help set them apart from the modern, luxurious health clubs and hotel spas that have multiplied over recent years, swamping the spa market with cheaper, less targeted spa day options.
Todd le Page, Grayshott’s spa director, told Professional Beauty magazine recently that the spa had changed from a ‘hot water with lemon and lettuce leaves’ regime when it opened nearly 50 years ago to a more indulgent spa with top class facilities, but now planned to re-visit the health side of the market. Champneys in Tring launched its Champneys Medical concept last year and there’s been such a high demand for its services that Champneys is now planning to roll the idea out to more resort spas, such as Springs spa and Henlow Grange.
CityPoint in London has a Medi-Spa too – with Microdermabrasion, Derma-rolling, even Botox and fillers on the menu. I’ve never been brave enough to sample fillers (of course I don’t need them with my natural beauty) or even microdermabrasion, but there’s clearly a market out there for spas to provide medical services and doctor-led treatments, so watch this space! Would you go to a medi-spa or are you a strictly pampering kinda person? Let me know what you think…
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