Have you discovered the delights of a spa day yet? Whether you want to pamper and invigorate your body, focus on destressing the mind or just have a lovely day out with the girls, a spa day allows you to focus on taking proper care of your physical and mental wellbeing. If you’ve never been to a spa, or don’t know what all the fuss is about, you’re missing out big time – head to a dedicated activity day provide such as Into the Blue for your pamper day inspiration.

Thermal spas have been around since ancient Rome, and Greece and Egypt before that. The combination of hot and cold treatments has long been recognised as an effective way to relieve muscular aches and pains, detox the skin, increase body circulation and improve the metabolism.

More than that, a visit to a day spa will help to improve your mental wellbeing too. From combatting stress and reducing anxiety to promoting better sleep and restoring balance, a day at the spa can enrich your mind, body and soul.

Best of all, you can book spa experience days where you’ll get the full use of luxury spa facilities plus a choice of health & beauty treatments, a healthy lunch or an indulgent afternoon tea. Here are 4 excellent reasons why you should absolutely book yourself onto a spa day.

  1. Give yourself permission to switch off

To get the most out of your spa visit, you must be prepared to fully immerse yourself in the experience. Easier said than done since this is at odds with how many of us operate in our daily lives. We’re used to multitasking, thrive on activity and stress and are expected to be available 24/7. One of the greatest benefits that a day in a spa can give you is that it allows you – forces you – to switch off from the day to day.

Forget multitasking or checking your phone every few minutes. In fact, since many spa treatments involve water, taking your smartphone is a pointless exercise anyway. Better to leave it in the locker upon arrival and totally unplug from the outside world, free from external distractions.

A spa is a place designed around rediscovering and focusing on your own sense of mental and physical wellbeing, and now you’re ready to receive the benefits. Whether you’re enjoying the warm bubbles of the hydropool, the penetrating heat of the sauna or the bracing cold of the ice room, give yourself the time and space to destress and recharge your batteries.

  1. (Re)discover your own comfort and happiness

Surveys have repeatedly shown that Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world. Of course, thermal spas are an integral part of Scandinavian life, so that may have something to do with it. But what about the much discussed concept of hygge? Roughly translated as ‘cosy conviviality’, it’s the warm atmosphere of enjoying the good things in life with the people closest to you, which the Danes fully embrace.

Joy can be found in the smallest things. Maybe you’ve just had a lovely meal with friends, or you’re wrapped in a blanket on the sofa with a good book and a nice glass of wine. Or perhaps you’re glowing from the pampering spa facial you’ve just had, or feel on top of the world after an invigorating body massage. Count your blessings and revel in the feeling of contentment.

  1. Focus on healing your body

Thermal spas have always been highly praised for their therapeutic benefits. Whether you’ve had a recent sporting injury, a niggling back or knee problem or generalised aches and pains, a spa visit can accelerate the healing process and return you back to good health more quickly.

The combination of hot and cold therapies dilate and contract blood vessels, promoting blood circulation through the body. This means that more oxygen and nutrients can be carried to the right muscles to repair any damage while your metabolism is given a boost to burn calories at a faster rate. Combine with a deep tissue massage to work the tension out of your muscles and promote relaxation.

What’s more, working up a sweat in the sauna or the gym helps to flush impurities from the body, detoxing and clearing your skin. You can help the process by drinking lots of water to stay hydrated. Water makes up 2/3 of our body and is essential for all bodily functions. Initial signs of dehydration include headaches, fatigue, poor digestion and muscle weakness, which can be made worse by drinking tea, coffee or alcohol.

  1. Go deep with mindfulness

Thanks to ancient Buddhist traditions, we now know that mindfulness and meditation is an effective method to improve our mental health. In fact, is has been proven to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression by a staggering 58%.

A spa visit is the perfect time and space that allows you to incorporate simple mindfulness practices into your day. Use the opportunity to switch off and embrace the here and now. You obviously don’t have to spend all day meditating – even just 5 minutes may give you the peace and clarity to focus on your feelings and be present in the moment. Find somewhere quiet and use your breathing as the anchor point for when your mind wanders.

Modern spas are fully aware of the effect that the physical surroundings have on your subconscious. That’s why the interior architecture has been especially planned and designed to promote relaxation and ease tension. From the colour and lighting scheme to the background sounds, every detail is meant to encourage your to leave the outside world behind and your troubles at the door.

 

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