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What To Expect From Your First Massage

Massages provide a relaxing experience, where tight and stress knots are removed from a particular area of the body. Ultimately, afterwards the recipient feels rejuvenated and their movement is freer. However, although a massage isn’t in any way bad or scary, many who haven’t had one before don’t know what to expect, making them a little apprehensive. Therefore, we have compiled this guide, so those looking to have their first massage, know what to expect and can look forward to it and eliminate any nerves.

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Before The Massage

Before the massage, you need to evaluate whether it is the right time for you to have one. If you are unwell, have sunburn or a skin irritation, then now is not the best time for a massage. In the lead up to the massage, you are advised to drink plenty of water and not to eat just before. Try to plan your time well, so you arrive on time and you don’t feel stressed or rushed when you get there.

You will be asked about your health history, which may be mailed to you to complete before the day of the massage. The information the therapist typically wants to obtain, is:

  • Your Level Of Discomfort Or Pain On Bad And Good Days
  • Medical Conditions
  • Contact Information
  • What Reduces The Pain
  • What Makes The Pain Worse

You will then discuss your health history with the massage therapist, where you must inform them about any medication you are on. From here, the therapist can determine whether or not you should opt for a massage. Additionally, the massage therapist will ask you what you want to achieve form the treatment and the areas of the body you want worked on.

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During The Massage

Typically, you will lie on a massage table and be covered by either a large towel or a sheet. If you don’t want to be touched in a certain area, you don’t want music played or if you are in discomfort at any time, it’s important that you let the therapist know. If you want the massage to end, you are entitled to ask for it to stop at any time and the therapist will respect your request.

The only area that will be exposed is the location that is being targeted by the therapist. In order to get the most from your massage, you should relax as much as you can and let your thoughts go. It’s important that you remember to breathe, as it helps you to fully relax. This is very important as tightened muscles during the massage is counterproductive.

There are number of different techniques, including:

  • Gliding
  • Friction
  • Kneading
  • Percussion
  • Pumping
  • Holiday
  • Vibration
  • Cross-Fiber Friction
  • Direct Pressure
  • Stretching
  • Skin Rolling
  • Rocking
  • Traction
  • Compression

As you can see, there is nothing to worry about when it comes to having your first massage. If you would like to find a spa and hotel for your first massage, get in touch and browse our range, today!

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Why Are Spa Breaks In The UK Popular?

Renowned for the peaceful countryside and breath-taking views, as well as vibrant, busy cities, the UK has a wide range of different sceneries for people to choose. This variety makes the UK an ideal location for spa breaks, as guests can choose the type of location they prefer, without having to leave the country. So, what makes spa breaks in the UK so popular? Let’s take a closer look, below.

Affordability

Due to there being no need to travel overseas or too far, opting for a spa break or even a spa day is affordable and cost-effective. There are spas and hotels dotted across the country, so guests can choose to either travel afar or just go up the road to indulge themselves in tranquillity.

What’s more, there are always spa deals available, so those looking for an affordable price can do so with ease. This also means that spa breaks can be given to friends, family and even loved ones as the perfect gift.

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The Array Of Treatments

Spa breaks across the UK are renowned for having lots of treatment rooms and a long list of treatments on offer. This means that it makes it easier to choose a spa and hotel that ticks every box. Although guests may already have an idea in their heads as to the type of treatment they would like, by having other treatments on offer, guests can try different treatments.

Number Of Health Benefits

There are a number of health benefits that come with spa breaks, such as spending quality time with friends, family or as a couple, as well as rejuvenating yourself after a busy month at work, which is great for your mental health. The treatments at the spas and hotels, such as massages (facial, leg and back) are important for your physical health too, which is vital that we look after.

The health benefits don’t stop there! As well as the extensive list of advantages that come with the treatments, the things to see and do in the surrounding area is also very beneficial. By going on walks, visiting museums or watching a production in the local theatre, you can take in culture and enjoy visiting a new scenery.

Taking time out of your busy schedule to treat yourself, rewind and relax properly, helps your mind to stop overthinking and helps with your mental health too. Spa breaks in the UK promote and encourage all of these benefits, which is why they are so popular now more than ever before.  

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Suitable For Everyone

Due to the multiple different treatments and locations, spa breaks and spa days are ideal for anyone. Whether you want to spend your break with your family and children, your loved one or even your best friends, there is something for everyone to do.

If you would like more information about spa breaks or you want to make a booking, browse our spa and hotels and get in touch. If you’re unsure which spa or hotel you would like to stay at, we can advise you on the best one that meets your preferences.

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