emotional health & wellbeing

5 Spas With Alternative Therapies to Try on Your Next Spa Break

8/15/2017 12:00:00 AM

A break from the normal is sometimes the best way to re-energise on a spa break. With so many treatments out there, alternative spa therapies offer the chance for new experiences and new ways to relax.

Spas all over the UK are re-inventing themselves with unique therapy choices. In such a competitive marketplace, enticements and incentives like specialised spa breaks are being passed on to you in order to create a buzz around these alternative therapies.



A form of alternative medicine, reflexology is a wellness spa treatment that involves the application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oils or lotions.

Using a system of zones and reflex areas, practitioners can provide relief to a variety of stresses by focused attention on the hands and feet. Champneys Spa Resort at Forest Mere offers treatment packages in the reflexology.

Experts in hot stone reflexology treatments, the Forest Mere spa helps to restore the body’s natural balance. The treatment provides many health benefits, both mentally and physically. All of the reflexology specialists at Forest Mere are fully trained and are experienced and knowledgeable.



Using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant, aromatherapy is a popular alternative therapy design to improve your psychological and physical wellbeing. During a typical session, these essential oils are inhaled to stimulate the mind and body.

Beyond just being inhaled, the oil can also be absorbed through the skin to gain other benefits. It is used for a variety of applications, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive functions.

The Spa at Ashdown Park offers a wide variety of aromatherapy treatments as part of their spa days. They offer a complete range of spa treatments. They have created a luxurious environment with an emphasis placed on peace, relaxation and a sense of wellbeing. All of their treatments have been created in conjunction with Kerstin Florian and VitaMan products.



Originating in Asia, Shiatsu is the practice of applying a healing touch. Practitioners believe through the whole body treatment, they can provide relief from a multitude of ailments. They help restore balance and harmony to the individual.

Shiatsu is a form of massage and is often done through clothes and incorporates simple points and holds. The Agua Spa at the Sanderson Hotel in London provides a sensual delight to all that enter. This 10,000 square foot spa in heart of the city offers a place of pampering and spiritual relief. With a large menu of day spa offerings, the Agua Spa specialises in the combination of ancient and modern therapies.

Tai Chi

Developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, Tai Chi is today practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise. Also called Tai Chi Chuan, this innovative spa therapy combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements.

Health studies have shown that Tai Chi can help people reduce stress, improve balance, and increase general mobility. It also has led to increased muscle strength in the legs. The Spa at the Vale Resort in Wales provides the gamut of wellness therapies to reinvigorate you.

It offers a holistic approach to spa break treatments and therapies. If interested in something beyond the traditional spa break experience, the Vale Spa will help de-stress you and indulge all your needs.



Ayurveda is more than 5,000 years old. It promotes natural healing and has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. Medical traditions from all over the world trace some of its roots back to Ayurveda.

Practitioners offer a way for people to revitalise themselves and work towards their full potential. Ayurveda focuses on creating a balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.

One the UK's most active and well-known provider is The Ayurveda Pura's Health Spa & Beauty Centre in Greenwich just outside of London. It is a luxurious day spa offering a wide range of beauty, Ayurveda and other holistic treatments. They offer four treatment rooms, two shower rooms, a yoga studio and a health cafĂ©. It is also home to the Ayurveda Pura Academy offering world-renowned therapist training.  


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