This time of year, the stresses of everyday life can very easily get on top of you. The summer period is the busiest time of year for many businesses, which means more time behind the desk and less time for relaxation. Summer is a strange time in this respect. The days get longer and warmer, and you really should be out there enjoying it all. But with work and deadlines piling up in front of you, it can often seem like everyone else is having fun except you.The demands of modern life can be overwhelming, and can have a negative impact on health and wellbeing if they are not kept under control.For this reason, the need to look after ourselves has never been greater. A spa day is a fantastic way to escape the daily grind and give yourself some much-needed ‘me time’. Just a 24-hour getaway is enough to leave you feeling recharged, refreshed and ready to return to reality with renewed vigour.
For some, the idea of sitting in a jacuzzi or lying on a massage bed all day is thoroughly uninspiring. However, modern spas offer such a diverse range of treatments and activities that you are sure to find something to suit your tastes. Of course, there is nothing wrong with traditional spa treatments, relaxing by the pool and eating the odd bacon sandwich in the resort bar. After all, the goal is to unwind and the relaxation process varies from person to person.
Those looking for something a bit different from their spa day, though, will find that they are spoilt for choice. Special detox spas allow you to banish the toxins of everyday living, with some centres even claiming to make you look ten years younger in a single day.
Other spas specialise in weight loss, teaching you how to eat better and make subtle lifestyle changes to improve your long-term health. Unlike the ‘fat farm’ boot camps of the past, modern weight loss spas offer a much more relaxed and supportive environment for visitors.
If you prefer slightly more physical relaxation, so-called destination spas are a great choice. They offer fitness-based programs and activities that allow you to release energy and unwind in beautiful, outdoor surroundings. Some spas even allow you to get in touch with your creative side, offering arts and crafts lessons with the help of local artisans.
Spa days can also be a great way to reconnect with loved ones. Whether it’s a fun getaway with girlfriends, quality time with your mum or to rekindle a romance, a spa break will inject fresh energy into your relationships and make your daily routine seem that little bit more bearable.