With Mental Health Awareness Week taking place from the 13 – 19 May, my good friends over at The Good Spa Guide have identified the best mindful spas in the UK for helping to restore the mind, be present and reconnect within.
Stress and anxiety are so typical that its hard to avoid in today’s fast-paced society. Spas have become our modern day escape from our daily lives. They provide an outlet for rest and relaxation. Most importantly for reducing stress, anxiety and even depression. And it’s not just in the moment, the benefits last well after you leave your white robe hanging on the changing room floor. done correctly, spa and wellness that combines elements of mindfulness and meditation can have a transformative effect of your life day to day.
Physical activity is also very beneficial, so don’t just laze on the sun loungers. Get in the pool and swim some laps, head outdoors and connect with nature on a forest walk. Or even better try yoga or an exercise class.
The Good Spa Guide really knows the best spas in the UK and has handpicked these luxury spa experiences, from dedicated mindfulness and sleep retreats, to bespoke active mental health programmes; there’s a spa programme to suit all and help kick start and maintain a mindfulness practice. Here are the best mindful spas in the UK.
This spa is a great choice for its expansive range of yoga and Pilates classes. Studies show that yoga can ease symptoms of depression due to the combination of exercise and meditation as well as breathing exercises. Pilates strengthens muscles as well as improving flexibility, balance and coordination.
THE SWINTON COUNTRY CLUB AND SPA, NORTH YORKSHIRE
Set on a stunning 20,000-acre estate, the spa is a relaxing space with a Wellness Suite for complementary therapies and one-to-one yoga and Pilates sessions. Guests can work out in the lap pool (all pools are heated with a carbon neutral wood chip boiler), or head outdoors for running, mountain biking or horse-riding. There’s a gym and exercise studio, plus a body-work room for one-to-one mindful movement practise and personal training.
A second selection of the best mindful spas in the UK:
- Elan Spa at Mallory Court in Warwickshire offers mindful walks
- Natura Bisse at Pennyhill Park, Surrey offers a Mindful Touch Massage or Facial
- Aqua Sana Spa in Center Parcs (nationwide) have dedicated meditation rooms. At the Forest Spa at Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest they also offer a forest mediation immersion zone with a glass wall overlooking the forest, a treetop sauna and two open-air hot tubs
- The Spa at The Midland has a Signature Serene Sleep Treatment. Afterwards curl up in a hanging pod in the relaxation room