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Mindful Massage launches at ESPA Life at Corinthia - The Spa Man

Mindful Massage ESPA Life at Corinthia, London

Mindfulness really has been having a moment and has become a go-to for all things wellness-related so it was only time that a Mindful Massage would be introduced to a spa menu. Mindfulness been used (and abused) as a term for calming the mind and living in the present moment. At its core, it is a simple method of paying attention to what’s happening in the present moment. Studies confirm its benefits for health, improving sleep and mood whilst reducing blood pressure and anxiety. I discovered this meditative practice in 2011 when I was suffering from stress and anxiety. And it worked. You have probably heard of the App from Andy Puddicome called Headspace. If you don’t have it on your phone, download it now. It might just change your life. It will certainly help you gain some headspace. Fast forward to 2017, the visionary spa brand ESPA brought mindfulness to the spa treatment menu. At its flagship spa in Central London the team has introduced a series of mindfulness treatments to the menu at …

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Is massage the key to a good night’s sleep?

Quality sleep is essential for mind, body and spirit and affects how we deal with ageing, stress and happiness. Beata Aleksandrowicz, a massage expert and the creator of the Pure Massage Spa Training Method,  explains why sleep is so vital to health and how massage can help. She goes into detail on how to get a good night’s sleep saying: “Sleep is vital for life, health and happiness. In today’s digitally driven world, we rarely get enough. Hormones plays a vital role in our sleep patterns and massage is an excellent way to positively influence these whilst helping to soothe the soul and calm the nerves, ensuring you get a peaceful night’s rest.” It’s not just the external factors that affect our sleep patterns. there’s a lot going on inside and its our hormones that have a huge effect. She adds: “Levels of the hormone cortisol are often elevated in people who are stressed (yes – that’s most of us) which can lead to insomnia. Massage helps to balance the hormonal system and it’s proven that massage …

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Win a Russian Spa Experience for Two at Banya No.1

The Spa Man has teamed up with Banya No.1 in London to offer readers the chance to win a Russian Spa Experience for Two. This includes a 3-hour Banya pass, Parenie for each person (see below for a description) and a pot of herbal tea. I have to say I love the Banya experience and Banya No.1 offers an authentic version right in the heart of London. It’s tucked away on a quiet little back street in Shoreditch and is a great way to relax using traditional Russian spa treatments built around the sauna. Entering is easy. See the link below in the competition box and follow it through to visit The Spa Man’s Facebook page or enter your email. Simples! Banya No.1 The Parenie treatment at Banya No.1 The Parenie treatment is specially designed sauna. You literally lay down on the sauna bench and get whipped with leaves until your body temperature rises.  It begins as a gentle therapy with light tapping of the leaves (mostly oak) across the body. The sauna master uses the leaves …

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Insider story: Jonathan Ward Candles

This is a story about candles, Jonathan Ward Candles to be precise. Everyone loves a candle and we all like to ensure that are houses smell divine. Call it hyggye, Scandi chic or simply adding home comforts. There’s nothing that beats the warm golden glow of a candle. It’s comforting, cocooning and creates a spa-at-home effect in an instant. But not all candles are created equal. Peruse any department store shelf and you will come across the good, the bad and the ugly.  Sickly, sweet and cheap fragrances abound. Yes there are some glorious exceptions, but few appeal to this nose. When buying a candle, I tend to stick with tried and tested brands that combine aromatherapy blends in a very spa-like scent. It’s where I feel most comfortable.  Then I had the chance to meet Jonathan Ward, master candle maker with a warm heart and a gentle manner. He’s making a comeback on the candle scene (read more about his story over at The Times here). It’s been a long (and sometimes challenging) journey …

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Anatomē launches new health and fitness concept in Shoreditch

Anatomē is hip, cool and casual new concept which embodies pretty much everything I love about wellness.  It’s a wellness concept built on the principle that nutritional and emotional balance is the pathway to a healthy, fulfilling life. Here, here! What is anatomē? Anatomē is the latest venture from Brendan Murdock (founder of Murdock London, the barbers) and is based on his personal quest to support his own health and wellbeing. Apparently, Brendan felt that many of the established health and fitness stores were short changing customers, offering too many unnecessary products without thought or care for the retail experience and failing to engage with the customer. The first anatomē store has an expertly highly curated edit of own-brand essential oil elixirs, vitamins and nutrients.  They tackle the major issues of our time – sleep, emotional balance, confidence, stress – you name it, the oils will help. The store also offers a range of sports wear (it’s the antithesis of Sports Direct) plus accessories alongside a health café, serving healthy freshly pressed juice blends, smoothies, …

Global Wellness Day 2018 - The Spa Man

Join Global Wellness Day 2018 on 9th June

First celebrated in 2012, Global Wellness Day 2018 is dedicated to living well, and has now become a world-wide annual event. This year it takes place on 9th June 2017 and joins people in the shared values of wanting to be healthier, to look better, and to live well both physically and spiritually. The thinking behind Global Wellness Day is to embrace and celebrate our health and wellbeing and to promote it to a wider audience globally. Highlighting the benefits of living well, there is a team of ambassadors who are the guiding lights of the event. Many spas are actively participating in the global day of celebration with events and activities promoting healthy eating, fitness, meditation and wellness in general. This year the focus is on kids and getting them more active and living a better, healthier life. Globally, there are more than 1.6 billion overweight adults, at least 300 million of them clinically obese. In just 10 years, the WHO projects that number will grow by 40%. Globally more than 41 million kids under the age of …

Aromatherapy Associates De-stress Edit

Aromatherapy Associates De-stress Edit launches

Aromatherapy Associates has launched its new De-Stress Edit, a curated collection of  stress easing products to combat how stress impacts our body, mind and skin. Stress affects pretty much everyone at some point and for many it’s a daily affliction. Being able to switch off and ease the mind is essential. Known as one the original pioneers of wellbeing (especially with its powerful aromatherapy blends), Aromatherapy Associates has created the De-Stress Edit, allowing you to de-stress at home, work and on-the-go along with lifestyle advice and tips from the panel of Wellbeing Experts. The products all work together and form a powerful armoury against stress related issues. But each can be used independently too.   The Aromatherapy Associates De-stress Edit contains: De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil 9ml To give your mind clarity and focus with a calming blend of Frankincense, Petitgrainand Wild Camomile. De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil 9ml To treat your body to the warming blend of Rosemary, Black Pepper and Ginger plus the soothing powers of Lavender. De-Stress Muscle Gel 40ml The …

Take 10 minutes for mindfulness on World Meditation Day

If meditation and mindfulness aren’t part of your life, then World Meditation Day (Tuesday 15th May 2018) could be the time to explore the options. It takes just 10 minutes a day and the rewards (I promise you) can be life-changing. Mindfulness appears to be everywhere and, in some instances promises to solve pretty much every problem there is. Its growth continues and everywhere you look, a spa, health expert or mind guru is offering tips, techniques, sessions, course and online apps to help you on your way. I have written about it before and you can read “What is mindfulness medition” here The Huffington Post has it’s own dedicated channel to mindfulness and it’s well worth taking a look for the latest reseach, tips, advice and comment. I’m a big fan and it’s helped me resolve a variety stress and anxiety issues. It also helps to calm the mind when its racing at a hundred miles and hour. Mindful in May The whole month of May is devoted to the project – Mindful in …

massage can help with depression during Mental Health Awareness Week

How massage can help depression during Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

It’s not surprising that massage can help with depression. Massage, used correctly is a profound tool and often underestimated and undervalued. Often seen only as a way to relax or soothe the muscle, its deeper benefits are lost. It’s timely to discuss this as its Mental Health Awareness Week and we need to open up more and sinus problems we face. talking is a key method, but connecting on the human level is also truly beneficial. I spoke to Beata Aleksandrowicz, Co-Founder of Pure Massage Spa Training Method, who is an advocate of the power of touch. She explains why massage is important and how massage can help with depression. She said: “We now live in a world where it’s ok to talk about issues relating to our mental health and wellness.  I firmly believe that massage and the power of touch can make real and significant changes to people’s mental health and especially depression. So it’s timely that Mental Health Awareness Week is just around the corner, running from 14 – 20 May 2018. This year …

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GLOW: Your Complete Four-Week Guide to Healthy, Radiant Skin

Kate O’Brien’s new book GLOW: Your Complete Four-Week Guide to Healthy, Radiant Skin with 60 skin nourishing recipes is one of those books you read and then keep coming back to. It’s jam packed with great tips and advice that is both practical and accessible. It contains a healthy dose of science but won’t bamboozle you. The design is clear and fresh. The recipes are easy to follow and include a range of ingredients that are easy to find and great for your skin and inner health too. Kate O’Brien is an expert in both nutrition and cosmetic science, with a particular interest in skincare. I first met Kate on a spa press trip to the launch of Mandarin Oriental Marrakech and we had an instant connection. We’ve been friends since. She has written this comprehensive guide called GLOW to cut through the crap really. There’s loads of misinformation surrounding best practice when it comes to skin. She offers scientifically grounded facts about how skin really works at a cellular level to help you create strong …

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8 best bath oils to create a spa-like experience at home

Compiling a list of the best bath oils is like a dream job for The Spa Man. Bathing is one of life’s great pleasures and it’s a simple way to recreate the spa environment in your own home. Deeply relaxing or revitalising and re-energising. It’s up to you. Soothe aches and pains in your neck, shoulders and muscles, or let your troubles subside as you practice a little self-care. Tried and tested, these are the best bath oils on the market today. Elemental Herbology Earth Balance Bath and Body Oil Sometimes we need a little balance in our lives and a Elemental Herbology really helps here. This oil blend helps to calm and balance the mind and body. Formulated with the scents of mandarin, cedarwood and lime, it helps to restore energy and refresh the mind making it perfect for use after a long day. £28 www.elementalherbology.com ESPA Fitness Bath Oil I can’t recommend this highly enough post-workout when you have been moving your body I a new way. Whether it’s increasing weights or hitting a …

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Mandarin Oriental launches guest room wellness

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has partnered with leading global health and fitness platform Grokker to launch a guest room wellness concept. Mandarin Oriental’s world-class spa facilities and award-winning programmes cater to discerning wellness-oriented travellers, and this new initiative, which offers guests complimentary access to a custom selection of Grokker health and fitness videos to practice in-room, is designed to provide added flexibility when it comes to staying fit on the road. Videos include a five-minute meditation to ease stress, a twenty-minute workout to achieve fitness goals plus Pilates and yoga practice sessions, including a soothing bedtime yoga practice to encourage sleep. This guest room wellness concept makes it easy to be healthy and well on-the-go when travelling “It can be difficult to maintain a wellness routine while travelling,” said Jeremy McCarthy, Group Director of Spa and Wellness for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. “Thanks to our collaboration with Grokker, we can now deliver extended wellness expertise and activities that our guests can easily access from the comfort of their room or suite.” A selection of Grokker’s …

Best spa treatments for sleep - Espa Life at Corinthia

Three best spa treatments for sleep

To celebrate World Sleep Day, The Spa Man has curated a list of the best spa treatments for sleep. These have all been expertly designed to help promote a good night’s sleep so you feel rested and refreshed by morning. It takes more than a good massage (although that does certainly help) you should add in some aromatherapy and mindfulness, plus some specific breathing techniques to soothe the mind, body and soul. With a quiet mind and a relaxed body, you are sure to get a good night’s sleep. So here’s three of the best spa treatments for sleep. Three best spa treatments for sleep  Voya Mindful Dreams Voya believes that good sleep is essential to wellbeing and the body’s inner balance (and I have to agree) and that the ability to relax both body and mind is essential to a healthy life (yep). The treatment uses the therapeutic Tranquil treatment range of products and combines this with a heavenly full Voya body massage. It blends both Balinese and Hawaiian techniques (two of my favourites) and …

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11 wellness holidays for a healthier happier you

To focus on health, fitness and well-being Health and Fitness Travel has compiled 11 wellness holidays for 2018. Whatever your goals this year, the specialists at Health and Fitness Travel can put together a programme  whether it’s detox, meditation, yoga, sports or sleep, you can be as sociable or as solitary as you wish. Here’s a selection of the world’s most beautiful locations, combining spa and fitness in a wellness holiday to make you healthier this year.   The Luxury Beach Spa Break – Amanpuri Awareness Immersion, Thailand Amidst palm-fringed, white sand beaches, and architecture inspired by ancient Ayutthayan culture, Amanpuri exudes timeless luxury and is the perfect place for a wellness holiday. The awareness immersion programme, guided by a former Buddhist monk, is a meditative experience encouraging the renewal of internal focus, synchronising the mind, body and soul. Indulgent spa treatments such as cranial sacral therapy compliment the programme, along with unrivalled nutritional support. With spiritual guidance, a 5-star spa, and a private beach on your doorstep, Amanpuri is perfect for those looking for …

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Mandarin Oriental introduces Year of the Earth Dog Spa Experience

To celebrate Chinese New Year, which begins on 16 February 2018, Mandarin Oriental has launched the Year of the Earth Dog Spa Experience to ground and relax guests while rebalancing energy for both body and mind. Available all year, the treatment has been designed to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and ease pain and muscle tension during the year of the earth dog. The Earth Dog year is said to be one of action, requiring planning and energy in order to succeed. The Year of the Earth Dog Spa Experience incorporates several traditional elements to stimulate the senses, relax the mind and rejuvenate the body. To start; guests are welcomed with hot or cold towels infused with mandarin orange or tangerine oil, both of which symbolise good tidings. Guests are then invited to enjoy a welcome drink of Chinese red dates, honey and goji berries, which help to destress and encourage sleep. Traditional sweet treats popular during Chinese New Year festivities will be available in the spa’s relaxation area, including sweetened tangerine, coconut and ginger from the …