How to reclaim your lunch break and enjoy a spa treatment at the same time!

When The Spa at The Principal heard that the average UK worker only takes around 20 minutes of their lunch break (for fear of not being able to complete all their designated daily tasks), the team wasted no time in developing a range of express spa treatments to help time-poor city professionals reclaim some of their free time.

The Spa, which is part of The Principal Edinburgh – Charlotte Square hotel, believes all employees deserve to take their full lunch break and time to relax. That’s why it’s introduced a new series of 25-minute express treatments, all of which can be taken during a break, after a stressful morning, or as part of an extended Friday lunch.

Holistic Scotland Magazine headed along to the Edinburgh spa to sample an ishga Express Massage and find out just what can be achieved in 25 minutes. Male_changing_room (11)

We discovered that the ishga part of the massage is the natural skincare range developed here in Scotland from organic seaweed and that the spa’s expert therapists really can work tension-relieving wonders in less than half-an-hour (thank you, Reagan!)

This particular massage focuses on the back, neck and shoulders to target areas of tension, release stress and relax the nervous system, while the Invigorating Body Oil works its seaweed-based magic to stimulate, revitalise and encourage self-repair.

Seaweed has been used for hundreds of years for its therapeutic and natural healing properties and contains a number of vitamins, including A, C and E, as well as trace elements and amino acids. It can help to contribute to healthy, glowing skin and has been said to improve certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.

Treatment_room_2Other treatments in the 25-minute range include the ishga Express Facial, comprising a professional cleanse, tone and moisturise with; ishga Salt & Oil Scrub, whose Hebridean scrub and body wrap is said to detoxify and nourish the skin, and ishga Foot Recovery, which combines a Scottish seaweed foot scrub, foot massage, and cooling foot mask.

The only problem is, after 25 minutes of relaxation and therapeutic bliss, you really don’t want to go back to work! Nevertheless, we think this is a great addition to The Spa’s treatment portfolio, which also includes a range of OSKIA facials and OPI ProSpa manicures, pedicures and nail treatments. And we love the fact that you can mix and match and try them all! You can create a bespoke spa experience, for example, and bolt on as many treatments as you like.

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Holistic Scotland Magazine recommends the Champagne Spa experience, which includes a 55-minute treatment and a 25-minute treatment plus lunch or Twilight Tea in The Garden and a glass of champagne. And, of course, you can take advantage of the pool, sauna and steam room while you’re there.

Why not treat yourself for National Spa Week?

To find out more, or to book, click here 

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The relaxation room




Edinburgh’s One Spa embarks on £2m refurb to reveal new Thermal Suite

Edinburgh’s award-winning One Spa at the luxury Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa has embarked on a project to transform its ‘Escape At One’ experience.

It already offers a range of holistic treatments, a 19m swimming pool, iconic rooftop hydropool, beauty salon and fully-equipped gym with studios, but the refurb will add two new experiences to its thermal suite, including a dry salt room and relax room for guests to unwind and recharge. This will bring the total number of treatment rooms to 15.One Spa Final_sans logo

The work is due to start in April and is earmarked for completion by summer 2018 as part of a £2m investment programme in One Spa. The hotel says all work will be carried out overnight and the spa will be open as usual during the day.

Mark Perkins, Spa Director, said: “We are very excited to be embarking on a programme of works that will transform the experience we offer at One Spa.

“Following the launch of NOW by One Spa last year and the introduction of upgraded treatment experiences with our Made For Life Organics treatment range, this latest investment will bring a contemporary offering to our guests, and ensure that we maintain our position as one of the most luxurious leisure destinations in Scotland.”

The new dry salt room will offer heated, reclining seats and a feature salt brick wall with colour therapy backlighting.

Guests will be invited to experience dry salt therapy or halotherapy, a holistic therapy using micro particles of salt to promote better breathing, healthier skin, sounder sleep, improved physical fitness and endurance and overall wellness.

Dry salt therapy is also said to help alleviate symptoms of many respiratory and skin conditions, such as asthma and bronchitis.

The new relax room will offer a darker, quiet space for guests to switch off and even snooze. They will be invited to put their feet up, lie down on the luxurious loungers, and relax in the feature chairs in front of a beautiful log fire. The decor with dimly-lit twinkling starry sky and dancing flames of the feature fire have been designed to soothe the senses and stimulate the mind.

Tristan Nesbitt, General Manager at Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, said: “We have heavily invested in our product and this last episode of our renovation plan for One Spa will help us to reinforce the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa as one of the leading five-star hotels in the city and position our hotel as the perfect place to stay for a luxurious spa break in Scotland.”