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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

 

 

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Why you should add ‘24 hours outdoors’ to your list of New Year resolutions

Everybody should put ‘24 hours outdoors’ on their list of New Year resolutions.
That’s according to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018, whose new research has found that those who camp are happier, healthier, less stressed, and spend more quality time with family and friends.
Research conducted by The Camping and Caravanning Club revealed that 93% of campers agree with the notion that camping makes people feel happier. Nearly half of non-campers also agreed. 97% of campers said camping generates happy memories, while 76% of campers are satisfied with their quality of life compared to just 59% of non-campers. 70% of campers believe camping and caravanning is a good way to make new friends, of which 40% said they’ve made ‘friends for life’. Those who camp say it’s a great social leveller and is accessible to everyone regardless of income.
With The World Health Organisation estimating depression-related illnesses will become the greatest source of ill-health by 2020^, 85% of adult campers feel camping can make individuals healthier and almost half think it should be prescribed on the NHS. Campers aged 55 and over are more likely to regard themselves as fit and healthy for their age than non-campers. 79% of youngsters who have never camped say they would like to go camping and one in three believe camping would make them healthier.
Studies also show that families who camp together have better relationships, with eight in ten campers agreeing that camping brings families closer: 91% of children say spending time exploring the outdoors with a parent would make them feel happy. Children who have camped are significantly more likely to have experienced activities such as kite flying, tree climbing, den-making, and cooking on a campfire.
The campaign encouraging all to spend ‘24 hours outdoors’ in 2018 is endorsed by the world’s greatest living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who will appear alongside other celebrities at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018.
Sir Ranulph said: “With the New Year upon us, there’s never been a better time to take charge of your mental health, and one of the easiest ways to do this is to spend more time outdoors in the fresh air. No matter your age, everyone can add a little adventure to their life, but don’t feel you have to commit to long expeditions or wild escapades, a night spent in the garden can work just as well and is also a lot of fun!”
Also supporting the initiative is female-adventurer Anna McNuff, who added: “Getting outside doesn’t have to mean embarking on arduous mountain treks or cycling for hundreds of miles. Heading to your local hill to watch the sun go down, taking a Sunday walk through the woods or spending an afternoon at the local park can do the trick too. All these things will do wonders for your physical and mental health.”
73% of all adults say camping is something every child should experience, with 46% of campers believing camping improves children’s behaviour. Parents who take children camping cite the top benefits as kids’ freedom within a safe environment, an escape from technology and enjoying a simple life outdoors. Other benefits include family interaction, developing community values and social skills as well as the opportunity to explore new places and cultural attractions.
Parents also feel that camping and caravanning has a positive effect on their child’s education, with 82% saying camping broadens experiences, encourages them to think for themselves, gives insight into nature and topics such as geology and provides stories to share in class. 52% of tent users felt that cooking when camping had a positive effect on their child’s learning and 77% of campers say camping introduces new skills. 60% of non-campers also acknowledged this to be true.
The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018 takes place at Birmingham’s NEC from 20 to 25 February and showcases the latest in leisure vehicles, camping, caravan holiday homes and lodges, as well as must-have accessories. Tickets are on sale now.