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The Romans did it regularly and so did the Egyptians, Greeks, Japanese and Chinese. In fact, hydrotherapy is one of the oldest curative practices known to man and forms the basis of many traditional healing systems.
Hydrotherapy is the use of hot and cold water to treat illness, control pain and induce deep relaxation. In the 19th century, Britain had no fewer than 32 spa towns. These towns were situated around mineral springs and offered hydrotherapy, some of which were naturally heated. Hydrotherapy is now enjoying a renaissance with modern methods mirroring those used traditionally and for good reasons – hydrotherapy has effective and proven health benefits.
Stiff joints, aching muscles and arthritic conditions all respond well to a soak in warm water as do stress related conditions such as insomnia, depression and anxiety. Warm water at 37 – 39 degrees has a calming effect on the nervous system and reduces pain by relaxing tight muscles. Endorphins, our natural pain killers, are also released giving a sense of wellbeing and relaxation.
Relaxation is vital for wellbeing. When we are tense our breathing becomes shallow which gives rise to many problems. Shallow breathing means that insufficient oxygen is available. When muscles are deprived of oxygen they don’t function optimally so we experience tension, which causes tiredness, headaches, stiffness, and general aches and pains. Lack of oxygen also affects our ability to think clearly and makes the heart work harder than it needs to.
Hydrotherapy relaxes us, increasing blood circulation which improves the flow of the body’s defensive white blood cells, neutralising bacteria and viruses. Together with increased endorphin production it strengthens the immune system, reduces inflammation and helps to heal distressed tissue.
Detoxification is also enhanced as our body’s own process of waste elimination is increased through boosted circulation. This is one of the reasons that drinking enough water is vital during and after a session.
For hydrotherapy that is generally relaxing and is not targeting specific conditions, choose thermal options such as hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam or laconicum followed by any cool option such as placing crushed ice on the body or SenSpa’s blizzard showers.
It does not matter in which order you experience them as long as they are hot or warm followed by cold or cool and make sure you keep hydrated. If you have unmedicated high blood pressure, a heart condition or a lymphatic disorder, check with your doctor before using hydrotherapy. Never have hydrotherapy after a heavy meal, after alcohol or if there is inflammation or swelling.
Try these top tips...
• For relaxation at home, run a warm bath at around 38-40 degrees, add some fresh herbs in a muslin bag such as rosemary or lavender, or add your favourite essential oil. Soak for 10-15 minutes. Follow with a cold shower. This will tone the body and boost circulation.
• To relieve headache, fill a bucket with comfortably hot water to ankle height. Place your feet in it and sit for a few minutes. This opens the superficial blood vessels in the feet which relieves blood pressure around the head.
Enjoy the use of our award winning hydrotherapy facilities at SenSpa. To book your luxury spa day call 01590 624467 or...
Devising perfect Christmas gift ideas isn’t an easy process. Asking the question of “what would you like this Christmas?”’ doesn’t often receive a straight answer leading to weeks of planning for a ‘surprise’ present. To help you out SenSpa have devised the perfect Christmas spa gift ideas for your loved one so you can relax in the run up to Christmas, confident they will adore you for it! We have Christmas spa days in Hampshire for men and women that provide an unparalleled level of relaxation, enjoyment and refreshment – meaning you won’t want to leave.
We have three different Christmas spa days available to buy as a perfect Christmas gift idea - from a Wellbeing Spa Day, Essence of SenSpa Day, to the Thai Journey. We’ve devised the best treatment depending on the wants and needs of your receiver:
1. For Stress Relief - The Wellbeing Spa Day
The Wellbeing Spa Day is the perfect Christmas gift idea for a loved one that is stressed, tired, overworked or needs some TLC. This Christmas spa day includes: a welcome drink, tour and use of the spa facilities, complimentary herbal tea and selected refreshments, a light healthy breakfast, two-course lunch at the Zen Garden Restaurant and a mind body class. The mind body class takes place in our Thai Temple Studio and is a combination of Thai Chi, Yoga and Pilates. The ideal treatment to combine with this Christmas spa day is the Anti-Stress Massage for those who spend long hours at a desk or hold their stress in the shoulders, or Ayurvedic Head Massage which promotes restful sleep, clears the mind and relieves stress.
2. For Time Out - The Essence of SenSpa Spa Day
The Essence of Senspa spa day is the impeccable Christmas gift idea for a loved one that simply needs some peace, time out and to get away for the day. This Christmas spa day includes: a complimentary herbal tea and selected refreshments, a light healthy breakfast, two-course lunch in the Zen Garden Restaurant, mind body class and a tour and full use of the facilities. We recommend spending time in the relaxation room and quiet room as they boast comfortable recliners and complete tranquil peace, or try the Laconicum for some gentle heat.
3. For Something Different - The Thai Journey Spa Day
The Thai Journey spa day is an incredible Christmas gift idea for a loved one that likes to try new things, wants to experience a different culture or likes indulgent gifts. This Christmas spa day boasts unrivalled 5* Thai treatments that relax both the mind and body. It includes: a cleansing foot soak, beautifying body scrub, Rhassoul mud treatment, hydrotherapy, full access to our spa facilities, a two course Thai lunch and more!
If you're undecided on the perfect gift for Christmas, browse our selection of gift vouchers. From specific spa days, to monetary value we have a voucher to suit all budgets.
In the winter, we turn the heating up, stay inside more and cover up as much as we can and this in contrast to the freezing temperatures outdoors means we’re more prone to chapped lips, flaky dry skin and sore red blotches. Fun Christmas markets, winter wonderlands and mulled wine lure us into the outdoors – but don’t worry here at SenSpa we have ways for you to enjoy it all without the hazard of dry skin, such as luxury spa day or luxury spa break.
What happens to your skin?
Central heating wreaks havoc on your eyes and dries the cornea, causing marginal dry-eye syndrome.
Your lips have a limited defence against the cold due to a thin outer layer and no glands to produce oil, meaning that they dry out faster and are more likely to crack.
Hands and feet are more exposed throughout the day and are more likely to dry out and become chapped and sore than the rest of the body.
The face is the most vulnerable, with winter air and harsh wind resulting in cracking. All of these factors are preventable and can be maintained with proper care and attention and are easily soothed with a luxury spa day full of moisturising treatments.
SenSpa are experts in the scientific nature of our skin and know how to combat the results of dry weather.
The Willow Hydrate and Glow facial is perfect for tired and dry, dehydrated skin and will do wonders to improve your skin’s appearance by restoring moisture.
For sore hands and feet, indulge them in an Essential Hand Therapy scrub, mask and relaxing massage or a SenSpa Pedicure that removes rough skin and exfoliates the foot and lower leg with a salt scrub. Why not combine the treatments into a luxury spa day or spa break and benefit from full use of our facilities and a delicious meal from our Thai restaurant?
Slip into your soft gown and enter a Thai Sanctuary where our award winning spa facilities with soothe away all stress and tension this Autumn. With the cold air creeping in it's time to warm up and we know the perfect way to do so.
Here's our top 4 warming SenSpa treatments
1. Lava Shell Massage | £85 | 60 minutes
This is a relaxing and pampering full body massage using self-heating Natural Tiger clam lava shells and aromatherapy oils to warm the body. A celebrity favourite, The warmth from the lava shell is absorbed by the muscle, encouraging it to relax and release tension.
2. Thai Herbal Poultice Full Body Massage | £110 | 90 minutes
This is an excellent treatment for those suffering from poor circulation and stiffness, this full body massage uses a traditional Thai poultice to relieve tired and aching muscles and improves skin texture. By gently rolling and kneading a steamed muslin ball filled with a variety of Thai herbs, your muscles are gradually warmed until they are ready to receive the oil massage.
3. SenExpress Manuka Facial | £60 | 30 minutes
Perfect for those running short on time, this spa facial is almost good enough to eat! Using a deliciously nourishing and soothing combination of Manuka honey, acai berry, raspberry, carrot and neroli oil your skin will be gently exfoliated with a healing rose quartz crystal. Warm Manuka honey is applied to your face which hydrates, yet gently exfoliates the skin. A warm rose quartz crystal, promoting beauty and rejuvenation, is massaged over the honey, leaving your skin smooth, soft and glowing.
4. Alphasphere Deluxe Experience | £25 or £40 for 2 people | 25 minutes
Perfect for people who want to relax, strengthen their physical and psychological equilibrium and enhance their perceptions, whilst enjoying sensory pleasure. Lie your body on the warm pods and take in this sensory experience - the first of its kind to launch in the UK.
SenSpa is here to warm your mind, body and soul - whatever the season. Book your relaxing spa treatment today. To book call 01590 624467 or
Treat your friends to a spa day party at home and reward yourselves for all your hard work with a night or day of pampering, that's also a fabulous way to get everyone together!
Pick a day when you know your closest friends are free and send them homemade invitations. Use the following as a checklist to have the best spa day at home and be the perfect host:
1. Transform your home into a spa
Make the living room extra cosy; close the curtains, lower the lighting, light some candles and burn SenSpa's Signature scent in an oil burner. Play soothing music throughout your home to keep the ambience flowing. Specify a seating area for friends and lay a towel for each of them. Request that your guests bring their own robe and slippers and lead them to a private room so they can get comfy straight away.
2. Welcome guests with a fresh hot towel
Roll small hand towels and damp them with water then microwave them. Keep them warm and smelling gorgeous by sprinkling them with mint leaves and wrapping in cling film until guests arrive. A mimosa upon arrival always goes down well too!
3. Create your own Manicure & Pedicure station
Set up manicures and pedicures with a bowl of warm soapy water and a splash of aromatic oil such as the SenSpa Signature Scent Oil. SenSpa's hand and foot creams are paraben free and packed with natural essential oils for instant hydration and soft skin that your friends will love.
4. Relax with a Face Mask
Use one from the Senspa boutique, such as the SenSpa One Minute Radiance Mask on hand. Leave on for just one minute or relax for a further 10 whilst bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange, and lemon cleanse, exfoliate and revitalise skin.
5. Healthy Snacks
Whip up a light and healthy lunch with some delicious snacks, such as a chicken and avocado salad accompanied by tuna and watermelon skewers with lemon coulis. Ensure there’s a jug of iced lemon water and encourage everyone to keep hydrated.
6. Prepare a parting gift
Inexpensive spa items, such as a scented candle or bath salts, like these Detox Bath Salts from SenSpa make the perfect spa gift. Containing the SenSpa signature scent, the detoxing bath salts smell amazing and induce complete relaxation. A blend of 9 essential oils were uniquely selected to create a spa ambience reminiscent of the exotic East to make bath time heaven.
7. Arrange a date for a SenSpa Spa day
A luxury spa day with friends at SenSpa is a great alternative to hosting at home. Add a choice of pampering treatments such as a spa facial, detox massage or manicure to your spa day package - such as the Wellbeing Spa Day which includes a light healthy breakfast and two course lunch in the Zen Garden Thai restaurant.
There’s nothing quite like a blissful bath after a long day, especially when the skies look ominous and the temperature slowly drops. It seems what can be so unkind to our water bill, can be so kind in other ways.
A warm bath can be very beneficial to your mind, body and soul, much like a luxury spa day and as we enter the season of hibernation, we’d like to offer some helpful tips in experiencing the world’s best bath.
The Benefits to Bath Time
To de-stress or to soothe, a bath can not only relax your mind and body however also lower blood sugar levels, relieve pain from joints and muscles and keep your bowels working normally. With a warm bath comes the hope of a little steam, this will unblock your pours and cause sweat to detox those unwanted toxins so if you’re feeling under the weather – it’s bath time!
When it comes to the temperature of your bath there’s how warm you want it, and how warm you should have it. Experts say a bath should be no warmer than between 32-35°C as any hotter could cause dizziness and potentially even physical damage to your skin.
There are many factors as to why you shouldn’t spend too long in the bath and one is overheating. When in hot water (and we mean hot, hot!) the skin cannot release heat sufficiently which can cause the body to overheat. Another risk is drying out your skin. This is why the after-bath routine is just as important. An effective, safe bath should never last longer than 20 minutes.
We believe in the old theory that less is more. Baths are not to be overdone however creating a relaxing atmosphere and using the right products will certainly ensure you have the tranquil experience you are after.
Our brand new Thai Rituals collection combines the best of natural and exotic ingredients with essential oils such as Hibiscus Flower and Ylang Ylang to leave your body glowing and your mind and soul soothed.
The products contain essential oils such as:
- Neroli - balances and calms the mind
- Geranium - improves circulation and stress related conditions
- Jasmine - The aroma of jasmine essential oil has a pleasing and uplifting effect on the mind and actively fights depression/antiseptic
- Basil – also has a calming influence
Your Bath Time With The SenSpa Thai Rituals Collection
Step 1 – Float Away Bath Soak
Add a few drops of the Float Away Bath Soak for an uplifting and cleansing experience. The Frangipani extract will create the soothing atmosphere you desire and as it is often associated with love in Feng-Shui, it’ll lift your spirts. As you slip into a deep feeling of contented relaxation, allow the Hibiscus in this product to moisturise your skin leaving it feeling hydrated and soft.
Step 2 – Skin Renewal Body Polish
A gentle and natural body scrub the Skin Renewal Body Polish contains pumice and bamboo powder to exfoliate, shea butter to deeply nourish, and mangosteen and coconut extracts to leave skin feeling softer, smoother and delicately scented. Apply this product gently over your skin and rinse with warm water for a smooth finish.
Step 3 –Moisture Heaven Body Wash
Envelop your skin with pampering Frangipani extract and organic hibiscus flower extract to cleanse and moisturise, while neroli, ylang ylang and jasmine essential oils leave your mind and body relaxed and skin delicately scented. The Moisture Heaven Body Wash is the perfect way to finish your Thai bath experience.
Step 4 – To finishing touches
Step out of the bath and wrap your warm body in a soft clean towel. Try your body by dabbing the towel gently over your skin and moisturise to keep the skin hydrated. Then put on your favourite PJ’s and slippers to enjoy the rest of your evening feeling completely calm, warm and content. Why not top up the heavenly scents of our Thai Rituals collection by using the Daily Escape Hand Wash when you're next passing the bathroom?
Want to experience the whole package?
Book our latest spa day special offer, for the ultimate cosy, autumnal experience at our Thai sanctuary.
To discover the SenSpa Natural Body Therapy collection, visit the SenSpa Boutique in-store or
Keeping things natural is central to SENSPA’s philosophy. All of our products are as natural as they can possibly be and are free from Parabens, Petrochemicals, Sulphates and animal ingredients.
Winter isn’t the most popular time of year in the UK, but it paves the way for plenty of fun and beneficial things to do. The key is opening your mind to what is great about winter such as nature, produce and the excuse to regularly pamper yourself! It’s also about finding alternatives to activities you would usually enjoy in the summer, such as exercise classes and indoor hobbies. Read on to discover how to get the most out of the UK winter:
1. Go outside!
There are no excuses to avoid the outdoors when snuggly jackets, scarves and gloves exist! Get wrapped up and frequent a Sunday walk through the forest. Nature can be at its finest in winter and if you’re lucky, covered in a beautiful blanket of snow. The fresh, crisp air will do wonders for your lungs and the exercise will help to alleviate winter blues.
2. Attend exercise classes
January is the perfect month to sign up to a gym and get involved in a variety of exercise classes. Our luxury gym in Hampshire offers exercise classes in meditation, dance aerobics, body pump, zumba toning and many more!
3. Produce is at its best
Sweet potatoes, clementines, brussel sprouts, pomegranates and kale are super foods and at their seasonal best in winter. This means they’ll taste better and be packed full of nutrients for a happy, healthy you!
4. Indulge in a luxury spa day
Warm up at SenSpa this winter with an indulgent spa evening for two. What could be better than going to work knowing that an evening relaxing at an award winning spa is just a few hours away! Alternatively, join us for a detox of your mind, body and soul. This spa day in Hampshire includes a warm two-course lunch, use of the SenSpa facilities and an hour treatment of your choice at our luxury Thai spa in the New Forest. After all, there’s nothing better than feeling warm and pampered on a cold day!
Seeking natural beauty tips? Look no further! Suitable for all skin types, here's how to make your own body lotion with Almonds, which are full of essential fatty acids and Rose, which has anti-inflammatory properties and smells divine.
- 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
- 1/4 cup rose water
- 1 tbsp beeswax – grated
- 4 drops vitamin E oil
Combine the almond oil and beeswax in a double boiler, or put them in a glass bowl and microwave in 30 sec. intervals. Stir gently until the beeswax is melted.
Take the mixture off the heat and slowly add ¼ cup of the rosewater, stirring constantly. Let the mixture cool completely, then add the vitamin E oil.
Store the lotion in a clean container with a tight fitting lid.
To find out more about our natural skincare workshops call a member of our team now 01590 624467.
Me time is even more important during the school holidays. Whether you have the children at home or are looking for a place away from the school holiday madness, we know of the perfect sanctuary to help you survive the school holidays and the best news is, whether you can spare an hour, a whole day or even a night away, there’s something for you all. From a luxury spa day to a heavenly spa treatment, here’s how SenSpa can help you this summer:
Pre-summer relaxation or pre-holiday preparation this spa day Hampshire will leave you glowing like the sun. From £165 per person
Escape for a night away in peace and quiet. Combining the wonders of forest and spa therapy, our spa break special offer will revitalise your mind, body & soul. From £149 per person
There’s a spa experience for even the busiest of people at SenSpa. From morning escapes to afternoon delights, if you can spare a few important hours for ‘me’, this is where you should go. From £65 per person
To soothe, to energise, to heal and to relax we have a treatment for all. From rejuvenating facials to calming massages, indulge in plenty of treats this summer. Treatments from £25 - begin your summer indulgence today.
Have a little summer holiday of your own, browse our latest spa day offers and book your visit to the New Forest this summer. To book a SenSpa spa treatment please call 01590 624467 or...
Our popular SenSpa Lava Clay Masque, restores the cells in your hair and offers natural ingredients that work together to deeply nourish and strengthen the hair, leaving it more manageable, silky soft and deliciously scented.
This favourite organic skin care product of Jo Fairley from the Beauty Bible has been recently tested by Natural Health Magazine, we asked for their expert opinion on our product and here is their feedback:
What did you think of the packaging?
Rating – 9/10
We thought it was simple but effective. It was easy to tell what the product was and you could judge the consistency of the Masque by peering behind the label.
What are your thoughts on the consistency of the product?
Rating – 9-10
This product feels thick and luxurious when first applied. After which, it sinks beautifully into the hair nourishing strands from the inside out.
Please tell us what you think of the fragrance?
Rating – 9-10
The fragrance is utterly divine. Just close your eyes and you're instantly transported to the tranquility of a luxe spa.
Was the product effective?
Rating – 10/10
I absolutely loved this product it made my hair feel thicker, softer, healthier and smelt amazing!
What were your overall thoughts of our product?
Rating – 10/10
Fantastic experience with a really brilliant product. Would absolutely recommend and use again.
A big thank you to Natural Health for the incredible feedback.
Browse the SenSpa Natural Therapy Collection and choose from a range of wonderful, award-winning organic skin care products to be used from head to toe. Available at Waitrose and the SenSpa Boutique.
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