A spa weekend is the perfect way to get some well-earned relaxation time, and will ensure that you can unwind, refresh, and treat yourself after working hard.
If you’ve decided that you need to (and really, who doesn’t?), we have some top tips to ensure that your relaxation goes off without a hitch:
Decide what you want
Before booking your spa weekend, it’s important to take some time to think about your ideal outcome. If you just want to get away from the kids and enjoy complete silence, you may even want to just go by yourself, instead of bringing a chatty coworker or friend. If you’ve had a nagging ache in your back or have been feeling rundown, you may want to consider detoxing or heading to a spa that has physiotherapists on the team.
You don’t need to pack a big suitcase for a spa break, and the number of things you’ll need will greatly depend on the activity levels at the spa. If you plan to be lying by the pool with a cocktail in your hand between massages and facials, taking your bathing suit, comfortable clothes, and a good book is ideal, however if you’re going to be doing yoga or hiking, you’ll need gym clothes, hiking shoes, and a few more clothes to change throughout the day.
Lose the Toxins
Depending on the spa, you may be encouraged to do a detox. It’s a good idea to look this up before you arrive, so you’ll know not to arrive after having a few drinks the night before. In fact, some of the more serious and healthy spas may encourage you to start with a pre-detox while you’re at home, so you can get out some of the nasties like caffeine and alcohol so you’re not in withdrawal (from the coffee) and feeling headachy and tired at the spa.
Not in the mood to cut down on any of those toxins? Be sure to pick a spa that doesn’t encourage this or you’ll be miserable while everyone else is bragging about their glowing skin and drinking green tea.
If you’re going to the spa by yourself (and this can be a great idea if you know you need some serious relaxing and unwinding time), you’ll have a lot of time on your hands. Often in our day-to-day lives, we don’t spend enough time simply thinking about how we feel with our situation in life, and you should be prepared for some emotions and thoughts (both negative and positive) to come up. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself reevaluating your life, so take a diary or journal with you so you can jot down some of these realisations at the time.
A spa weekend is supposed to be fun, so remember that if you’re not comfortable with any aspect you can choose to do something else. Focus on treating yourself and relaxing and you’ll be sure to have a great time.