Christmas is a great time of year but it can also take a toll on your mind and body as there is often a lot going on. There are those presents to buy, events to attend, kids to get in order and Turkey’s to put in the oven on the big day. Whether you need a moment to relax and rejuvenate or want to spend some quality time with a few close friends, it might be just the right time to try out some soothing winter spa treatments.

Anti-Ageing Facials

The winter months can play havoc with your complexion and skin, so visiting your local spa for a relaxing anti-ageing facial can be just the ticket if you want something quick and easy. A deep cleanse and an application of nourishing face creams full of all sorts of organic goodness can be the perfect way to get you feeling bright and fresh for the yuletide festivities.

Hot Stone Massage

Nothing works as well during the winter months that a soothing hot stone massage. This is where a therapist gives you a massage using a series of small, specially heated stones and can help relieve all those muscle tensions that have been building up as you approach Christmas. Hot stone therapy requires a good deal of skill to administer so make sure that you choose a therapist who actually knows what they are doing.

Nothing Beats a Body Wrap

If you want to clear your skin, get plenty of warmth and relaxation, and leave your body feeling full of health and vitality, then you can’t really beat a body wrap. These are all over cocoons that usually involve putting nourishing oil or cream on the skin and then wrapping it in cotton or some other sealing material. Wraps can be more organic and include algae and even chocolate in some spas. All in all, this is a great way of getting moisture back into the skin and cleaning out those pores while boosting your sense of wellbeing.

Hot and Cold Treatments

Many country spa retreats and modern city centre spa’s have various hot and cold treatments that can be alternated to give the body an invigorating experience which improves circulation and raises energy levels. In some places this might be a sauna or steam room combined with a cold swim or ice room. The effect of this is to expand and contract your muscles and can help detoxify your body – particularly useful if you have overindulged a little during Xmas. Many spas now offer a range of different thermal treatment rooms that can certainly put a spring back in your step.

Ayurvedic Spa Treatments

Spas are always on the lookout for new and exciting treatments. Shop around and you might be able to find a few offering Ayurvedic spa treatments which hail from India and are closely associated with practices such as yoga. It’s essentially an intensive massage technique that uses essential oils to detoxify and cleanse the body. It’s perfect for the Xmas period and is thought to help boost your immune system.

Body Brushing

A fairly old technique that is still popular in spas today is body brushing which is used before a number spa treatments including rejuvenating body wraps. Basically it involves having your skin brushed reasonably vigorously and is great for getting the blood flowing and dealing with dead skin.

Whether you want to detox, meet with old school friends or simply relax on your own for an hour or two, choosing the right spa and treatment is really important. With so much to select from in great modern spa’s, there are plenty of reasons to visit your local spa over the Christmas period.