“Relax, it’ll be grand” are possibly the most annoying words one could ever say to me on a given day. As someone who gets rather excited and often, stressed out, saying that phrase over and over doesn’t seem to work for me. Surprising, I know.
Funnily enough, the suggestion of relaxing in a spa seems to have the opposite reaction. “Relax in a spa with a pampering massage” actually sends all the endorphins flying around my brain and causes me to grab my bank card for the nearest booking. That is, until I consider the costs and effort.
Oftentimes, trips to the spa or even a massage in the local salon can seem like a pricey endeavour and so, shoulders stay tense and endorphins don’t have the chance to get as excited as they could.
Or at least, that’s what I thought.
Living in the big smoke, it can be rather expensive. I hate to be a moan but actually, it’s way over-priced for a lot of things apart from my gym and Lidl’s which thankfully, we have plenty of.
Imagine my surprise when my bestie mentioned a deal in four star hotel Ballygarry house down in Tralee (County Kerry). Offers vary monthly of course and are made up of massages, facials and body scrubs galore. They include lunch (usually) and unlimited access to the Thermal Suite ( Sauna, Steam room and outdoor hot tub). The therapists are fabulous, professional and give perfect strong and relaxing massages.
You guessed it, I was there this week and had a ball, felt so chilled and am definitely planning on visiting again.
The reasons for visiting a spa can be rather obvious. You want to chill out, work out some tensions and maybe show off the new bikini.
Aside from those though, have you thought about the other not so (but maybe) obvious reasons?
*Visiting with a friend or family member can mean you get to spend some quality time for an entire morning. No interruptions will be had apart from the sound of gushing water to the hot tub.
*It can be a way to practice mindfulness. If you’re anything like me, you think loads. This can mean that phones and other people can become distractions rather easily. During each stage of your spa day, switching off in any way is rather easy.
*You can learn something you didn’t know. When I had my back massage, the masseuse chatted to me about the tension in my back. She found it easy to guess what I had been up to in terms of my sitting habits, posture and exercise. She also highlighted some ways I can combat pains in day to day life through exercise and general mindfulness.
*Well, why not? You’re here for a good time, not a long time. If you fancy having a break, do have one and why not do it in a place of luxury and pampering?
If you want to learn more about Nadur Spa at Ballygarry House then I’d suggest checking out their social media. They run offers monthly and these vary greatly to suit different tastes. Been anywhere else that you’d highly recommend? Do let me know in the comments below.