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Matfen Hall
Celebrating the far-ranging benefits of building a spa visit into your regular routine, National Spa Week takes place in September and is being welcomed by the manager at Matfen Hall’s Aqua Vitae spa, Fay Pratt

In association with Matfen Hall

Therapeutic and physical benefits have always been at the heart of a spa visit. And while spas have been around since the Romans realised they offered a pretty lovely way to spend some time, our modern day spa experiences feature state-of-the-art technologies and sophisticated treatments which all go towards you getting the very most out of your spa visit. 

At Aqua Vitae Spa we have a sauna, steam room, aromatherapy room, Jacuzzi, ice bucket shower, ice fountain, monsoon shower and swimming pool. 

Depending on your needs and personal preference you may not use all elements of the spa, but you should be aware that each spa experience can offer different benefits. 
The sauna which is characterised by high and dry heat will increase your blood and lymphatic systems, aid the removal of toxins from your skin, warm muscles to help alleviate aches and pains, also assist with reducing stress and fatigue as the warming sensation relaxes the body. 

Steam rooms are high temperature, high humidity rooms which release bursts of steam. The steam combined with the heat will remove impurities from your skin, increase blood and lymphatic circulation, improve breathing by opening the sinuses, relax tired aching muscles and joints and help with muscle recovery post work-out. Our steam room at Aqua Vitae Spa was designed with dark mosaic tiles and twilight light ceiling to help create a relaxing mood, while eucalyptus aroma is released. 

Now to the aromatherapy room. These havens are kept at just above room temperature and feature bursts of aromatherapy oil for your nostrils to enjoy. This is a room you can spend a longer time relaxing, allowing the oil to be inhaled. As well as improving your circulation, this room should leave you in a state of deep relaxation. 

The Jacuzzi uses high pressured jets to push water against you which helps to relax aching, tight muscles or sore joints. The warm temperature will increase circulation, promote relaxation of the mind and also improve your skin texture. 

Using the cold elements of a spa experience can also improve circulation, especially within your muscles. It also regulates your body temperature between heat treatments, closes the pores on the skin and leaves it feeling smooth and soft. 

Cooling your body can also help you feel invigorated and refreshed. 
Each element of a spa is designed not only to target us physically but also to improve our emotional and mental well-being. 
The other big beneficial part of a spa is your therapist. Each spa will offer a range of treatments, which can benefit so many physical and mental stresses, from aching muscles and skin breakouts to tension pain and stress management. 

It’s always best to speak to someone ahead of your arrival to discuss what treatments and experiences would be best to include during your visit to help you get the most out of it. 
One of Aqua Vitae Spa’s favourite packages is our Flora’s Sublime Day Escape, which includes two hours of treatment, spa use and lunch. 

The treatment begins with a full body exfoliation then a full body massage, finishing with a skin-specific facial. Your therapist will tailor your treatment to your needs from the exfoliator used to the selection of facial products. 
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National Spa Week 2018 takes place from September 10th-17th with participating spas offering a special rate throughout. At Matfen’s Aqua Vitae, the week-long offer is £75 for the Last Days of Summer, which includes a 60 minute treatment from a choice of Signature full body massage, Skin specific facial, Luxury manicure or Pedicure; a two course lunch with a glass of fizz, welcome drink and full spa use from 9am to 5pm. 

Published in: August 2018

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