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Here Come the Girls - 23 Oct 2009
Get that Friday Feeling at the Hotel Westport
For just €89.00 this is a great offer! Ideal for groups/pairs of girls celebrating a birthday, a hen party, groups of sisters & sister-in-laws, friends, work colleagues or even as a Christmas Present.
Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage
Make up (Jane Ireland Mineral Make up)
File & Polish
Glass of Bubbly
Free use of pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room
Minimum number - 2 people.
For those who don't not live locally, it's low season at the moment and you can expect to get favorable accommodation rates.
To book, call Ocean Spirit Spa on 098 50008 and tell them Spa Ireland sent you!
Spafinder Visionary Award - 16 Oct 2009
Andrew Weil M.D. - bridging the worlds of medicine and spa
In Ireland we have a long way to go in terms of recognising that "spa" does not just mean a nice pampering session around the pool. For many spa-goers, the healing effects of spa treatments (I'm thinking deep tissue massages, holistic therapies, prescriptive facials here) can go a long way towards complementing any traditional healing methods.
SpaFinder (the largest global spa and wellness player) recently presented its Seventh Annual Visionary Award to Dr. Andrew Weil who is an Integrative Medicine Pioneer and Noted Author. Why? For his efforts to bridge the worlds of Medicine and Spa.
Today, plans were revealed here for the new Children's Hospital, scheduled to open in 2014 and complete with rooftop gardens, individual rooms for children, places for parents to stay, I couldn't help but think that the architectural previews had definitely 'borrowed' from some of the best spa designs. Which is a good thing! But back to Dr. Weil,
the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, who is leading the way in a rapidly growing discipline that combines mainstream treatment modalities with evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies.
“Dr. Weil has worked tirelessly to bridge the worlds of medicine and spa,” said SpaFinder President Susie Ellis. “He was years ahead when he predicted that the hospital of the future would look more like a spa. We are proud to present this prestigious award to a true visionary who is helping so many lead healthier, happier lives.”
First published in 1972, Dr. Weil has authored 11 books on integrative medicine and other topics; his newest is Why Our Health Matters: A Vision of Medicine That Can Transform Our Future, released in September 2009. Through his work, he advocates a combination of traditional and complementary treatments, believing that mainstream medicine is often best suited for crisis intervention and low cost, low-tech therapies should be considered for prevention.
Dr Weil joins some fairly heavyweight players in the rollcall for previous Visionary Award Winners including Howard Murad, M.D, the anti-aging skincare pioneer; Dr. Stephen and Lyn Krant, co-founders of the SK Sanctuary and Deepak Chopra, M.D. author and founder of the Chopra Center for Well Being.
It will be interesting to see how well some of these new bridging thoughts span the Atlantic and permeate the evolution of our own spa and medical facilities.
Winter Booster - 16 Oct 2009
Yauvana Auyrvedic Spa helps you prepare for the chilly season.
Boost your Immune System this autumn and protect against winter chills and related infections.
Yauvana Ayurvedic Spa at the 5* Kingsley Hotel, Cork invites you to enjoy a great value-for-money healthy experience. Book a Podikizhi Massage to help the body fight infection and to boost cellular metabolism. Good for respiratory problems and muscular aches also, this is a traditional therapeutic massage using warm herbal bags and medicated oil.
Follow the massage with Unlimited Time in the Thermal Suite with nine different types of steam treatment to choose from.
Take away a genuine Ayurvedic Moisturiser created from health-promoting herbs grown in the tropical climate of south India, the home of Ayurveda and carefully selected by Yauvana's staff to suit your physical constitution.
Cost: €100 (brochure price €133), offer open until December 20th 2009.
Glowing Goddess Weekend - 16 Oct 2009
20 & 21 November at Seafield Hotel & Oceo Spa
We like anything that promises to limit the pain of post Christmas detox and it sounds as if the folk at Seafield will do their best to help keep us in check. Their Glowing Goddess Spa Pamper Weekend takes place over the dark winter weekend of 20/21 November and promises to be well worth the €249.00 per person sharing. So what's on the agenda?
Friday 20th November
Unpack and settle into the ultra stylish and luxurious bedrooms which boast your very own balcony with panoramas of the sea to the lush rolling landscape of the golf course.
Once you have settled in, relax, unwind and pamper yourself using the thermal suites, including saunarium, aromatherapy steam room, monsoon shower, ice grotto, heated relaxation beds, outdoor vitality pool and the piece de resistance, a 16 metre hydrotherapy pool.
Once you have worked up an appetite dine at your leisure in the bar or formal dining room.
Saturday 21st November
Enjoy breakfast before taking in some breathtaking scenery on Seafield's very own private Beach walk.
To begin with, guests will unwind in the Thermal Suites. Following your time here you will enjoy a delicious and, of course, healthy lunch in the Spa cafe.
Guests will then relax after lunch in the Rasual chamber and be provided with a range of mud which concentrates on specific areas of the face and body. The chamber is gently heated with steam, as the mud dries it draws toxins from the skin. The steam also aids the detoxification process and relaxes the body. The ritual ends with cleansing tropical rain shower which re-invigorates the body. This is the ideal experience to share as a Turkish inspired Rasual Chamber accommodates up to four guests.
Enjoy a motivational seminar after lunch by Motivation Ireland and maybe pick up a few tips and hints on avoiding the excesses that the festive season brings with it. The day will finish with a Power Pilates class which will leave you feeling wonderfully energised.
After your relaxing day in the Oceo Spa meet up for Flirtini cocktails in the lobby at 7pm before dining fabulously, with food prepared by skilled chefs using delicious local ingredients.
Sunday 22nd November
Sunday starts with breakfast in the dining area and is followed by some final relaxation time in thermal suites before check out. Glowing Goddess Weekend