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Spa at the Shelbourne - 09 Dec 2012

Spa at the Shelbourne

Special Treatment

It's always nice to try out a new spa and equally nice when your high expectations are met. Dublin has been missing a great city centre spa with space and luxurious relaxation potential and now we have it with the newly opened Spa at the Shelbourne. Pre or post spa there is an inviting pool to soothe your muscles along with the sauna and steam room but for me, spa is all about the treatment.

Mine was a Pevonia facial, administered by the professional and friendly Alana who knows her stuff and is one of my favourite kinds of therapists - one who works methodically on getting your skin deeply cleansed and at the same time, allowing you enjoy the blissful relaxation time in peace and quiet!

The Pevonia Plantomer Mask facial lasts an hour, costs 125 euro and is one of the most soothing treatments you can imagine. Seaweed is combined with revitalising Propolis (which is rich in natural antibiotics) and Vitamin A. Whilst the mask does its work, you can enjoy a deep tissue neck and shoulder massage and emerge with radiant skin and loose shoulders - just lovely

Post treatment, special kudos to the Shelbourne for their very nice relaxation treat. I chose the Tropical option from their menu and expected a smoothie of some kind. Instead, I got a chilled glass of pineapple juice, delicious coconut sorbet and fresh passion fruit served so beautifully I thought I had been transported to Asia. Paper cones of figs, dates, nuts and healthy eats are also provided along with a selection of beverages and are a generous example of how 5 star Spa should be done.


The Science of Spa - 01 Dec 2012

The Science of Spa

SpaFinder spa trends revisited

As we head into budget week here in Ireland with expectations of cuts of all kinds to our health services, a recent update by our friends at SpaFinder.com caught our eye. In 2011, SpaFinder named “The Science of Spa” a top trend, forecasting a new era where more questions about the "proven, medical effectiveness of spa therapies would get asked, leading to new visibility for the growing archive of clinical evidence that exists for approaches like massage, meditation or acupuncture".

SpaEvidence.com was subsequently launched by the Global Spa Summit in mid-2011 and is the world’s first portal to the aggregated medical studies that exists for 21 common spa/wellness approaches. It gives everyone easy access to the “evidence-based medicine” databases that doctors use, so they can search thousands of studies evaluating which spa modalities are proven to work, and for which exact conditions. This represented a big step towards transparency for the spa industry, as the site returns the clinical evidence behind therapies, whether it is positive, inconclusive or negative.

For 2012, SpaFinder names a trend after this breakthrough website "because the “fact” of its appearance so neatly encapsulates a macro shift that is quickening: the continued breakdown of the once separate “silos” of traditional medicine and complementary/spa therapies. And the erosion of these silos, the “Spa Evidence” trend, will take diverse forms in the year ahead…some ongoing, some new". And so back to the start of this note, what's this got to do with the Irish budget and healthcare.

SpaFinder predicts that in 2012, "more hospitals than ever before will incorporate — and more doctors will prescribe — spa and wellness approaches, not only because more new research shows that mind-body treatments can be especially effective for chronic pain, heart disease, sleep disorders and depression/anxiety, etc., but because the sheer global costs of not focusing on prevention have passed the tipping point. (Spending on healthcare amongst OECD and BRIC nations will grow 50 percent-plus from 2010 to 2020. Consider changes underway in the prevention-challenged U.S. healthcare system: A new study reveals that the number of hospitals offering alternative/spa services has tripled since 2000 (from 14 percent of hospitals, to 42 percent today). Roughly two in three of these hospitals now provide massage, three in five offer acupuncture and music/art therapy and one in five provide reiki. Hospitals report footing the bill 44 percent of the time, and at Pritikin (one of the premier weight-loss/heart-health American spa resorts), qualified people now get their trip covered by Medicare.

We wonder when our Health service will mature enough to recognise the power of touch and the positive effects of many spa treatments.