Forget about your quintessential spas; the British spa scene raises the bar so high that it has gained traction across the globe. The allure of British spa lies in the fact that they offer havens of tranquillity, holistic skin care, and whole-body treatments to revive your mind, body, and spirit.

Without further dilly-dallying, here are top British spas that’ll knock your socks off.

Champneys

The British spa brand Champneys dates back to 1930s. The luxury health resort-style spa boasts a broad range of treatments and goodies that will leave your body rejuvenated and reinvigorated – indeed the ultimate spa experience in the UK. Enjoy a full-day pampering at one of their ten spots in the country.

Chuan Spa

This British spa at the fabulous Langham Hotel in London provides spa treatments with traditional Chinese medicine roots. You’ll love their massages and facials. As if that isn’t fantastic enough, you can make a splash in their large swimming pool or just kick back and relax in their sauna or herbal steam rooms.

Ragsdale Hall

Who said British spa treatments are expensive? Ragsdale Hall in Leicestershire offers top-notch and affordable wellness treatments done by highly knowledgeable and friendly Messieurs. Besides, the food scene is amazing, and the amenities are dazzling.

Celtic Manor

Newport’s best British spa, Celtic Manor provides a tranquil spa with unsurpassed treatments, including the Elemis Herbal Steam Temple.

Dorchester Hotel Spa

If you are looking for a high-end British spa, then Dorchester Hotel Spa in London will certainly tickle your fancy. Take sound-proof spa rooms then add old glamour and cutting edge treatments by pros – and that’s the magical allure of this British spa.

AWAY Spa

AWAY Spa allows you to escape from London’s hustle and bustle. This West London jewel is dedicated to all things decadent and glamorous. Don’t get me wrong; the spa treatments are the real deal.

Gleneagles

This award-winning British spa hotel is tucked away in a hot Perthshire location. The spa itself brings together exotic treatments, traditional facials, and sizzling massages that’ll make you go Woah. The tranquil location makes Gleneagles an ideal place to spend a night.

Bulgari Spa

Located right in the heart of bustling central London, Bulgari Spa is an onyx and glass haven that is worth its salt. It blends a variety of treatments offered in 11 fabulous rooms, a thermal bath, 25-metre pool, and an ice fountain.

Massage uses physical contact to heal, revive and relax the body. The physical contact can be done by warming, rolling, kneading, pressing and stroking the skin and the muscles underneath. The aim of having a massage is to soothe and relax the muscles as well as improve the working of the nerves for better response and coordination.

A massage works by:

  • Relaxing and refreshing knotted and tired muscles
  • Improving circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid to distribute oxygen, immune cells and nutrients in the body’s organs
  • Stimulating production of hormones like endorphins as a reaction to the stimulation.

There are different types of massages offered in deferent British Spas

  • Thai massage

This kind of massage is done using stimulation of the body’s pressure points, stretching and compression of muscles in a rhythmic motion. The masseuse uses her feet, hands, forearms and elbows to do the massage. Unlike western massage which is done directly on the skin, Thai massage is done while the client is clothed.

  • Indian head massage

This massage applies acupressure on the face, neck, head and shoulders. It aims at stimulating the seven chakras (paths of energy) in the body.  The masseuse uses different deep massage techniques to work on these body parts with an aim to improve circulation of blood, oxygen and lymph fluid to the upper body.

  • Lomi Lomi massage

This massage originates in Hawaii. It is also known as the ‘loving hands massage.’ The masseuse uses continuous flowing strokes using nut oils as lubrication. It is unique in that it involves prayers, chanting, breathing and dancing all done to soothe the body and improve energy levels.

  • Sports or muscular massage

This massage focuses on specific muscles depending on the sport that an athlete is involved in. this kind of massage targets the deeper skeletal muscles. This massage is used to remedy sports injuries assisting faster healing and better performance in athletes.

  • Hot stone massage

This kind of massage uses cold and heat stones to improve detoxification and healing processes. The masseuse uses alternate cold and hot stones that are coated with fragrant oils. The masseuse also applies hand strokes to work deeply on the tissues.

  • Shiatsu massage

This Japanese massage combines western and eastern massage techniques. It translates into ‘finger pressure.’ The masseuse uses fingers as well as feet, elbows and knees to apply the pressure.

  • Swedish massage

This is the classic western massage. The masseuse uses a variety of techniques including kneading, pounding, stroking, tapping, gliding, and rubbing. This kind of massage is often used to relax the whole body.