Trends: Pagan Rituals, Tech Necks and Ladies who Brunch


Spas go Pagan: Spring Renewal

Forget Easter and Mother’s Day and all the olden capitalist festivals of yore. Spas are going back to our pagan past, tapping into circadian rhythms and celebrating season changes. Spring Renewal packages are all the rage. The Coniston Spa, with its beautiful setting in the Yorkshire Dales, has a Spring Awakening Spa Break, including a 60-minute treatment, spring smoothie and overnight stay. Rudding Park have a shepherd’s hut in a Woodland Glade: enjoy a massage to the sound of birdsong – real-not-piped. SenSpa in the New Forest has a Sen Vitalising massage that tops the list of their Spring rejuvenating treatments.

The Neck Never Lies

As Nora Ephron observed in her amusing collection of essays, I Feel Bad About My Neck; you can de-age your face with all kinds of tricks, but not your neck. With ‘turkey neck’, Venus rings, double chins, and a creased décolletage, women of a certain age often resort to wearing turtlenecks or cravats.

The neck has thinner skin, less collagen and finer muscles than the face. Plus, today, our necks are often unflatteringly bent over our mobile phones and computers: tech necks are accelerating sagging and wrinkles.

Natura Bissé have launched a new treatment and product range to address these issues. Inhibit V-Neck A La Carte is a bespoke spa treatment aimed at reharmonizing the neck-face balance, using a V-neck definition system that combines LED light with micro-vibrations, infrared rays and galvanic electrotherapy. The Inhibit Tensolift Neck Serum (£294, 60ml) and Neck Mask (£22 per mask) can be used at home.

Ladies who Brunch

Knowledge is power, and spas are finding new ways to empower their guests. Weavers' House Spa in Lavenham, Suffolk are hosting a Ladies’ Who Brunch event on March 19th (£20), part of their series of wellbeing salons for 2020 on the third Thursday of every month. With hypnotherapist and founder of Beautiful Thinking, Lizzie Falconer, the focus will be on how to be kind to the mind. On April 16th the guest will be pro-age warrior Grace Fodor.

Spa Plus Creativity

Spas are literally getting creative with their offerings. An important part of self-care is nourishing our creativity, and Bank House's Malvern View Spa in Worcestershire has found a clever way to combine this with spa. They've teamed up with local artists from The Fold who run workshops and studios where you can indulge and learn new skills, such as dress and jewellery-making. Packages are totally bespoke, so you can organise a hen party, family gathering or something just for you.

To find out more and book a Creative Day or Retreat at the Bank House Hotel and The Fold, visit bankhouseworcester.com/creative. Alternatively, you can call 01886 833551 or email [email protected].

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