The idea of even mentioning periods and menopause a few years ago was taboo. Now we can all talk openly about hormones and sexual health - and it's something the spa world is taking seriously. Lifehouse Spa in Essex have been running their two-night menopause break for a while now. If you want a retreat dedicated to women’s health, Portugal’s Longevity Health and Wellness Hotel have a Women’s Health Optimisation retreat which includes a gynaecological consultation and hormone therapy, as well as clinical evaluations, vitamin boosts and acupuncture sessions. Meanwhile, the New York based V-Spot Medispa aims to expand into Europe and London in 2020. As the name suggests, the spa offers intimate health treatments, from O-Shots to aid orgasm to rejuvenating FemiLifts.
But what happens on a sleep retreat, and are they good for insomnia?
The best sleep retreats offer more than a bit of yoga, meditation, massage and pillow mists, although a relaxing spa setting is certainly key. The serious retreats are run by experts who have experience with sleep issues.
Just two hours from London, this bucolic country retreat is run by hypnotherapist Fiona Lamb, Qi Gong teacher Tallulah Rendall, and Lucknam’s stable manager Dawn Cameron, who run an Equine Therapy session as part of your two-night stay. Mindful meditation and hypnotherapy sessions will help you unblock your resistances to sleep. Our Spa Spy recently tried The Sleep Retreat at Lucknam Park. You can read about it here.
If you want to get serious about sleep, head to this medical spa in the mountains. Have your sleep monitored with video-polysomography – a state-of-the-art machine that can track your eye moments, respiration, sleep cycles, leg movements and ECG – and a thorough health check, then a consultant will send you away with practical advice.
Acupuncture is the key tool in this sleep programme, with the aim of rebalancing the energy meridians, plus a hormone check-up as hormonal changes can seriously mess with your shut eye. The programme includes two acupuncture sessions, energy massages, guided walks, and personalised phytotherapy (herbal medicines). Activities to rebalance energy include Qi Gong, holistic season activity and stretching meridians.