Spa breaks – start the way you mean to go on
Traditionally – according to the popular children’s nursery rhyme – “January brings the snow”. However, nowadays, the first month of the Gregorian calendar is also characterised by a strong demand for detox products and services, as avid Christmas partygoers seek to ease their beleaguered bodies into the New Year on a healthier note.
Originally, the term “detox” was defined as “cleansing the body of poisons or toxins that may have accumulated through addictive habits”.
In modern holistic spa-speak, however, a detox tends to have far less to do with addiction and far more to do with mitigating the effects of a glut of excessive feasting and drinking.
21st century detoxes are most likely to involve flushing out the myriad of harmful toxins built up over Christmas or during that highpoint of hedonism, the annual summer holiday.
Our bodies generally boast a top detoxification team comprising kidneys, liver, colon, lungs, lymph and skin, all pulling together to eliminate harmful substances naturally. However, in those of us whose diet is high in sugar, fat and caffeine – not to mention alcohol – the natural detoxification process can falter. And understandably so.
But does the modern-day health detox really work, or is it simply a myth cynically perpetuated by a profit-hungry health industry keen to part us from our hard-earned cash? Unsurprisingly, that depends on what you understand by “really work”.
For example, if you’re expecting detox spa breaks to provide a “quick-fix” measure that will simply magic away – overnight – the consequences of a prolonged period of excessive eating and drinking, you could be in for a disappointment.
However, if your expectations of a detox ‘purge’ are more realistic and you view it simply as the start of a new holistic regime, you’re already on the right track.
So what treatments might you be likely to experience as part of a detox spa break? Well, at any self-respecting health spa, you are sure to be spoilt for choice.
Current leading lights in the detox treatment line-up include Elemis Body Sculpting Cellulite and Colon Therapy or Decleor Perfect Slim Effect, plus a series of restorative wraps such as Elemis Aroma Spa Ocean, Wrap, Li’Tya Remineralising Wrap, Li’Tya Sapphire Sea Wrap and the Decleor Anti Ageing Infusion Wrap.
Wellness is, without doubt, firmly in the ascendant in both the UK and the US, as we become increasingly aware of the importance to our long-term health of treating our bodies with a respect that seemed to be fundamentally lacking during the excessively indulgent 70s and 80s.
Yet detox is not just all about treatments – the UK’s best spas take care to provide guests with information about making sensible food choices and ways of reducing stress, imparting essential knowledge to help you achieve a better dietary and exercise balance in your everyday life. For therein lies the secret of long-term detox success.