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Summer Spa Treatments

Spa treatments to get you ready for summer

The sun is trying to shine and we are all hoping we can put our winter wardrobes away very soon. Now is the time to rejuvenate your skin after winter and prepare your skin for Spring. Now is the perfect time to refresh and revitalise both the body and face.

Calm your skin

Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Facial
55mins | £65.00

A truly soothing and calming facial suitable for irritated or inflamed skin, helping to reduce redness, nourish, soothe and restore the skin’s natural radiance. During the treatment cold stones are used to add to the benefits of the products and movements of the massage.

Refresh your skin

Thalgo Sea and Senses Hot Stones Facial
1hr 10mins | £75.00

A facial can be just as relaxing as a body massage. For ultimate relaxation, Thalgo has developed the Sea and Senses facial, based on marine hot stones and a unique massage, for re-mineralising and relaxing benefits. After a welcome massage and cleansing ritual to immerse you in an aquatic cocoon of relaxation with a spritz of Reviving Marine Mist, a seaweed mask is mixed with essential oils adapted to your skin type and applied to the skin. While the mask infuses its benefits, the therapist carries out a massage using the hot stones, starting with reflex activity on the feet. The ultra-sensorial experience of Sea & Senses allows the face to regain its natural beauty as tension melts away.

New bookings for this treatment throughout April and May will get a complimentary Thalgo skincare gift.

Relax and rejuvenate the Body

Polynesia Spa Ritual
1hr 25mins | £90.00

Experience Polynesia, the exotic sensorial spa ritual, inspired by 4 of the most beautiful islands hidden in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. This luxurious treatment begins with an azure water foot bath inspired by the crystal blue waters of the Manihi lagoon to protect and hydrate the skin. Next is the exotic island body scrub, a gentle vanilla-scented body scrub blended with pure white sand from Bora Bora, sea salt, coconut shell and algo-monoi for a thorough exfoliation of the entire body leaving the skin feeling smooth and soft. The Mahani massage incorporates a rhythmic lomi lomi massage and warm sand pouches to loosen muscles and nourish the skin. Finally Polynesian Sacred Oil from Raiatea, the sacred island, is swept over the skin, its subtle golden pearls leaving a sun kissed glow and a delicate scent of flowers and monoi.

New bookings for this treatment throughout April and May will get a complimentary Thalgo Polynesia gift set, (while stocks last)

Beat the Cellulite

Thalgo Silhouette High Precision Shaping Treatment
55mins | £68.00 | Coming Soon!!!

This high performance innovative treatment tackles cellulite and stubborn unwanted curves for amazing results! Featuring a unique Thalgo-exclusive Body Wrap which infuses pure oxygen into the deep skin cells to detoxify the skin and encourage the release and elimination of stored fats. Corrective concentrates packed with active ingredients are applied to target zones to refine and re-sculpt cellulite-prone areas and address lack of firmness. The Perfect Sculpt Massage is then carried out for 25 minutes, using techniques specifically designed to correct problems related to cellulite and deep fat deposits. The treatment finishes with the application of Intensive Correcting Cream or High Performance Firming Cream.

To book these or any of our other treatments to get you ready for the summer please call us on 01635 551188

Hannah Henley
Spa Director

Detox your skincare

Detox Your Skincare regime – Healthy Winter Skin

We have now all forgotten Christmas and with the cold and wet weather spring and summer cannot come sooner. Our skin is feeling tight and looking lack luster from the central heating or being out in the cold so where do we go from here.

Collagen

We can start from building beauty from the inside out, collagen forms a key component of the skin, hair and nails. Collagen makes up 75% of the skin which is the largest organ in the body which is significantly affected by the ageing process. It appears that women lose collagen at a faster rate than men during the ageing process.

Taking collagen orally can help rebuild the existing collagen stores in the body as well as to stimulate the body’s own production. Tiny amounts of collagen are available in foods that we can buy from the super market; however the levels of collagen required to maintain or rebuild collagen levels in the body can only be gained from taking a high grade of collagen, such as the Proto-Col capsules or Thalgo Booster Collagene youth and glow elixir.

What are the benefits of collagen?

  • May boost the natural production of collagen within the body
  • May help improve the elasticity of the skin
  • May produce noticeable signs of the skin becoming firmer with a reduction of lines and wrinkles
  • Readily absorbed by the body because it allows protein to be bio-available and water soluble
  • May aid the repair and regeneration of ligaments, tendons, joints and bones as well as improving the connective tissue of the skin
  • May help stabilise the body’s immune system and neutralise the production of abnormal molecular structures which are known to be a major cause of joint problems and stiffness.
  • Provides the raw material for cartilage to rebuild

Studies show that we lose 1.5% of our body’s store of collagen every year after the age of 25. Thus by the time we get to 40 we have lost 30% of our store. The results of this are dramatic!

Ready to detoxify

Ocea Draine
10 days to eliminate! Ocea Draine is the perfect product for anyone who wants to jump start a weight loss regime or simply detox the body. Clean out your system and restore well-being with this combination of Fucus algae and three organic plant juices (horseradish, fennel and artichoke). One phial a day for ten days, taken every morning will gently and effectively cleanse the colon, giving a feeling of lightness and renewed energy. Skin is also more radiant. 100% natural formula made with organically grown ingredients.

Recommended for anyone

  • wishing to go on a diet and slim down their figure
  • with water retention
  • wishing to flush out their body due to over eating
  • who is seeking an organic detox product and supports organic farming

Slim 7
The Thalgo Slim 7 is a delicous red-berry flavoured slimming drink that will help you to slim down your figure. A seven day programme which can be taken on its own or following the 10 days of Ocea Draine for Maximum effect. This is for anyone who wishes to slim rapidly thanks to a simple and pleasant programme. Great for anyone who has gained a few kilos and who wishes to lose them rapidly thanks to a short-term programme.

  • How it works:
    Slim 7 combines active seaweed and plants that act in synergy to help you “burn” fat more quickly, detox your system and tone up your body.
  • How to use:
    Dilute the contents of one measuring cap in a large glass of water. Your figure-refining week: The first 3 days: Two 50ml measuring caps per day. The next 4 days: One 50ml measuring cap per day.

Detox The Body

3 Algae Body Wrap
The original marine algae wrap, harnessing all the incredible benefits of seaweed. After a relaxing welcome massage to relieve tensions, the body is exfoliated before Thalgo’s patented seaweed body wrap is applied, infusing its minerals, vitamins and micro-nutrients to the body. This treatment activates circulation, increases metabolism, relieves aches and pains and improves skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Excellent for detox and general well-being.

Revitalise your skin
Sea and Senses Hot Stone Facial

A facial can be just as relaxing as a body massage. For ultimate relaxation, Thalgo has developed the Sea and Senses facial, based on marine hot stones and a unique massage, for re-mineralising and relaxing benefits. After a welcome massage and cleansing ritual to immerse you in an aquatic cocoon of relaxation with a spritz of Reviving Marine Mist, a seaweed mask is mixed with essential oils adapted to your skin type and applied to the skin. While the mask infuses its benefits, the therapist carries out a massage using the hot stones, starting with the reflex activity on the feet. The ultra-sensorial experience of Sea and Senses allows the face to regain its natural beauty, as the tension melts away.

For more treatments please click here.

Hannah Henley
Spa Director

Seasonal Treatments

Seasonal Treatments: Part 2

This is the time of year when we are rushing around preparing for Christmas and getting ready to see family and friends. We sometimes forget to take some time out to relax and get ourselves ready for the festive season. Perfect for the winter season our top treatment picks will keep you looking and feeling your best for that Christmas party or just because you deserve a treat.

Best for the aching feet after the Christmas shopping
Twinkle Toes Foot Ritual is a treatment which begins with a cleanse and exfoliation to the feet and lower leg up to the knee, followed by a light massage. To finish your toes will be treated to a file and polish ready for the festive season, topped with the diamonds dazzle or a glitter top coat.

Best for getting the skin ready for a Tan
A full body exfoliation with the Vita Liberata to remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin leaving it feeling soft and allowing the tan to be applied evenly.

Best for dry winter skin
Try the Winter Rescue Facial. A truly soothing and calming facial suitable for irritated or inflamed skin, helping to reduce redness, nourish, soothe and restore the skin’s natural radiance.

For Christmas Nails and Make-up
For the nails this winter season the traditional reds, silvers and gold will be very popular, yet bold purples, blues and greens are great to give a warm feel. Glitters are back in force and work well on all nails or just the ring fingers for a more dramatic look, glitters and gems combined also work well on bold colours or even with French tips.

With the Gatsby theme being very in this Christmas make up trends tend to be swaying to the smokey eye and the hot lips look. For those of you that want a dramatic look for the eyes but do not like mascara, try tinting the eyelashes or getting eye lash extensions.

An extra treat after Christmas – Twixmas Spa Break
Recharge your batteries with a mini break after Christmas. Stay with us and enjoy a 3 course dinner in our award winning restaurant, a 25 minute spa treatment and a full English breakfast.

Call us on 01635 551199 to book. or visit our site

Seasonal Treatments

Seasonal Treatments

Perfect for the winter season our top treatment picks will keep you looking and feeling your best right through until spring and beyond.

Best for Detoxing
The Thalgo 3 Algae Wrap is a fantastic way to start the new year detox. A relaxing massage initially relieves tension, the body is then exfoliated before Thalgo’s patented seaweed body wrap is applied. This treatment activates circulation, increases metabolism, relieves aches and pains and improves skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Best for before the party
Our Polenesia treatment combines an azure water foot bath, a vanilla scented body scrub, and a lomi lomi massage using warm sand pouches to loosen muscles and nourish skin. This is topped off with the polynesian sacred oil which leaves a sun kissed glow and delicate floral scent.

Best for your immune system
Boost your immune system or help yourself recover from cold and flu with The Immune Recovery Treatment. This upper body treatment is cleansing, clearing and decongesting and helps clear the mind and support the immune system.

To book call us on 01635 551188 or click here to find out more. 

Winter Skincare

As the weather has started to turn we through it would be a good idea to revisit a blog from Spa Director Hannah Henley with tips on how to keep your skin in tip top condition in the colder weather.

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Keep your Skin in Tip Top Shape

With the colder weather drawing in, it’s that time of year again to be thinking about how to try and avoid the inevitable winter skin blues.

Here are my top tips:

• If you use a cleansing wash or even cleansing wipes try and swap to a cleansing milk for the autumn and winter months to avoid stripping the skin

• When possible, use a moisturising face mask once or twice a week to top up the moisture levels in your skin

• Keep your legs scale free and smooth throughout the harsh autumn and winter by using a good exfoliator on a weekly basis, and then apply a body moisturiser daily or even a body butter to nourish the driest of skins

• Keep yourself hydrated. Keep up your fluids and look after yourself from the inside

• Start the day with a hot shower, but before you get out switch to cold water for about fifteen seconds. Then turn up the heat a little, and down again to repeat the process for about two minutes. I hear you say, why would I do a thing like that?

This is a simple hydrotherapy technique which revitalises the skin by stimulating the flow of blood through the body. It is both invigorating and highly beneficial to the skin. So even though you may not really enjoy the process, just think of the all the good it’s doing you!

• Use a facial moisturiser with an SPF as this will provide protection from all the elements

• Drink a glass of hot water with lemon. This Chinese herbal remedy is a sure-fire method of energising your body and will de-tox your entire system. This means that your body will be able to clean the blood faster to get rid of toxins responsible for bad skin

• Simply sleep! Money cannot buy the benefits of a good night’s rest. Your oxygen levels will drop if you don’t get enough sleep, meaning that your cells will not be renewed as quickly. This is when degenerative skin aging sets in. Try to get seven, if not eight or nine hours of rest a night to achieve absolutely painless benefits. It’s ideal!

Why not also pop down to the spa for a treatment and a bit of pampering?

Please visit our website for details of all the treatments available: http://www.donningtonvalley.co.uk/spa_signature.asp

Hannah Henley

Spa Director

Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa

Thalgo and Aromatherapy Associates

Thalgo and Aromatherapy Associates at Donnington Valley Spa

Over the past 2 years, Rachel Cattermoule, senior therapist and myself have taken it on ourselves to investigate the product industry for spas. A tough job, I hear you say. Well at some times it was certainly a challenge. We were on the hunt for product houses that gave our customers the wow factor, both in the relaxation and results.

After much searching we have selected two new product houses, which have just been launched and we are looking forward to hearing your feedback on these wonderful new treatments.

Aromatherapy Associates was launched in the early part of this year, a British company that are dedicated to sharing the positive benefits of essential oils as widely as possible. They take care of all aspects of physical and emotional wellbeing. Each of the mind and body products is expertly blended to target and treat every-day stress related symptoms, for results you can see and feel. Just showering with one of their fantastic oils leaves you feeling eased and wishing you found their products years ago!

With treatment names such as The Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience or Intense Muscle Release, you know you are both going to feel completely pampered and have all your stresses and strains eased away.

Our second product range, launched on 1st August is Thalgo. Created 48 years ago, Thalgo have worked to become the premier name in marine beauty. Harnessing the properties of the ocean and algae to create products that offer remarkable therapeutic and cosmetological action. We wanted to introduce a range of products and treatments that gave our clients the results they want as well as the completely pampered feeling.

With a selection of Rituals available taking you on a journey of ultimate relaxation there are pampering treatments for everyone. The Indoceane Ritual is an intoxificating spa ritual with a Mediterranean body exfoliation followed by an Ayervedic inspired massage using warmed oils and an ancient Indian technique. There is also a selection of facials for those concerned with the ageing process. The Silicium Firming and Lifting Facial, dares to defy time. A super lift facial designed to combat all the signs of ageing at 40+ after just one treatment you will already look 5 years younger.

The Thalgo range of products is vast offering body, face, sun, men, organic and nutrition.

Browse the full range of treatments on our website.

To book your treatment please call us on 01635 551188.

Myself and the team look forward to welcoming you.

Hannah Henley
Spa Director

* average results for people given the treatment.

Pampering for two!

Pampering for 2!

Real aromatherapy massage combines the power of pure essentials with a specialized massage drawn from the traditions of both East and West, concentrating on the back, scalp, face, neck, shoulders and feet. The Aromatherapy Associates Body Massage is the real, traditional aromatherapy experience using carefully applied pressures to target the nervous system easing away the day’s stresses and strains and bringing body and mind back into balance. In addition, Swedish and neuromuscular techniques support healthy circulation and soothe aches and pains in muscles and joints after exercise while drainage movements encourage effective elimination. Essential oils are absorbed through the skin, working at a physical level, while the aromatic effects of each blend balance the mind and emotions through the sense of smell. The client with the help of the therapist will choose an essential oil massage blend from twelve unique Aromatherapy associates formulations specially developed to meet the needs of both women and men.

Throughout March we are offering:

The Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience for 2 in our double treatment room.
This treatment is 1hour 20 minutes of deep relaxation to help rebalance and recharge the system dissolving your stresses and strains away. This treatment is carried out on the Hydrotherm, cushions filled with warm water are situated on the treatment couch, offering the body support and taking the weight off the body. These cushions add extra relaxation to the treatment. Normally £95.00 per person we have a special offer allowing you to treat yourself for the special price of £70.00 per person.

This offer is subject to availability Monday to Friday and not available with any other discounts.

The Espa Re-Hydrator Facial
Is an intensive and regenerating facial for dehydrated skin leaving it supple and nourished. Gentle cleansing and exfoliation help the skin absorb replenishing face treatment oils and masks to deeply moisturise and soothe the complexion. This rehydrating facial leaves the skin smooth and feeling rejuvenated.

Book an ESPA 55minute facial for you and your Mum in March in our double treatment room for the special price of £55.00 each and get an ESPA skin care collection for your Mum for Free*

Please call the Spa Reception on 01635 551188 to book.

* Terms and conditions apply. Offer is subject to availability and available while stocks last. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other member discount or offer. Donnington Valley Spa reserves the right to alter this promotion at any time without prior notice. RRP of Lift and Firm gift is £55.00 and Age Defying gift is £50.00

Winter Sun

Tanning for the New Year

As the New Year begins and we start to feel the cold weather and notice our skins are losing any tan we had left over from the summer. There is no excuse to be tan free for the winter months as The Vita Liberata Tan is an easy answer yet offers lots of alternatives. You can take the easy option and pop to the Spa to get a tan and let one of the therapists do the Spray Tan for you.

  • In the Salon the Spray Tan is available in 3 shades and the therapist will discuss with you how you want your tan to look. Vita Liberata was the tanning range used in this years X Factor so is popular with the celebs and has been featured in the press recently.

The products deliver beautiful, naturally bronzed skin without the smell, streaks, sticky sensation and snakeskin fade often associated with products in this category. The products are 80% organic and enriched with moisture – lock complex Pentavitin. Ingredients include Melon, Grape and Silk Proteins The Vita Liberata Spray Tan is odourless and dries on contact. 80% organic and toxin free, to give the client and therapist comfort that this is the safest and kindest possible product of its kind on the market. The immediate result is very natural.

Before treatment advice:

  • Skin should be free from self tan, perfume, deodorant and aromatherapy oils.
  • Waxing or shaving should be completed at least 24 hours prior to the treatment or applying tan at home. 
  • The evening or morning before your treatment or applying your tan, exfoliate your entire body, pay special attention to dry areas of your body such as hands, elbows, knees and feet. 
  • It may be best to wear dark, loose fitting clothing with dark coloured underwear after applying the tan or having a treatment. 

When scheduling your tanning treatment:
Please be advised of the following;

  • Do not shower or bathe for a minimum of 6-8 hours after your treatment. 
  • Do not participate in any activity which may cause perspiration for at least 12 hours after the treatment. 
  • The guide colour can be left on for up to 24 hours. 
  • When showering the guide colour off, shower without product and allow the water to run completely clear. 

Keep your tan looking gorgeous for longer:

Moisturise the skin with Moisture Boost Body treatment or Skin Plumping Peptide Mist. After showering pat the skin dry rather than rubbing. Avoid swimming as chlorine can bleach the tan.

There are tinted products which make applying self tan a lot easier, untinted (which saves any tan going on your clothes) or the Phenomenal Range, which means more than one application but the tan lasts 2-3 weeks. For the person that doesn’t want a heavy tan or has not tanned before gradual tanning products are fantastic, they are a moisturiser with a hint of tan, so you can apply it daily until you achieve the colour you want. For the last minute events you can use a wash off tan, instant colour and washes off when you get home.

For any advice contact Donnington Valley Spa who will be pleased to help.

Winter Skincare Tips

Keep your Skin in Tip Top Shape

With the colder weather drawing in, it’s that time of year again to be thinking about how to try and avoid the inevitable winter skin blues.

Here are my top tips:

• If you use a cleansing wash or even cleansing wipes try and swap to a cleansing milk for the autumn and winter months to avoid stripping the skin

• When possible, use a moisturising face mask once or twice a week to top up the moisture levels in your skin

• Keep your legs scale free and smooth throughout the harsh autumn and winter by using a good exfoliator on a weekly basis, and then apply a body moisturiser daily or even a body butter to nourish the driest of skins

• Keep yourself hydrated. Keep up your fluids and look after yourself from the inside

• Start the day with a hot shower, but before you get out switch to cold water for about fifteen seconds. Then turn up the heat a little, and down again to repeat the process for about two minutes. I hear you say, why would I do a thing like that?

This is a simple hydrotherapy technique which revitalises the skin by stimulating the flow of blood through the body. It is both invigorating and highly beneficial to the skin. So even though you may not really enjoy the process, just think of the all the good it’s doing you!

• Use a facial moisturiser with an SPF as this will provide protection from all the elements

• Drink a glass of hot water with lemon. This Chinese herbal remedy is a sure-fire method of energising your body and will de-tox your entire system. This means that your body will be able to clean the blood faster to get rid of toxins responsible for bad skin

• Simply sleep! Money cannot buy the benefits of a good night’s rest. Your oxygen levels will drop if you don’t get enough sleep, meaning that your cells will not be renewed as quickly. This is when degenerative skin aging sets in. Try to get seven, if not eight or nine hours of rest a night to achieve absolutely painless benefits. It’s ideal!

Why not also pop down to the spa for a treatment and a bit of pampering?

Please visit our website for details of all the treatments available: http://www.donningtonvalley.co.uk/spa_signature.asp

Hannah Henley

Spa Director

Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa

Beauty Tips for the End of Summer

This year, we have been graced with another one of those summers, where if you blinked, you may have missed it. Hopefully some of you are looking for those post-summer holiday tips, so here are a few that will certainly help.

Painted Nails – One of our Favorite Accessories
Witchy Wisteria, Dased Dahlia and Hotter than Hibiscus by Jessica Cosmetics are fantastic nail colours from this season to help you to keep the feeling of summer going for a little longer.

If you struggle to keep your nail varnish in one piece, geleration is a fantastic option. GELeration from Jessica is the next generation of soak-off gel nail systems. Created with the health of natural nails in mind, this evolution in technology protects nails, offering weak, bitten or problem nails the opportunity to grow. They make for perfect nails for 2-3 weeks with long-lasting high gloss shine, giving a durable yet flexible non-chip finish which is instantly dry. For more information, visit http://www.donningtonvalley.co.uk/spa_handsfeet.asp.

Relieving Your Muscles – the Right Way
Most of us got into the Olympic spirit in some way or another – some have tried a new sport, some have set new fitness goals and others have found that watching sport on TV is just as addictive and enjoyable. Therefore, take some time out and give your body some me time and pamper yourself with the Espa Fitness Bath Oil, a warming sore muscle bath oil to ease aches and pains. A powerfully soothing essential oil bath blend to ease tired muscles and aching joints before and after exercise. Restorative Indian Bay and clove bud oils deeply warm and relax the body to relieve muscles, aches and pains. Lavender helps ease the mind, while sweet almond oil deeply nourishes for softer, supple skin.

ESPA is a line of products ranging from mud therapy to skin moisturisers both available to purchase or in form of treatments at the spa. An unusual combination of aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, thalassotherapy and phytotherapy create a philosophy focused on enhancing an individual’s lifestyle in a way that is both holistic and versatile. Visithttp://www.donningtonvalley.co.uk/spa_espa.asp for the full list of treatments and products offered.

Keeping Some Sun All Year Round
If you are feeling like the summer sun has not given you that glow you need, try topping up your tan with a self tan. If you are a confident home tanner, then a self tan milk or cream is perfect. Alternatively there are tanning sprays on the market which make the application a lot quicker and easier, if the colour is the concern and you do not want to go too dark, try a gradual tanning product. It allows you to top it up when you want. If attempting to tan yourself is still giving you doubt, then book a Spray Tan at our spa:http://www.donningtonvalley.co.uk/spa_selftan.asp.