We offer a full menu of therapeutic & rejuvenating face & body treatments, as well as a choice of holistic therapies & some very special massages…

At each retreat our team of 5 very well qualified & experienced spa & holistic therapists offer a fabulous selection of beauty, anti-aging and detox treatments, holistic therapies and relaxing and invigorating massages to ensure each guest has the opportunity to truly enhance their wellbeing …

If you wish to choose a treatment to aid your bodies natural detoxification processes then please see the treatments & therapies marked with three stars ***

Manual massage:

***Sports Massage / Deep Tissue Massage – “manual massage” – 1 hour

Using traditional massage techniques to help release stressed tight areas in the body at a deep level. Releasing tension in the muscles allows the body to heal, increase flexibility, prevent injury, flush out toxins and increase blood flow and lymph throughout the entire body to aid the body’s healing. Sports massage is very effective in treating many conditions such as back pain, tendonitis or even headaches, although perhaps the most frequent problem seen is muscle tension from stress – deep tissue massage brings great relief to specific areas of pain and tension.

***Chavutti Thirumal Massage – 80-90 minutes

Chavutti Thirumal is an Indian massage therapy thousands of years old. Chavutti originated alongside traditional Indian martial arts, dancing and yoga and was developed to maintain and improve suppleness, to treat the pain and swelling caused by combat. Chavutti is equally suitable for those not involved in sport as it is an incredibly relaxing treatment in which the energy lines of the body are deeply massaged with long sweeping strokes leaving you feeling uplifted, energized and free of muscular tightness and pain. This treatment is also the perfect complement to our detox diet as it helps to flush the system of toxins, and profoundly relieves any aches & pains caused by the increase in your daily activity/exercise levels. Chavutti Thirumal is often described as ‘the Rolls Royce of massage’ for many very good reasons. Given primarily with the feet, therefore allowing long deep strokes from the fingertips to the heels, Chavutti is a deep, energising, detoxifying and incredibly unique massage treatment the like of which you will find hard to match throughout the world. You will feel huge benefits after just one session and several treatments can offer a real physical and energetic transformation.

Alleviate muscular pain, spasm, stiffness in joints and any restricted movement that may arise from too much or too little exercise
Relieve deep-seated tension that people have learned to live with
Improve energy flow, clear troublesome emotions and psychological blocks
Improve circulation and the skin´s appearance, alleviate fluid retention and assist in the breakdown of cellulite, assist and speed up detoxification
Improve suppleness, flexibility, bad posture and mental stress
Improve body image and encourage a sense of acceptance of your body
Deepen the breathing pattern, relieve asthma
Balance and connect the mental, energetic and physical aspects of the body.
***Aromatherapy Massage – “manual massage” 1 hour

Aromatherapy full body massage uses organic aromatherapy oils – 1 hour

If you’re feeling stressed, sore and overtired, and in need of a massage … but you’re not quite in the mood for a sports or deep tissue massage an aromatherapy massage could be just perfect for you…The purpose of an aromatherapy massage is not only to physically work out all the kinks and sore spots in your body, but to use the restorative properties of essential oils to relax and heal your body and mind. Essential oils are 100 percent natural, highly concentrated plant essences. There are more than 3,000 essential oils out there, each with it’s own therapeutic qualities. The oils are often used to treat the following conditions:Pain, muscle spasms, stiffness, depression, insomnia, asthma, congestion, hypertension, stress, inflammation, insomnia, lack of energy, depression.

***Massages which combine both manual & oscillation therapy.

This therapy can be used to treat so many conditions either on its own or in conjunction with other treatments to gain maximum benefits.

BODY MASSAGE (to include oscillation therapy to specific areas if in need of extra attention!) 1 hr

You chose the oil depending on the desired effects and which area/s of the body that are most in need of a little special attention! It may be a relaxing full body massage, muscle relieving back neck and shoulders, detoxifying legs, or perhaps revitalizing face and feet… please feel free to discuss your personal requirements with your therapist.

Oils:

Deep peace – Aromatic blend of soothing lavender, rose geranium, sandalwood & marjoram promoting deep relaxation whilst enriching the skin with essential nutrients.

Indulgence – This exotic infusion of neroli, patchouli, ylang ylang & bergamot is a sensual indulgence for mind body & spirit. Helps to restore natural moisture balance & promote healthy glowing skin, whilst enveloping the body in an exotic aroma of precious essential oils.

Muscle ease – a warming blend of organic sandalwood, frankincense, geranium & black pepper especially soothing for sore muscles & aching joints.

Revitalise – Wake up your body & stimulate your skin with an invigorating infusion of lemongrass & mandarin. Helps tone & enhance the texture of your skin & smells delicious too!

Detox – Release those toxins, excess fluid & boost your immune system with the help of marjoram, frankincense & geranium.

TOTAL BODY CARE 1hr

Revive & delight the senses with a body scrub, which buffs and brightens the skin. A light massage follows with a blend of invigorating lemongrass and mandarin body oil to restore the skins natural elasticity leaving the skin toned, hydrated & irresistibly smooth & silky.

ANTI – CELLULITE treatment for the hips, thighs, bottom (stomach) 1hr 15 minutes €

The deep oscillating therapy is applied to start the detoxing process, then these problematic areas are treated to a scrub of Organic cane sugar & Himalayan salt crystals. These penetrate deep into the skin removing any dead cells or impurities clogging pores & stimulating the tissues below. This is then followed by an invigorating massage of blended oils including juniper and fennel especially to combat cellulite and improve the circulation.

DEEP ABDOMINAL MASSAGE 1hr

This non-invasive massage will stimulate and help improve the function of the colon, & it’s ideal for :

Anxiety related gastro intestinal problems helping to relieve the symptoms of IBS & nervous tummy.

Helps relieve trapped matter (constipation) & Gas (bloating)

Improves digestive health

Improves breathing which leads to better relaxation

Improves detoxification of the body

The treatment starts with using oscillation therapy, followed by a massage with aromatherapy oils to aid digestion.

Then is completed with a foot massage to stimulate the digestion via the reflexology points.

MUSCLE EASE 1 hour

Great to help those aching muscles recover quicker and feel better after exercise. Deep oscillation therapy is applied first, followed by a deep massage with muscle ease oil.

***LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE including oscillation therapy 1hr.

This is a very relaxing massage working at a gentle rhythm; it offers a range of health-benefits from a decrease in facial puffiness, a boost in immune function to a smoothing of cellulite and a soothing of muscle soreness. The lymph system has a tendency to become sluggish or even blocked by causes like spending too much time on the couch or eating unhealthy processed foods. Lymphatic drainage is credited with preventing swelling and

bruising, healing acne and wrinkles, relieving fatigue and sports injuries, and generally enhancing the immune system.

Lymphatic-drainage massage is considered a staple practice for reducing swelling, relieving fatigue, or helping the body to detox, which is why it’s a great spa fasting treatment. It can also offer some relief for fluid retention brought on by travel, menstruation, or pregnancy.

***Reflexology 1 hour

Reflexology is considered a clinical therapy, which deals with the principle that there are reflex areas on the hands and feet, which correspond to all glands, organs and parts of the body. It is a non-invasive treatment; there are no needles, no drugs or side effects. During the treatment, specific areas of the feet can be tender; this may indicate congestion in that particular part of the body, which means there is a diminished nerve and blood supply. Reflexology can assist these congested areas by improving the circulation and providing the necessary resources for that part of the body to function at a more optimal level.

In a typical session, all areas of the feet will be covered to detect the congested areas. Reflexology is very useful in discovering the root cause of a symptom because typically the most congested area is the area that needs the most attention. Although we may think that the symptom is where the problem is located, more often than not, the actual location of the root cause is a lot further away.

Reflexology has been used as far back as Ancient Egypt in 2330 BC. There are hieroglyphics in the physician’s tomb of Ankhmahor that depict therapists working on the hands and feet of their patient. Ancient civilizations have always considered the feet to be sacred. In fact, the Ancient Egyptians considered the feet to be the portals of which the soul entered and departed the body; this is why they removed the soles of the feet in the process of mummification. In Japan you may often see the Buddha with the feet turned upwards with sacred symbols imprinted on the soles.

Reflexology can help with a whole spectrum of dis-eases or ailments; the list below shows some examples:

Depression, anxiety, stress

Pain reduction (including post operative)

Infertility

Chronic and acute aches and pains

Digestive disorders

Nervous disorders

Circulatory disorders

Chronic illnesses, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancer etc etc

Hormonal imbalances

Migraines, headaches

Obesity and water retention

Even after just one session of reflexology, the client will feel a sense of well being, less symptoms of the previous problems and very light and flexible feet…

The therapy involves the application of pressure to specific points, known as reflexes, on the feet and hands to encourage the body to heal from within. The therapy is based on the principle that the feet and hands contain ‘mini-maps’ of the whole body and that by applying pressure using the fingers or thumbs a reflexologist can have a positive effect on the corresponding parts of the body. Reflexology is a holistic therapy which treats the person as a whole not just their symptoms. Holistic therapies take the emotional and spiritual being into account as well as the physical. Most people tend to associate the feet with reflexology, however reflexology also works on the hands. Hand reflexology is often used as a self-help tool. One thing is clear, reflexology is so much more than a simple foot rub or hand massage, it is a Powerful therapy, which has been shown to have a very positive effect on health and wellbeing. When a part of the body is not working at its best, a sensitive area will be found in the corresponding part of the foot or hand when pressure is applied to it. By working over sensitive reflexes through a number of reflexology treatments the tenderness will usually reduce as the body begins to function properly again as it reaches homeostasis.

How reflexology helps with detoxification:

Reflexology is an excellent aid to assisting the body to detox and to increase circulation to areas of the body that are congested, thus improving the overall ability of all organs and glands in their performance.

If the intention in a session is to improve detoxification, then parts of the feet that help with that process can be focused on. For example, the main areas of detoxification in the body are:

1.The liver: which has over 500 functions and helps to detoxify many toxic substances.

The lymphatic/immune system: Lymph carries away waste material so that you have cleaner blood. If you have blood that is not loaded with toxic waste then your body will run with better efficiency, a bit like changing the oil in your car!
Intestines and colon (system of elimination): In an ideal world ingested food should not be in our bodies any more that 20 hours, otherwise it can become toxic and proper nutrient and mineral absorption becomes less than optimal. By stimulating the bowels, we encourage the stimulus for correct movement.

Reiki – 1 hour

Reiki means “Universal Life Energy” and is an ancient Japanese art, which promotes healing and balancing of the energy level chakras, it cleans energy blockages, detoxifies the system and increases the body’s vibrational frequency. As the practitioner’s hands are placed on specific areas of your body, a sensation of glowing warmth and profound relaxation is experienced leaving you with a deep sense of wellbeing.

*** Acupuncture (we strongly advise pre-booking this appointment to avoid disappointment)

Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine & works by strategically redirecting & balancing the flow of energy or life force – qi or chi (CHEE) – in the body to restore balance. When the body is balanced, it functions efficiently and has the resources to protect and purge many internally and externally sourced toxins. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that chi flows through pathways (meridians) in your body. Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points along these meridians. Practitioners believe that your energy flow will be re-balance.

How acupuncture aids detoxification?

Improves circulation, allowing for blood to circulate through the organs of detoxification (kidneys, liver, lungs, GI tract) more efficiently. Regulates oxidative stress and reduce inflammation both of which can negatively affect liver function, resulting in less efficient detoxification, strengthens digestive function. The digestive system is responsible for separating nutrients from waste in the foods that we eat. When healthy and functioning properly, the small intestine blocks many toxins from ever exiting the digestive tract. Treat insomnia & improve sleep. Periods of rest are integral to healthy liver function. Insomnia can be very damaging to the detoxifying functions of the body. Reduces feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. Poor emotional health and stress impede the flow of qi to the Liver system and negatively affect its ability to detoxify. Acupuncture has been shown to relieve stress and helps to restore healthy brain chemistry such as the improving production of endorphins and serotonin. Strengthens the effects of other treatments. By improving qi circulation in the body, acupuncture can increase the efficacy of many diet, supplement and herbal treatments. Seeing as we live in a world rife with many environmental toxins the body is not naturally prepared to deal with, combining acupuncture treatment with a detoxification protocol recommended by your health practitioner is often the best answer.

Acupuncture is also used to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, for example: Fibromyalgia, headaches including migraine, low back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis & menstrual cramps.

Spa face & Body Treatments:

Nails:

Natural manicure –

Revive & refresh your hands, the treatment includes nail shaping, cuticle work & a fabulous hand & arm massage.

Natural pedicure –

Energise those tired feet, the treatment includes exfoliation, hard skin removal, nail shaping & a relaxing foot & leg massage.

Specialist facials:

Thalgo Oxygen cooling anti-pollution facial – 1 hour

Protect your skin against pollution, which suffocates and dulls the skin, and free radicals, which damage the skin and accelerate ageing. Thalgo’s revolutionary anti-pollution complex combats the free radicals most harmful to the skin and creates a shield to help skin breathe and recover its radiance. After an energizing cleansing ritual, the skin is detoxified with Depolluting Foam. The refreshing cool mask repairs and reinforces the skin’s barrier function. An oxygenating serum is applied with a relaxing massage. Finally, antioxidant, anti-pollution and anti-UV Oxygen 3-Defence Fluid SPF15 is applied to protect the skin, leaving you refreshed and ready to face the world again. Ideal for city girls, this facial is the perfect ‘pick me up’ for tired, stressed skin.

Thalgo Hydro source Facial – 1 hour

A combination of Sève Marine Extracts and a marine polysaccharide mask, this professional treatment corrects the hydration levels of dehydrated skin and deeply replenishes, leaving your skin soft and silky. Includes gentle but deep cleanse, exfoliation, hydration serum and mask, hand, foot or head massage, reviving facial massage.

Thalgo Cold Marine facial for sensitive skin – 1 hour

A true haven of peace for sensitive skins, this treatment combines unctuous soothing milk with a refreshing, ultra-gentle clay mask for an immediate fresh and decongesting effect. The skin’s comfort is restored, its complexion fresh and radiant. Includes extra gentle cleanse and exfoliate, soothing facial massage, cooling clay mask and hand foot or head massage.

Thalgo Anti age facial – 1 hour

A unique experience which reveals the beauty and youthfulness of every woman: Wrinkles are smoothed, the facial contour appears redefined, slackened volumes are repositioned; the appearance of dark spots is diminished. Enjoy this gentle cleanse and peel, followed by the Ultime firming serum and mask, and manual lifting massage. Includes a hand foot or head massage.

The following facial treatments are carried out using Botanicals multi award winning natural, organic skincare. The products are approved by the soil association, not tested on animals and are also suitable for vegans.

ORGANIC FACIALS:

All of our organic facials are 1 hour in duration & include: Cleanse, tone, exfoliation, face, neck and shoulder massage, mask and moisturize. Your therapist will advise which facial is best suited for you after your skin has been analyzed.

Mandarin & Chamomile Facial Healing mandarin helps skin disorders including acne, eczema and psoriasis to promote the new cells and maintain moisture balance, while chamomile helps to diminish spots and scars due to its healing properties. This facial will condition, tone, plump & hydrate your skin leaving it looking younger & rejuvenated. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive and problematic.

Rose & Camellia Facial Rose restores radiance to dull & dehydrated skins to promote a brighter, more youthful complexion while Camellia is rich in anti oxidants protecting the skin from free radical damage which causes the skin to age. Suitable for mature/ dry/ dehydrated skins.

Anti-ageing Collagen Facial Works to retard the ageing process by replenishing the natural proteins and vitamins to give the skin a new lease of life! Improves texture, clarity and tone, leaving your skin more radiant, plumper and with a youthful glow.

THE ULTIMATE PAMPERING EXPERIENCE 1hr 15mins

Enjoy an aromatherapy Back, Neck and Shoulder massage followed by an Organic Facial whilst indulging in a foot or hand and arm massage while the mask is taking effect.

Body treatments:

*** Aromatherapy detox scrub and “manual massage” – 1 hour 30 minutes

The treatment begins with a cleansing & detoxifying full body scrub using natural sea salt, fennel, grapefruit and mandarin, followed by an hour long aromatherapy massage using oils mixed for your specific concerns / requirements. This treatment helps to improve the appearance of cellulite & invigorates a sluggish system and oedema.

***Thalgo Polynesia Spa Ritual – 1 hour 30 minutes

Experience the brand new exotic sensorial spa ritual Polynesia – inspired by four of the most beautiful islands hidden in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. This luxurious treatment encompasses white sand scrubs, and glistening golden oils inspired by Bora Bora and Manihi. Featuring rich ingredients from marine algae and Monoi combined with the fragrances of Vanilla Tahitensis you’ll have an hour and a half of pure pampering to ensure mind body and spirit are totally relaxed, de-stressed and hydrated.

***Above is a small selection of the treatments, therapies & massages currently available, we strive to improve & add to our spa menu each season.

We now also have a selection of treatments specially tailored to our male guests, including facials, manicures and pedicures so please feel free to ask your retreat manager for further information…