In action-adventure movies, the bad-guy usually makes the hero choose between two things he really wants; save the kitten from up the tree, or stop me from shaving this puppy’s head. Often, going to the spa for the day involves choices that are just as tough. Do what the hero always does and forget about having to choose with a spa package including a choice of massages and body-wraps with bubbly and chocolates and an optional Environ or Vitaderm facial at Arriba Health Spa and Skincare.
Whether you spend the day in front of a laptop or an ironing-board, or maybe just on the couch practicing bon-bon aerobics, it’s usually enough to make your muscles aim to commit mutiny. Stiff shoulders, neck muscles that feel like they’re holding up an entire set of Encyclopaedia Britannica rather than just your head and a back that protests violently at lack of proper support, not to mention feet that cramp up when you even think about walking are just a few of the things people have to worry about. It’s not just your muscles that can totally ruin your day though; spots, dry skin that’s duller than a beige pant suit and that extra jiggle can all be mood-killers.
In the serene and contemporary atmosphere of Arriba, edgy extremities and mutinous muscles can take a short-course in relaxation, your skin can get the revamp it’s been itching for and, in general, your body can learn to stop rebelling against society.
With soothing strokes of skilled fingers, the highly trained therapists search out every knot, kink and strain in overwrought muscles and have them melting away like ice-cream on a hot sidewalk. Whether it’s a reflexology massage to work with your energy flows, a back, neck and shoulder massage to get your upper half relaxed again or a foot massage to apologise for the patent-leather and stiletto heels, there’s something to mollify any muscle. Combining two different types of massages just makes it that much better. Move on to a body wrap to detox or jettison that jiggle, or maybe wrap yourself in the soothing scent of rooibos or coffee – which combines that awesome coffee-aisle at the grocery store smell with a slew of benefits.
With a selection of chocolates to nibble on and a supply of bubbly, it’s easy to pretend you’re Marie Antoinette before she said let them have cake and if you decide to add the facial, choose from either Environ or Vitaderm, both which will leave your dermis with a new lease on life – smoother than a play-boy’s pick-up line and softer than 6-ply.
Once you’ve managed to reconstitute from your puddle of bliss, it might be a little bit difficult to bring yourself to leave the spa. Once you’ve experienced being treated like royalty, it’s difficult to go back to having to look after yourself.Facial Fact: A day spa in Colombia uses a combination of the dust from recycled bottle-caps and the scales of a sun-tanned iguana to make a face-mask that is said to remove even the worst of acne scars.