Whether it is a luxurious treat, stress relief or pain management, massage therapy is a necessary part of your health and well being

Studies have shown that massage is an effective treatment for reducing stress and aiding relaxation, relieving muscle tension and stiffness, improving digestive disorders and aiding in recovery of muscle soreness. By increasing blood flow and circulation, it brings much-needed nutrition to muscles and tissues helping with the healing process and reducing pain and swelling.

There are other physical benefits to massage too, in that it provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion, promotes deeper and easier breathing, improves circulation by pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, and enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow – the body’s natural defence system. Moreover, massage is also known to help mental symptoms – as well as generally promoting a relaxed state of mind and increase energy levels, it can lessen depression, decrease anxiety, enhance sleep quality, improve concentration and reduce fatigue.

Hand Picked Hotels have ten venues with spa facilities, each offering treatments from Elemis (with the exception of New Hall near Birmingham) from deep tissue massages that revive the senses, alleviate stress and balance the chakras, to back, neck and shoulder massages for mothers-to-be, together with Indian head massages. New Hall Hotel & Spa however, with Nutfield Priory in Surrey, L’Horizon in St Brelade’s Bay and Fawsley Hall in Northampton offer a range of Lava Shell thermal massages, which utilise self-heating Tiger clam shells from the South Pacific to provide a truly soothing experience.

Tension relieving sports massages, designed to target specific areas, are also available from the aforementioned Channel Island-based spa, while our other venue just over five miles away in St Helier, Grand Jersey – offers a similar treatment from ESPA. Guests can also expect Swedish massages and a range of therapeutic full body massages using aromatherapy oils and warm volcanic stones.

New Hall is unique in that it is the only one of our spas that offers traditional Thai massage (with or without hot oil) – and is a uniquely synchronised method of healing along the energy points that also combines yogic positions (a school of Hindu philosophy )and deep pressure. Ishga hot stone massages are also available, which works the whole body using heated Basalt stones to work at a deeper level and instantly relax the muscles.

Research continues to show the enormous benefits of massage therapy, and budgeting time and money for regular treatment is one of the best healthy investments you can make – take charge of your well-being and get yourself to a Hand Picked Hotel and Spa.