As we have said many times before, the skin is the largest organ in our body, and therefore, looking after it is vital. However, even if we often take a healthy diet and practice sport, we pay less attention to the care of this important part of our body.
At Elba Thalasso Spa Estepona we worry about the care of your skin, and therefore, from our large list of treatments and services, we suggest you start with one of the following facial treatments:
The changing seasons, weather fluctuations, pollution, stress, our nutritional habits, sleeping patterns, travelling through different time zones and the amount of water we drink all play havoc with our bodies and play a leading role in the condition we find ourselves in.
The skin, which covers the entire length of our bodies, is the largest of all our organs. Therefore, it takes the toughest beating and faces the biggest challenges.
During the winter months, in particular, our skin faces a lot of challenges. The cold weather, the snow, the wind and rain can take its toll on the parts of our bodies that are more exposed to the elements; especially our faces. This is why it is extremely important to have a good skin care routine in place and a good moisturising cream at hand.
It’s surprising to discover just how much water is drained from our skin due to the cold and the contrasts in temperatures between indoors and outdoors. In order to prevent as much water as possible from being drained from our skin, in winter it is advisable to switch to a more oil based moisturising cream as opposed to a water based one.
For a long time, at Hoteles Elba, we have been concerned with providing several treatments both in the first years of life of babies, and for women who have just been mummies or who are preparing to be so.
Advice and guidance of our experts offer the necessary attention, safety and control, within the babytherapy programme of our Thalasso Spa.
- Aquazen adults/children/babies
Through aquatic body work, by means of floating techniques in the swimming pool, stretching and breathing control are carried out, by means of Water Yoga, in order to reach a body balance and relaxation advisable in pregnant women.
With the help of the therapist and the presence of the mother or the father in the facilities, the little ones can also enjoy this experience known as “returning to the womb”.
- Chiromassage for children
A relaxing body massage is applied by the therapist for children between 4 and 17 years old. For this massage, 100% natural oil is used, for relieving tensions and trying to achieve relaxation and body balance.
Osteopathy is an alternative complimentary therapy used for treating an ailing body in a non invasive way.
The basic principles of Osteopathy are based on the belief that a lot of disease within the body are caused by some disorder within the musculoskeletal system. It believes that structure and functioning are very closely related.
Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by physician, Andrew Taylor Still, who believed his fellow colleagues, at the time, weren’t doing a sufficiently good enough job to restore health in patients. He believed that surgery and drugs weren’t the solution to disease, and that it was also necessary to adjust one’s lifestyle and, through complimentary therapies, restore proper structure and function on a musculoskeletal level.
Born in Japan, around the mid to late 1800s, as the result of years of research and development by Dr Mikao Usui, Reiki is still, nowadays, a very popular form of energy healing. Some believe that Dr Usui just rediscovered this healing technique and that, in fact, it had already been practiced in Tibet for quite some time prior.
But just what is Reiki and what are its benefits?
The word Reiki comes from the Japanese words Rei and Ki. Rei translates somewhat as the creating force behind all things inanimate and animate within the universe such as a God or a Higher Intelligence. Ki is the living force contained within all beings. In China it is called the Chi, in India they call it the Prana and in the Western world, it is looked upon as the vital life force.
With these definitions in mind, Reiki can, thus, be defined as a healing energy force that is guided by a Higher Intelligence, something divine or spiritual.
At Elba Hotels we care about your health and wellbeing. Therefore, one of the programs we offer at our Gran Hotel Elba Estepona & Thalasso Spa, we have decided to innovate even further and include the Tibetan Bowl Therapy so you can relax and unwind for a bit.
The sound massage with Tibetan bowls has its origins in the ancestral and millenary techniques. It has been widely used in India as a healing therapy for more than 5000 years.
This is because this kind of holistic therapy is excellent to achieve deep relaxation through harmonic sounds, which are rich in overtones (an essential sound from which come other more high notes creating an harmonic sound sets among themselves). The soft vibrations allow you to relax and soothe tensions, contractions, and blockings and eventually alleviate the body from any kind of pain.
What is it? Where does it come from and why is it beneficial?
As the name suggests, Indian Head massage has its origins in India. Mention of it can be found in old Ayurvedic texts. It is a practice that is about 1000 years old and is thought to have emerged because women of India, even today, use different oils to maintain their long hair in good, healthy condition. However, it is not just a beauty practice. Aside from the cosmetic value of Indian head massage, there are an infinite number of other benefits. We need to look at Chinese Medicine to find out which ones.
In Chinese Medicine it is believed that there are a series of meridians running through the body. These meridians, grouped into yin and yang, are believed to be like channels that carry the flow of life – the Qi or Chi, or vital life force, throughout the entire body. Each meridian passes through and represents a major organ. It is believed that a good, unobstructed supply of vital life force is essential to avoid disease in any particular area of the body.
Did you know that Thalasso derives from the Greek word “Thalassa”, which means the “Sea”? Hence, Thalassotherapy, refers to the use of sea water for medicinal purposes and healing.
The Romans were great believers in harnessing the properties of sea water for their well-being. A testimony to that might be all the thermal baths they built during their ancient empire - many of which are still in use nowadays.
But, why is sea water so beneficial?
Well, in varying degrees, sea water contains all of the essential minerals found, naturally, in the human body; such as copper, zinc, magnesium, sodium, iodide, potassium and calcium and so on. These are absorbed through the pores of the skin and metabolised for use within the body. For this process to be optimal, any Thalasso pool should be heated to anything between 31 and 34 degrees, which is the body’s own natural temperature.
This article is especially dedicated to the future mums, in order to help them to meet their delicate requirements and to allow them to enjoy to the maximum the wonderful experience they have ahead.
Being parents is not an easy task. It involves renouncing to certain things and it requires changes in the habits in order to adapt to the new life. Pregnancy is precisely when limitations start, one example is limiting your efforts at the gym, so we suggest replacing those activities for less intense ones that will help to meet the necessity of doing exercise but in a way that is not prejudicial for your or your baby’s health.
You cannot only enjoy the Spa but it is highly recommendable for that period to do it but in an even measure. Activities such as Matroswimming, preparation for childbirth, Aipap Methods, water exercises to work all the muscles, ligaments and tendons that intervene in the postures to facilitate labour, Manio Method, perinatal and infantile water stimulation, Watsu, Aquazen, Water Yoga or Biodance. There are multiple options for you to choose the one that adapts better to you and your lifestyle.