It’s hard to find time to relax as a parent of young children. Even those times when you do have a few moments to yourself, you can find that your mind goes into overdrive with a mental list of tasks you ought to be either doing or thinking about.
As Mum to nearly-6 and 4 year old girls, I was delighted to be invited to the Volair Spa in Knowlsey this week for a pampering spa day. A whole day just for me? Doing lovely, relaxing things? Unheard of!
I set out to Knowsley this Tuesday with my fellow blogger HodgePodgeDays anticipating some serious Zen time and we got just that – and more.
The spa is set within a multi-million pound leisure complex so we had a nosey around there first as we approached the spa. There’s a huge swimming pool for example, coffee shop and welcoming sculpture and art work.
In the spa, we were greeted by the lovely Hayley and her team, who I must thank as they looked after our every need all day. Hayley showed us to the spa’s relaxation room which was so inviting- full of cosy chairs, squishy beanbags, fleecy throws with dimmed lighting and chill out music. Every spa should have one of these.
We had a welcome drink (I chose a fiery rhubarb and ginger tea) and pastries and Hayley explained that our group would be split into two, experiencing the thermal suite and cleansing/facial interactive demonstrations in turn.
HodgePodge and I experienced the thermal spa first, which consists of jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. But first, a member of Hayley’s team gave us some beautiful-smelling body scrubs to try. These were by Lycon and I tried the lavender and chamomile scent which made my skin feel so soft and exfoliated – great to do before a sauna/steam.
As you can see from the above, we spent a lot of time in the jacuzzi! The thermal area is really nice, with beds you can also relax on as you move from room to room, detoxifying.
Here Hayley talked us through how to cleanse and take off makeup effectively – with a real handy hints and using AromaWorks products. We tried their cleanser, toner and facial oil range. I do like to use a facial oil on some evenings of the week as I find my skin can get quite dry. The AromaWorks oils smelt gorgeous, with lots of essential oils to treat the skin.
Hayley explained that it’s best to cleanse twice, particularly in the evening as the first cleanse will loosen the grime and pollution of the day and the second will then take away any final traces and allow any oils to penetrate the skin. Also, using a wet cotton pad to apply toner means you will use less product each time. Finally, tapping the skin lightly with your fingertips as you apply moisturiser will ensure the cream is applied evenly and also help the circulation, helping the moisturiser to sink in.
Our group then watched Hodgepodge have a CrystalClear microdermabrasion facial. Fascinating! This used an electric tool which gently exfoliated the skin using very fine crystals. The result was very good- take a look at HodgePodge’s site to see the results.
We felt really looked after at Volair Spa. I’d certainly go back there (already booked in, in fact). It’s a lovely, small spa with a personal feel to it. If you’re in the area and have time for a pamper- give it a go.
Disclosure: We were invited to Volair Spa, Knowsley free of charge. All opinions expressed are my own.