Spa time is perfect gift to give.
Byline: annie brown
THIS Christmas, my friend and I decided that rather than exchange gifts, we would spend some rare quality time together.
We only recently managed to synchronise our calendars for a spa day at the Blythswood Hotel in Glasgow, which illustrates how precious time is.
What I love about the Blysthwood is its understated chic - it's special without being pretentious and not ludicrously expensive.
I relish exercise but my middle-aged body doesn't, so on our girls' day out, I creaked like the tin man, rusting at the joints.
I was recommended one of the spa's latest treatments, the Isgha Hot Poultice Massage, which is great for aching limbs and also so relaxing for an anxious mind.
Ishga is a 100 per cent organic spa and skincare range made from handharvested seaweed from the Hebrides in Scotland and it is gratifying to know that the products are local.
The seaweed contains anti-oxidants that have anti-ageing properties, which revitalise, repair and moisturise the skin.
The ingredients are wrapped in unbleached cotton and the poultice has a heavenly warmth which seems to absorb aches as it is gently kneaded across the back and legs and feet.
Combined with a more traditional massage, it has an intoxicating soothing effect.
After the treatment, we indulged in the hotel's spa facilities which include a hydrotherapy pool and a thermal suite of steam rooms filled with the aroma of essential oils.
It is claimed poultices can reduce inflammation, promote circulation, relieve joint pain and stiffness, boost the immune system and more.
Whatever magic the potions produce, they make you feel rejuvenated and relaxed and that was all the medicine I needed.
For details, go to www.blythswoodsquare.com
INDULGENCE Luxury spa at the Blythswood Hotel