Monthly Archives: August 2017

Experience Somerset’s Beautiful

The city of Bath lays just a little way north from the famous Somerset village Glastonbury, which is famed for its annual music festival. The city is surrounded by the glorious Somerset countryside, which is also flanked by the beautiful ‘Mendip Hills’, making the city of Bath perfect for anyone wanting a mix of vibrant city life and easy access to the stunning surrounding countryside.

The spa city of Bath offers visitors a marvellous place for a city break destination, where you will be able to explore the city’s many iconic buildings and places of interest, which are located throughout the city. Bath is steeped in a rich historical past, which dates back to Ancient Britain when it was a settlement. Later, the city rose to prominence as an important and strategic location for the Ancient Romans when they invaded the country.

Bath was first established as a spa by the Romans sometime around AD 60 and received the Latin name, ‘Aquae Sulis’ (meaning ‘the waters of Sulis’). After this, the occupying Ancient Roman’s decided to construct a temple which was to become the city’s bathing complex during the Roman occupation. Today, visitors can still see these ancient Roman Baths, which can be accessed when visiting the neighbouring Georgian Pump Room and get a feel for what it might have been like in Ancient Roman times in this building.

In the modern era the city has been recognised as a ‘UNESCO World Heritage City’ because of this rich historical past and the many prominent landmarks located around the city, displaying the wonderful architecture. The most popular historical attractions include the Royal Crescent, the Grand Pump Room, Pulteney Bridge, The Circus and Bath Abbey.

The city’s ultra-modern Thermae Spa has meant this attraction is fast becoming one of Bath’s top five places to visit when spending time in the city. As the Thermae Spa offers a wonderful experience as a day spa or, alternatively, if you would just like to pay a visit for a relaxing time enjoying the naturally heated geothermal spring waters, or one of the specially scented steam rooms, or if you simply want to enjoy the experience of sitting outside in the heated roof spa pool looking out over the cityscape.

Updating a Beauty Salon

I’m just back from the salon equipment trade show and saw some fabulous facial machines and hair steamers. If we invest a couple of thousand dollars and some elbow grease, we can change this dated beauty salon into a chic beauty spa. The most promising machines I saw were the facial steamers and the hair steamers.

First we need to strip off the tacky wallpaper that screams 1970s, rip out the carpeting, and have someone build a new receptionist’s desk. The mirrors are still good. We should be able to take them down, redo the walls, and put them back up. Of course, we need new lighting, but that shouldn’t cost too much. We need nice, bright lighting so that we can see our work, but it needs to be soft, not harsh, to set the tone of a relaxing place for our clients to renew their looks. We should replace the chairs, but that can wait. They’ll do for the moment until the machines pay for themselves. I’d recommend a color scheme of Tuscan Red and Mustard. Those colors are all over the magazines and furniture stores. Maybe a touch of olive green or butter yellow here and there. And let’s replace the old boom box with a more updated sound system so that we can play soothing music to create the relaxing spa atmosphere.

Hair steamers are the new rage in hair care. At the show I saw wall-mounted ones and free-standing ones. These hair steamers can be used for just about any hair treatment. They speed up the process and are much more gentle to the hair than other heat sources. We can use it for perms, dyes, hair straightening, and much more. The ones that caught my eye were from Taiwan and seemed to be of better quality than the Chinese ones. Near the steamers I saw a computerized hair dryer. It provides extra heat for hair that needs it for a good set. It also has an easy-to-read digital read-out that I could read from salon distances.

But what really got me excited about turning our beauty salon into a beauty spa were the facial machines. I saw a lot of different types of skincare machines at the show. They had facial steamers that were free standing or with lamps, magnifiers, and timers. I also saw a line of machines that have spray/vacuum, a galvanic unit, and a brush unit. These machines were very affordable. If we want to really become a full-service facial spa, we could really use the facial machine with eight functions. It costs more, but it would pay for itself when we bring in high-end clients.

I’m so excited about the possibilities! I brought back a bunch of brochures about all types of salon equipment. I’ll study these and go online and do more research to figure out how we can redecorate our salon and refit it with the best set of equipment so that we can attract more upscale clients with a full-service beauty spa.

The History of Health and Beauty Spas

There is no denying the immense popularity that spas enjoy in Britain. This is reflected by the fact that the last few years have seen a sporadic rise in the number of spas across the major metropolitan areas of England, and each one of them is frequented by a throng of customers on a daily basis. There was a time when going to spas for different kinds of therapies was thought to be an activity that only women could enjoy. The recent times, however, present a different picture with a greater number of men now showing an inclination towards frequenting spas in order to maintain their looks and wellness at the same time.

How Health And Beauty Spas Came To Be In Britain:

The origin: The history of health and beauty spas in Britain dates back thousands of years ago, and can very well be accredited to the Roman army that discovered health benefits associated with the water flowing in hot springs and fresh mountain water. Inspired by the hot baths built by Arabs, the Roman utilized the naturally occurring therapeutic water from hot springs in the English cities of Bath and Buxton, and built hot water baths. The purpose of these baths was not only to promote healing of different ailments but also to encourage relaxation and social interaction.

The medieval history of health and beauty spas in Britain: In the year 1626, a lady named Mrs. Elizabeth Farrow came across water with acidic properties in Scarborough, a coastal town in England. After being put through observation, it was declared that the water contained minerals and nutrients that were essential to maintain good health, thus becoming the origin of Scarborough Spa.

The revival of bathing in Britain and rest of Europe: The 1600s saw the European elite become less inclined toward washing their full bodies, regarding it as a habit to look down upon. They would only get by with washing their laundry and cleaning their faces with cloth. The attitudes began to change in latter half of the 17th century. At the beginning of 18th century, British Queen Anne broke this tradition by following in the footsteps of Roman civilization and bathing in the hot springs of Bath.

This was shortly followed by a visit to Bath by Richard (Beau) Nash, who capitalized on the opportunity and converted Bath into a social and community spa with a number of activities introduced that encouraged greater social interaction. This was inspired by the Roman concept of baths. Bath became an oft-visited place for the wealthy, who would come to show-off their wealth and take a vacation at the same time. The pattern was soon followed by other European cities.

Recognition of health benefits: In the mid-19th century, a cholera outbreak in Liverpool made doctors realize the importance of sanitation, thus resulting in the promulgation of the Bath And Washhouses Act (1846-1896). Amenities for washing clothes and bathing were made more accessible.

Health And Beauty Spas

It quite common for people today to frequent spas and benefit from the health and beauty treatments provided there. As regular as their trips to the spa facilities are, however, there are very few people who know the actual origin of spas and how they came to become so popular among people. The history of health and beauty spas dates back to time immemorial, since historians believe that the concept of spas was established the day mankind discovered the utility and advantages of taking a bath. In fact, there is also a popular notion that spas reflect the innate human need to wash and cleanse themselves, to maintain both sanitation as well as beauty.

Where Does The Word ‘Spa’ Originate From?

There are different theories explaining the background of the word spa. Some experts of history link it to the Latin expression ‘salus per aquae’, of which the word spa is considered to be the acronym for. The expression literally translates to ‘health through water’, which goes on to show that even in the historic times, the idea of spas was closely associated with health and wellness.

On the other hand, another school of thought suggests that the word spa originated from a Belgian town by the same name. The town is historically believed to have been visited frequently by the Roman Army to bathe in the hot springs in order to relieve muscle pain and war injuries. This theory is supported by the fact that other places in Europe, known for their baths and springs, are named so as well. Consider the name of the English City Bath, which is quite similar to the German Wiesbaden and the Austrian Baden.

The History Of Health And Beauty Spas – A Brief Overview:

The Prehistoric Times: The relaxation and therapy we receive in a modern day spa are pretty much inspired by the treatment options developed during the Egyptian, Persian, Greek and Roman empires, all dating back to more than 2,500 years. Not only did these cultures promote the concept of taking a dip in hot springs and natural waters containing minerals, they also introduced the practice of using different types of concoctions and naturally occurring substances as beneficial for maintaining beauty. The use of different types of plants, mud masks and baths, face scrubs and steam have been documented in the historical data found about these civilizations, while the use of spring water originating from mountainous regions was also common.

Cleopatra is said to bathe in rosewater regularly in order to maintain her beauty and skin, while the Roman army is accredited with building and popularizing the concept of baths.

More Recent Developments: The Roman concept of spas and baths was revived around the mid nineteenth century when rich tourists from Europe and other parts of the world would travel to natural spas in order to enjoy some recreational and relaxed time. Gradually, spas gained popularity across the transatlantic with American settlers introducing the concept in 20th century United States as well.