4 ways visiting a spa can help improve your workout

When devising your workout routine, a spa stop may be the last thing you’d consider including, but here’s why you could be wrong...

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4 ways visiting a spa can help improve your workout

When devising your workout routine, a spa stop may be the last thing you’d consider including, but here’s why you could be wrong...

Members at St Sidwell’s Point can enjoy access to the eight-lane swimming pool, top-of-the-range gym, group exercise studios and luxury spa facilities. It’s the perfect place to take care of all your health needs in one go.

“No matter your preferred exercise regime, whether it’s swimming, power-lifting, spinning or Zumba, working in some ‘r and r’ time at the spa can help you get more from your workout,” reveals spa manager Kasia Ostrowska.

Below, she shares four ways spa treatments can boost your physical health and help you push your body even further.

  1. Eases delayed onset muscle soreness

Getting a gentle massage can help relax the muscles following an intense session in the gym.

This is important for helping to prevent strains and ongoing injuries, but it can also help you return to the gym sooner, as you will need less time to recover.

You should avoid a deep tissue massage for the first 24 hours following a workout. However, a hot stone massage will treat tension, and the GAIA poultice massage is ideal for healing aching muscles.

Our spa’s bespoke massage option enables you to tailor your massage to suit your needs. We can target a particular area of the body that you may train harder or use more often.

  1. Improves sleep and reduces stress

A good sleep routine is essential for helping muscles recover. It’s also vital for you to maintain focus, remain productive, and keep stress levels down. If you’re well rested, you’ll be able to push your body further and concentrate fully to achieve your workout goals.

Massages, facials and body scrubs are perfect for helping you to relax and for easing anxiety, making it easier for you to get a replenishing night’s sleep.

  1. Boosts the immune and cardiovascular system

Spending time in the spa’s sauna or salt vapour room detoxes your body and clears your sinuses. It can also help to fight respiratory issues such as allergies, bronchitis and asthma.

It also improves your performance by keeping your airways clear, so you can better pace yourself when running, swimming or lifting weights.

For those that struggle with the hot temperatures of a sauna, the sanarium is an amazing alternative- it’s cooler but still offers the same health benefits.

  1. Alleviates post-workout fatigue

Hot and cold hydrotherapy is the perfect cure for post-workout aches and tiredness. Heating and cooling treatments can improve your circulation, shorten recovery time, and reduce muscle tension.

Visit the monsoon showers for an invigorating experience. Complete with soothing light therapy, manually controlled water temperatures and calming essential oils – it’s the ideal way to relax whilst also working your cardiovascular system.

The bucket shower, operated by a lever, produces a quick hit of cold water that you can use between heat treatments to cool down and enhance the health benefits.

The luxurious hydro spa pool and heated loungers can relax swollen and heavy muscles so you won’t feel the effects of exercise as sharply the next day, allowing you to go about your daily routine, unencumbered.

Make managing your workout and spa routine easy

Download the Exeter Leisure App from Google Play or the App store to make managing your membership simple. You can upgrade anytime you need and if you’re not already a member, you can sign up via the home page.

Via the app, you’ll be able to explore what your membership includes as well as view all the leisure facilities we offer throughout Exeter.

You can easily view timetables for group exercise and sports sessions, and make, amend or cancel your bookings as needed. You’ll also be able to add your appointments to your calendar to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.

To book any of our spa treatments, email thespa@exeter.gov.uk or call 01392 265390.

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