Cold comfort at this spa

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The Mount Grace Spa has recently launched some additional offerings to their already impressive menu.

Certainly one of the most popular spas in Gauteng, the spa at Mount Grace is a major drawcard at this five-star country hotel situated in the foothills of the Magaliesburg.

With luxurious treatment rooms, an extensive menu of specialised face and body treatments and a host of extra facilities for guests’ exclusive use, including a café, numerous pools, a hydrotherapy garden and an Afro Zen flotation tank, it’s no surprise that the spa is considered a haven from busy city life.

Always at the forefront of new treatments and trends, the Mount Grace Spa has recently launched some additional offerings to their already impressive menu.

Cold Comfort

International studies have shown that “cold” therapies have many beneficial effects for mood upliftment and general wellbeing. Taking their cue from what many sports scientists have seen in cryotherapy, where athletes are immersed in ice baths or left in cold rooms for intensive post-game muscle repair, a new series of body treatments at Mount Grace involve the use of cool, pure marble discs.

Used in the Mount Grace Spa Signature Facial for example, the marble helps to bring equilibrium to the body by drawing warm blood from deeper lying tissues to the cooler skin surface; the nutrient and oxygen rich blood nourishes the skin being treated, resulting in an enhanced sense of wellbeing and much improved appearance.

Already a popular treatment, the spa has seen excellent repeat bookings of this treatment thanks to the outstanding results achieved.

Hot Stuff

Hot Stone Massage remains one of the most popular treatments at Mount Grace Spa and in keeping with international trends, this excellent form of treatment has been taken up a notch.

Clients are based on a ‘bed’ of specifically placed, heated basalt stones during their massage – the precise spinal placement of the stones offers deep relief for stressed muscles, releasing tension and significantly improving blood flow.

Providing a deep sense of relaxation for the stressed out soul, this treatment is the ideal way to settle into downtime at Mount Grace and a must for the day visitor with additional plans for facial and beauty treatments on the agenda.

Water Works

At Mount Grace Spa guests are able to indulge in a variety of treatments on a day, overnight or weekend visit. A recent introduction to the treatments menu is a Hydrotherapy session, where guests are given an opportunity to follow a sequence of water-based experiences.

Experts agree that the alternation of hot and cold aqua treatments has enormous health benefits, resulting in an enhanced sense of wellbeing and a deep sense of relaxation.

The 50-minute journey involves specific times spent in a steam room, followed by a cold Jacuzzi session, the flotation tank, the bubbling mushroom pool and finally the warm Jacuzzi.

Each of the new experiences introduced at the Mount Grace Spa offers excellent health and wellbeing benefits and can be enjoyed on their own, but for the spa visitor in need of a pick me up, why not combine all three for a day treatment that works to relax intensively?

Start the day with a Hydrotherapy session, move on to a Signature Facial with marble therapy and conclude your day of spa spoils with a hot stone back, neck and shoulder massage with spinal placement to ensure you leave feeling rejuvenated and ready to face the world.

With its idyllic location, picture perfect surrounds of manicured lawns, numerous pools and endless views out across a valley, this world-class spa is a true escape from it all.

Just 60 minutes from Johannesburg and 45 minutes from Pretoria, there’s time for both a morning and an afternoon of indulgences, lunch in between and a laze under the trees.

For both Mount Grace Spa and accommodation enquiries call the Mount Grace Country House & Spa direct on 014 577 5600, email reservations@mountgrace.co.za or go to www.mountgrace.co.za for more information on seasonal promotions.

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