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Health and Wellbeing in Men

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As Father’s Day approaches, it’s time to focus on the men in your life. What gift will you buy, where might you treat him for dinner, how can you make his day extra special? All this is vital, but at My Personal Sanctuary (MPS) we believe it’s important to think about Dad all year round, not just for one day a year. As it’s Men’s Health Week this week, we thought it was the perfect time to share some helpful wellbeing tips for our special men.

Start the conversation
Organised by the Men’s Health Forum, Men’s Health Week runs from 13-19 June (cunningly Father’s Day!) and aims to raise awareness of men’s health issues and encourage people to talk about them more openly. It’s not easy getting a man to admit they’re not feeling well, let alone book an appointment at the doctors or the dentist. So this week is a great opportunity to get chatting to your husband, partner, father, brother, friends and colleagues about their own health and wellbeing.

The theme of the week is ‘How do you beat stress?’.  If we don’t release stress or ignore it for a long period of time, it can turn into something more serious. One of the best ways to reduce stress is to simply take time out for yourself; switch off from the world and focus on you. This is something we’re only too aware of at MPS and we always tailor our spa treatments to focus on the needs of the individual, how you’re feeling and whether you want to feel relaxed, revitalised or energised.

Popular treatments for men  

MPS treatments are designed for both men and women, and they make the perfect treat all year round. Many of our regular customers are males who enjoy a luxurious pampering, and we’ve received some great feedback from them, particularly about the quality of our treatments and professionalism of our therapists.

One of our most popular treatments for men is the relaxing Deep Tissue Massage which can be adapted to work on specific areas of tension. Another favourite is our Hot Stones Therapy where the warmth from the stones placed on your body helps you to relax and drains away tension. Male clients also enjoy the heavenly Indian Head Massage which helps to re-balance and relieve tension and stress by working on key acupressure points.

Male Facial

The biggest advantage of our treatments for men is that our mobile therapists come to you, either at home or atyour holiday property. So there’s no embarrassing visits to the spa, having to parade around in a fluffy robe or walking into a room full of women. After your treatment has finished you can just relax and drift off to sleep. Our concierge team can provide bespoke treatment packages and treatment recommendations to suit the individual.

Aside from a relaxing massage, there are many other ways and means of easing tension and stress, most of which are totally free! Here are some of our favourites…

Tense and relax muscles
Similar to the effects of massage (but not quite as indulgent!), by tensing and relaxing your muscles you can begin to focus your mind on areas of tension and letting it go. We absolutely love to rub arnica salve in to tight muscles or on the temples of the head – it’s cooling qualities are instantly soothing.

Get outdoors
One of our favourite stress-relievers is to spend some time in the great outdoors. Gardening has been proven to help reduce the stress hormone – cortisol, so pop outside for a little potter and you could even grow some organic veggies to improve your eating habits at the same time. We also love to take a long walk in the countryside with our dogs, take some deep breaths and enjoy the sensational views. Gentle exercise relaxes the muscles and clears the mind.

Take time out
Nothing is more important than your health. If you feel as if your stress levels are approaching boiling point, take some time for a relaxing getaway. Do the things you enjoy, spend time the way you want to spend it, with the people you love.

Tackle a new project
Focusing your mind on a single task can help you forget any worries you might be clinging on to. Making something (perhaps not flat-pack furniture!), painting or trying an adult colouring book are some creative options. Be mindful and present; it’s easier to appreciate the important things in life with a clear and calm mind.
Possibly the best stress-buster ever – hugging someone is proven to reduce your heart-rate and release tension. So go on, get hugging – and make sure Dad gets the biggest hug ever this Father’s Day!

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Lizzie Edwards

Lizzie joined Gillie in the company’s infancy to help develop and grow new business, and being the technical brains in our team, it seems there’s nothing IT or finance related that Lizzie can’t do. With a scientific background and family history in natural health, her technical and holistic skills combined are the ideal partner for Gillie’s vision for MPS. Understanding the needs of customers, therapists and holiday providers, Lizzie has crafted the strategies, procedures and systems to help MPS function as it does today, and thankfully for us, she’s a very patient person. A lover of the countryside and its pursuits, Lizzie, along with her husband Paul, their two girls and daft Labrador, Crumble, enjoys life outdoors whenever the opportunity arises.

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