Mums treat yourself to some autumn rejuvenation at the Breaffy Spa

With the kids back at school and the daily routine returned to normal, now is a great time for mums and dads to take a few hours for themselves and enjoy some pampering.

You’ve spent the summer running and racing, entertaining and keeping the kids occupied so now is the time to look after yourself.

A visit to the Breaffy Spa at Breaffy House Resort will ensure that you re-energise your body and mind in preparation for the hectic autumn period.

I was recently invited to the Breaffy Spa by spa manager Shauna O’Connor where I enjoyed a hydro therapy bath, deep tissue back, neck and shoulder massage followed by a pro collagen quartz lift facial.

The treatments were pure bliss carried out by an expert therapist who gave excellent after care advice to ensure maximum benefits were enjoyed.

The special hydro therapy bath has 252 powerful jets to massage your body from top to toe. The relaxing underwater massage jets increase circulation and strengthen muscle tone, while helping to eliminate toxins and reduce fluid retention. This treatment, which costs €30, provided me with the perfect preparation for my deep tissue massage.

Most people love massage. It is so relaxing and energising, providing your body with relief from daily stresses and strains. But a deep tissue massage ensures even better and longer lasting results then the more common holistic or Swedish types. However, a deep tissue massage is not for the faint hearted. If you want to drift into a gentle slumber during your treatment, then this isn’t the massage for you. But if you want real results then give it a go. You will not be disappointed.

This 30 minute treatment, at €55, specifically targeted the back, shoulder and neck areas, where it was most needed. And while I was slightly uncomfortable at stages during the treatment, the results were amazing and will ensure that I return for more.

If you work at a desk all day, or drive for a living, or find yourself lifting heavy objects regularly, or engage in any activity that causes muscle tension, then this is the treatment for you. This strong, deep massage will definitely ease some of the tension.

And to ensure the afternoon was finished in a relaxing fashion I enjoyed a pro-collagen quartz lift facial.

This 75 minute treatment, which costs €90, is an advanced anti-ageing facial, and is clinically proven to reduce the number of fine lines and wrinkles by an impressive 94 per cent. It also improves the skin’s firmness after just one treatment.

My treatment commenced with a welcome touch foot cleanse to ensure I was totally relaxed, then my therapist Maureen McGinty applied a new product to Breaffy Spa, the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. At €54 this balm is now the fastest selling cleansing balm in the UK. The balm deeply cleanses and helps preserve the skin’s natural barrier, restores elasticity and tone, using 100 per cent naturally active essential oils.

Two masks were applied - the first a quick setting mask which maximises cell regenerating and provides protection against damaging free radicals. When peeled off the skin is much smoother and visibly plumper. While the mask set I enjoyed a scalp massage, followed by a shoulder and neck massage.

The second mask was a super moisturising, healing and nourishing mask called exotic moisture, available to purchase for €42. I enjoyed a hand and arm massage while the mask activated.

The treatment ended with the application of the award winning Pro Collagen Day Cream. This revolutionary anti-ageing cream uses the marine extract Padina Pavonica to transform the complexion in just over two weeks. Skin firmness and elasticity are dramatically increased. This treatment was so effective at plumping and firming my skin that people were asking me what products I was using in its immediate aftermath.

And when the treatments were complete, and the relaxation over, I enjoyed a mouth-watering duck with orange stir fry, on a bed of noodles, in the relaxing confines of the Mulberry Bar in Breaffy House Resort. It was an afternoon of pure pampering and relaxation.

Book your morning or afternoon of pampering today at the Breaffy Spa and be ready for the busy autumn period of after school activities coupled with the hustle and bustle of daily life. Telephone 094 9044160 for appointments.

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