As a full time personal trainer and red blooded male I spend the vast majority of my time engaging in manly pursuits such as arm wrestling, weight lifting, hunting and not forgetting rescuing damsels in distress.
Imagine what went through my head when Keeley asked me to go and review a spa evening!!
My first thought by the way – ‘I’m not getting waxed’
Of course, working in the fitness industry my experience of massages usually involved some evil ba$7ard sticking his / her elbow into my thigh to work out the knots so deep down I was actually quite looking forward to something a little more relaxing.
My day job as a trainer often involves clients (both male and female) looking to lose weight. Why am I telling you this now? Well……pretty much every body composition change is governed by your hormones. If your body is full of stress hormones (cortisol) then guess what? You aren’t going to see the changes you want. Still think you shouldn’t be spending time relaxing?
I arrived at Chapel Holistics, situated in the shopping precinct Cheadle Hulme to be greeted by Carmen the owner and her husband Stuart.
Carmen explained to me that around 40% of their clients are men. Some of the guys had been introduced to spa treatments by their other halves and just kept coming, for others it’s a ‘secret’ that they sneak in for a relaxing treat occasionally!
There were several treatments on offer ranging from massages to facials and eye brow shaping – apparently brow shaping and HD brows are a real thing that people ask for….who knew!!
……..so anyway, I decided to avoid looking surprised for the next week and opted for an Indian head massage.
This involves massaging the back of the head, neck, scalp, shoulders and arms. Apparently this will help with headaches, back pain, stress reduction and even insomnia.
I must say that once we got started it was actually very calming and relaxing so thumbs up from me!
If anything it was possibly a little too light for my taste.
This treatment normally lasts for around 45 minutes and costs £28.
Next up – Thermal stone massage!
According to the folks at Chapel, this involves heated stones being used on various points on the back to give a deeper massage and allow the muscles to really relax.
This was much more up my street! I found this one very relaxing and the therapist managed to loosen my shoulders up quickly without huge amounts of pain.
A 30 minute massage should cost £25
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the Chapel for Chaps evening and would highly recommend that any of you guys reading this give it a go – the girls reading this, treat your fellas to a session.
I should point out that the treatments I received were free of charge on that occasion but I fully intend to go back!
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