advanced massage

Advanced Massage

Our therapists have recently attended Advanced Massage Training with Helen McGuinness. Helen has over 35 years of massage experience and has traveled the world gaining experience and techniques in this field. Her aim is to make sure the therapists work ‘Smarter not Harder’. At The Courtyard we want our clients to receive the very best treatments whilst looking after the health and well-being of our staff.

We are now introducing the use of Bamboo rods into our existing Swedish and Deep Tissue massage to enable our therapists to deliver better results to our clients whilst reducing the levels of fatigue caused by the repeated delivery of firm pressure. Your therapist will discuss your requirements before the massage and even if you have always had very firm pressure, and feel you need to ‘hurt’ for it to work you will notice increased benefits with these new techniques.

Clients are increasingly requesting deeper and more advanced massages due to their effectiveness in treating a host of specific issues, the most prevalent being back and shoulder pain. The techniques learned on this course should help relieve tension without the need for extreme pressure and will enable our therapists to be more specific in their treatments.

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My Nature, My Clarins

Clarins has launched a brand new refreshing, revitalising and reboosting product range called MyClarins specifically for 16 to 25-year-olds. The range contains a perfect balance of fruit and plant extracts for healthy-looking skin. Skin is energised, detoxified and hydrated, empowering you to be you at your most natural.

A unique combination of coconut water and alpenrose extract provides skin with vitamins and minerals while removing toxins, pollutants and impurities; goodness in, nasties out! The products contain no parabens, no sulfates and no phthalates and are made with on average 88% natural ingredients.  The remaining 12% are synthetic (betaine, chrysin, salicylic acid) and present only in the Clear-Out and Pore-Less products. The entire range is vegan-friendly and packaging is made from recycled material and sourced from sustainably managed forests.

The concept behind the range is that your skin is just like you, it needs a healthy, balanced diet to stay in shape. The mission is to provide the skin with “good” vitamins and nutrients while removing the “bad” toxins and pollutants to enhance the skin day after day.

The range includes the following:

RE-MOVE Purifying Cleansing Gel is a foaming gel cleanser which removes even the most stubborn makeup. And it doesn’t stop there. It also purifies deep within the skin and helps protect against the potential drying effects of hard water.

RE-MOVE Micellar Cleansing Milk contains the cleansing power of micellar water with the comfort of a milk with no need to rinse. It is formulated with fig extract for a delicious dose of hydration and moringa extract to detoxify and whisk away traces of pollution and other nasties, leaving skin feeling squeaky clean. Removes stubborn make-up, even mascara.

RE-FRESH Hydrating Beauty Mist a super hydrating face mist. Fresh, cool and packed with plant extracts. Use morning and night, after cleansing or over make-up to quench thirsty, dehydrated or sensitive skin. 0% alcohol, 90% natural ingredients.

RE-BOOST Refreshing Hydrating Cream a light moisturiser for dehydrated skin that effortlessly melts into your skin with nature-given goodness.

 

RE-BOOST Comforting Hydrating Cream designed to nourish, energise and soothe dry and sensitive skin. Soaking your skin in a powerful blend of fig extract, organic goji berry extract and shea butter to intensely hydrate, re-energise and offer deep nourishment that lasts all day long.

RE-BOOST Mattifying Hydrating Cream for combination and oily skin is formulated with powerful fruit extracts, not only does it instantly leave skin matte for eight hours, but our meadowsweet extract sees that any imperfections are fought head-on. Plus, the shine-reducing strawberry tree extract minimizes those pesky pores.

RE-CHARGE Relaxing Face Mask is our go-to when your skin is in need of a pick me up. Super soothing, this plant-based overnight face mask is packed with acerola seed, fig and huang qi extracts to detox and hydrate. Before bed, apply to just-cleansed skin, massaging evenly across your face and neck. Leaving no sticky residue and sinking straight into thirsty skin, our first intensive overnight mask gets to work to drench, quench and give your complexion the ultimate boost.

PORE-LESS Blur and Matte Stick in a handy pocket-sized applicator, just swipe over shiny areas to shrink pores, mattify and blur imperfections.  Whether you apply after moisturising or just touch up throughout the day, each application instantly blurs and mattifies.

CLEAR-OUT Targets Imperfections a soothing cooling gel that does wonders to reduce inflammation and clear clogged pores before they become problem areas. Infused with salicylic acid to take down swelling, meadowsweet extract to clear clogged pores and purslane extract to soothe, it’s our favourite magic wand to banish any blemish.

 

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ClarinsMen Super Moisture Range

The ClarinsMen Super Moisture range is now more effective than ever in meeting the needs of men’s skin. Men’s skin is thicker than women’s so needs specific hydrating skin care. Due to their lifestyle, different sporting activities and regular shaving irritates the skin and therefore exposing it to multiple aggressions on a daily basis. The skin also has greater difficulty in repairing its self after exposure to aggresions in the presence of testosterone. Therefore, men’s skin has a lower capacity to retain water and needs daily hydration.

The new star ingredient in these products is organic houseleek extract. Houseleek is a super hydro-resistant plant with the capacity to survive in extreme, hostile high-altitude environments. The use of this ingredient in the Super Moisture range reinforces the absorbency of the skin barrier, which limits moisture loss at the epidermal level. The ClarinsMen Energising Complex boosts skin cell activity and fights free radical damage.

Super Moisture Balm was tested in extreme conditions by 6 divers during the ‘Under The Pole’ expedition. The divers carried out a series of 4 dives under the ice, for days, at depths of up to 100m. The Balm was applied after each dive. Immediately after application, the skin was 54% more hydrated. After the 4th dive the skin was twice as hydrated. These tests prove the effectiveness of the Super Moisture Balm, even in extreme conditions, ensuring excellent product results in normal conditions.

The range includes three products suitable for all men whatever their age or lifestyle. Super Moisture Balm comforts dry skin, with an invisible non-greasy texture. Super Moisture Gel is for combination to oily skin in a refreshing, non-sticky gel. Super Moisture Lotion is for all skin types and contains an SPF20 with a light and fresh finish, perfect for men who spend long hours outdoors.

The Super Moisture products are used in our Skin Blitz Facial and can also be purchased as part of your home care maintenance ritual.

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New Years Resolution

The New Year is the time to concentrate on improving health and lifestyle. Did you know that there are many benefits to regular massage treatments that can help both mind and body:

  • Increase circulation
  • Relieve tension
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improve sleep
  • Promote relaxation
  • Eases pain
  • Boosts immunity

Wellbeing rituals should be carried out as regularly as possible, so why not book a course of massage or wellness treatments as your New Year resolution. More information on our courses can be found on our treatment pages.

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Waxing in Winter

Contrary to popular belief, winter is a fantastic time to get into a regular waxing routine. You will reap the rewards from your waxes in the summer and will get far better, longer-lasting results from your treatments. To understand why, you need to know the basics of the hair regrowth cycle, which is made up of three main phases:

1st Stage – Anagen. This is the active, growing phase of hair and is by far the best time to get a wax.
When anagen hair is removed, the waxed area remains hair-free for longer because the hair was removed at its earliest stage of development. Waxing anagen hair should also eventually lead to a reduction in regrowth. If the hair is repeatedly removed from the full depth of the follicle, the structures which are responsible for hair growth will eventually weaken.

2nd stage – Catagen. The catagen phase signifies the end of the active growth of a hair. During this short, transitional phase, the lower part of the hair is cut off from its blood supply and from the cells that produce new hair.

3rd stage – Telogen: This is the resting phase, when the old hair falls out in preparation for a new hair. This is the worst time to get a wax because during this stage, brand new anagen hair may already be developing below the existing visible surface hair, which won’t be picked up by your wax. The results of your treatment therefore won’t last as long.

In order to get the best results, it is vital that you establish a regular routine for your waxing to ensure that you try and catch the hair in the anagen growth phase every time you wax. The easiest way to train the hair on any given body part into a growth cycle is to come every 3 – 4 weeks for a few waxes. During this time, you may notice that the waxed area starts to look even hairier than it did before, which is another reason why winter really is the best time to get into this cycle! This is because all of your hair is coming through at once, instead of at different times. Once you get to that stage and if you keep the routine up (by coming every 4 – 6 weeks for a wax), only then will you start to notice longer-lasting results from every treatment.

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Brand New Booking App

We are excited to announce we have a brand new online booking app available to download from apple or android app store. It is now even easier to book an appointment! Simply download to your phone and whenever you want to book an appointment, open the app, select the treatment and your preferred therapist and then press book. Or you can repeat treatments that you have had previously. To download our app follow this link click here or search for The Courtyard in the apple or android app store.

The Courtyard awarded Clarins Gold Salon status

The Courtyard was awarded Clarins Gold Salon status

We are really proud to announce that in January 2017 after only four years of trading The Courtyard was awarded Clarins Gold Salon status.

This is an excellent achievement brought about by the hard work of our fantastic therapists and also thanks to our loyal clients for their continuous support.

Gold Salon status enables us to offer you all of the promotions that the Clarins Skin Spas and Departments Stores have available to their clients. Included in this is the Clarins for me loyalty scheme. With Clarins for me, you can choose anything you wish, from the Clarins range, absolutely free. The Clarins for me card enables you to collect one C point worth £2 for every £10 you spend on Clarins products with us, these points can be redeemed against Clarins products of your choice. The more C points you collect, the more valuable the gift. This offer runs from 1st June to 31st May annually. Start collecting your points now and for this year only we will transfer them over to a new card in June, giving you 16 months to complete your card.

As well as the Clarins for me, every month from March, we will be offering either a gift with products purchased, gift with treatments purchased or double Clarins for me points. Meaning we are able to reward our loyal clients every month.

Terms and conditions will apply for each offer, please see either our website or speak to a member of staff if you have any questions.

Thank you again,

The Courtyard Team