Mind, Body and Soul Archive
Please select the links below to view previously featured articles designed to nourish your Inner Bride

Engagement, What Women Really Experience

Reduce Wedding Stress - Reclaim your Life!

Beautiful Bride - Arrive at the Altar Positively Radiant

Brides - Fend Your Female Friendships!

Miffed By His Mom? How to Make Amends with your Mother-in-Law

Suffering from Identity Crisis?
Behind the Last Name (Change)

One Love-Two Faiths
Planning an Interfaith Wedding Ceremony

Bridal Beauty
The Bridal Countdown

8 Fights Every Couple Should Have
Before their Wedding Day

Dreading His Bachelor Party?
Here's How to Deal...

Got Cold Feet?
What to do When you Want to Say I Don't

Calling off the Wedding -
How to Survive a Broken Engagement

What to Expect During
The First Weeks of Engagement

How to Juggle Wedding Planning
With Your Career

Emotionally Engaged - 11 Must Ask Questions before the Wedding

How to Avoid the
Top 5 Bridesmaid Dilemmas

How to Plan for a
Healthy Financial Future

Bridal Boot Camp -
The Fastest Way to Get in Shape!

Bridal Shower -
6 Ideas for More Meaningful Showers

Are you Becoming Bridezilla?
5 Tips to Avoid the Monster

How to Plan a Green Wedding

Bridal Fitness Basics -
Fitness and Nutrition Guide

Bridal Pampering- a Spa Services Guide for Brides

No doubt about it – one of the best parts about being a bride-to-be is a bona fide excuse to indulge in a little pampering. Not only does a relaxing massage or facial better equip you to handle those pesky seating chart conundrums and nagging moms, a little self nurturing can also ensure you look your best on the big day.

But like a kid in a candy shop, the plethora of spa treatments available can be intoxicatingly exciting and a tad overwhelming. Use this guide of the most common treatments to decide on the pampering package for you.

The ultimate path to relaxation and tension relief, massage involves kneading the body’s muscle and connective tissues through various methods.

Here are the basic types of massage:

Swedish Massage
involves kneading the muscles with firm yet gentle pressure to ease aches and tension, improve circulation and promote relaxation. This traditional form of touch therapy forms the basic techniques for deep tissue, sports and aromatherapy massages.

Deep Tissue Massage
uses the techniques of Swedish massage with more intense and focused pressure to release deeper muscle tension and knots.

Sports Massage -
typically applied to athletes to enhance performance, prevent and heal injuries,
sports massage is designed to focus on specific muscle groups.

traditional massage that adds scented oils designed to address specific needs such as relaxation, energy, stress-reduction or balance.

Hot Stone Massage
involves smooth, heated stones placed strategically on the body to relieve tight muscles. This form of massage is perfect for those with muscle tension that prefer a less intense massage.

Shiatsu – a Japanese massage that employs rhythmic finger pressure on your body’s meridian points. This relaxing style is designed to release energy blockages and regain balance.

This procedure treats the face to cleansing, toning, exfoliating, massaging and moisturizing – all designed to reveal glowing skin.

**Elegala tip – if you’ve never had a facial, you may want to book your appointment a few weeks before the wedding to allow any possible skin reactions (acne or redness) to fade.

Body Treatments
Like a facial for the entire body, body treatments are designed to exfoliate, hydrate, and rejuvenate the skin.

Here’s a guide to some common body treatments:

Body Scrubs
scrubs and creams are applied to exfoliate and polish your skin, leaving your entire body soft.

Body Wraps/Masks
designed to improve appearance and texture of skin by ridding the body of toxins, body wraps cover your body in a mask of mud, lotion, algae, or seaweed, then you’re wrapped for 20 minutes or so, rinsed off, and finally covered with lotion.

Skin Exfoliation
abrasive cloths and micro-bead face scrubs remove dead skin cells from the body to reveal smoother and healthier skin.

You’re probably already familiar with this one; however, nail treatments at full service spas tend to be more luxurious than your basic mini-mall variety.

**Elegala tip - Remember to get your final manicure and pedicure the day before your wedding so nails can thoroughly dry, and get a bottle of your polish from the manicurist for last minute touch-ups.

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