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AQUA SHEKO FISH THERAPY FOR LONDON


The UK’s fi rst fi sh therapy spa – Aqua Sheko – has opened in Kensington in London. While fi sh therapy is popular in places such as


China and Malaysia, and has recently spread to South Africa, this is the fi rst of its kind in the UK. The spa, which specialises in ‘fi sh pedicures’,


uses eight tanks of water which are home to garra rufa – a species of omnivorous carp that are native to the Middle East and Turkey. Visitors put their feet in the tanks while the


fi sh nibble at their feet – believe it or not, they love to feed on fl aky or diseased skin. The tiny, toothless creatures will suck at the dead cells of the epidermis to reveal a fresh new layer beneath. The process is said not to hurt and is claimed to be especially good for combating psoriasis. A deluxe, 45-minute pedicure, which includes a


30-minute fi sh pedicure and a 15-minute foot wash and massage, is £45. Details: www.aquasheko.co.uk


HEALTH CLUB SPA


DALESAUNA’S NEW SAUNA ETIQUETTE POSTER


Can you remember the swimming pool posters that showed bathers how to behave – the ones that depicted a multitude of offences on which lifeguards would quickly clamp down? While swimming rules are


generally now understood, the protocol of using a sauna is still a little foggy. So, to help health clubs educate their clients on the benefi ts and use of saunas, thermal equipment supplier Dalesauna has designed a Sauna Etiquette poster which communicates the serious messages and benefi ts but in a fun way. The A3 poster is water-resistant and can be used in a heated area.


40-year spa habit for austrian nuns


The 144-bedroom Kurhaus Marienkron hotel in eastern Austria is no newcomer to spa treatments: for the past 40 years, it’s operated as a health spa as part of the Marienkron Abbey. What makes the facility stand out,


however, is the fact that it’s run by nuns – who developed their fi rst 50- bedroom guesthouse in 1969 after their chicken farming and peach-growing businesses proved unsuccessful.


82 The Sisters of the Cistercian Order


lead all types of activities at the health spa, from a game of hockey or qigong in the abbey grounds to gymnastics, line-dancing or cycling along undulating lanes overlooking vineyards. The wide range of therapies include


massages, colonics and acupuncture. But the signature treatment sees jets of cold mineral water blasted at the body to help boost the immune system.


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GETTING IN A SPIN ABOUT SPA


Those seeking a spa break with a difference need look no further than Europe’s fi rst rotating hotel, due to be built in Croatia. Masterminded by Richard Hywel Evans


of Studio RHE in the UK, the new hotel and marina will be built into a hillside olive grove on the island of Solta, just 35 minutes by boat from Split. The development will rotate within the centre of an infi nity-edged swimming lake that cascades down onto the hillside spa below. As it rotates, at a gentle speed of 1.3 times a day, guests will be able to enjoy a range of ever-changing views over the Adriatic Sea, the surrounding countryside and local Roman remains.


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