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SPA £6m spa plans for Rudding Park

Te privately-owned Rudding Park Hotel Spa & Golf in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, has unveiled plans to build a £6m destination spa in order to widen visitor appeal. “We have to keep up,”

Peter Banks, managing direc- tor of Rudding Park Hotel Spa & Golf, told Leisure Opportunities. “We are one of the best hotels in the coun- try and the spa will ensure we remain competitive.” Te new build will incor-

porate a 17m (56ft) pool, hydrotherapy pool, 10 treat- ment rooms and three heat treatment cabins. “We are currently working with our archi-

tects [Horsley & Feather] and Harrogate Planning Department to finalise the plans for the spa development,” said Banks. Plans will be submitted in May with a view

to commencing work in 2015. Te hotel’s current spa is located in the £8m

Follifoot Wing, built in 2011. It features four treatment rooms, a steamroom, monsoon showers and a hammam. Skincare prod- ucts used in the existing spa are provided by

Te hotel’s current spa is located in the £8m Follifoot Wing, built in 2011

Spiezia, Carita and Aromatherapy Associates. Te Follifoot Wing also features a 14-seat

private cinema, gym and 48 bedrooms. Te popularity of the on-site leisure facilities have led to the decision to create a new spa. “Tis wing has resulted in a change to our

business mix,” said Banks. “Te leisure seg- ment accounts for 40 per cent of our total business, as opposed to 15 per cent prior.” Te hotel is also gearing up to host three

teams during the opening stages of the Tour de France. Details:

Study shows clinical benefits of massage

Te clinical value of massage therapy and its circulatory benefits have been established by a study published in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Rese a r chers at the

University of Illinois in Chicago studied the impact of Swedish massage received by 15 out of a test group of 25 healthy adults – all of whom exercised with a leg press until their limbs became sore. Te 15 who received mas-

sages reported no more pain an hour and a half aſter the therapy took place – but those who did not receive a massage said they still felt sore a day aſter the exercise session. Participants also had their blood flow mea-

sured at different points aſter the exercise was carried out. Tose who were massaged had improved blood flow at all the time points and the improvement in blood flow only appeared to taper off three days aſter the exercise. Tose who were not massaged had reduced blood

© CYBERTREK 2014 Te improvement in blood flow only taper off three days aſter exercise

flow just an hour and a half following exercise. A control group of 11 adults who did not

exercise – but received the massage – experi- enced the same blood flow effects as those who did the leg presses. Researcher Nina Cherie Franklin said in a statement, “Our study val- idates the value of massage in exercise and injury, which has been recognised but based on minimal data. Details:

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