Spa Tips for the BRIDE TO BE

So, you have met the man of your dreams; your knight in shining armour - and he got down on one knee and proposed. You said "YES" in a heartbeat and the diamond is on your finger, you have set your date, chosen your venue, found your dream dress and the invites are in the post — that's it right? Now you can sit back and wait for your special day to arrive.

As "brides to be" will know, unless you are Kate Middleton, weddings aren't that easy to plan; and with the fun and excitement of planning your perfect day comes the inevitable STRESS of trying to fit all the extra hours for finding the perfect dress, meeting with the reception venue, choosing the cake and flowers, taking dance lessons … (the list is endless) into our already very busy lifestyles. Even the most organised and level-headed brides will have moments of "are we crazy" and "let's just elope".

So, what can you do to minimise the stress and maximise the enjoyment of planning your "I DO's"?

Spa Tips for the BRIDE TO BE
Simple, head to the spa of course.

With so many spa options available locally and nationally, you are sure to find your favourite pamper spot. My favourites are the indulgent "chocolate and red wine" type spa's like the Mowana Spa in Fourways, the Mangwanani Spa's in Durban and Cape Town; and the Eastern style Spa's like Kai Thai which bring the authentic experience of Thailand to our shores.

While there's a long list of benefits from enjoying a spa pamper day, here's a few that the busy bride-to-be may want to consider:

  • Massage releases "happy" endorphins
    During wedding planning, feelings of sadness may arise if a loved one is not able to be at the celebration. Massage can help your natural feel-good hormones kick in which helps change a negative attitude into a positive one before you walk your gorgeous self down the aisle.
  • Massage safeguards wellness
    Elevated cortisol levels inhibit immune system function, leading to illness and [gasp] dreaded weight gain. Two things a busy bride just shouldn't have to worry about before her big day are having a runny nose and not being able to zip the dress!
  • Massage helps with memory
    The hippocampus is the region of the brain related to memory. Massage helps create superior development of this region ensuring a better memory performance. Brides-to-be may find this helpful to recall details during planning, while grooms may wish for the opposite — especially after the bachelor party!
  • Massage reduces stress and improves sleep
    When your mind won't turn off long enough to get a good night's rest it effects your decision making & mood often leading to unnecessary arguments about the rose petals swirls down the aisle.

    A spa pamper day not only reduces stress and ensures well-being; it is also a great way to spend time with your BFF's before the big day. Mowana Spa offers a decadent "Bride to Be" African Skies Night Spa Pamper which includes a 2-course spa dinner, beverage including celebratory bubbly, an indulgent full body hot stone massage, pampering foot massage and relaxing head, neck & shoulder massage. The Mowana Spa "BRIDE TO BE" Pamper Journey also includes a complimentary MatsiMela gift hamper for the bride.

    So next time you are feeling stress, take a deep breath and head to the spa — your significant other will love you for it.
Set in the tranquil bushveld gardens of the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Sandton; the Mowana Spa is a wellness sanctuary which will revive your senses, rejuvenate your body and soothe your soul. The Mowana Spa, which takes its name from the majestic Baobab Tree of African Lore and Legend, offers wellness journeys based on Tribal Massage in keeping with the healing spirit of the “Tree of Life”.

Phone: +27 (0) 11 840 6780

William Nicol Drive & Pieter Wenning Road Fourways

Review Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre

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