This Father’s Day, 19th June, Bliss Spa in London are opening their doors to just men. Think, macho massages, MANLY-cures, facials, sauna, SOLE MAN pedicures and wait for it, BEER (or herbal tea if you prefer, but yeah, BEER!)
A spa I hear you cry! I can picture you scrunching up your tired old dad face right now at the very thought. Ok, perhaps not the first place a dad would think of going for Father’s Day, but it’s 2016 and time for us worn out, modern dads to give our scrunched up faces and mobile-climbing-frame-bodies a chance to recover from the stresses and strains our knee-high tyrants (and mum!) have inflicted! Think of a spa and the image of women in white robes and slippers, perhaps enjoying a facial, unwinding in the sauna or getting their nails done might be the first thoughts that fill our heads. On the other end of the spectrum we have the sacred pub. Now, in days gone by, the pub might have usually been the more likely venue for a dad seeking solace, but that’s been done a 100 (ok, 1000s) of times before. A spa provides the opportunity to really unwind and did I mention Bliss will have beer anyway?
In the past, us masculine men, overflowing with testosterone and male pride, might not have even considered a spa as a place to go, shunning it for fear of embarrassment and the unknown. And up until the age of the now celebrated modern man, our bodies just wouldn’t have been given an opportunity to recover and repair – the most we’d have given our aching frames would be a hard floor and a hot water bottle.
Thankfully, we’re in a time when it’s ok to be a man interested in wellbeing, when modern dads can forget old fashioned fears and clichés and treat our bodies to a well-deserved chance to relax without fear of embarrassment. Father’s Day at Bliss Spa provides the perfect setting for this chance to unwind.
Bliss recently invited me to the spa to try out one of their Father’s Day treatments. I’ve actually visited before to have a Deep Tissue Extreme Sports Massage (which I’d highly recommend), so this time, I picked the ‘Homme Improvement’ facial. It lasted for about an hour and 20 minutes and was deeply relaxing. The bed is heated, the room is calm and the massages left my face feeling like it wasn’t mine anymore – weird, but very nice. For half an hour or so, the technician massaged various magic potions into my skin which felt great - I’m no beauty expert and to be honest have no idea what they did, but my face was bloody loving it! If it wasn’t for my fear of snoring in front of the poor technician, I would have fallen asleep, it was that good. Then came the one bit I wasn’t expecting and to be honest didn’t really enjoy; extraction of black heads – sorry, rank I know, but for the sake of a quick poke at my skin, it was worth getting that filth out. Other treatments on my face included being wrapped in clingfilm and steamed by a hot towel. Either side of my face being covered in various layering, my my skin was delicately massaged over and over with more products working their magic, all making me feel refreshed and very much unlike the tired dad I'd gone in as. There was also a head massage, a hand and arm massage plus a foot rub before the treatment started coming to an end with some vitamins being applied to my face. To finish, some cooling pure oxygen was blown onto my skin to encourage the benefits of the vitamins - absolute BLISS (sorry).
As I left the spa, I checked my face in the mirror/took varying blue steel selfies on my phone and could instantly see the difference. My drained old, dad face suddenly looked young again; clean and refreshed, ready to take whatever life when I got home could throw at me (Disney toys, quite literally thrown at me, that’s what).
If you’re looking for a chance to unwind on Father’s Day, then a treatment or two at Bliss could be the perfect way to spend a couple of hours. No need to fear the unknown or feel embarrassed to get your nails scrubbed up, your back rubbed or your face cleansed. Embrace the modern dad vibes and just go for it… Also, did I mention the beer?