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Spring is in the air! The flowers and trees are blooming; birds are chirping and bees are buzzing.

Spring is the season of hope and renewal. It is time to shed the old, and welcome the new. Of course, many of us take the opportunity to clean our homes at this time of year.

It feels natural and refreshing to enter summer with a house smelling of cleanliness and newly scoured floors. Giving the carpets a good beating, emptying closest of unnecessary clutter is a great way of preparing for the sunny and bright months ahead.

And don’t even mention all the work that needs to be done in the garden this time of year! There’s planting and weeding and all sorts of other duties that must be taken care of to make sure we are surrounded by a lush and lovely garden during the summer.

But what about ourselves? What about our bodies, our minds? Couldn’t we do with some refreshing decluttering, a clean sweep, some thorough, deep cleaning?

Prepare for spring by cleansing body & mind

We are coming out of a long winter (well at least, here in Riga on the Baltic coast!). It is time to shake off the dust that gathered during the cold months, spent largely inside.

You might feel a bit heavy. A bit lethargic. In need of a boost. The sun is back. The air is getting warmer, the nights longer. The birds and the bees are full of pep, filling the air with their incessant activity.

But you might need a little push to get into the season’s prevailing mood of refreshment and energy. Perhaps you didn’t exercise enough over winter. Perhaps you ate a bit extra to keep the cold out. Perhaps you just feel mentally heavy.

Either way, it can be great to ease into spring by cleaning your body and your mind – just like your home! If you are feeling more like a bear, roused from its deep hibernation than a sprightly swallow dancing in the air, we have the solution for you: Spa treatments are spring cleaning for your body and your mind!

Elien spa has a great choice of invigorating spa treatments

Here at our spa in the heart of Riga’s old town, you will find the treatment you need in order to prepare for spring. We will pamper you, if that’s what you need. We can cover you in honey and chocolate, and make sure to put a joyous smile on your face.

We can also give you massages that will have you bursting with energy. You will feel younger, fresher and full of vigor.

If you more than anything feel like you need to relax in order to declutter your mind and shake off the winter heaviness, we can do that also. Our treatments offer the most completely calming and soothing experiences for body and mind.

So, don’t hesitate: let Elien Spa take care of the most important part of your spring cleaning – yourself.

Sunday, 14 April 2019 19:06

Strengthen your body with a massage

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Going to the gym, doing other types of physical activity, and eating right are all important parts of taking good care of your body. But another method that offers even more potential benefits is a good massage.

A massage is the perfect accompaniment for a workout, or other types of exercise. Anything from running a marathon to taking a brisk stroll around Riga. If you use your body actively, it will benefit from massage.

This goes both for before and after you exercise, by the way!

A massage therapist will knead your muscles in a way that frees them up. He can also manipulate joints and tendons so that they gain greater mobility and elasticity. All these aspects help your body become more resistant to injuries, and capable of enduring greater amounts of activity.

Basically, there is no reason not to get a massage in conjunction with your exercise regimen. The benefits will always be there.

A massage can strengthen many parts of the organism

That a thorough massage is good for muscles, joints and tendons is perhaps not breaking news. Sportspeople have worked with masseurs for many, many decades. But there are other reasons for this too.

A massage can help strengthen your spine also. This offers a great deal of positive outcomes for the entire body. A strong back is essential for all kinds of activities. You basically can’t move if your back is not cooperating. Many of our readers probably know that all too well from painful, personal experience.

Also, your internal organs can benefit from a massage. The same goes for your vascular system. A massage can improve anything from your digestive system to your skin tone.

Among the reasons for this, is that a massage has a lot in common with a strenuous workout. Your body needs to move. It needs to get warmed up. It needs to feel that it is being put to use. Your muscles are probably crying out for more action if you – like most of us – have a sedentary lifestyle.

A massage is an effective way of achieving this. With very low impact, and virtually no risk of injury. For this reason, a massage is ideal for people trying to get into shape. It is a lot easier to go from low activity via a massage to high-level activity, than going straight from high to low.

At Elien Spa we have a massage workout that fits for you

Regardles of your level of fitness or ambition, we have the right massage for you. You can come to our Spa Studio in the heart of Riga after and before your exercise routine. You can come here as a first step towards beginning a new exercise regimen. And you can come here just to give your body a nice, relaxing workout that will strengthen it in so many ways.

Our professional massage therapists will listen to your needs and wishes, and recommend the best treatment available.

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Your feet are tremendously important for all aspects of your wellbeing. Your posture, your mobility, your spine – all depend directly on how healthy your feet are.

But that is not all. Far from it. Your feet also influence your mood. Just think about how annoying it is to go through your day with aching feet. Either due to uncomfortable shoes or other causes. It can be a real downer when such a natural and important part of your day as walking or even standing becomes a painful ordeal.

And then there is the fact that the soles of your feet have pressure points that are connected to the rest of your body. Particularly your internal organs. In ancient Chinese medicine reflexology, focusing on the feet has been used for thousands of years for this specific reason.

So, it’s no exaggeration to say that you had better take good care of your feet!

Your feet are under great stress

It is easy to take things you rely on every day for granted. Not many of us remember to be thankful we can have a hot shower in the morning, or to say thank you to the coffee machine. The same goes for our bodies. Have you ever really considered how much your feet do for you on a daily basis? And how much you put them through?

When we move around, when we cook, exercise, do the shopping, basically all daily activities you can imagine that require any physical effort at all, our feet carry us. We stand on them. We walk on them. We use them to pedal our bicycles. All the time they support our weight. And absorb the pressure of our steps. Again, and again, and again.

And yet – do we appreciate them? Not as much as we should!

Your happiness depends on your feet

It is obvious that our feet are so important to our daily lives that even the smallest injury can have dire consequences. If your feet are too tender or sore to function properly, we end up severely restricted in every way.

We end up being passive. Unable to get out of the house. To do the chores we need to. To partake in the fun activities, we looked forward to.

But even so, many of us fail to look after our feet the way we should. Luckily help is at hand!

This is how to show your feet that you love them!

Here at Elien Spa in the heart of Riga, we know exactly how to make your feet happy! We offer a long list of foot treatments that are guaranteed to make your feet smile.

You can treat yourself to different types of foot massages, and spa treatments especially focused on the feet.

Just stop by, and our professional therapists will do the rest. If you are visiting our city and want to explore it by walking, we highly recommend visiting us first!

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 15:37

It’s OK to spoil yourself a little

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It’s OK to spoil yourself a little

There’s nothing wrong about being a little bit extra kind to yourself now and then. Perhaps you feel you deserve a treat? Or have earned some sort of delicious reward? Then what are you waiting for? Go give yourself the extra little goodies you crave. After all, if you’re not spoiling yourself, who will?

In today’s hectic and demanding world, it is more important than ever to make sure you look after yourself. It goes without saying that we look at what we eat and drink. Everybody knows how important it is for our bodies that we do enough exercise and other forms of physical activity.

But what about your soul, your spiritual essence? How do you care for this aspect of your being? Both for your mental and physical health, the importance of feeling happy and content is enormous. The value of enjoyment to your quality of life cannot be overstated. That’s why constantly being firm with yourself, disciplining yourself and sticking to sensible meals and acts of self-denial, day after day after day simply isn’t good for you.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to spoil yourself a little. One of the healthiest things you can do, is to really go out there and show yourself how much you like yourself. It is joyous to indulge your own good self. Buy yourself that new dress you’ve had your eyes on. Treat yourself to something extra nice for dinner. Allow yourself that special bottle of wine. The least you can do is give yourself a lie-in on the weekend.

A spa treatment is the ultimate self-indulgence

But if you are serious about spoiling yourself; if you think you deserve something truly luxurious, something that will make you feel spectacular and truly appreciated, a spa treatment is what you’re after.

A spa offers an unbeatable combination of physical enjoyment and spiritual relaxation. Tension is relieved. Stress evaporates. And your whole organism fills with bliss.

Here at Elien Spa in the heart of Riga, we offer many spa treatments that are perfectly luxurious. They are simply the perfect treat.

How about our chocolate spa massage? Just imagine how special you would feel as warm, thick chocolate covers your skin; the wonderful aroma fills your nostrils and passes through your body as pure joy.

We also offer many other, similarly delectable treatments. You can savor a coffee peel, any number of footbaths and face treatments, such as massages and peels. All of them are perfect for an indulgence. They do not have to break the bank either. A 3-hour day spa, consisting of a chocolate spa massage, a coffee peel, a face massage and a face mask will only set you back €195.

A small price to pay for long-lasting, deep relaxation, and showing yourself just how much you appreciate who you are. We are waiting for you, ready to give you the treat that you know you deserve.

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Our beautiful city of Riga has many charms. Visitors flock here from all over Europe, and even further afield. Our beautiful architecture, rich history and welcoming hospitality have helped turn the city into one of the premier destinations in the region.

But one thing most guests, and even we locals, could do without is the winter weather. For even though the snow turns our old town into a winter wonderland, it does become very cold indeed.

Luckily, there are many things you can do to protect yourself against the frosty condition. Savoring a hot chocolate or perhaps a mug of mulled wine in one of our many cozy coffee shops, or going for a strenuous walk can help keep the cold at bay. But nothing works better than enjoying a sauna!

The sauna has a long history around the Baltic sea. The tradition of warming up a small log cabin with hot stones goes back many centuries. This sort of sweat lodge has helped the hardy people who have made this corner of Europe their home stay warm and healthy despite the harsh climate.

Thursday, 10 January 2019 23:46

Foot massage – the macho trend for 2019!

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Did you know that ever more men choose to have a foot massage? The trend has been ongoing for a while. But is expected to explode in the new year!

The signs have been around for a while. Men have discovered many new things lately that used to be only for us ladies. Such as skin creams, manicures and moisturizers. Now the time has come for foot massage!

There are many good reasons for this.

Of course, men also like to be pampered. And a foot massage is a lovely way to give yourself a well-earned treat!

But you also get a lot of other important benefits. Obviously, your feet are in action a lot of the time. And even though guys tend to wear more comfortable footwear than us girls, their feet can still ache at the end of a long day.