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A wedding isn't just about one day

The wedding day is traditionally considered to be all about the bride. It's her day and as the most beautiful person there, she's the focus of all the attention. Everything's supposed to go her way. But the wedding day needn't be the only day that the bride revels in attention and is indulged in a spot of pampering. The weeks and months leading up to the wedding can be very stressful for the bride-to-be. It's recommended that she relax with some health and beauty treatments, which also produce glowing skin and brimming confidence.

There is a wealth of beauty treatments available for a blushing bride to choose from. Some of the most obvious ones include: facials, massages, manicures and pedicures, and some essential waxing. Body exfoliation and wraps are not as common but are well worth it for the extra healthy all-over body glow.

Most of the bigger and slightly more expensive spas offer a variety of body wraps and treatments. These spas can be found online through any web directory. Some of the more exotic wraps include:

Moor Mud Body Wrap The Moor Mud is extremely rare and can only be found in two spa lakes throughout the entire world. Its therapeutic properties are well documented, relaxing tired muscles, purifying skin and providing the body with essential minerals.

Chocolate Mousse Body Wrap As indulgent as it sounds, your body is wrapped in warm chocolate, followed by a tsunami shower and then smoothed in Chocolate Butter Cream. It's not recommended that you stop at any chocolates on the way home.

Detoxifying Seaweed Body Treatment Algae extracts are blended with Irish moss extract and pure essential oils to form a revitalising treatment that deeply penetrates the skin. After the seaweed treatment there is body brushing and a moist heat treatment that'll leave you cleansed and energised, ready to tackle any flower or catering problems.

A routine of facials should be started about six months before the wedding so that if your face should react after a few treatments there is plenty of time to clear it. Time is also needed for circulation to improve and for applications to take effect. Some facials that are recommended before your wedding include:

Hydradermie Plus A galvanic current hydrates your skin at the deepest level, plumping it up and moisturising it.

Hydradermie Lift A combination of manual and machine massages is used to stimulate collagen production. This also stimulates your facial muscles to improve circulation and increase your skin's firmness. Your skin's ability to retain moisture is also increased.

A massage is one of the most effective ways to relax. The days of the basic rub down are over and now you can choose from many types of exotic massages, most of them from Asia and the Sub-Continent.

Hot Stone Massage Water heated basalt or volcanic stones are placed on certain points on the body, depending on where problem areas are, or if overall detailed work is going to be done. The heat of the stones helps to make the massage an effective stress reliever. The hardness of the stones and their weight allows the therapist to concentrate on specific areas, working deeper and harder as needed.

Shiatsu Massage Shiatsu is a finger pressure massage technique that is also known as acupressure. By applying the thumbs, finger and palms to certain points in the body by tapping, squeezing, rubbing and applying pressure, the therapist clears energy blockages and optimises the flow of ki. This results in the release of toxins from the body, reduction in blood pressure, reduction in mental anxiety, and the calming of nervousness.

It's recommended that you go for a massage at least 5-10 days before your wedding so that your body can get rid of all the toxins that the massage released. Things like waxing and manicures and pedicures should be done closer to the wedding, only a day or two before. After which the bride-to-be should be calm, relaxed and the picture of glowing health. The walk down the aisle will be a pleasure as she draws admiring glances from all present, but most importantly, from her adoring groom.

Recommended sites: http://www.emeraldspringsspa.com/therapies/body-wraps-exfoliating-treatments.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_massage
http://healing.about.com/cs/holistictherapies/a/shiatsu.htm
http://www.health24.com/natural/Massages/17-671,22629.asp
http://www.celebration.co.za/wedding-articles/categories/Health-and-Beauty/
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