There are many ways to experience luxury through first-class travel, fine dining, five-star hotels and designer products, but could the most luxurious experience of all be the pampering? Spending time and money on your body and mind, being totally self-indulgent and having yourself massaged and cleansed from top to toe with the most exclusive spa treatments? There can’t be many experiences more satisfying than having nothing to do but relax and enjoy the benefits of professional therapists, beauticians, and hairdressers while being waited on hand and foot. Is this your idea of bliss, and what separates a regular spa break from the height of luxury?

Why does pampering feel so good?

The first reason is that most treatments are designed to feel good while they’re being administered, so the experience of caring for your body or beautifying your appearance becomes something to be enjoyed quite separately from the after effects. Having someone wash your hair and massage your scalp while you lie back and relax is very calming and therapeutic, and having an expert body massage at a spa has the same effect. The second reason is that feeling of taking a step back and letting go of all responsibilities. For that period of time, you are relieved of all stresses and deadlines, and all you can do is savor the moment and appreciate the oasis of calm. The third reason is that you feel so much better after your treatments, and when you know something will be enjoyable, the anticipation contributes to the enjoyment of the experience.

The expert touch

Paying for a top-rated hairdresser or visiting the most exclusive spa means you are in the hands of the most knowledgeable experts in their field. You are paying for their attention and time, and they will be willing and able to assist you in any way that enhances your experience. You can ask your stylist anything about your hair, whether it be the ingredients in the organic conditioning mask they’re using or an explanation of the stages of hair growth. Any physical problems you have can be discussed with your therapist who will tailor your treatment to allow for and if possible improve your pain. On the other hand, if you feel the need to tell your masseuse all about the drama at the country club the previous weekend, they will listen to you, and if you want to be quiet, they will respect your silence.

With so many opportunities for luxurious experiences all around the world, it may seem odd to think that one of the best ways of treating yourself is to have your hair done or get a pedicure; but there is far more to the luxury version of these activities. The surroundings, the expertise of the staff and the time they give you, the hospitality, the range of treatments and of course the finished results all combine to make pampering one of the best ways to add a touch of luxury to your life.