Normally my Saturday afternoons are spent watching football or at least following the results but a few years ago I swapped the football stadium and pints of beer for a spa and herbal tea in Le Touquet converting myself into a man who spas.
An interesting invitation labelled ‘girlie weekend’ dropped into my inbox but I didn’t let that put me off!
My lovely (and understanding) wife even gave me the okay despite it just being me going with an all female group.
I had previously had the odd spa treatment but it was basically massages whilst away on holidays with my wife but this was a full on spa day!
Spas are something Le Touquet does very well and the pick of the bunch is the Thalassa Le Touquet – a lavishly decorated seawater spa which overlooks the beach.
We got to indulge in four treatments: a ‘bain bouillonnant’ – a big whirlpool bath which gives you a full body massage at the same time.
A ‘modelage’, one of the most relaxing massages I’d ever had, and a hydrojet, which involved lying face down on waterbed and having pumps massage your entire body.
After some vigorous pummelling and finally getting used to wandering around in a white dressing gown it was time for the final treatment, the douche jet.
To be honest I was more than a little nervous as I was told it involved standing in a corridor and being hosed down.
It sounded like when Andy Dufresne first arrived in Shawshank prison but of course I needn’t have worried, it was definitely a lot more fun than that.
If you want read more about my adventure in Le Touquet click here.
Whilst myself and the group I was with were younger than most of the clientele it really was an excellent experience.
After my initial apprehension of walking around in the dressing gown I actually felt very relaxed and was happy to become a man who spas! It was able to enjoy the experience.
For a man to go to a spa either on your own or with a partner is something that is perfectly acceptable now – I admit I couldn’t imagine my father having done something similar at my age but we now live in a different time!
I was really converted to be a man who spas. This experience was so enjoyable that for my next holiday with my wife we decided to head to Tunisia to another Thalasso Spa.