Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spa Tip: Brasschaats Badhuis

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Something rather unexpected happened to me a while ago: I was invited to experience a day at the Brasschaats Badhuis, which is a fully renewed spa located in Belgium. Never having been to a spa I was more than excited to try it out.

The Brasschaats Badhuis is a place one can go to for relaxation, beauty treatments and the enjoyment of an outdoor pool and many different types of saunas. This spa allows you to take your mind off of all the anxieties and stress you can get from your busy schedule, high-pressure job or never ending studies (ugh, that one is personal) and just breathe, relax, enjoy. Having had firsthand experience with the Brasschaats Badhuis I can happily say that it really helped me feel more peaceful for a couple of days and on the day itself... I was worry-free. 

I took my boyfriend with me and we arrived at the Brasschaats Badhuis a bit after noon and we were welcomed with an explanation and tour of the spa and its facilities. I chose to try out an individual facial of 60 minutes followed by massage (back, shoulders and neck) of 25 minutes. My boyfriend begrundingly (yeah, he was not so keen on the idea of going to a spa: "it's for women", is what he said) also chose the individual facial. But I will get back to those treatment later.

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First we had to go to the dressing area and change to our bathrope or our towel, because it was a "no swimsuits allowed" spa. This means we had to be nude!! I am a prude and I have never been to a spa before, so I did not really know what to expect... but I certainly did not expect that the dressing area was just an open area where men and women had to change.. and that there would be one open shower area as well. So the moment I realized this I became a bit panicky. I mean, how odd. How awkward!!! It took me a couple of minutes of looking around before I decided to take off my clothes.. very shyly, trying not to be in anyone's sight I quickly sneaked into and out of the shower when no one was there. For some reason, seeing naked people all day all around you (and mainly men for some reason - not just for women huh!) behaving rather normal and polite without a care in the world (certainly not embarressed to be nude) made me relax a bit more. Also, I walked around with my robe on most of the time so it was not that bad. Nevertheless, I still felt a bit awkward but that is all on me. 

Having overcome from the shock, my boyfriend and I went to the bar and decided to have a light lunch before we would start our beauty treatments. The bar (lounge area) itself was very big and had these wonderful lounge seats that allowed you to fully lie down in them near the fire places. We lounged there until we were ready for our treatments. We were greeted by two kind ladies who took us to individual rooms. I was asked to take off my robe and lie down on the massage table. My facial consisted of rinsing my face, hydrating it, an examination of my skin type, a gentle exfoliation of my sensitive skin, extraction of blackheads and whiteheads, a facial mask, serums and creams. It was a wonderful experience for both my face and my peace of mind, because I felt so much more relaxed afterwards. The beautician was very kind and knowledgable (she gave me an overview of what my skin needs to better it) and explicitly mentioned each step she was taking during my facial and when we got to my massage I had noticed I was not as tense as when I entered the Brasschaats Badhuis. That pleasantly surprised me! The massage was even more amazing. One complete moment of total relaxation. I should get massages more often and I wished it did not end so quickly (I mean, I would not mind if it went on forever).

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After that amazing experience I went down to find my boyfriend near the saunas and pool area. I saw he was relaxing in the heated foot bath (a small pool dedicated to warming your feet and legs) and I joined him. Then he showed me all the different saunas and boy, there are many! You can find several outside but also inside varying from infrared, wood stoved, light-based (that have an effect on your organs) saunas. There were some simple rules added that you needed to follow to make the experience better, such as having a hot shower beforehand and a cold shower after leaving the sauna.
 
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We went there on a beautiful day so I had a couple of drinks outside and enjoyed a soft breeze on my skin. After that nice moment outside I felt daring enough to go into the hot tub, which was really fun and you know, relaxing! Once we were in the bus back to our home I seriously fell asleep!! I could not stay awake anymore... that is how relaxed and at peace the Brasschaats Badhuis made me feel. Luckily, that little nap gave me a bit of energy and I was ready for the rest of my day. Oh, as a side note: my boyfriend does no longer think the spa is just for women. He enjoyed his facial, bought some products for his skin and has even recommended the Brasschaats Badhuis to his parents! I will do the latter to you. I enjoyed it so much that I would like to visit it again when I can and if you are looking for a worry-free day filled with relaxation, enjoyment and beauty treatments (some swimming around, if you feel like it) then you, too, should have a visit. Click here for more information about the Brasschaats Badhuis. Have you ever been to a spa before? Or are you a newbie like I was?


This experience was by invitation. Please read my disclaimer.
source photos: Brasschaats Badhuis.
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26 comments

  1. Ik ben al een paar keer naar een spa geweest. Héérlijk om te relaxen in een sauna en jezelf in de watten te laten leggen. Ziet er een leuk adresje uit!

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    1. Dat is het zeker, Birte! Ik kijk er naar uit om weer naar een spa te gaan :)

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  2. Dat ziet er heel goed uit, lekker relaxen en je laten verwennen! Zo jammer dat ik in Nederland woon en hier dus niet echt heen kan :(

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  3. Wauw! Dat ziet er uit als een paradijs hihi. Geniet
    ervan en laat je lekker verwennen!

    xoxo
    www.its-dash.com

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  4. Waaauw ziet er zalig uit! En niet zo ver van mij dus moet ik onthouden :)

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    1. Inderdaad! Ik denk dat je erg zult genieten van de heerlijke en ontspannende (schoonheids)behandelingen.

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  5. Ik ben nog nooit in een spa geweest, maar het lijkt me wel heel leuk! Alleen dat naakt zijn, brrr, dat is ook niks voor mij haha. Ik heb je trouwens genomineerd voor de Very Inspiring Blogger Award, hoe en wat staat op mijn blog :)

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    1. Dank je wel voor de nominatie :) Ik heb het gezien! Dat naakt zijn is zeker wennen, maar neemt niet weg van de ontspanning.

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  6. Wauww wat fijn zeg, het ziet er alleen al prachtig uit daar! Het lijkt mij zo ontzettend leuk om in zoiets te werken later als ik mijn opleiding heb afgerond :)

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    1. Oh, dat klopt! De dame die me had behandeld was heel vriendelijk en heel goed. Dat was erg fijn en ik heb me al heel lang niet meer zo ontspannen gevoeld, dus ze maakte wel degelijk een groot verschil!

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  7. Ohh dat ziet er goed uit! Ik vind het altijd heerlijk om naar een spa te gaan!

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  8. Hmmmm lijkt mij heerlijk om daar een dag door te brengen!

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  9. Lijkt me erg lekker om daar eens naar toe te gaan

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  10. Hmm heerlijk, die massage lijkt me heel ontspannend :)

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  11. Aah zo heerlijk om naar een welness te gaan! Ik doe dat wel eens regelmatig, maar nu is het weer een tijdje geleden. De vorige keer is m'n vriend gewoon in slaap gevallen in de sauna, hij begon zelfs te snurken. Ik schaamde me echt dood! :D Ik heb hem toen maar 45 min. op een ligzetel laten liggen en ben alleen verder gaan relaxen, hahaha :p
    Een naaktsauna is echt wel niet mijn ding, ik zou ook echt reageren zo als jij dus ik vermijd het liever. Als we naar een privésauna gaan is dat wel naakt, maar dat maakt niet uit, dat is toch maar met z'n tweetjes

    X Sara

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    1. Aww, dan was je vriend vast heel erg moe.. of te ontspannen haha! Ik ben ook wel benieuwd naar zo'n privesauna/spa. Ik zal zelf niet zoveel te vinden zijn in een sauna (en je kunt een handdoek omdoen) dus dat vind ik dan niet erg.. het is meer het naakt rondzwemmen of onder de douche.

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  12. I love hot stone massage and that place looks beautiful

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  13. Wauw, dat ziet er heerlijk uit! Wat een prachtig badhuis! Ik ga eigenlijk nooit naar een spa, maar nu ik dit zie... Bedankt voor deze tip :) !

    Xjes Femke

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    1. Ik hoop dat je er wat aan hebt, Femke :)

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  14. De spa ziet er echt helemaal geweldig uit! Persoonlijk ben ik niet te vinden voor naaktsauna's dus wel jammer dat ze niet bepaalde dagen hebben waarop badkleding wel mag/verplicht is!

    x Karen
    http://dressinginlabels.blogspot.com

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  15. Hey Natasja, oh this sounds like quite an experience! I've been to something like this before, but there is a nude area and a swimsuit area. Since I am also a prude, I always hang out in the swimsuit area :p The treatment sounds great though!

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    1. Hi Sunny! It really was :) I can imagine you prefer the swimsuit area. They were; I've never felt so relaxed.. or.. can't remember that I have :)

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  16. Ziet er goed uit, zou ik ook eens moeten doen!

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  17. What nude? I admire your courage! The pictures are beautiful though, but there is no way I'll go see some random wee-wees. Not my idea of relaxation and I've been to spas at least 7-8 times.

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    1. Haha, thank you! I understand, but I adjusted to the situation.. and the body/face treatments made it worth it!

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