services offer a bit of relaxation paired with lasting physical
So how do you market your spa to this diverse customer
group? Start directly reaching out to athletes or athletic groups.
Offer a combined fitness class and spa treatment deal to
introduce fitness-minded customers to your facilities. If you
don’t have a fitness facility on-site, work with popular fitness
gyms and groups nearby to offer exclusive discounts to their
members. Both tactics will introduce your spa to local athletes,
who will continue to come back for the restorative treatments
Also, consider adding a few treatments specifically designed
for athletes to your menu, as these treatments can be marketed
to a broad audience. “A diverse population of people can benefit
from fitness and sports treatments: the novice athlete trying
their first triathlon, someone dedicated to working out or
playing sports as a hobby, or the professional athlete,” says Kara
Thomas, director of health and wellness at CopperWynd Resort
and Club in Fountain Hills, Arizona. “There are so many
massage therapy experts who can use their knowledge, expertise
and experience to help these athletes.”
Some popular athletic treatments include Myofascial Release
Therapy, PNF Stretch Therapy (proprioceptive neuromuscular
facilitation), Deep Tissue Sports Massage, cupping, cryotherapy,
Spa Treatments Fit for Olympians
Athletes are turning to spas more than ever to help them condition their bodies or physically recover after a
grueling sporting event, and Tania Farah, wife of Olympic Gold Medalist and track athlete Mo Farah, understands
why. After moving from London to Portland for her husband’s training schedule, she opened
a unique, high-end spa for local spa-goers to escape. At British Manor Spa, Farah is
channeling both her British heritage as well as the needs of world-class athletes she is
surrounded by to create a unique day spa experience in Beaverton, Portland.
Pulse: Because your husband is an athlete, you no doubt understand the
immense pressure an athlete’s body undertakes during training. How has this
influenced your spa’s offerings?
Tania Farah: Being married to an athlete and Olympian has enabled me to understand the
human body a lot better, particularly the most effective recovery methods for the body. When
creating my menu of services, I wanted to include those same world-class recovery elements that
are so successful for elite athletes as well as everyday people.
P: Why do you think athletes are turning to spas for treatments?
F: Athletes more than most see the need for wellness of the mind and body to perform at their best.
With spas being able to focus on specialized recovery and relaxation, it has become an ideal place
for athletes and active people to go for complete rejuvenation.
P: Why is it important for spas to consider adding sports and fitness treatments to their
F: As more and more people become active and lifestyle conscious, it’s important for spas to be able to
offer quality, bespoke recovery treatments geared toward those leading active lives. By focusing equally on
sports recovery elements as relaxation services, spas will have a greater appeal to active people seeking specialized treatments.
P: Where do the principles behind your fitness and athletic recovery therapy offerings stem from?
F: The British Manor Spa has incorporated some of the world’s leading recovery methods which have been used by Olympic
athletes for many years. Being fortunate enough to have direct access to these elite services enables me to bring them into my
spa and offer it to the wider public.
P: Can you share three ways other spas can help assist athletes in their training regimen?
F: By focusing on quality training and education for therapists performing recovery massage treatments, spas will be able to
appeal more to athletes in need of specialized treatment. Other ways which spas can assist in an athletes’ training regimen is
to offer variety on different recovery treatments which can be customized to the individual and his or her specific needs at that
time. Comfort and relaxation is crucial to athletes’ overall training when in their downtime, so ensuring all these elements work
well together will deliver an effective end-to-end recovery experience for athletes.