When you live and/or work in the midst of a capital city, it can be hard to set aside the time to indulge in some quality relaxation, which is perhaps why the idea of a spa day or a spa experience holds such high appeal – because heaven forbid we should ‘just do nothing’ for longer than it takes to travel from Highgate to Kennington on the Northern Line. However every now and then it can – and should – be done, and the great news is that there’s a wealth of luxurious options within the confines of zone 1. Bored of the classic full body massage? We list the best alternative treatments available if you’re keen to make this perhaps rare opportunity a special one.
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VitaDrip® at The Ned
If you’re yet to visit The Ned, be it as a hotel guest or to dine in one of its nine beautifully diverse restaurants, then now is the time to do so. Boasting ornate 1920s and 1930s décor, an exclusive rooftop bar, and spa and treatment rooms, including a Hamman as well as Soho House favourites Cowshed and Neville, it provides the ultimate escapism from the madness of the city outside. The most recent addition to the treatment menu is the much-anticipated VitaDrip® by bespoke wellness establishment, The Elixir Clinic. Treatments blend vitamins, essential minerals and amino acids and are drip-fed into the body to promote long-term wellbeing. The beauty of this particular treatment is that you can be as specific as you like – the options are sevenfold and span everything from tackling jet lag to boosting immunity, detoxing to ultra hydration.
24K gold rejuvenating facial, Bvlgari Hotel Spa
If there’s one way to mark a spa treatment as premium then it’s by naming it ‘24kt gold’. 70 minutes of pure indulgence, this deep treatment combines cosmetic acupuncture, LED light therapy and deep sculpting massage to result in a glowing radiance like no other. Expect visibly smoother skin and the stimulation of collagen production which ultimately results in a more youthful appearance. At £450 a session, it’s certainly one of the more expensive treatments on the market but considering the spa’s position in Knightsbridge, plus its luxurious interiors and guaranteed results, it may not seem like such a surprise.
3D Impact Therapy at Privet
Have you ever left the city for a week only to realise that after a couple of days your skin feels clearer, brighter and more hydrated? Well the good news is that this rested glow can be achieved on the regular thanks to Privet’s newly developed 3D Impact Therapy treatment; a process whereby acoustic waves are applied to the skin to not only increase hydration but also to visibly plump fine lines and wrinkles. At only £25 for 15 minutes, we’re starting to see little reason not to book our first session. The spa itself is nestled in the heart of leafy Notting Hill and it also offers additional specialist treatments such as non-surgical facelifts that use high intensity focused ultrasound to achieve visible results after just one visit.
Floatation Therapy at London Floatworks
Floatation therapy may be less widely acknowledged than yoga and meditation but it’s proven to be similarly effective in the art of stress reduction. The unique element here, however, is that the nature of the treatment not only offers mental clarity but immediate physical relief: clients are partly submerged in water that’s heated to body temperature and is infused with Epsom salts. Floatworks in Vauxhall offers one-off sessions for £50 or monthly packages that work out to be a little less costly if you happen to fall so in love with the technique that you want to make it a part of your regular routine. Added bonus? Opening hours are designed to work in line with the classic 9-5.
Pregnancy Reflexology at Triyoga Camden
The art of reflexology is proven to provide a wealth of physical and mental benefits but Triyoga in Camden offers sessions that focus specifically on making pregnancy as comfortable as is possible for a mother to be. Not only does the technique promote relaxation but it can also relieve pains in the back and groin throughout pregnancy and, towards the end of a woman’s third trimester, encourage contractions. Triyoga states that water retention in the stomach, legs and ankles may also decrease and high blood pressure can be lowered so it’s not just the mother who will reap the benefits but the baby as well.
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