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A few months back I went to Spa Experience's relaunch event and was very kindly given a voucher for a free treatment at one of their many salons in my goodie bag! After having a manic few months afterwards and moving house twice it completely slipped my mind, so when I rediscovered the voucher in one of my drawers it seemed the perfect time to get a massage (lots of stress from moving = lots of tension in my shoulders!)
I chose the Experience Back, Face and Scalp Massage at the Old Street branch in Ironmonger Row Baths, Islington. On the day I accidentally ended up taking the wrong route on the tube so I turned up 20 minutes late in a complete sweaty, flustered mess (not ideal when you're just about to have a massage) but my therapist was so welcoming and understanding she completely put my mind at rest and I instantly felt relaxed when I stepped into my treatment room.
On arrival I was given a glass of orange juice, which was very much needed, and then the therapist got to work getting rid of all my aches and knots! Unsurprisingly, as soon as she touched my shoulders she commented on how tense they were. I know I am guilty of having bad posture and my shoulders often get tight so there is a lot of work needed on them and she completely eased out all the tension in my back, while still managing to keep the massage relaxing and comfortable.
Like most people my 9-5 is very busy and I am often at events in the evening so I rarely get time to myself to switch off so it felt amazing to just lie down and do nothing for a while and for the first time in ages I actually managed to completely switch off my mind!
After working on my back, neck and shoulders I then had a face and scalp massage, which was ultra relaxing. If you go for this treatment I would recommend going makeup free as I found it a little odd having oil applied to my face on top of my day-old makeup as I had just come straight from work, but luckily I haven't had any breakouts from it since.
Once my treatment had finished I was then brought a cup of orange sorbet to 'cleanse the pallet', which was such a nice surprise. I was given the option to use the sauna and thermal spa afterwards but unfortunately had forgotten to bring my swimsuit with me - so much sure you take one along and make full use of the facilities.
I left the spa feeling 100 times calmer, soothed and more relaxed and felt like I was walking on a fluffy cloud as I made my way back home.
Spa Experience was previously known as Spa London but rebranded earlier this year, mainly to refleft the fact it is no longer just in London. It is part of Better Gyms so is based on the concept of making day spas accessible and affordable for everyone, while still remaining luxurious - something I'm a big supporter of! Spa Experience has branches across the country with six in London and others in Hertforshire, Surrey and Somerset. They have a range of treatments including massages, hammam scrubs, tanning, waxing, manicures & pedicures and even prenatal and men's treatment so there truly is something for everyone.
A huge thank you to the Spa Experience team for a wonderful massage - I can't wait to rebook!