As I’ve written before, I love a good spa treatment. For me, it’s the perfect way to relax and destress. In my opinion, they should be available on the NHS! For my birthday, Phil bought me the Tales of Bath Lush treatment and we decided to go to the Lush Spa in Poole to have it. I’ve never had a treatment at Lush before, but seeing as I do my best to turn my sad little bathroom into my own Lush spa on an almost weekly basis, I knew that I’d probably love it. Love it is an understatement. I’d like to move into the Lush Spa in Poole please, yes, that would do quite nicely. Before I arrived, I thought to myself, ‘This is going to make a great blog post’ but I’m not going to go into too much detail about the treatment itself, as part of the enjoyment of the treatment was the mystery around it. I had no idea what to expect, other than what it says on the website. I knew that it was going to be sleep inducing and relaxing. Perfect!
From the moment I stepped into the spa area, everything was about relaxing and slowing down. Nothing was too much effort, everything was done on my terms and about taking it easy. The ambience was one of taking things easy and I love the decor in the waiting area. It’s how I would like my country cottage to be decorated. I also have bathroom envy as the shower area was huge and there was an array of Lush products to use. My treatment didn’t involve the shower, which isn’t a bad thing, as it involved a bath. Yep, you get to have someone draw you a bath and you get to relax in it. It’s pretty much heaven!
The whole treatment is vegan, which Phil checked before buying it (mega brownie points!) and is incredibly sleep inducing. While I didn’t fall asleep during the treatment, I certainly felt sleepy afterwards. A little tip from me, if you have this treatment, make sure you’ve got an afternoon of napping or vegging out planned. You won’t want to do much else, trust me. What I loved was the way Lush had thought of everything, from the oils to the music to the lighting. Everything was perfect. The only problem is that I now can’t decide from having Tales of Bath every time or trying something new? Tough choice eh?!
For me, there’s nothing more relaxing than a bit of pampering. If I want some ‘me’ time or need to relax, then a back massage is what I go for. I’m a huge fan of Fawsley Hall, but it’s not close to where I live so I need to find somewhere good that is within a walk or short drive from home. Nothing tenses my shoulders up more than traffic! I’ve tried a couple of places in Abingdon, but nothing really suited me. Thinking about where to do, I realised that I’d never been to Utopia Beautique, despite having lived in Abingdon for years. I had a quick look on their website to see if a back massage was on offer, which is was, and contacted them for a suitable appointment during half term and to find out if their products were suitable for vegans. I secured an appointment and the products Utopia use are suitable for vegans. Fantastic!
I’ve had a number of back massages but this was the first time that I lay on my back for my massage. There were two water filled cushions on the table, which I lay on and they were warmed to body temperature. I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first, because I didn’t think it would be possible to apply enough pressure to my back, neck and shoulders if I was lying on my back, but thought I’d give it a go.
I’m glad I did. While it was different and took a little while to get used to, it was a much more gentle approach. I can tell when a masseur gets to my shoulders and feels the humungous knots in them. Usually, they go to town on my shoulders, which in lots of cases, means my shoulders can be painful for a few days after. Not exactly the result you want. However, this did not happen at Utopia. While the masseur could feel the knots, because I was on my back, she dealt with them in a different, more gentle way. It was so relaxing and my shoulders felt relaxed and stress free, without any discomfort. I can heartily recommend it and would definitely go back the next time my shoulders are up around my ears!
A few weekends ago, a couple of friends and I headed to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa for a spot of well earned pampering. We’ve been before and it remains to be, in my opinion, the best spa I’ve ever been to. When we arrived, we chatted in the seating area in reception while we waited for our appointments. We were all having different treatments – I went for my usual back massage and wasn’t disappointed.
After an excellent massage, which was just right and managed to work out the tension in my shoulders, it was time to wait for the others in the relaxation room. We had booked afternoon tea over in the hotel so when it was time, we left the spa and headed to the main building. We were in the main room, which is incredibly lavish and ornate. The sofas are enormous and comfortable and the staff are always on hand, without being pushy, to help with anything. I asked for the veggie afternoon tea and had some delicious sandwiches to accompany my scones. I also asked for soya milk with my tea and as pleased that they had that too. While the sandwiches were good, the scones and cream were amazing. We had one fruit and one plain scone each and we were able to get extra cream and jam, as we didn’t hold back!
We had such a lovely time there that we’re going back in a few weeks time for an end of school treat. I think we all deserve a little de-stressing!