January has long been associated with all things bleak, with the third Monday of the month being classified as the saddest day of the year.
So often, the new year is kicked off with detoxes, strict regimes and caffeine reductions (which can make any month the toughest of the year). So in this issue, we’re tackling the January blues by way of indulgence. Spa indulgence. Warning: You may want to keep going back to the said places, even when January is through.
ROSEWOOD LONDON – SENSE SPA Rosewood London, set in a timeless Edwardian building and located just minutes away from Covent Garden, fuses both history and contemporary luxury. This winter, Rosewood London’s Sense Spa is introducing new treatments, designed to de-stress and invigorate. The hotel is also the only one in Europe to feature body treatments from Maison Caulières. Created for both men and women, Maison Caulières products are known for their beneficial properties, which include nourishing and rejuvenating skin, thanks to their high concentration of essential fatty acids. Will you be able to fast-forward past January? No. You will, however, be able to escape it. Whatever your need, there’s a treatment for it…
ODE AU REPOSE Described as ‘an exquisite indulgence’, the Ode Au Repose is an upper body massage, which focuses on the back, neck, shoulders and arms. The treatment is designed to restore tired and weary upper body muscles, all of which are typical complaints from the 21st century human. At the heart of the treatment are products containing vegetable oil and honey, with their endless natural benefits.
LES MAINS À L’ORIGINE The knowledge behind the treatment comes from a Maison Caulières family discovery. When cultivating the various plants and botanicals grown on the estate, the family noticed that the handling of the natural oils had made their hands smoother. Taking inspiration from hand reflexology, the treatment begins with a hand scrub, followed by a hot towel rinse, a hand mask and finally a hand/arm massage. Keyboard-weary hands are rejoicing everywhere.
COMME UNE TERRE FERTILE (Signature Massage) This treatment focuses on tension relief and stretching muscles. The aim is to enhance circulation and to promote detoxification. The experience begins with an opening ritual, whereby the hands are massaged, using warm seeds wrapped in linen. The 90-minute massage then begins, which warms up the muscles of each area, including the back and shoulders, the legs, stomach, upper-chest and finally the arms. The treatment ends with a closing ritual (which involves the Maison Caulières Envolée Légère sprayed three times onto the hands and feet).
LUMIERE DES SAISONS (Signature Treatment) The seasonal treatment uses scented candles to take you on a blissful winter journey (minus the dark mornings, shorter nights and cold symptoms). Lumiere Des Saisons begins with a full body scrub to drain the body of toxins and then a rinse with hot towels. A head, face, hand and foot massage is followed by cool towels, which are applied to the legs. Next is a leg massage to promote circulation and the treatment ends on a massage focused on the stomach, back, upper-chest and arms.
SPA LIST Below are more luxurious Covent Garden retreats to keep in mind for when you need some ‘me’ time.
The Aveda Institute Salon & Spa, who offer the popular Stress Fix Massage (www.avedainstitute.co.uk)
Neal’s Yard Remedies, with Therapy Rooms that are a go-to for all things wellbeing. (www.nealsyardremedies.com)
Relax, who offer aromatherapy and ‘The Relax Experience.’ (www.relax.org.uk) Error 404: January Blues not found. I hope that you can embrace the month ahead and that it treats you well in return!