Melt away muscle tension and feel like you’ve stepped straight out of Mount Olympus with our pick of the capital’s best new spa treatments for spring 2022. High-tech treatments, expert massages and express facial stations – here’s where to London’s latest dose of all things beautifying
1 Pitstop at Sofitel London St James’ New HydraFacial Express Bar
Whether you’ve got a busy day of meetings or simply shopping the afternoon away, this central property makes the ideal pitstop. Situated in the heart of the city, Sofitel London St James is the perfect to explore London before enjoying a revolutionary, 30-minute Signature HydraFacial treatment using advanced patented Vortex technology for some added beauty boosting.
The treatment feeds the skin with natural ingredients that are rich in nutrients, allowing guests to achieve their healthiest skin in just 30-minutes – perfect for those that want to refresh quickly between adventures in the Capital. With a host of more languorous treatments on offer, Sofitel Spa also provides the perfect haven amidst the city to reset before or after an evening on the town.
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Cost: HydraFacial treatments start from £105.
Where: 6 Waterloo Pl, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4AN
How: Find out more and make a booking via all.accor.com
2 Embrace your holistic side with the Grey Wolfe method in Barnes
Positioned along a bustling Barnes street in leafy South West London, Grey Wolfe is no spa sheep in wolf’s clothing. It’s a well-poised pioneering hub of holistic treatments and beauty pampering opportunities – and more importantly, a space designed for its visitors to find inner peace through a carefully-curated method designed and developed by founders and wellbeing experts Sarah Jones and Sinéad Johnson.
The process is based on the ‘sacred art of healing’ – and aims to mend both body and spirit at the same time, restoring balance after the hectic stress of everyday life. Through treatments such as ‘Touch Therapy’ and an ‘Energy Healing Facial,’ it focuses on how a client wants to feel, whether that be relaxed, energised or uplifted – and this is achieved through a number of holistic techniques, or ‘elements’.
No treatment is quite the cookie cutter same, as the therapist will assign a handful of elements based on your individual aims and how you want to feel when you drift away from the salon. These range from chakra balancing and mindful meditation to a smudging ceremony, crystals and energy flows. Essentially, it’s a unique holistic toolkit that can be utilised to help heal each individual.
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Where: 71 White Hart Ln, London SW13 0PP
Wallet: Grey Wolfe method treatments start from £180 for 60 minutes.
How: Find out more and make a booking via greywolfe.co.uk or phone 020 3606 0049
3 Pamper yourself silly with the Meridian Flow Golden Facial at The Westin London City
Ideal for luxury lovers, Philosophia Botanica’s revolutionary Meridian Flow Golden Facial and exclusive skincare range have made their debut at the UK’s first Heavenly™ Spa by Westin, set in the newly opened The Westin London City.
Guests are able to enjoy this luxurious facial treatment in the UK, in the tranquillity of London’s new city centre sanctuary. Created by Chinese Medicine practitioner Francesca Canzano-Franklin, the treatment is inspired by a fusion of African botanicals and Eastern traditional techniques. The Meridian Flow Golden Facial plumps the skin, promotes vitality, defines, sculpts and lifts at a cellular level.
During the facial, a fusion of adaptogenic botanical oils is used in conjunction with a gauss micro-stimulator, magnetic pen and a copper gua sha sculpting spoon to gently stimulate the skin and its sub-dermal layers.
Gold coated micro-magnetic pearls are then carefully applied to the meridians and acupuncture points of the face, to stimulate tissue activity, increase micro-circulation and oxygenation, reduce the depth of wrinkles and plump the skin. This blissful and one-of-a-kind fusion encourages the natural production of elastin and collagen to maintain healthy skin and stimulate the flow of blood, lymph and qi to the face, head and neck.
The expertly crafted holistic facial also incorporates facial mapping based on Chinese medicine, meridian balancing, magnetic energy matching, acupressure stimulation and a bespoke facial massage ritual created by Philosophia Botanica’s founder. Glowing goddess skin is just a booking away.
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When: The Heavenly™ Spa by Westin is open daily from 9am – 9pm.
Wallet: The Philosophia Botanica Meridian Flow Golden Facial is priced from £170 for a 90 minute treatment.
How: To book and for further information, visit heavenlyspalondon.com
Where: 60 Upper Thames St., London EC4V 3EH
4 Relieve stress & sore muscles with Ushvani’s Dynamic Body Ritual
Ushvani, London’s finest day spa bases its whole philosophy on ancient Asian culture that focuses on both spiritual harmony and natural, therapeutic treatments. To welcome in the Year of the Tiger, symbolic of strength, the Chelsea-based spa has recently launched a Dynamic Body Ritual.
A 120min long Thai Massage, the Dynamic Body Ritual combines acupressure with stretching and is directly related to yogic principles originating in India. In many ways it is also similar to Chinese massage using techniques such as Reflexology and Shiatsu and it is based on a theory of the flow of energy along the Sen-lines or channels that run throughout the body.
Thai Massage itself is considered to be energy work rather than bodywork and is designed to stimulate the body’s energy level and natural healing process. It can prevent bone degeneration, decrease stress, treat back pain and contribute to physical and mental well-being. It also has the ability to improve circulation, flexibility and muscle tone and is especially beneficial for those who find themselves stiff, sore and tired from overexertion in work or sports and for people who suffer from mobility disorders.
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Wallet: The Dynamic Body Ritual costs £240 for 120mins
How: Find out more and make a booking via ushvani.com
Where: 1 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2RJ
5 Spoil yourself with a MOSS of the ISLES treatment at The Berkeley
Calling all wellness worshippers. MOSS of the ISLES has announced a three-month spring wellness collaboration with The Berkeley, London. Available from 1st March 2022, the all-natural skincare brand will offer an exclusive range of body treatments at the five-star Belgravia hotel’s Bamford Wellness Spa – talk about dreamy.
Clients will be able to enjoy an exclusive range of full-body 60 and 90 minute treatments harnessing the invigorating properties of the brand’s range. All therapies will harness the power of MOSS of the ISLES’s nourishing vegan, chemical- and cruelty-free products, which are handcrafted in small batches using sustainably-sourced ingredients from across Ireland and the British Isles.
Ranging from a 60 minute ‘Warm Element’ lymphatic drainage massage and body-brush to a spoiling 90 minute ‘Moss Signature Face and Body Wellness Experience’, the treatments incorporate the healing properties of plant extracts including moss, peat, rosemary, horse chestnut, poppy seed, Scottish dulce seaweed and heather.
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Cost: MOSS of the ISLES at The Berkeley Spa treatments will start from £150 for a 60 minute treatment.
How: For more information on MOSS of the ISLES, visit mossoftheisles.com. For more information on The Berkeley’s Bamford Wellness Spa or to book, visit the-berkeley.co.uk/health-club-spa/.
When: 1st March – 31st May 2022
Where: The Berkeley, Wilton Pl, London SW1X 7RL
6 Melt muscle tension with Hyperice x Mandarin Oriental Spa’s Movementum Functional Treatment
If you like treatments with a high tech edge, Hyperice ticks all the boxes. A global high-performance wellness brand specialising in percussion, dynamic air compression and thermal technology have announced a new partnership with Movementum, a premium movement health focused provider of products, treatments, and classes at the Mandarin Oriental Spa, London.
Guests to the property can now book a Movementum Functional Treatment, the ideal treatment to support a full and active life by combining the Hyperice Hypervolt with specialised techniques to enhance movement.
Ideal for athletes, the experience focuses on mobility, flexibility and stability, and can be used to optimise preparation, performance, and recovery as a principal goal. The treatment works to increase range of motion, tissue pliability and motility through the effect of high frequency percussion, through assisted stretches, soft tissue and trigger point massage, and lymphatic drainage. Totally bespoke, the therapist will create a dynamic treatment dedicated to the specific needs of each guest.
Hyperice Normatec Air Compression leggings will also be offered as an option to all guests receiving treatment, enhancing blood flow and lymphatic drainage.
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Wallet: 30/55 mins, £90/£180
Where: 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
How: Find out more and make a booking via mandarinoriental.com