I cannot stress enough how important relaxation is for beauty, skin and health care. I find relaxing one of the most difficult states to achieve… my shoulders are always tense, no matter what. Whether I’m at work, having a fun day out or sitting home having some me-time I am always tense.
I’ve tried spas before to help me, but I have never felt so tense in a situation where my main goal was relaxation. Clinical, white rooms, undressing in such an awkward hurry my heart races, being essentially told off for the state of my skin and feeling like a disobedient child for how I take care of it, like I was being judged… these are not my ideas of a good time.
However in my experience it’s amazing what stresses are obvious to people through your skin. My spa therapist knew I was stressed and having too many late nights, just by taking off my make up. Has anyone ever told you, “You look tired?” Your tense body is telling tales on you!
When Lush Leeds Spa invited me to try out a mini spa treatment (c/o Lush) to celebrate their 4th birthday I was (understandably!) apprehensive. I went along, though, as part of my ‘exercise in confidence’ personal goals (where I am trying to say yes more).
I was lead down to the Spa that sits in the basement of Lush Leeds where I was greeted by an enthusiastic lady who asked about my day and invited me to sit with her at the kitchen table. I was poured a glass of freshly infused water as I looked around the dimly lit farmhouse style kitchen I was sitting in. We chatted about how our days had gone and she talked me through the products she’d be using for the mini treatment and I even got to smell and experience them beforehand so I wouldn’t be surprised and could focus on relaxing. By the time I went through to the treatment room it was like we were great friends.
The treatment was a facial massage with Full of Grace massage bar, Whoosh temple balm and hot and cold stones. Despite feeling awkward getting under the blanket and on the bed, I felt myself relax more and more as I was lulled by the sea shanty music and the beautiful concoction of smells. The cold stones felt amazingly unusual against my skin and the contrast of the then hot stones was soothing and comforting. I was then given a little fine tuning from the Sound Bath where gentle, calming notes are laid against your ears and chest with the aid of a tuning fork.
When the lady kneeled beside me and whispered she was done, I felt like I was woken up despite not have fallen asleep and been fully aware the whole time. She told me to take as long as I liked to relax and she’d meet me back in the kitchen.
Greeting me back at the kitchen table was a chocolate & biscuit cake, rose water – complete with a beautiful cocktail glass with some fun looking white fluff inside – and an adorable looking glass vial containing a roll of paper. The rose water was poured into my glass making a delightful fizz as it mixed with the fluff. I was then left to enjoy my goodies and I must say, I felt like bloody royalty! I had so much fun reading the beautiful note on the scroll and picking at my cake. I lifted the delicate glass and took a sip and good Lord what a unexpected joy was in that glass! It was like drinking a beautifully flowering rose, oozing a delicious nectar.
After I had a poke through the beautiful messages in the guestbook and wandered around the homely kitchen I was led back upstairs. I felt woozy and giddy and like I was floating on air. On the street it had been pouring with rain and I felt like I’d been in my own little bubble away from the drab afternoon outside.
I was introduced to the other treatments by beautiful displays (and staff members!) on the shop floor. One in particular that stood out to me was The Spell. Not your average foot treatment, this works on your worries and anxieties to make them literally disappear in a puff of smoke – sounds too good to be true, eh? I was also intrigued by the Synaesthesia where you receive a specially brewed cup of tea to match your chosen treatment. How adorable? All the treatments sound so fun and each have their own special details and delights. Something that I keep coming back to time and time again with Lush is that they think of everything; Nothing is mundane and they transform even the simple things into a beautiful experience all round.
Before I was invited to spend Lush Leeds’ 4th spa birthday with them I was pretty meh about the whole idea of them having a spa, but they have completely turned me around on spas; teaching me that they don’t have to be cold and clinical and it’s actually incredible what wonders lay in the basement of that little retail shop on a busy street in Leeds City Centre.
Loves x xx