While any amount of pampering is nice, no two bodies are the same, so nothing beats a tailor made treatment just for you … which is exactly what London Syon Park are offering – there you don’t book a treatment, you book the priceless commodity of time …
What is it?
Instead of booking a specific treatment we encourage guests to book time out – a minimum of thirty minutes, but usually anything up to ninety minutes. Before their treatment guests have a fifteen minute consultation with a therapist where they discuss any particular concerns on the day – dry skin, aching muscles, or whether they just particularly fancy a facial or a massage. We then mix oils and create a treatment specifically for the individual and the amount of time they have booked.
Why is it beneficial to book time instead of something specific?
People often choose their treatment based on the price, even if the treatment is totally wrong for them. It’s also impossible to tell when you are booking in advance how you are going to feel on the day – the weather might have changed and affected your skin, your mood, your diet. As time is always going to cost the same, you can book it and have something that will really suit you – you will also get the benefit of a therapist’s advice – it’s like going to the hairdresser – it’s the therapist’s expertise so they will be able to guide you in what suits you!
What if someone is adamant that they want a facial but you think they would benefit from something else?
People who are a bit more spa savvy often prefer a treatments list because they feel they have an idea of what they are looking for. If someone is adamant they want a particular treatment of course that’s fine, but we will still offer them the consultation so we can personalise it.
What concerns do people have booking time instead of a specific treatment?
People often thing that they are not going to get their full amount of treatment time, but the fifteen minute consultation is completely separate – it doesn’t eat into that at all.
Who is it particularly useful for?
Booking time works really well for business travellers, especially when other people are organising it for them because they often don’t have the time to look through a treatment menu and choose something. It also makes a great gift for someone if you are not entirely sure what would suit them, and it’s very good for people who are new to spas and unsure what to choose. It also helps to introduce you to new treatments – for example lots of people will think a massage is ideal for relaxation, but the right facial could have an even better effect!
Is there anything you recommend people do before a treatment to get the most out of it?
Most importantly, when you are having your consultation, tell your therapist as much as you can – the more information you can give about your skin type, diet, lifestyle – the better! Ideally if people have time it’s a good idea to use the steam room and sauna to prepare the skin, particularly if you are having a facial because it opens up the pores and makes it easier for products to be absorbed; if you are having a massage then a little time in the sauna will warm up the muscles which will mean you get more out of your treatment time.
The same as usual – drink lots of water and avoid alcohol … but it depends a lot on the treatment you have.
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