The treatment itself consists of a 15 minute Mulled Wine Body Polish – a rigorous scrub that rids you of any semblance of dry or dead skin while inhaling the heady scent of mulled wine. This in my opinion is the most aromatic part of the 60-minute experience, and sets you up well for the following massage.
After you have showered off the salt from the scrub, it is time for a 45-minute massage, which is every inch the relaxation component of the experience, and the ideal complement to the intensity of the scrub. For this they use the rather more delicate fragrances of a warm frankincense and berry oil, which all but sends you to sleep with dreams of Christmas floating across your semi-conscious state.
Despite the presence of paper knickers, always a glorious part of a full-body treatment, it was a supremely relaxing experience and one that I highly recommend either before an event (Christmas party here I come) or before going away on holiday as it does leave your skin noticeably adhering to that all-important spa treatment buzz word, ‘glowing’, both immediately and the following day – the reason being that by having a scrub first, the oils in the massage impact new skin rather than hydrating dead cells.
So, all in all, a pretty perfect way to get into the spirit of things this year, although a word to the wise – don’t shave your legs before having the scrub, it contains salt – enough said. Also, have the treatment at the end of your spa day so you don’t wash all the oils off in the pool afterwards, and leave a little time to sit in your dressing gown post-treatment to allow the oils to be absorbed – they are much less efficient when they are making sure that your clothing is adequately moisturised.
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