Contrary to the popular belief that detox is for January, we have come to believe that a good detox is perfect in the months before Christmas. They’re a wonderful way to keep you feeling happy and healthy, motivated to eat well and enjoy exercise and generally feel good about yourself through the winter.
However, there are detoxes and there are detoxes, and we are not ones who are interested in five days of green juice, however fashionable it may be. So it’s a lesson in sorting the wheat from the chaff. In that spirit, here are our recommendations for this winter…
The quintessential health spa for more than 60 years, Grayshott has given a serious boost to its credentials over the past year with the publication of its book on the value of gut health, Gut Gastronomy . Putting pen to paper and showcasing the in-depth knowledge of its staff, the book runs parallel with their revolutionary seven day health regime which includes blood analysis, body composition tests, talks, treatments and above all incredible, accessible food. It’s not about weight, it’s about long term health so this isn’t one of those detoxes where you lose lots of weight and regain it as you walk out of the door, it’s designed for life.
On a totally different note, the spa at Ockenden Manor is making waves not simply for its beautiful contemporary facilities but for its partnership with life coach and mentor Katie Phillips . Teaming up to create their Tantrum Club spa day, it’s an introduction to Katie’s wider practice and extols the virtues of having a good old tantrum. Ever had days when you just want to scream? This is detox for the soul… and the sauna/steam room don’t hurt either.
It’s a longstanding favourite in our book, but Lifehouse Spa’s healthy outlook is being enhanced by a new chef and a new menu to compliment its facilities and making even better use of a variety of home grown produce. In truth you can ramp the health credentials up or down at this place according to personal preference, but their Healthy Life package does what it says on the tin with a welcome from the in-house naturopath to kick things off and fresh juices on a two night break that feels more like a weeklong retreat. Take a book and if the weather permits, spend a little time in the gardens which are a marvel.
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