If you’re anything like me, you spend most of the year hunched over a keyboard or - when you’re not typing furiously - slouching about treating yourself to a catch up session of latest dozen Marvel series. From one extreme to the other, this plays havoc on your back and your bones and generally isn’t good for you at all.
So I booked into Lush Spa for a treatment called ‘The Good Hour’ and learned very quickly that the should call this ‘The Stress Destroyer’ or ‘The Back Mender.’ I’m talking from the point of view of someone with no serious back problems, so don’t expect this admittedly fantastic hour-long massage to mend any lasting damage: what it does do is take you from feeling like your body is running at about 30% all the way up to about 90%.
Without wishing to spoil anything - as part of it is the very private, secret act of descending into the calmness of the spa from the busy street full of Christmas shoppers outside - from start to finish, this is an experience, and one worth taking.
You get to choose the manner of your execution - that is, how the masseuse will execute your treatment - and are presented with a selection of massage bars, all smelling of various wonderful things from lavender to satsumas. I chose the lavender one as it was good for mind as well as body, and I needed to stop listing jobs and shopping in my head.
That done, I was left alone and asked to remove my clothes other than my underwear, and get under a soft towel while a bath bomb filled the room with gentle steam: a surprisingly non-self conscious experience - and was then treated to an hour of gentle massage from head to toe, which got rid of the knots and aches that my shoulders, neck and legs had been storing up all month.
It was a good hour, and one that passed way too quickly, but it’s something I can recommend to anyone wishing to completely unwind and escape their lives and other human beings for a fully immersive, fragrant and happy-making experience. Book yourselves in now if you agree that you can’t put a price on your own feeling of well-being.
Our experience was courtesy of Gemma at Lush Spa in Leeds. Read more about Lush treatments below.Lush Spa Leeds