A beauty junkie in London goes to Hollywood

..Hollywood Road SW10 that is.

This week I headed down to the latest branch of The Chelsea Day Spa – their new Boutique Salon for an hour long deep tissue massage. I’ve had a few massages in my time, but I’ve never opted for a true deep tissue massage – preferring relaxation, with some more intense pressure to get pesky shoulder knots out. I didn’t really know what I was in for.

I had a bit of a stressful time getting there, tube delays and then unable to get a cab. But I guess that meant I was good and stressed before the massage, so I could make the most of it and get maximum stress release?!

The salon is in a nice location, about 10 min walk from Earls Court tube, in a fairly residential area with a few shops dotted along side the salon. The salon reception area and the corridors leading to treatment rooms are lovely, very relaxing – decorated in shades of cream with very ‘spa style’ pebbles lining the walls. My only niggle was that the treatment room felt quite cramped, although once you’re horizontal with your eyes shut you don’t notice.

The treatment was very relaxing, with my therapist spending a good amount of time focussing on my shoulders, where I hold most of my tension (thanks to too-heavy bags…). The pressure was really firm, almost painful at times – but I know that’s what I needed.

Afterwards I felt relaxed and a bit wiped out – slept like a baby and woke up the next day with slightly sore shoulders, but feeling looser than I did before.

The main thing I learnt from this massage is that to get the best benefit – you need to have them regularly. Once in a blue moon just doesn’t really cut it!

The Chelsea Day Spa Boutique can be found at 53 Hollywood Road. For more info see the website.

I was a guest of The Chelsea Day Spa Boutique.


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