Did you know it is National Spa Week? The annual nationwide campaign is celebrating its tenth year and aiming to increase awareness of the mental and physical benefits of regularly indulging in spa treatments.
And while shopping may be a relaxing pastime for most women most of the time, when Christmas rolls around that leisurely task of wandering round the West End turns into a living hell. Battling with babies in Four by Four buggies, tripping over tourists and competing with every other soul on earth to get to the front of the queue, it’s no surprise more than 75% of women cite shopping as one of the most stressful elements of Christmas.
While it’s increasingly easy to avoid the crowds by shopping online, it’s just not the same as picking a perfect present yourself after comparing dozens of different designs or brands. So if you do have to brave the hoards, why not book yourself in for a pit-stop halfway through the day at one of London’s most luxurious day spas? It’s a great idea to take time out of a stressful day to relax and unwind, and can actually contribute to improving your long-term health!
The Thai Square Spa in Shelton Street is perfectly placed so you can slip in for a massage or facial in between market shopping for handcrafted gifts in Covent Garden, and heading back to Regent Street for specially requested stocking fillers.
Located just two minutes walk from Covent Garden station, the Thai Square Spa is the first spa venture of the owner of the successful restaurant chain. Swapping your noodles for oodles of pampering is just the ticket at this time of year, and after a treatment here you may actually return home from Christmas shopping feeling better than when you left – for the first time ever!
As soon as you enter you’re overcome by the sweet smell of jasmine, and become enveloped in this oasis of calm just minutes from the bustling madness of Leicester Square. Housed in a converted Victorian warehouse, the 14 treatment rooms are lavish and decorated with decadent interiors, all with their own unique features such as twinkling lights, specialist Thai massage tables and even a couple of luxurious copper relaxation baths.
The spa also boast facilities including a Mosaic Steam Rasul Suite for guests to experience a Detoxifying Cleansing Ceremony. This can be followed by resting in the soothing relaxation area, to escape and savour the total and authentic Thai Spa experience.
The Thai Square Spa presents both treatments and products by Erb. This traditionally Thai brand provides a series of Full, Half Day and Sampler Thai Spa packages, alongside a comprehensive treatments menu which offers all the usuals as well as mum-to-be treatments, treatments for men and the signature Royal Treatments which are based on Siam heritage and that have been developed exclusively for this spa.
The Erb products that are used within treatments are made in Thailand. Erb products are readily recognised as one of the country’s top skincare brands, using traditional and natural Thai remedies consisting of indigenous herbs, flowers and roots to create a range of products that are dedicated to the wellbeing of the mind, body and soul. The treatments are all carried out by Thai therapists who have been expertly trained to carry out these traditional therapies.
After just an hour in this oasis of calm you really can return to work, shopping, or just the daily grind feeling lighter and fresher than you have done in a long time. The massage treatments not only relax, but work their wonders for days after.
For more information or to book a treatment, see www.thaisquarespa.com