There are a few tried and tested routes to comfort that I turn to when winter begins its seemingly endless wrath. A fresh cup of tea and a packet of biscuits, for example, or the electric blanket turned up to three while I curl up with a quality book. Rarely, however, do I subject myself to a full body treatment in the name of winter remedying. Which is why, when I recently took it upon myself to try the new, limited-edition Winter Journey package from East Day Spa, my levels of comfort were taken to new heights.
Incorporating two treatments into 75 minutes, the Winter Journey is a blissful experience from beginning to end. Upon choosing the pressure and oil — frangipani, sandalwood or mandarin — the treatment begins with a 60 minute hot stone massage, using warm basalt stones across all areas of the body to soothe and relax the skin. From the fingertips to the toes the masseuse slows works her way around, enhancing the already luxurious experience by massaging aromatic, hot oils into the skin. What follows is a sublime, gentle scalp massage using COMB nourishing hair oil, one so sublime, in fact, that those who are subject to it would be forgiven for falling asleep. A soul-warming, non-alcoholic hot toddy — crafted from fresh lemon, manuka honey and Seedlip Spice 94 — wraps the treatment up with a final dose of warmth and comfort.
Having experienced a winter treatment that sets a whole new precedent, I left East Day Spa feeling prepared to sacrifice the succeeding three seasons in favour of a year-round opportunity to indulge in it some more. It was blissful beyond measure, offering a level of comfort that can only truly be understood by somebody who has tried it themselves. Case in point, we’re giving one lucky Denizen the chance to experience the limited edition treatment for themselves. Interested? Of course you are. To enter, click here.
*This competition has now closed. Congratulations Lynne Parker.*
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