As a single working mum the word “spa” seems the furthest thing on my mind as I buzz around town with my yoga mat under my arm, smart phone in my hand and the other arm wrapped around my 2 year old daughter as she sits snuggly on my right hip like an Egyptian princess because she refuses to go in her new yoyo buggy "Next stop Monkey music in Southgate then I’m teaching Vinyasa flow in Princess Manor park” in between feeding and planning nap times…Sorry spa who?” My long term friend Lauren (also a gorgeous single mummy, with about as much luck with men as me) *looks up to third eye and sighs* “where do we find them?” has organised a spa retreat for beauty and media bloggers and I was lucky enough to have an invitation. Of course no spa day would be complete without some kind of drama beforehand. On this occasion my car broke down (just as it had come to the end of its 2year warranty) Typical. After a few ninja moves and swapping cars with my mum (who was on professional nanny duty) I finally arrived at Champneys in Tring.
The driveway up to the spa is as jaw dropping as you would expect from an ex Rothschild property . It’s ethos is to bring a stillness to a busy life – much like my own working ethos. Champneys Tring is set in 170 acres of rolling parkland so you really feel like you are away from the hustle and bustle of London Town yet its easily accessible from London Kings Cross in just under 40mins. I was welcomed by the team from Champneys and Thalgo who work with Champneys to deliver state of the art wellness treatments in their new “Wellbeing and Detox” Centre. This was what I was going to experience – and experience it I did! First up on the menu was a vegan/gluten free brunch. I tried the Turmeric latte which is a favorite of mine and a great wake up drink. I then tried the seaweed muesli (which turned my mouth blue due to the Spirulina and Blue Algae) however it was surprisingly delicious and filling!
Next up we changed into our robes and entered the salt and oxygen chamber. I gladly welcomed the idea of sitting and in the warm cozy chamber and having a gossip with my girlfriends. In truth I totally forgot I was in a detox chamber! As I gossiped I inhaled the salt and oxygen air into my lungs which opens up the upper respiratory system and clears any mucus. This treatment is totally fabulous for Yogis like me. Yoga is all about the breath so if we can breath clearer then we can breath deeper which will benefit our physical practice as we aim to link breath with the postures. Next up was the foot spa by Thalgo and seaweed detox shot to drink. I would be bluffing if I said the shot was tasty although some of my girlfriends seemed to drink it pretty easily which begs the question, what they were used to swallowing (say no more)! Despite it tasting like salt water, it did feel like it immediately energized me which is essential for a busy mother and a physical yoga practice! Thereafter we hit the Thalasotherapy pool. The jets work on cellulite and stubborn areas and the water is so warm and rich with salts to detox – there’s really no need to travel over to Reykjavik again!
Lastly I got to experience the mud wrap. The team at Champneys certainly kept the best until last, as this was by far my most favourite treatment of the day. I lay down on the bed while the therapist spread mud all over my body with a brush and then wrapped me up like a cocoon using warm blankets. I felt like I was floating and in a deep mediation. Sadly it was over all too soon and I had to wash all the mud off now it had penetrated into my skin…my silky soft skin felt like it had returned from pre baby days. Bliss.
I still can’t quite believe that a “Detox and Wellness Centre” can bring so much calm and stillness into the body and mind. I felt truly relaxed yet energized for the rest of the day. The Centre isn’t somewhere you need to spend the whole day if you don’t have the time, even just three hours will transform you. I enjoyed the last few moments in the stillness of my mind while having a lovely green juice, then I returned home to the chaos of my two year old - but then again I wouldn’t change that particular chaos for the world. I cant wait to return to Champneys Detox and Wellness spa. Something tells me its going to be the perfect spa getaway after the Christmas indulge! *clicks online* That’s me sorted… now does that mean I can have that extra mince pie? @champneys @thalgouk @champneysspas #wellnesswednesdays