Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sophie Goodchild Is Given a Most Unusual Health Check Accompanied by a Massage and Refreshing Chill-Out

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sophie Goodchild Is Given a Most Unusual Health Check Accompanied by a Massage and Refreshing Chill-Out

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Byline: Sophie goodchild

BACK DIAGNOSTIC MASSAGE, AROMA EXPERT FACIAL AND SOUND THERAPY

WHAT IS IT? This two-hour treatment package at Mayfair's Spa Illuminatacombines massage with a luxurious facial tailored to suit your skin type, withan extra selling point - the therapist can pinpoint health troublespots. Thisis done through acupressure,a massage technique that originated in China. The final part of the sessioninvolves lying on a bed and listening to music through a pair of oversizedheadphones. But more of that later.

WHAT DOES IT CLAIM? To release toxins from the body, relieve tension and allowcomplete relaxation. Also rebalances skin by expelling excess sebum. Decleoressential oils, used in the aromatic facial, "decongest" the complexion as wellas nourishing, soothing and - as in my case - lifting ageing skin. All theproducts are individually blended and penetrate deep into your pores. ANYSCIENCE TO IT? The theory behind the 10-minute Back Diagnostic massage is thatit releases toxins from problem areas, including the liver and lungs. Thetherapist uses acupressure along either side of the spine. If any of yourorgans such as a sluggish liver - needs an MOT, then red marks show up on yourbody. Then the marks rapidly fade away.

Sound therapy is the latest treatment fad in the US. Trials show that soundwaves can reduce nausea and fatigue by stimulating nerve endings in the body.The idea is that you are plugged into headphones and "feel" the music throughharmonic vibrations which travel up your body, relaxing your muscles and yourbrain. It's not as weird as it sounds.

WHAT'S IT LIKE? This was the Rolls-Royce of treatments with better relaxationvalue than a weekend away Spa Illuminata resembles a Greek temple (it'ssupposed to be a modern version of a Roman spa) with marble everywhere. Theoverall impression was of a very discreet, serene and private sanctuary. …

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