So my lovely friend, Jane (of Diary of a Desperate Exmoor Woman fame) has written a gazillion books (check out her page on Amazon for the full list) all about stuff like detoxing, Ayurveda, energy and loads of alternative therapies, amongst other things. She’s been helping me sort my head out recently, getting me in the right mindset to start the year fit and healthy (or at least working towards it). If you get a chance (and don’t already) do read her blog. She recently lost four stone and is wonderfully inspiring.
Reading through some of her old blog posts, I was particularly taken with her writing on alternative therapies. This also coincided with an email dropping into my inbox about Katie Hill, a local face and body therapist who has recently developed her own range of therapies, KS Goddess Therapy.
On a whim, I made an appointment .I know, right? Carpe diem and all that (seizing the fish)…
The first thing I noticed is that Katie looks AMAZING. She is sprightly, fresh faced and glowing. I couldn’t quite believe it when she told me she has three children under seven. Imagine! I’d be lying on the sofa with a big bottle of gin if that was me. Instead of drinking gin, Katie has been busy with her new range of facials and body treatments, and recently won BABTAC’s Beauty Therapist of the Year award.
As I made myself comfortable on the therapy bed, surrounded by deliciously scented candles and cocooned in pre-warmed blankets, Katie told me a little more about the facial I was about to experience. The facials include, and I quote, ‘deep cleansing, professional grade exfoliation, deep tissue massage to promote cellular repair and to firm muscle tone with essentail oils, hydration, and much more’. The ‘much more’ includes the use of ‘Goddess Cards’, crystals and Reiki, something I’m not at all familiar with, but with Jane’s words echoing in my head, I laid back and relaxed.
What can I say? The whole experience was amazing. Katie obviously has magic fingers and chose the products (a combination of Dermalogica and Ila Spa) to best suit my skin (normal to oily, apparently – bit of a shocker when I’ve been buying dry skin products for years). The whole experience is definitely enhanced by the beautiful scents of the lotions and potions, and the massage is to die for – especially the amazing neck and shoulder massage which left me so relaxed I actually nodded off in the car outside TK Maxx later when I was actually meant to be shopping).
At one stage a crystal was placed on my heart chakra (I’m not altogether au fait with chakras so I won’t give you a bumbling explanation), and also on my forehead. The feeling was pleasant and calming (even if you don’t believe in such things, I guarantee you’ll float out of the spa on cloud nine).
Katie explained that the reiki elements of the treatment are felt differently by different people. To me, it felt like that wonderful otherworldly feeling you get when someone plays with your hair (if you like that sort of thing) but other people feel heat, or just a general sense of wellbeing. I certainly felt that.
My skin, I have to report, is still soft and glowing, and I’ll be back for another treatment next month.
So that’s my first new experience of the year, then. My first snapshot, locked away for future enjoyment. I’m loving 2012 so far.
The KS Goddess Therapy facials and body treatments officially launch in the spring, but for January and February, as Katie perfects the treatments, they’re £25.00 – an utter bargain and highly recommended. Contact Katie at Totality Day Spa in Tring, Herts.