Today I went for my first Tailor Made Lush Spa Treatment at the Edinburgh Lush Spa on Princes Street. The store looked really pretty with the older looking wood around the shop with the white walls just made it pop. The store is completely different to those that I have been in already and when I went down the stairs into the actual Spa area it gave a really nice flow to it all.
To focus more on the treatment; The Tailor Made is on a similar vein to it’s longer and more intense full body massage The Good Hour. The Tailor Made is more about zoning in on those troubled areas and giving them a good work through; essentially this isn’t a nice relaxing massage.
When I arrive I am offered some tea and take a seat by the face masks to await my therapist who soon appears and brings me down stair to discuss the treatment.
From what I am told the Tailor Made (and so The Good Hour) are both more towards getting the tension completely out of the body, stretching the muscles and just giving that body area a good seeing to. Now we go up stairs and make a choice on the massage bars, I am given the choice of Wiccy Magic Muscles a peppermint and cinnamon one to get the blood flowing and to warm the muscles; Hottie which I am told was specially designed for the longer treatment The Good Hour with ginger and black pepper oil to warm the muscles up and the way it’s design can get right into the pressure point areas.
Next to be suggested was Each Peach which is a fruity and uplifting massage bar; finally there was Therapy with Neroli essential oil to lift up your mood.
I chose Wiccy Magic Muscles as my massage bar of choice and the therapist curiously picked up two bars and placed them on a circular slate, which also has a thin green jelly on it that was already on it when we were downstairs. Rather than ask questions I let her lead me towards the Bath Bombs or Bath Ballistics, which ever name you prefer, she brought out Big Blue which is lavender and lemon but it will help to bring the ocean to us in the room, because this treatment isn’t a regular deep tissue massage, this is us (or me) going out to sea and having lively sea shanties in the background.
So far, rather interesting, I can’t wait to have the treatment!
However before we go down the stairs and begin, my therapist takes me over to the shower section and shows me one of the Shower Jelly, it’s a thicker one compared to the thin green disk on the slate, yet I am informed that the original idea came from the shower jellies. The green jelly disc is more for pressure points, when the usual routine of holding the pressure with the finger for a certain length of time doesn’t work the green jelly is applied, it’s on ice though, so that it has a better impact and smells rather like eucalypti’s as well. Although it’s one of the few things that they do not sell in store and is only available in The Good Hour and The Tailor Made treatments.
We head down the stairs and I am really excited about my treatment where I am lead into a darkened room, with a green glow under the bed and candles light the room. It’s very much close to what would be in a ship!
Now I see why we have the bath ballistic as the therapist has me drop the ballistic into a jug to fizz before she pours it over something else and smoke starts to waft across the floor, giving it the perfect impression of a ship at sea.
I won’t go into detail about the treatment itself, although mine was focused on my back, the therapist started on my front though, to make sure I was completely knot free – apparently it’s because the tension in our back can carry to the front and to our arms as well.
The treatment is stated to last half an hour, although I was informed at the start that it could be about forty minutes. This doesn’t include the time for the consultation or the trip upstairs to make the choices, the time is all about the actual treatment. Although I did have to tell my therapist that she was going a bit too deep to begin with; she also said in the consultation to let her know if she was giving too much or too little pressure which was a rather nice touch I felt. I don’t think I have gone into a general massage with the knowledge that I could tell the therapist if they were going to deep for me, they usually have a sheet of paper they give during the consultation for me to decide the pressure myself.
The massage its self was amazing, I came out feeling light as a feather and yet rather energised as well, my back was knot free and my arms felt so weightless.
I got to have a cup of black tea with some rum dripped into it – was also told that I could put some sugar in it as well if I desired – and offered some ‘sea biscuits’ which looked rather like short bread, but it was a lovely touch and I was able to gather myself before heading back out into the real world.
Which is another lovely point about the Lush Spa in general, there was no ushering out, there wasn’t anyone else waiting to be taken by my therapist, I was given all the time in the world to get myself mentally back together, to just relax and allow myself to fully appreciate what the treatment has done for my body, I also got to take away a bar of the Wiccy Magic Muscles massage bar to give myself (or have someone else) a massage, I could even use a little chunk as a bath melt as well which is handy to know.
The Tailor Made Spa Treatment costs £40 for half an hour; although this can vary with what your needs are so chances are you might get a bit more time in there as well.
The treatment is worth it if you are prone to aches and pains and need more focus on those troubled areas rather than just the full body massage.