Hi everyone! This morning I took myself to the spa at Lush Bath for my third ever treatment. I thought I should write up the post while the experience is still fresh in my mind.
This time I went for The Good Hour. I received a gift voucher for this treatment for Christmas and I've finally had time to use it! The previous two treatments I have received are Synaesthesia and The Comforter? so click those links if you want to read more.
My treatment was given by the lovely Jolene. First, she talked me through what it would involve. I had the choice between 4 massage bars: Hottie (ginger, vanilla and black pepper; originally designed for Lush's deep tissue treatments), Wiccy Magic Muscles (cinnamon and peppermint; like Deep Heat in massage bar form), Therapy (orange, lavender and neroli; designed to soothe the mind) and Each Peach (And Two's A Pair) (lime, orange, mandarin and grapefruit; designed to uplift). Of course, I opted for the fruitiest and went for Each Peach!
Jolene also showed me the other items she'd be using in the treatment: a Big Blue bath bomb, which she asked me to place in a jug of hot water so it started to fizz, and what looked like a green eucalyptus scented shower jelly. She explained she'd use a combination of the warm massage bar and the cool jelly (which she'd put on ice) to soothe the muscles. The Good Hour is a deep tissue massage, so they use firmer pressure to work out knots. She also explained the massage has a nautical theme, so the soundtrack would involve sea shanties with the hope that my muscles would feel like the ropes on a ship being stretched!
Finally, she asked me if I had any areas I wanted her to pay particular attention to, and I said my lower back.
Before leaving me to get undressed, she poured the jug of now-dissolved Big Blue into a bowl of dry ice under the bed which created amazing smoke and scent. After she left the room, I got undressed down to just my pants and lay on my back under the towel, then rang the bell to let her know I was ready.
The massage itself was definitely more intense pressure wise than the previous two treatments. She started by cleansing my feet with hot towels, and then began massaging my neck, shoulders and chest, then moved onto my arms and legs. After asking me to turn over, she did the backs of my legs and then spent an extended period of time on my back. She found some really stubborn knots in my shoulders that I didn't know I had, but skilfully managed to ease them. Some of the pressure was very slightly uncomfortable due to the knots but it felt amazing afterwards. The Lush spa therapists are trained incredibly well; at certain points it felt like she was pouring warm soothing water over me due to how well she flowed each movement of her hands together. I also loved the combination of the cold jelly and the warm massage bar. I also felt very secure as she only ever uncovered the part of my body she was massaging at one time.
I was a bit worried about the soundtrack but it actually worked really well with the movements of the massage and the general theme they were going for. I think you have to accept it's all a bit naff and just go with it! The 70 minutes went by in no time at all and she left me to get dressed.
Jolene greeted me outside with a cup of tea that I could add ship's rum to if I wanted, some shortbread biscuits and a complimentary Each Peach massage bar. I love the drinks you receive at the end of each treatment. Jolene talked to me briefly about the knots in my shoulders because they were quite something!
I have mentioned this briefly before in my other treatment reviews but as someone with a large amount of scars on my body, it can be nerve-wracking to do something like this. I have always felt extremely respected by the Lush spa therapists even when they work on the areas that are most scarred and it's actually quite a powerful thing to do something that's so strongly rooted in self care and loving your body, scars and all. If you have insecurities about your body, I would highly recommend getting a massage as you may find it really helpful mentally.
I also wanted to cover the massage bar I received more thoroughly. Each Peach (And Two's A Pair) has a floral design imprinted and a gorgeous citrus scent. Fair Trade organic cocoa and shea butter, avocado butter and mango kernel butters form the moisturising base and lime, sweet wild orange, mandarin and grapefruit oils give the bar its zesty scent. It costs £5.95. Lush's massage bars melt easily with the heat of the skin and leave a moisturising layer behind. I find them a bit too intense to use daily, but for massage purposes they're perfect!
The Good Hour costs £90 and is worth every penny in my opinion. The Comforter? is still my favourite treatment so far but I want to try more. It's my birthday soon so maybe I'll get another voucher!
Thanks again to Jolene for helping me after a really stressful few weeks. Have you tried any of the Lush spa treatments?