Fabulous feet

A bliss­ful treat­ment at Bathsheba Spa in Wood­bridge

EADT Suffolk - - INSIDE - Bathsheba Spa Wood­bridge IP12 4AL bathshe­baspa.co.uk

It’s such a re­lief, when you’re short of time, to ar­rive for an ap­point­ment and find you don’t have to hunt for a park­ing space. Bathsheba Spa is well lo­cated in Wood­bridge, with the River­side car park lit­er­ally on the doorstep, so no ar­riv­ing hot and flus­tered after a half-mile sprint.

With the car parked, I stroll a few me­tres to Bathsheba for my REN ‘Feet As They Should Be’ pedicure. What a treat.

I get a warm wel­come from ther­a­pist Alise, who’s very at­ten­tive and good at putting me at my ease. I ac­cept her of­fer of a hot drink – herbal tea for me – and a full tour of the spa.

There are two treat­ment rooms, one with a size­able bath, tra­di­tional mas­sage beds and equip­ment, the other slightly smaller but cer­tainly am­ple.

The pedicure area at Bathsheba is truly im­pres­sive. Huge comfy chairs raised off the ground to make the pedicure re­ally com­fort­able and a huge choice of Jes­sica nail pol­ish colours.

We be­gin with a lovely warm foot soak as Alise gets to work, fil­ing my nails and work­ing on the cu­ti­cles. She also re­moves hard skin on the bot­tom of my feet with a foot file and an ex­fo­li­at­ing salt scrub.

Alise then ap­plies a lux­ury foot mask, a balm and oil com­bi­na­tion, mas­sag­ing my feet and legs to in­crease cir­cu­la­tion and re­store mois­ture to the skin. The balms and oils have a won­der­ful aroma. In fact, this is so re­lax­ing, I could fall asleep. . . and al­most do. My legs are soft all day after this and feel amaz­ing.

Next, Alise wraps my feet in plas­tic and places them into a hot boot. This keeps them warm and keeps in the mois­ture.

While my feet are stay­ing nice and warm (bliss!), I’m of­fered ei­ther an arm and hand mas­sage or a scalp mas­sage. I choose an arm and hand mas­sage which turns out to be equally re­lax­ing as the leg mas­sage. (More bliss.)

Next, the wrap and boots come off and Alise mas­sages the re­main­ing balm into my legs. She then ap­plies a base coat to my nails, fol­lowed by two lay­ers of pol­ish and a top coat, fol­lowed by a quick-dry spray. My feet are like new and it’s a shame to hide them away. I make a men­tal note to do this more of­ten, es­pe­cially in spring and sum­mer when my feet are rather more on dis­play.

Bathsheba is a hid­den trea­sure in Wood­bridge. The fa­cil­i­ties are ex­cel­lent, the decor and am­bi­ence are re­lax­ing, the wel­come is warm and friendly, and the REN treat­ments are ex­cep­tional.

I’m not sur­prised to learn that Bathsheba is among the fi­nal­ists in the Lon­don Hair and Beauty Awards 2019 for Day Spa of the Year. Oc­to­ber 27 is the big day and I’ll be watch­ing out for them among the win­ners. ◆

ABOVE: Put your feet in their hands. The REN Feet As They Should Be pedicure at Bathsheba is £40

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