ENERGISE PENTNEY FITNESS & SPA
as a spa first-timer I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew there would be fluffy dressing gowns, towels and steam, but what else?
Energise Pentney Fitness and Spa is tucked out of the way in lovely old flint buildings on the outskirts of the village. We were greeted warmly, given our fluffy essentials and a tour of the facilities and went off to change ahead of our treatments.
Being a little stiff of back these days, I had chosen the Thalgo three algae back treatment and massage. After an introductory briefing in the rather lovely Ocean treatment room, all soft lights, cocoon-like warmth and soothing sounds, I climbed on the couch and awaited the ministrations of Fredericka.
The last back massage I had was about eight years ago; from memory it was more like a punishment beating, especially compared with what occurred here. Warm oils were applied, expertly smoothed around and tense muscles gently eased.
I lost track of what was actually happening but at some point the algae was gently added and my back was wrapped while my legs were given an expert massage and more tensions were squeezed out.
I don’t think I have ever been as relaxed, physically, as I was on that table. I felt like I might just pour through the face hole in the table into a puddle on the floor; it was amazing. On the adjacent table, Mrs C was enjoying a similar trip into perfumed bliss…
“I chose a full body aromatherapy massage which was delivered by the experienced hands of Josie. After offering a choice of warmed, fragranced oils, she started by working on my back, expertly kneading out all the many knots before working her magic on my neck, legs, feet and arms, a section at a time, until, like Dom, I believed I would melt, not only through the face hole in the table, but over the sides as well. Exquisite.”
Like all good things, it eventually came to an end and we emerged, blinking, into the daylight and a spot of lunch; an excellent chicken caesar salad for me and a fine salmon and avocado salad for herself.
Afterwards I pottered off to do the rounds of the spa – the saltwater steam was a particular favourite - and there is something quite lovely about being in a warm pool outside while it is raining. A bit of a swim in the main pool and I was done.
Mrs C, meanwhile, was entrusted to Megan’s skilful care for a deluxe pedicure; an hour of buffing, rubbing and polishing which left her pinkies very perky.
It was a delightful first experience – and it certainly won’t be the last.
ABOVE: The outdoor pool at Energise Pentney
ABOVE: Relaxing room with a view