Be­cause some­times you need to treat your­self

MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL IS BOOM­ING SEE PAGE 20& 21

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - HEALTH AND BEAUTY - By Laura Nightin­gale

THIS sum­mer Mary Ann Weeks at Aveda launched a new spa and well­ness stu­dio at its beauty spot in Guild­ford town cen­tre.

An­other two floors were added to the High Street site in June to pro­vide cus­tomers with more than just sa­lon ser­vices.

The re­fur­bished sa­lon now of­fers Aveda sig­na­ture treat­ments in a lux­ury spa area and ex­clu­sive yoga, pi­lates and barre classes in a well­ness stu­dio.

Open un­til 8.30pm Mon­day to Thurs­day, I popped along af­ter work to en­joy a full body mas­sage and a pedi­cure – as you do.

Step­ping off the bustling cob­bled High Street full of shop­pers, I en­tered a haven of tran­quil­lity.

The re­cep­tion area on the ground floor looked very plush with an in­dul­gent pur­ple and lux­u­ri­ous gold colour theme run­ning through­out.

I was guided up­stairs to one of the sim­i­larly lav­ish treat­ment rooms for a pri­vate con­sul­ta­tion be­fore my sig­na­ture Aveda mas­sage.

Warm and cosy, gen­tle mu­sic played in the back­ground and there was a soft robe and fluffy tow­els for chang­ing.

Slow- paced, sen­su­ous and per­son­alised, give your­self some time ahead of your book­ing oth­er­wise the con­sul­ta­tion will eat into your valu­able mas­sage pe­riod.

The 60- minute Chakra Bal­anc­ing Mas­sage is an in­no­va­tive treat­ment that in­cor­po­rates Aveda’s Chakra Bal­anc­ing Blend Aro­mas and fo­cuses on the seven chakra cen­tres in the body us­ing a va­ri­ety of mas­sage tech­niques.

The guided med­i­ta­tion helps to en­hance the ben­e­fits of stress- re­lief, de­crease mus­cu­lar ten­sion and crease en­ergy – and it tainly worked.

Un­like other mas­sages I’ve had else­where in the past, this one was very per­son­alised where you choose what aro­mas you like and pick out words that de­scribe you best.

It was su­per re­lax­ing yet tar­geted all the knotty ar­eas and I didn’t want to get up af­ter my hour of pam­per­ing.

Af­ter I changed back into my clothes, I went down a floor to the pedi­cure suite.

Don’t ex­pect a stiff chair and the strong scent of nail var­nish re­mover waft­ing about.

The pri­vate room is kit­ted out with a deep leather arm chair, quirky foot stall and lots of beau­ti­ful An­thro­polo­gie ac­ces­sories.

Feel­ing sum­mery, I chose a girly pink glit­ter shade for my 60- minute Jes­sica Gel Nails pedi­cure.

Just as re­lax­ing as the mas­sage, I was able to un­wind and flick through a mag­a­zine in­cer- while my feet were be­ing spoilt. Chat­ting away to my ther­a­pist, the pedi­cure lasted near 90 min­utes but I left with silky smooth soles and dazzling toe nails.

Com­pet­ing against the likes of Champ­neys and Guild­ford Har­bour Ho­tel also in Guild­ford, Aveda of­fers a com­pletely dif­fer­ent range and ap­proach to pam­per­ing.

Laura’s treat­ments were pro­vided by Aveda, A 60- minute Chakra Bal­anc­ing Mas­sage cost £ 83 and a 60- minute Jes­sica Gel Nails pedi­cure costs £ 45. To book a treat­ment call Aveda on 01483 306655.

Un­wind at Aveda Spa in Guild­ford town cen­tre.

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