Wednesday, 3 July 2013

REVIEW: Spa-ahhh treatments at Sleeping Beauty Salon, West End Village

Come rain or shine, winter or summer, being pampered like a princess - a modern, role-modelly type one like Her Royal Hair Swish K-Midd – is something that I’m always up for. Which is why I was delighted to be asked along to try out an treatment at the West End Village’s newest haven of relaxation, Sleeping Beauty Salon. It’s actually the fourth branch of the thriving business, with salons long-established in Inverness and Shetland – no mean feat in this cash-strapped economy – and has a host of industry nods to it’s name, most recently named one of the UK’s most inspiring beauty salons and a finalist in the Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards. So it’s safe to say I was keen to find out the secret to Sleeping Beauty’s success.

 The salon offers a wide range of spa and beauty therapies, from microdermabrasion to facials, body wraps and eyelash and brow tinting and shaping, and even use some of their own products in their treatments, including a Egyptian jasmine and rose hand lotion, pure soy candles and a lavender salt scrub. Manicures and pedicures are a particular speciality, and whilst I was particularly excited by the sound of the new Vinylux polish, a sort of “halfway Shellac” that lasts for a week without the need for acetone to take it off, I’m a sucker for a massage, so plumped for SB’s other signature signature treatment - a luxury full body hot stone massage.

The 75-minute treatment began with a blissful all-over body buffing, followed by exfoliation with a fine pink grapefruit and black pepper sugar scrub, designed to hydrate, energise and boost circulation. I probably felt more on the cusp of falling into a 100-year nap than energised, but I’ve no doubt my skin was drinking in the benefits, which felt soft and supple afterwards. Now I’m not a fan of those “good for you” muscle-shredding massages, preferring relaaaaaaahhhx to ow-ow-ow, and this one was just the ticket. After making my selection from one of three scented oils, my therapist Lauren proceeded to expertly massage with warm basalt stones, sending me into a near-coma which I reluctantly emerged from an hour later, insanely chilled and as floppy as a piece of well-cooked spaghetti. Luckily, a candlelit relaxation room next door offers water and beds to let you drift back to reality at a pleasant pace.

Having plumbed the depths of my thesaurus to find ways to describe the state of deep zen this gorgeous treatment left me in, all I have left to say is that this is really the ultimate de-stresser treat. I was particularly impressed with the incorporation of other elements of spa therapies to round out the massage - an extra special touch of indulgence. My only additional note would be to wear old clothes, as, as part of the treatment, oil is used fairly liberally. If you like the sound of Sleeping Beauty’s “fusion” approach, there are a variety of shorter 2-in-1 treatments available, such as a deep cleanse and deep tissue combo or the back massage and facial joint taster.

They clock in at £35 and 45 minutes so are a great alternative for those shorter on time or pennies. Sleeping Beauty are also running a variety of summer beauty offers to get you feeling your best for the beach/pool/safari/pavements of a stylish European city etc etc – check out their Facebook page to see what’s on offer.

Sleeping Beauty’s signature 75 minute Hot Stone massage is £65 and is available for shorter and longer timeslots at their salon at 6 William Street. My treatment was complimentary.


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