When you can hear yourself snoring, you know it’s a good massage. That’s what happened to me at The Spa Verta, a relaxing oasis in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Battersea. It affirmed why every mama needs a spa day for emotional and physical restoration.
I recently booked myself into the award-winning Spa Verta for its Rest and Refresh package. My husband had gifted me some vouchers the year before, but mum boss life had me spinning too many plates. So, I knew it was time to hop off that crazy train and enjoy some me time. It was time to restore my mind, skin and body.
Spa Verta is located directly on the River Thames and features treatment rooms, relaxation zones and an amazing spa complete with steam room, sauna, hydrotherapy pool and ice showers. My package included a 55 minute massage, 4 hours use of the spa and 2 course lunch, all in the modern, stylish and…adult only – yaas environs of this urban spa.
“So, I knew it was time to hop off that crazy train and enjoy some me time. “
I went in between the school runs. Heading straight there after dropping MG off and picking him up a whole new rested and chilled out mama at 3.30. The bonus? It was a quiet mid-week day and so I had the spa entirely to myself, like the Regal Queen I am. So, armed with the latest copy of Vogue as my companion, this was how it went down.
STAGE ONE. WAITING TO EXHALE
I don’t think I’ve properly stopped since I had my youngest 3 years ago. So the idea of entering a quiet lounge, scented, dimly lit was heaven. The treatment room followed a similar vein, dim mood lighting, Neom scents and scandi-style wood gave everything a serene atmosphere.
The therapist noted my eczema and used a combination of oils that were acceptable and also comforting to my sensitive skin….and exhale! Every inch of my body was kneaded and stroked. That awful knot in my spine – expelled! My thighs weary and bruised – well rested! Yvadney, sleep deprived and anxious – asleep! I snored, loudly.
“The therapist noted my eczema and used a combination of oils that were acceptable and also comforting to my sensitive skin….and exhale!”
STEP TWO. TURN UP THE HEAT
I sauntered down to the basement which boasts a stunning spa. There are rooms to get you hot and sweaty and rooms to cool you down. As with most spas, I was provided with a robe and some slippers which I wore over my swimsuit.
I spent ample time in the sauna. Saunas heat up core body temperature, which induces increased blood flow, ultimately flushing out all of those nasty toxins. There was also a steam room, my favourite, because it’s so hydrating and excellent for dry skin and clearing out the respiratory system.
The heated loungers were the hot spot to relax on in between sessions. While an ice cold and tropical shower which you take directly after all the heat, was certainly exhilarating. The cold closes pores and gets everything back to normal again, before you repeat and stop, breath and stop…heal and stop.
“Saunas heat up core body temperature, which induces increased blood flow, ultimately flushing out all of those nasty toxins. “
STEP THREE. SPLASH BAE
This is where I wish I didn’t have the spa to myself, as the hydro therapy pool was lit up in the most cinematic of fashions. Me, super mellow and thinking of ‘Stranger Things’ was never a good idea, especially when I stood at one of the many bubble points to get my massage. That said, it was incredible, there were pods that dealt with every inch of my body, fierce but tiny bubbles pounding my back. The most exhilaration feeling you can imagine.
“That said, it was incredible, there were pods that dealt with every inch of my body, fierce but tiny bubbles pounding my back.”
If you’ve never done a spa day, what are you waiting for mama, get booking one asap. There are deals to be found and you deserve to be pampered. If it’s long overdue, why not pencil in some time over the summer holidays to take some time out and treat your senses. Every mum needs time to relax and restore, and a spa day is one of the best ways to feel revitalised and ready to slay.