Young Ladies About Town

The girls living and laughing their way around London, meeting lots of fascinating folk along the way...

Detox Body Wrap at The Moroccan Spa

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
Young Ladies About Town
Fiona Hicks has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Thursday, 26 January 2017
by Annette Kellow 

Running along Old Brompton Road panicking I was going to be late for my appointment at Urban Retreat, I can certainly say I was not feeling calm. I'd had a busy morning, my strap had broken on my shoe and the rain had given me a frizzy electrocuted look (that only those with curly hair know about it).

But arriving at The Hammam Moroccan Spa MarocMaroc, aptly on the top floor of Harrods, I was invited in by my lovely therapist who immediately took my coat and showed me the way to a beautiful airy changing room.

After putting on a fluffy white robe I was taken to the hot relaxation room. The heat and steam opens up the skin's pores releasing toxins, bacteria and other impurities making it ready for a deep exfoliation.

UrbanRetreatphoto

Indeed The Moroccan Spa is based on the Hammam Ritual (a treatment that has played a significant part in Moroccan cultures of centuries) and is the main part of their practice.

I was then taken into a marble chamber which was also heated, and told to lie on the floor. I had never heard of this but you literally lie down and are cascaded with water, exfoliated with a mitt and then given a relaxing massage, to release more impurities.

urbanretreathammam

'Are you tired?' My therapist asked me. 'I don't think so,' I squeaked. She showed me a part of my hand which was really tense and then asked if I'd had a headache yesterday? Yes I said, I had! How did she know that? She explained that when we are tired our muscles often become tense sending signals to the brain, resulting in migraine. And the last week I had been very busy, rushing from place to place.

As she hit reflexology points on my hands, feet and head, I instantly began to feel the tenseness disappearing and let myself become fully immersed in the experience. After more exfoliating (it seemed the shedding skin was never ending!) she applied a clay mask on my body and face followed shortly by wrapping me up in a sheet, which felt a little like being cocooned as a baby.

MoroccanHammanHarrods

Another foot massage ensued (who was I to say no?) and then the clay was washed off with more cascading buckets of water. The big finale was a bucket of cold water, which she kindly asked my permission first, assuring me it would close the pores- hello ice bucket challenge!

I lastly retired to the relaxation room with Moroccan tea, dates and nuts. I truly felt like I had visited another country (albeit via the number 52 bus) in my fluffy towel, spacious seating area and dim relaxing lights. As I was leaving I was given some Moroccan body crème and an exfoliating mitt (clearly I needed it) and information on how to do self care massage at home.

Outside the rain had stopped and so had my rushing around- The Moroccan Spa at Urban Retreat had infused, invigorated and inspired me back to glowing relaxation.
0 votes
Tags: Untagged
  • Print

Recent posts

Tesco’s #KeepLoveAlive Florist...

by Katrina SchollenbergerLast week I had the pleasure of being invited down to Jamie Aston Flowers on behalf of Tesco's to attend a Valentine's Day fl...


Forgot your password?
Click to read our digital edition
Place-Classified-advert-336
TLR-advert-May2014-336

Boarders Dormitory Master-Mistress
We are looking to appoint a Dormitory Mistress/Master for 5 nights per week, weekday evenings and nights only, term time. (35 weeks). [...]

APPLY NOW


Housekeeper to Headmaster
We have an opportunity for an experienced live-out housekeeper. You will provide a cleaning and hospitality service for the Headmaster and his guests and help to ensure the household runs efficiently. [...]

APPLY NOW


Full Time Housekeeper, Nanny
We are looking for a full time, live-out housekeeper/nanny. We are a relaxed young couple living in a large country house, and will have one newborn baby. [...]

APPLY NOW


Experienced Carer, Companion, Housekeeper needed
Our elderly mother needs a live in carer/companion on a part time basis. Must be warm hearted, calm & compassionate, with a good sense of humour. [...]

APPLY NOW


Cook, Housekeeper wanted
Good cooking skills required to cater for light meals for the Principal and a small staff, as well as occasional lunch/dinner parties. [...]

APPLY NOW



MORE JOBS LIKE THESE
Lady-directory-button-NEW

Horoscopes

What the stars have in store for you this week.2017

Capricorn Aquarius Pisces Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius

Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter