Integrative treatments in luxurious surroundings
Centrally located a stone’s throw away from the River Thames, this stylish hotel steeped in history is host to an extensive ESPA Spa.
Encouraging serenity amid the cultural chaos of its city location, the ESPA Spa offers a wide range of creative treatments from mindful meditations and facials to just “being” in its architecturally pleasing environment.
My arrival is greeted with a warm chamomile tea and a gentle smile. The reception looks like a setting for Chanel – all champagne and shiny black marble with an imposing statue. It is calm, tranquil and luxurious.
EspaLife is a next Generation Spa and located at the Corinthia Hotel in London. It is dedicated to total relaxation, is spread over four floors and said to be the largest urban facility of its kind in London and I can believe it.
The thermal floor is innovative with an ice fountain positioned close to an Amphitheatre- styled sauna, unique with glass walls, a far cry from the traditional design of a wooden sauna. There are two pools, one being a Vitality pool with a ceiling reflecting the ripples below and modern open flamed fires create an intimate atmosphere that is rich, warm and contemporary.
With a heightened focus on relaxation, heated marble beds are carefully positioned around to relax and admire the space. Privacy has been created through the clever use of curved walls to introduce individual space areas. And do try the sleep pods – a dedicated private area just for you.
The wide choice of unique treatments stem from a holistic approach. Mindful therapies have been blended with traditional practices to offer facials, massages and bespoke treatments to suit individual needs prescribed by professionally-trained therapists. Catering for all types and ailments, these range from Craniosacaral Therapy & Reflexology, Bamboo Joint Release, a Dosha Specific Ritual for balance, an Age Rebel Face Treatment for Men, a Maternity Massage, and for feet, a prescription service for Orthotics.
The Nurture and Support programme is its signature suite of complementary alternative therapies. I sampled the ESPA Mindful Massage which included the ancient practices of Pranayama and Yoga Nidra to bring about conscious relaxation. This included guided breathing and visualization. My therapist, aptly called Angel, guided me through this unusual treatment. After a consultation, the massage concentrated on the small chakra points to stimulate energy through blocked areas. Once unblocked, his voice strong and clear transported me away through breathing and visualisation to rebalance and restore my mind and body to the here and now. Did it work? I left lighter in mind, my body more balanced and a feeling of renewed positivity and more conscious of the present moment.
ESPALife has also launched a new collection of nurturing face and body rituals for those experiencing any of the symptoms, degrees and stages of cancer. This follows many years of development, working with Wellness for CancerTM, a non-profit educational foundation and underpinned by an extensive training programme.
Beginning with a personal consultation, these gentle rituals are carefully designed to help relax, nurture and support at a time when they are needed the most, ultimately helping to aid the reduction of stress and anxiety while promoting inner calm. All experiences begin with guided breath-work and visualisation to steady the breathing along with crystals where appropriate to create a sense of calm and ensure you get the most out of your experience.
Which ever treatment you choose, rest assured, you will leave not only balanced and relaxed but equipped with advice to integrate into your daily routines to enhance your general wellbeing. But ensconced amid this tranquil oasis, you may not want to leave……. Another chamomile tea please.
The ESPA Life in the Corinthia Hotel is located close to the river Thames and a walk from Trafalgar Square, right in the heart of London.