The Relaxation Den in Gloucester Review
I was very privileged to recently be invited for a massage of my choice at The Relaxation Den in Gloucester. Such an offer was certainly far too tempting for me to refuse!
The Relaxation Den is a brand new luxury salon based in Gloucester. They offer ‘a wide variety of treatments from facials to manicures, pedicures to massage, threading to body toning treatments'.
I’ve never had a hot stone massage before so emailed Heather (the salon owner) and checked out their website to see what exactly was involved and the benefits. The website describes the massage as ‘a variation on classic massage therapy. As well as being held by your therapist, heated smooth, flat stones are placed on key points on the body stimulating blood and lymph circulation and aiding relaxation. One massage stroke with the stone is the equivalent to 10 strokes with the hand generating a very relaxing yet very beneficial massage.’
Heather further explained the treatment by saying: ‘A hot stone massage is lovely! A mixture of the warmth in a massage makes a big difference! Also, the stones penetrate deeper and work the muscles more to loosen those knots and tension!’
I was sold. It sounded totally fantastic, deeply relaxing and very beneficial for my knot prone muscles. I booked my appointment and somehow patiently waited just over a week for my slot.
A week soon rolled by and I went along to meet Heather at The Relaxation Den (at 6.15pm last night). They regularly offer early evening appointments which are ideal for me as I care for my young daughter during the day. Also perfect to pop into after a long hard day at work for a de-stressing therapy or two.
I’ll admit, the location appeared a little odd at first. It was in an office type room in one of the converted dock warehouses in Gloucester. However upon arrival I discovered Heather is currently waiting for her permanent premises to be ready. A dedicated location will soon be in Gloucester city centre where the business can truly be established.
So Heather left me to it and I whipped off everything and lay on the cosy treatment bed. It had an extra super soft layer so was amazingly comfortable which aided to the relaxation. The hot stones are not actually placed on the back, as I perhaps stupidly originally thought, but instead a towel is placed over the back first and the stones on top. I didn’t notice the stones too much as Heather gave me a really satisfying and tingling scalp massage. I am definitely a sucker for a good head rub, and a scalp massage by a professional is highly recommended. The hot stones were removed after a while and a back, neck and shoulder massage given to finish off the treatment.
Although the treatment was only half an hour it felt considerably longer, much to my satisfaction. The finishing massage was really very pleasurable and by the end I was almost drifting off which, of course, is a very good sign. I felt suitably relaxed, calm and less stressed. My back muscles were notably more relaxed and I felt as though my shoulder blades had dropped two inches down my back due to being less tense! A good massage definitely benefits my shoulder muscles and the results are always instantly pleasing to feel.
The massage took place last night and my back still feels lovely and relaxed today. My mood seems calmer and more worry free than usual. I really believe regular massages really can benefit the mind as well as the body.
Heather’s professional and mature approach is admirable; I was very surprised to learn Heather is only twenty one. Heather’s ambition and passion for her business was clear to see as we chatted away after the treatment!