I am a huge fan of beauty treatments. In fact I feel for a lot of us these days, beauty treatments have become “necessities” rather than luxuries – waxing, threading, manicures, pedicures – even facials but body treatments, for me, still very much fall in the luxurious category.
Often too time consuming – massage is rarely on my radar – which is a little contradictory for me, as I strongly believe in the mind-body connection and am always drawn to any sort of treatment that has a holistic slant.
Maybe it’s my Indian blood but Ayurvedic treatments are particularly appealing to me. Ayurveda in case you don’t know is a traditional Hindu system of medicine. In Ayurveda, health is defined as the dynamic state of balance between mind, body, and environment.
I have meaning to book myself into the Blink Spa at Bluebird on the Kings Road, Chelsea since last year (when it was revamped) as I know they do Ayurvedic treatments – but I just haven’t got round to it. So, I was delighted when I was invited to try their Chakra Body massage: a 60-minute full body treatment in which specific blended oils are poured and massaged into your body.
The treatment is designed to rebalance your body and mind while activating the marma (energy) points, and opening up your seven chakras to release any negative energy.
The blend of oils is selected to complement your dosha (mind-body type). There are three doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—are derived from the five elements (space, air, fire, water and earth) and express unique blends of physical, emotional, and mental characteristics.
On arrival I filled out a questionnaire, the normal health stuff followed by particular questions to evaluate my dosha. I’m Pitta apparently. I looked at the sheet the therapist gave me and whilst I do not fit all the Pitta characteristics, when I compare them to the other types – it is a good match for me.
The treatment itself is wonderful – long sweeping strokes and moments focussing on key points on the body result in a heady combination of relaxation and rejuvenation.
For someone who is not very good a switching off I found it remarkably easy to float away and I have no idea if it was psychological but I felt lighter and brighter after the massage.
The Blink Spa at Bluebird is small – but is definitely more than a couple of treatment rooms. Hidden behind a door – the spa has a serene vibe – the lights are dimmed, candles flicker and warm the air with a subtle scent of Indian rose and the music is chilled. For a short while, I forgot that I was in the heart of Chelsea, which I guess is the point. Needless to say, I loved it.
If like me you are not very good at making time for yourself – I highly recommend you book yourself in for an Ayurvedic treatment at the Blink Spa at Bluebird and lose yourself in the moment for a blissful hour or two.
(Blink Spa at Bluebird, 350 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UU. Tel: 0207 349 5090)