29 October 2012

Sanctuary's 35th birthday...put me down to celebrate that!

So as well as it being the Sanctuary's Birthday it was also my mothers, so what else was there to do do then  combine the two.  So off we went a group of very willing ladies to have a day of pampering!  Of course we travelled in style on good ol' Tfl..to regroup in the lovely Covent Garden.

 In to the warmth and serenity of The sanctuary's shop, to then disappear through the back up stairs that would take us to reception.  Here we were whisked off, to get checked in before we rid ourselves of the constraints of clothes to be kitted out in what would be our outfit for rest of the day, cozzie and a white fluffy robe.  No complaints on that front.

Prior to our treatments we had a brief snoop around the changing rooms and other facilities on various floors.
Products were on tap, for us to test at any opportunity, I was looking forward to my shower even before I'd got stuck in to any treatments we had in store.
So off me and my girls went for our chosen treatment, which was the Hamman Rasul Experience.  I will say probably is best done with a group of close girly mates, well if you weren't before you will be after this.  The treatment has four spots.  You each have a hairband, paper knickers, a bowl of mud infused with Shea and a pot of honey laid out in front of you.  Left to your own devices, you all change into just knickers, to then slather yourselves with mud all over body and hair, if you so desire- I went all out and definitely desired the fully muddied up look.  The honey is applied to your face as a kind of face mask.  Once you are all covered in war paint, the four of you sit in a steam room for what seems like a long while, to rid the body of toxins apparently.  Once you get over the initial awkwardness of the fact you are all wearing paper knickers that don't leave alot to the imagination and covered in nothing but mud, well it all becomes quite amusing and you eventually relax and get into the whole experience.  After 20mins, a monsoon shower comes on to wash you all off.  Free from the steam, you are then encouraged to use creams and body oils, whilst drying off and re-robing.  Put it this way me and my brothers girlfriend, have a new found closeness and I will never look at paper knickers in the same way.  All in all it was good fun and I would recommend anyone to give it a go, and if anything a huge amount of belly laughs were welcomed.

Off for a spot of lunch in the Koi Carp Lounge, accompanied by some Cosmo bubble cocktails.
 Throw in a complimentary cupcake, bucks fizz and my co-ordinated toe nails.
 Put it this way, I think all of us ladies could very much get used to this.....A few more hours of  jumping in various Jacuzzis, steam rooms and pools.  We all then finished off with a final infrared treatment. The six of us sat in a row with strategically placed dry heat lamps behind and in front of us, which are said to help reduce aches and pains, also helping you lose a potential 800calories.  .  Needless to say, much as we did sweat, we definitely did not sweat out the suggested 800 calories, which is a shame....Last chance to douse ourselves in yet more Sanctuary products whilst showering and soaking up the last of our Spa session.

One last treat, and how better to finish off a truly relaxing day but with a trip to Jamie's Italian.....and plenty more bubbles.  All in all very much a perfect Sunday....

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