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The ultimate aromatherapy massage: Aromatherapy Associates at K Spa in London

by Ursula Dewey ,
The ultimate aromatherapy massage: Aromatherapy Associates at K Spa in London© KSpa

Aromatherapy has long been known to have benefits to the mind and body, and as winter draws in there's no better time to treat yourself to a spot of aromatherapeutic massage. Whether you're in need of some restorative TLC or a re-energising body massage, using the right essential oils can have a dramatic effect on your wellbeing. We put The Ultimate Aromatherapy Massage to the test at K Spa in West London to see for ourselves.

Aromatherapy might bring to mind nice smelling oils and incense but it's actually a lot more sophisticated than that. Aromatherapy harnesses the healing properties of various plants and herbs, concentrating them into potent oils that can have an effect on your mind and body through scent and massage.

They're a holistic, natural way ​to uplift your mood and stimulate your senses and are a gentle way to reclaim the balance in your life. Over the years aromatherapy has been used as a holistic treatment to aid all kinds of things from emotional problems like stress, anxiety and depression to physical issues like back pain, menstrual problems, poor circulation and even skin conditions.

So if they can do all of that they're sure worth a try. ​

At this time of year it's pretty much essential that you treat yourself to some physical TLC - and that means giving your body over to the magic hands of a trained therapist to relax and reinvigorate you. The Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience at K Spa does just that.

As winner of the 2011 World Luxury Spa Awards “Best Luxury Hotel Spa, UK”, you know that K Spa will take care of you.

The treatment starts with a consultation to find out more about your physical and emotional needs. If you're stressed, over-tired or anxious there'll be an essential oil for you. No matter if you're in need of comfort, energy or support the treatment can be tailored to give you what you need.

A blend of essential oils will be chosen from the Aromatherapy Associates collection - you can help decide depending on the fragrance you're most drawn to.

​Then you're left to undress in the treatment room and settle yourself on the heated bed, face down, ready to let go of all those stresses and strains.

The therapist uses carefully applied pressure to help stimulate your nervous system and other techniques like neuromuscular movements and Swedish massage are combined to help encourage drainage and healthy circulation.

The massage focuses on the back, neck and shoulders, but can change depending on your areas of stress and tension. If you like your massage top to toe don't worry - the as the therapist will cover off massaging your legs and feet, arms and hands and neck and chest - it's an aromatherapeutic workout!

​Every part of you is treated to some intense massage with plenty of deliciously scented oils to stimulate your senses in all the right ways.

Afterwards you're left feeling relaxed, calm and utterly pampered, and in the perfect frame of mind to benefit from the other spa facilities. If you so wish you can read magazines and relax in the chill out room, take a dip in the pool and jacuzzi, or even visit the sauna and Snow Room (yep, they have a room full of snow) for some hot and cold sensations.

For a treat to self, book a massage here and spend the evening relaxing with a girlfriend - it doesn't get much better than this!

The Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience costs from £55 for 25 minutes, £85 for 55 minutes or £105 for 85 minutes. Visit www.spaseekers.com for more information.

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