Sunday, 20 July 2014

Hammam Indulgence at Menana Spa

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If you've not already realised by my sudden flurry of posts, this week saw the end of term and the end of the school year. I was a very lucky teacher because as well as receiving lots of lovely cards, flowers, candles and other presents, one of my teacher gifts was a voucher for Menana Spa in Chiswick. What an amazing treat!

As school finished on Thursday, I decided to book myself a treatment on Friday afternoon to celebrate surviving my NQT year. Having browsed the website with interest and excitement, I decided to add some money to the voucher and have a 90 minute Hammam session.

Hammam is a traditional Moroccan bathing ritual which not only cleanses and exfoliates but boosts circulation. After a year which has taken its toll on my wellbeing, I was certainly in need and ready for a relaxing and rejuvenating treatment.

When I arrived at the spa I was impressed by the tranquil interior and calm atmosphere. Relaxing music played and surrounding me was the gentle scent of candles. I filled in a card with my personal details and was then taken through to one of the treatment rooms where I met Menana, my therapist for the afternoon who is also the owner of the spa. Menana was lovely; she explained what the treatment entailed and waited outside for me to strip off (yes, I wore just my birthday suit) before taking me through to the Hammam Room.

The Hammam Room at Menana Spa
The Hammam Room was beautifully tiled and lit dimly with candles. This is the steam room in which the wet treatment takes place. While I sat on the tiled bench seat Menana firstly rinsed my skin from head to toe before covering me in cleansing black soap. This was left on for about 10 minutes and during this I lay down on the warm tiles, letting the steam get to every pore. Menana returned and exfoliated me all over using a traditional Kneessa mitt. I was amazed at just how much dead and dry skin came off from ever nook and crevice. This took about ten minutes, after which it was thoroughly rinsed away and I was then covered in a beautiful mix of Rhassoul mud, melted shea butter and aromatherapy oil. The oils were rose and geranium and smelt wonderful, just like the best Turkish Delight. Whilst the cream soaked in, Menana carefully washed my hair (with the most lovely head massage) and then again rinsed my body. She had a very gentle touch throughout and despite being completely exposed I was able to relax and enjoy this unique experience.

I was then given some luxurious thick white towels and a bathrobe and transferred to the attached treatment room. Menana put some peaceful mood music on and I was treated to the most amazing deep tissue massage. Again the aromatherapy oils and creams smelled wonderful and the experience was both relaxing and stimulating. My body felt rested and much less weary than it had felt in recent months. I had thought the massage might feel rushed after the intensive Hammam experience but it was very thorough and must have lasted a little over 30 minutes.

Once the treatment was over, Menana left me to get up and put my clothes back on in my own time without making me feel that I need to hurry to make space for her next client. She then met me outside in the reception area with a glass of mint tea before I paid and said goodbye.

I felt so relaxed after the treatment that after a leisurely walk home, I laid on my bed and slept peacefully for three hours. I've also slept really well the last two nights which again was just what I needed at the end of such a busy time. My skin is also amazingly soft. Problematic dry areas on my shoulders and around my elbows are especially smooth and I'm now determined to maintain this with my favourite shea butters.

The only drawback has been that I've had a little blood blister bruise on my shoulder and a bit of a sore back since yesterday afternoon. I think I was a little too enthusiastic about having more pressure put on my back during the massage and not being used to regular massages, it's my bodys way of telling me that I needed to go for something more gentle. This is completely my own fault as Menana asked if I'd like her to massage more firmly and I was very keen for her to. However, I think next time I need to be a little more restrained.

I absolutely loved this experience and would definitely have another Hammam treatment in the future. It felt very indulgent and luxurious but was also thoroughly relaxing, theraputic and somewhat spiritual. I will definitely visit Menana Spa again in the near future - I'm already thinking about another visit there for my eyelash tint and brow shape before my cousin's wedding next weekend. The spa was so clean and beautifully decorated, the atmosphere was tranquil and all the staff lovely. I felt that Menana really did care about my well-being.

If you're in Chiswick or the West London area, you really must head to Menana Spa to relax and beautify.

Menana Spa
279 Chiswick High Road London W4 4PU
020 994 5754
www.menana.co.uk
This post was written completely independently and not sponsored.

11 comments:

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    1. It was wonderful. The perfect tonic! x

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  2. I am so happy to hear that you had an afternoon to be spoiled! I've never had a massage, but your description of the rose and geranium scented oil and the soothing environment sound quite tempting.

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    1. It was lovely although the sore back afterwards was a little disappointing. The oils were heavenly - I must hunt out some rose and geranium candles. x

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  3. wow! what a lovely gift!

    i'll be awaiting a ticket to Hawaii or is that being a bit too presumptuous? :)

    x

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    1. You can certainly dream! Friends who teach in private schools have received some expensive things: Mulberry handbags and iPads. OMG! x

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  6. As I am not one for swanning around in my birthday suit and believe that disposable underwear is only for the Ijusthadababy5minutesago phase in life I have decided against this treatment. Looks like I'll be going for a facial instead...but which one??? So many to choose from!

    I am interested to know how long its effects lasted for though.

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    1. I am still feeling relaxed - for now! The sore back has eased off and my skin is still smooth, no dry patches yet. I went back yesterday for a brow shape and lash tint and it was another great experience. They included a head massage and it was so relaxing. I was practically asleep by the end of it. Enjoy whatever you decide to go for! x

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