Being a Freelancer as well as a full time blogger, it can sometimes get easy to have an extremely busy phase, have a fast paced life juggling client work and your blog and be almost too busy to focus on yourself. This can sometimes lead to you having low levels of energy, feeling drained, as well as leaving you vulnerable to falling ill as you overwork and don’t give yourself dedicated time for yourself to just relax, rejuvenate and for mindfulness.
Over 8 months into self-employed life as a solopreneur, I am finding it a necessity to schedule time in my diary just for myself, and one of my favourite things to do is go to a Spa and just have a couple of hours phone free and focused on just the present time. This really helps me reduce my stress, be more focused and leaves me feeling recharged.
Recently I visited the SPA InterContinental at the InterContinental London Park Lane for an afternoon of relaxation, and after signing their form, I was whisked away to their Steam Temple, which I was really intrigued about.
What I absolutely loved was that I had it all to myself and it was attached to a private changing room with a shower and complete with toiletries, a robe, slippers, shower cap and towels. It is also an ideal treatment to book as a couple as it is spacious enough and has 2 seats inside.
You may be wondering what a Steam Temple is and it is an enclosed chamber where steam with essential oils is set to come through at intervals for a period of time and you are encouraged to put a mineral rich mask all over your body, which is provided in little tubs along with a spatula. Mine was scheduled for 45 minutes and it was so lovely just sitting in there feeling the mask working and totally relaxing. The seats are heated and the ceiling has lots of tiny lights that mimic a starry sky and there are little candles lit too. At the end of the treatment time it starts to rain and you can wash off the mud mask or go to the shower and clean yourself there. My skin felt so lovely and soft after!
Next up I was booked in for a Hot Mineral Body Boost treatment which is a conditioning and re-invigorating body treatment using Elemis products. It felt different in a fabulous way to the usual massages I was used to and I loved the aromas from the products being used. It aims to detoxify your body by stimulating every cell and did a lot to helping with my muscular pain on my back and removing toxins. It was a very blissful hour and I thoroughly enjoyed this, so much so that I think it is definitely one I will do again.
Finally, I spent 30 minutes in the Flotation Bed, which was a delightfully warming, relaxing treatment on a flotation bed, that made body feel weightless, whilst cocooned in warm blankets. It is said that thirty minutes on the Flotation Bed has the same effect as three hours of sleep and so such a great treatment if you haven’t been sleeping well or are jet lagged.
After spending approximately 3 hours of my Friday afternoon at Spa InterContinental, I left feeling so recharged, with a brand new focus having had time to be in the present moment during my treatments, and feeling really blissful.
I am already considering booking my next Spa afternoon soon. If you are feeling overworked, stressed and drained, I really recommend booking yourself a Spa treatment or two and just taking some time out for yourself. It is so incredibly important to have that self love and be mindful to your body. The Spa at the InterContinental is wonderful, the staff so warm and welcoming, and with such a fantastic range of treatments available it is the perfect luxurious urban spa for some pampering.
To find out more, you can visit their website here.