Is it just me or has it all of a sudden become freezing cold in the last week? I know that with the clocks going back everything switches around and we do our best to adjust to that extra hour sneaking in there, but how did it get this cold all of a sudden!
I love to be super snug and I love to be warm. Having a good reason to buy a cosy new knit comes easy this time of year. Steve snuck the heating on a couple of weeks ago and I was horrified! My Northern Mum, has installed her “heating is cheating” attitude in me for sure!
I’d had a pretty busy week last week too, work has ramped up, Coby had lots going on at school and what with various other cake related projects going on I was on a serious motivational countdown to Sunday.
Sunday was circled in my diary as spa-day!
I love a spa. Always have. When I was invited by Spa Seekers to try out the spa at Champneys Tring I didn’t hesitate at accepting. As much as I love to relax on some perfect sandy beach there are alternatives that can be found much closer to home too.
For those that really, really struggle to learn how to ‘shut off’ or have no idea what ‘chilling out’ really is, then a spa-day gift could be the perfect solution for them. The run up to Christmas is always manic and a relaxing spa day helps to put a little balance back in there.
How many people do you know that say “I’m exhausted” or “I’m just so tired!” Most people can’t remember the last time they did something for themselves. Life happens. Work, kids, home-life, relationships, they all happen. We rarely put ourselves first and often burn ourselves out. I’m a firm believer in self-care.
We’ve been given one body, one opportunity to live this life and we should take care of it.
As Britain’s original health spa Champneys Tring is wonderfully impressive.
Sweeping driveways, manicured lawns and a hallway filled with orchids and fresh flowers – you just know as soon as you enter you’re in for a special day.
Checked in, spa-bag handed over, refreshments enjoyed in the drawing room I was then led around the beautifully maintained manor house for a tour – I admired the high ceilings, ornate detailing and gorgeous flocked wallpaper, it became clear I was somewhere pretty special. This was going to be a spa day like no other.
While remaining faithful to its history, Champneys Tring has also moved with the times. There are swimming pools, steam rooms, saunas, a gym, tennis courts…
But then there’s also a Thalassotherapy pool, a Wellbeing and Detox Centre…
And plenty of snug corners to curl up with your favourite book or to have a little snooze…
My favourite spot was this relaxtion area. It was peaceful, calm and utterly tranquil. Water beds to lounge on with refreshments on tap and soft fluffy towels on hand when needed.
On that note…
Slips into robes and heads off to the spa…
From massage and facials to wraps and scrubs, there’s a carefully-crafted list of dreamy treatments for everyone. A day at Champneys wouldn’t be complete without a massage.
My first treatment was the 50 minute Aromatherapy Associates Full Body massage. Led to the small treatment room decorated in calming tones with just a dimmed light to see with quiet relaxing music playing in the background my therapist was incredibly professional and made me feel very at ease. Laying face down on the soft, gently warmed massage bed covered in a soft blanket I found myself drifting off into a hypnotic state whilst she slowly worked every bit of tension out of my body. My muscles melted and relaxed under her touch.
Wandering over to the relaxation hideaway where all I could smell were the oils left on my skin. Calm, de-stressed and relaxed.
At the end of my day I also was treated to a 25 minute personalised facial and my skin felt smooth, fresh and looked a little more ‘glowy’ than usual.
Everything served at the spa is in keeping with making your mind and body feel good, all healthy (nearly) and nutritious nothing is lacking in flavour or yumminess. In fact, the inclusive lunch was probably one of the nicest buffet experiences I’ve had.
Champneys Tring is just spectacular and as we’re now in the run-up to Christmas a spa-experience day has made its way onto my Christmas pressie list for a few family members. An experience rather than something material can be one of the best gifts. We’re less likely to book these things for ourselves and when we receive them as gifts we wonder why we never do it!
Mum… pretend you haven’t read this or you’re going to ruin your surprise!