The reception looks like a setting for Chanel – all champagne and shiny black marble with an imposing statue. Calm, tranquil and luxurious.
Espa Life is a next Generation Spa and located at the Corinthia Hotel in London. It is dedicated to total relaxation, is spread over four floors and said to be the largest urban facility of its kind in London and I can believe it.
The thermal floor is innovative with an ice fountain positioned close to an Amphitheatre- styled sauna, unique with glass walls, a far cry from the traditional wooden design. There are two pools, which include a Vitality pool with a ceiling reflecting the ripples below while open flamed fires create an intimate atmosphere that is rich, warm and contemporary.
With a heightened focus on relaxation, heated marble beds are carefully positioned around to relax and admire the space. Privacy has been created through the clever use of curved walls to introduce individual areas. And do try the sleep pods designed to provide dedicated private area just for you and your thoughts.
The wide choice of unique treatments stem from a holistic approach. Mindful therapies have been blended with traditional practices to offer facials, massages and bespoke treatments to suit individual needs prescribed by professionally trained therapists. Catering for all types and ailments, these range from Craniosacaral Therapy & Reflexology, Bamboo Joint Release a Dosha Specific Ritual for balance, an Age Rebel Face Treatment for Men, a Maternity Massage, and for feet, a prescription service for Orthotics.
The Nurture and Support programme is a signature suite of complementary alternative therapies. I sampled the ESPA Mindful Massage which included the ancient practices of Pranayama and Yoga Nidra to bring about conscious relaxation. This included guided breathing and visualization. My therapist, aptly called Angel, guided me through this unusual treatment. After a consultation, the massage concentrated on the small chakra points to stimulate energy through blocked areas. Once unblocked, his voice strong and clear transported me away through breathing and visualization to rebalance and restore my mind and body to the here and now. Did it work? I left lighter in mind, my body more balanced, a feeling of renewed positivity and awareness of the present moment.
ESPA Life in the Corinthia Hotel is located close to the river Thames and a short walk from Trafalgar Square.
Jane Wilson, Editor, The Healthcare Holiday: www.thehealthcareholiday.com