After a fairly stressful couple of weeks at work, I found myself in desperate need for some me-time. With Husband off in Texas for work and nothing much else going on, I booked a last minute evening ESPA Serene Scalp Soother massage at the Relaxation Rooms in Guildford.
The day spa is situated at the top of town in a lovely three storey house behind a very unassuming front door. It’s much the same as the other salons I go to, but the main difference is the incredibly cosy room at the top of the house solely for relaxing. It makes the place quite distinctive and a real treat.
I visited at about 7pm on a Thursday for my massage, and after slipping into a robe and flip flops, was shown to the relaxation room to wait for my treatment. I had lovely fruity water, and snuggled into the chair to wait. There were several beds as well which I was tempted to get into, but I didn’t want to risk getting too cosy. The only negative I could find was the selection of magazines which all seemed to be Surrey advertorials. All my stuff was in my bag in the lockers downstairs so I didn’t have my kindle with me – I wish I was a bit more prepared.
My massage was glorious – a 40 minute head, neck, and shoulder massage in addition to a conditioning treatment which left my hair super soft. I could have easily fallen asleep and really had to wake myself up before driving home. I could have done with another several hours of treatments but I think they were closing up so it was only fair that I left.
Luckily, I had another treatment booked with my Mum the following weekend. I had promised her a manicure last Christmas but with everything that’s been going on this year, we haven’t really had the opportunity to book it. The luxury manicure that the Relaxation Rooms has comes with a scalp and shoulder massage so seemed like a good option.
My manicure was great, although the massage was with my dress on still (and shoes – it felt weird getting on the bed with shoes on) so wasn’t quite as good as the one a couple of nights before. The varnish they use is Morgan Taylor, and I’m not a huge fan of that brand but my mani came out well, and still has minimal chips a week later.
Even though we had the same treatment booked, my Mum’s was slightly different as she got her hands wrapped in a hot towel (jealous) and a sit down massage, and although she enjoyed the treatment as a whole, the vanish just didn’t stick to her nails, smudging instantly, some of it coming completely off. She was a bit disappointed.
We’re now on the lookout for another place to go. I already have a couple of ideas, and I know they won’t be as relaxing as this place but hopefully we can find somewhere where we can both leave with good nails.