Here at the Good Spa Guide, we are all about positive mental attitude. So, despite the fre-e-ezing temperatures outside, we aren't going to shy away from all things chilly. Instead, we are embracing the ice queen within, and talk in the office today is all about the frostiest treatments around.
The snow has missed GSG headquarters thus far this time around but a couple of the more festive amongst us (we're looking at you, Sweet Spy and Suave Spy!) are disappointed at the distinct lack of the white stuff.
If you're feeling the same, then get yourself down to K Spa at K West Hotel in Kensington where they have a truly magnificent snow paradise featuring real snow! Temperatures of up to minus 100 degrees centigrade will ensure you are suitably tingly, and the "real" snow allows you to get you as close to the traditional Finnish experience of rolling in snow after a hot sauna as you are likely to get in central London!
Cold lava shells?
Hot lava shells have been the belles of the spa ball this year, and word on the spa street is that their thermal capabilities are only just getting harnessed.
As lava shells work unlike any other naturally-occurring spa tool, and are able to both retain and create heat, we reckon it's only a matter of time before we see them go glacial for a whole new shell experience. Cold temperatures constrict blood flow, can ease pain and help reduce muscle swelling, making chilly shells a powerful tool during a massage. We've heard that research into this is happening as we speak...
A deep-freeze quick-fix
If Siberian shells aren't sufficiently shivery for you sadists, then Champneys Tring has the answer!
We could barely believe the chill-factor being achieved in Champneys Tring's cryotherapy chamber. The weather outside is practically clement in comparison to the numbness-inducing minus 135 degrees centigrade of the cryo-chamber. Although originally frequented mostly by sports people to help with recovery from injury, cryotherapy is rapidly becoming a popular quick-fix (you only stay in the chamber for 3 minutes). Advocates claim that the deathly-cold dry air can help with fatigue, asthma, cellulite, acne, depression and even osteoporosis. Wowzers!
18th March 2014
Luxurious scented candles; hot massage oil; being warm; unusual treatments; fluffy towels; natural light; firm pressure.
Mould; slamming doors; being walked in on while treatment in progress; therapists with cigarette-laced breath.
Behind the scenes