Improve Your Health at Pure Massage in Fenwicks

Pure Massage

I recently visited Pure Massage, located on the first floor of luxury department store, Fenwicks, in London’s West End.  I initially had a chat with founder of Pure Massage, Beata Aleksandrowicz.  Of Polish origin, Beata is a huge believer in the health benefits of massage.  At her spa in Fulham, and the off-shoot at Fenwicks, her therapists practise without an abundance of chemically-loaded lotions and potions.  This is very much a Polish tradition – spas there are much less about pampering and more about health benefits.  Personally, as much as a little pampering is nice, I think this is the way it should be everywhere.

Pure Massage

After chatting to Beata one of her highly-trained therapists talked me through the 60-minute Body Pure Massage (£73) – the brand’s signature therapy.  After discussing my problem areas (my particularly dodgy left shoulder), the massage began.  Using a lavender oil the therapist gave me one of the most intense massages I have ever received.  She talked me through a series of breathing techniques in order to get the most from the massage and breath through the pressure.  This was really impressive and did work to an extent but as I’m suffering with my shoulder at the moment, there was only so much I could take.  It was evident that I really needed a series of sessions to get myself back into shape.  As Beata and her therapists explain, having a massage is like going to the gym – a concept I had never really thought about before – the results only last for so long.  I certainly came away feeling lighter, healthier and with far better posture – so much so I couldn’t wait to go back!  I’m booking in for a series of sessions imminently.  Once I’m into a better routine and things have improved overall, I will only require regular mini sessions and then the odd longer one.  I suggest you investigate doing the same!

Pure Massage 3/5 Vanston Place, London SW6 1AY / Fenwick Bond Street 63 New Bond Street, London W1S 1RJ

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Spa & Shroom? A Unique Holiday Package at Latvia’s Amber Spa

I recently wrote about the use of amber in both Lithuania and Latvia, so I was excited to hear the latest news from Latvia’s Amber Spa in Riga…  Spa and shroom? An unlikely combination unless you are a guest at this Amber Spa Boutique Hotel!  Mushroom picking is a favourite Latvian pastime so the boutique hotel has organised a special spa and shroom package for the autumnal mushroom season, making use of the gorgeous pine woods surrounding the spa in Jurmala.

Amber Spa Latvia

The special two night package for £395 per person includes two nights accommodation in a double room with breakfast, dinner in the hotel’s My Life restaurant, which serves a selection of traditional and homemade dishes alongside contemporary international cuisine, a mushroom picking tour and a traditional Russian Banya experience.

Take in the natural beauty Jurmala has to offer, with a guided mushroom picking tour through the local forests. Then, indulge yourself in one of Latvia’s other favourite pastimes with a traditional Russian Banya experience in Amber Spa’s deluxe Russian Banya. You will also be treated to a Banya besom massage ritual and Banya Detox De-Stress Treatment.

Amber Spa Latvia

When not alternating between the sauna and plunge pool in the Banya, enjoy the fruits (or rather fungi) of your labour with a specially prepared meal that will include your hand picked mushrooms to be served in the Banya. No need to dress up for dinner, your bathrobe will be just fine!  This really is my kind of place!

If you can tear yourself away from the spa (I’m not convinced you’ll be able to!) you can also enjoy the delights of the capital with a day trip to Riga. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town, home to one of the world’s largest and best preserved assemblages of Art Nouveau buildings. Then spend some time indulging in cafes, shops and markets and get the latest European fashions at Berga Bazars, built at the turn of the century.

The Spa and Mushroom Picking Package includes:

2 Nights in a Studio Suite Room (inc. breakfast)
Dinner in My Life Restaurant (ex. drinks)
Mushroom picking
Banya Detox De-Stress Treatment
Banya besom massage ritual
Dinner in banya (ex. alcohol)
Swimming pool and Gym facilities
Aqua aerobic, personal training studio, group class studio
10% discount in “Amber SPA & Beauty”
(Package valid until 12 September 2010)

To book contact Amber Spa on email:
For further information about Amber SPA Boutique Hotel and special packages visit

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The Road to Health at Mayr Health Spa

Mayr Health Spa

The Mayr Health Spa offers its guests tailor-made regeneration programmes all based around the teachings and intensive medical care developed by the Austrian doctor and research scientist Dr Franz Xaver Mayr. This method has been practised for over a century and is officially recognised by the Austrian General Medical Council.

Mayr Health Spa

The spa is situated on the south bank of Carinthia’s largest lake in Dellach, South Austria and was built in 1936 by Englishman Major Foster. It is situated in one of the most beautiful, sunny and peaceful spots on Lake Wörth. This location provides the ideal environment for intensive relaxation and regeneration.

The Mayr Health Spa team of medical specialists were taught the F. X. Mayr method of diagnosis and therapy by one of Dr Mayr’s most highly respected pupils, Dr Erich Rauch.  The F. X. Mayr cure is based on the recognition that a malfunctioning of the intestines is the cause of most physical and emotional disorders. With the help of special methods of diagnosis, the F. X. Mayr doctor can discover the dysfunction of organs much earlier than the usual diagnostic methods. The doctor then tailor-makes an individual therapy programme and diet for each guest.

Depending on the results of diagnosis, the dietary plan varies between healing fasts, the milk-bread roll cure or mild forms of diet which serve to purify and detoxify the intestines. Many forms of treatment, such as different exercise therapies, Nordic walking with special trainers, mental training, relaxation programmes, hydrotherapies, special massages and special blood checks and intravenous infusions supplement the programme.

Teaching a healthier way of nutrition and lifestyle concludes the treatment, which should ideally last for three to four weeks. The diet-chef at The Mayr & More gives guests cooking demonstrations to teach the preparation of delicious, wholesome, easy-to-digest dishes in the hotel kitchen.

Plenty of exercise in the fresh air is a part of the F. X. Mayr treatment. The unspoilt landscape around Lake Wörth offers rambling, mountain hiking or cycling. Golfers are particularly at home here: the 18-hole Dellach golf course, with the second oldest golf club in Austria, adjoins The Mayr & More. There are tennis courts in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. The guests of The Mayr Health Spa can also relax in the hotel’s indoor swimming pool, steam bath, solarium and sauna. In the summer, Lake Wörth, with its pleasant water temperature of about 24 – 26°C, is a great attraction.

While art enthusiasts can enjoy the Carinthian Summer theatre and concert programme, in winter, the Carinthian natural landscape offers adrenaline junkies alpine-skiing, cross-country skiing and ice-skating.

The Mayr Health Spa has a total of 63 rooms, including single and double rooms and eight apartments with their own gardens overlooking the lake. All the rooms have been designed to reflect the atmosphere and warmth of the traditional, half-timbered style of building. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, radio, telephone and televisions and most have a balcony or terrace.

Golfhotel at Worthersee, Golfstrasse 2, A-9082 Maria Wörth-Dellach, Carinthia, Austria

Tel: (00 43) 42 73 25 11 0

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