We are seven weeks into the year and already I’m feeling like I need a holiday, or an entire week dedicated to catching up on sleep. If you too are feeling hungover from the sheer length and chill of January, I’ve got just the remedy… the Jade Stone Ritual at Ushvani Spa.
This was my second visit to Ushvani Spa, and I only love the retreat more after trying out their newest, ultra relaxing treatment.
The Chelsea spa is tucked away among the grand Edwardian backstreets of the King’s Road, a few minutes walk from Sloane Square tube station. Once you have found the discreet front door you will be whisked inside and taken complete care of. I left my shoes and coat at the door and let the staff pamper and sooth me; work and emails became a distant memory.
This day-spa has a Malaysian theme with ornate Asian design, charming Malay artefacts and accents of burnt orange throughout the interiors. The treatment rooms are found downstairs, where there is also a small hydrotherapy pool and steam room for guests to use.
The Jade Stone Ritual is a deeply relaxing and therapeutic treatment that Ushvani have introduced to celebrate Chinese New Year. In traditional Chinese medicine, Jade is used to aid health issues and to increase positive energy, so it seems a fitting material to use in this Chinese inspired massage.
For 120 minutes the highly trained therapist used hot and cold Jade stones to relieve tension and stress in my muscles. The contrasting hot and cold temperatures take a little while to get used to, but are an effective tool to stimulate circulation and help the lymphatic system. Along with the stones, the therapist uses Balinese massage techniques to ease aches and pains, and my therapist was very happy to concentrate on the areas I felt needed most attention.
The final part of the massage was perhaps the most relaxing, as my scalp and face were massaged and moisturised with nourishing oils.
My second visit to Ushvani ended just as my first had… sipping hibiscus tea in the luxurious tea room and wishing I didn’t have to leave this heavenly place.
More information and book a Jade Stone Ritual at Ushvani here. Available until Saturday 30th March 2019.