All posts tagged: Grayshott Spa

AromaWorks goes spa

AromaWorks is an aromatherapy brand that’s been on the edge of my radar for a few years, but is now firmly in my sights as it’s launched in two of the UK’s best spas – Grayshott Spa in Surrey and Lifehouse Spa, in Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex. I thought it was high time I gave the brand a trial run, so the candle and reed diffuser were put to the test and came up trumps. The candle is lovely and creates a fine fragrance in the home. AromaWorks’ candles are hand poured in Britain and are made using only natural soy and beeswax with no additives. What really impressed me was the reed diffuser. I’ve tried and failed with reed diffusers in the past – most being chucked out because the fragrance is too strong, too overpowering or simply too synthetic or just plain horrible. Serenity Reed Diffuser contains pure essential oils of lemongrass, geranium and neroli and it filled the room gently and elegantly.   You can find the brand online and now, as previously mentioned …

The best places to spa outside

The British summer has well and truly arrived and with temperatures soaring there are lots of UK spas that have have outside relaxation areas and spectacular outdoor pools where you can swim, sit, sleep or simply chill enjoying fresh air, a gentle breeze and the warm sunshine. Summer is here, so let’s spa outside! Thermae Bath Spa Famous the world over, Thermae Bath Spa was re-opened in 2006 and is Britain’s only natural thermal spa. It combines both historic and contemporary spa facilities. The roof top pool has a view that looks across Bath. In the late evening sun – it’s hard to beat. www.thermaebathspa.com St Brides Spa Hotel Perched on top of a cliff overlooking Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire, the infinity pool is something to savour. I visited one January a few years back and took a dip in the pool (it was heated) – the views across the sea and beach below are spectacular. Imagine blue skies, relaxing spa treatments and a soothing dip in the pool. www.stbridesspahotel.com     Grayshott Spa Focussing on …

Superfood alert: Chia’s here

THE STORY: Every year brings us a new superfood and this year it’s Chia. It’s everywhere, lighting up Twitter, being reviewed across blogs and gaining plenty of column inches in the papers. I was sent some Chia Shots and Chia Oil (from The Chia Co.) and they sat in the cupboard for a few weeks – untouched and unloved. But this week I was visiting Grayshott Spa for an introduction to The Grayshott Programme and once again – Chia appeared. On the menu this time – at breakfast. It was those pesky little seeds again. So this morning, I soaked some seed in water and mixed them with my porridge. It looked a bit like tapioca, but tasted ok and I’m sure it provides plenty of fibre for the bowels. I also tried the Chia Oil on some steamed vegetables at lunch time, sprinkled with fresh herbs. It was light, had a mild, slightly atringent taste – but wholly satisfying. And it’s not just the nutritional benefits that are being promoted – it’s being used …

Lower blood pressure on World Health Day

Sunday 7th April is World Health Day and this year the focus is on high blood pressure (yes that old chestnut). It affects 1 in 3 adults ever year – so I’m talking to you. High blood pressure not only increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure, if left untreated can lead to blindness and heart failure. High blood pressure is both preventable and treatable. For me daily regular exercise is the best thing to suggest – even if it’s a half hour walk, it all counts. I also asked some top spa experts for their top tips to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level: Stephanie Moore, Clinical Nutritionist at Grayshott Spa in Surrey recommends… • Drink beetroot juice – many studies have been conducted on the ability of drinking beetroot juice to lower blood pressure. It has a measurable effect very quickly although studies have yet to show if it has a long-term benefit. • Eat a small handful of raw almonds daily. The healthy fats have been shown …