The people behind Lush Cosmetics bring us their first spa:
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, scientists were fascinated by synaesthesia: the way some people perceive sensations joined together, like seeing letters of the alphabet in a range of colours or hearing music as texture. Victorians named it after the Greek for union (syn) of sensations (aesthesia). In the west, the research fell out of fashion in the mid 20th century, but since the 1980s it’s been rediscovered, helping neuroscientists to understand how we separate and combine sensations.
Classic synaesthesia is something people are born with; cognitive synaesthesia happens when our minds join
different sensations, based on our experiences. It’s used by perfumers in the creative process; for example,
fragrances are often inspired by listening to music. It’s the psychological side of aromatherapy.
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I was looking for a massage that would soothe my knotted shoulders, but that was also a bit different to the usual spa experience. I've been a big fan of Lush for a while, and decided to book the Tailor Made massage treatment. The spa is in the basement of the King's Road shop, and is decorated like a cosy farmhouse kitchen. Over a cup of tea, the therapist, Sophie, talked me through the treatment and what areas I wanted to focus on.
The treatment itself is supposed to evoke the sea, with dry ice for a "mist" effect, and nautical music, which seemed a bit strange at first, but actually seemed to help me switch off the mental "chatter" and relax into the treatment. After my treatment, there was more tea and biscuits and good shower and changing facilities, plus I was given my massage bar to take away. Overall, the Lush spa experience is a bit like a spa designed by Heston Blumenthal - it's not a traditional spa, there's a great sense of theatre and even a sense of humour. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I would really recommend it if you're looking for something a bit different, very effective, and great fun!
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I was given a voucher to have a Lush Spa for my birthday present(what fantastic friends).From start to finish it was such an wonderful experience, the staff at Kings Rd are lovely.The girl that gave me my treatment was called Morag(Mo) , she couldn't have been more perfect.It is a bit difficult to describe in a few lines what this treatment is about, but it has the end result of recharging your life battery!.The music , aromas, feeling & wonderful massage together took me to all the beautiful places i had been to in the world.I was in Hawaii in the warm rain,in New Zealand flying through the bay of islands, in Cornwall on a hot summers day by the sea, at night sleeping under the stars in South Africa.Every attention to detail is made ie you can have a shower before or after your treatment , your clothes are put by the warm rail so when you get dressed they are lovely to put on.They have make up in the wash room so you can touch up before going out & they give you tea & water before & after the treatment.They also give you the massage bar of your choice to take home so when you use it the smell will take you back to this wonderful experience. Don't go on holiday, treat yourself to a Lush spa instead!.
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