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Bodhi Ginger Brew Stimulating Massage at Appuru
With Christmas cheer in the air, I made my way to the fabulous Appuru shop and salon in Pimlico, London. It was my first visit to the shop and the spa, although I had spoken to Karen the lovely owner several times. The shop is a small but perfectly formed boutique selling some of my favourite organic brands including Bodhi, Antipodes, John Masters Organics, Dr Bronner, Aromatherapy Associates, Pai and Zoya. Appuru also offers online shopping here. As well as stocking these super products there is also a treatment room downstairs from the shop offering Antipodes facials, Bodhi massages and Pink’s Boutique manicures.
Downstairs at Appuru is beautifully decorated pure zen. A tranquil haven, although the street where Appuru is situated felt somewhat like a sanctuary in comparison to the pavements I usually stomp on in Londonium; calm, quiet, with immaculate white Georgian townhouses lining the road. It’s a little off the beaten track, but it’s easy to see why people make the pilgrimage to Pimlico in order to visit this salon.
Bodhi Ginger Brew Stimulating Massage – the Treatment
When Elijah very kindly invited me to come along for one of the new massage treatments at Appuru, he advised there was a choice of two massage oils – Flora Paradiso Balinese De-Stress and Ginger Brew Thai Deep Tissue. I was given an aroma bowl so I could take in the scent of each oil before I chose my treatment. If I could have somehow combined the two, believe me, I would. Last year was a very stressful time for me and in truth, my body is still recovering. I could have done with, and would usually have opted for, the Flora Paradiso Balinese De-Stress Massage however as I had a long busy day ahead of me and like my massages hard and deep (oo-er!) I plumped for the Ginger Brew Stimulating Deep Tissue Massage.
The massage was faultless. The therapist found my tension spots and knots (carried in my shoulders and upper back mostly) and worked through them as best possible. I’ve suffered quite a lot of back pain recently but my live-in masseuse helps work out the root of the pain as best as he possibly can. Arms, hands, legs and feet were also indulged, which was a real treat. My feet (which admittedly I had been neglecting with lots of late nights dancing in heels – it was the Christmas party season after all!) felt nearly-new when I slipped back into my boots after the treatment. There was lightness in my fingertips as well, plus my limbs felt stretched and loose, not taut and solid as they sometimes can. Whilst the massage was without a doubt stimulating, it was relaxing at the same time. Whilst some might view that a contradiction in terms, I don’t. I believe you can be refreshed and invigorated whilst simultaneously at a heightened state of relaxation. Think about Bikram yoga! I left Appuru (en route to Flourish Skin and Body Clinic for Tibby Olivier’s Shrinking Violet Body Wrap) a happy, not to mention lighter, brighter and bouncier, bunny.
Biteable Beauty’s Verdict on Bodhi Ginger Brew Stimulating Massage at Appuru
WINNER! This massage was definitely the best for 2012-13 that I experienced – a well-deserved award in Biteable Beauty’s Best Of. The oil, the treatment room, the therapist all combined for a top quality experience from start to finish. This would make a great gift for a friend, relative or an indulgence for yourself when you’ve been working (or playing!) too hard. Since receiving this treatment I’m delighted to share with you that Bodhi have launched the two massage products for home use.
Biteable Beauty went to Appuru in Pimlico for the treatment. Bodhi Stimulating Ginger Brew Massage