We won’t remind you of what an ordeal this last year has been, but boy are we all well overdue a good dose of TLC. Whether it’s some hands-on healing you’re after, a detox day in the city or life advice to get you out of your lockdown rut, the city is teeming with wellness practitioners who will have you back to your pre-pandemic self in no time. Here’s our round up of the best.
USP: De-knot and de-stress
Spas are great and all, but time-poor city dwellers — and purists — should melt away re-entry anxiety at Masaj. Acing on its single offering (massages, obvs), the new urban wellness space, formerly based in Bethnal Green, now benefits from a slightly more central location in Shoreditch. Ask for Deniel and you won’t be disappointed with his drool-worthy de-knotting skills.
Price: from £75 for 60 minutes
Where: 10 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3DH
USP: Walk an inch taller
Feeling tight after a year of WFH? Of course you are. Book in for a 1:1 assisted stretch with a stretchologist at StretchLab and you’re guaranteed to walk out an inch taller. Regular stretch sessions will help prevent injury, increase your range of motion, improve posture and aid post-workout recovery.
Price: from £55 for 50 minutes
Where: Fitzrovia/Notting Hill
Ross J. Barr Clinic
USP: Women’s health guru
Ross Barr is one of London’s most in-demand acupuncturists (and counts the Duchess of Sussex among his A-list clients). A fertility and women’s health expert, Barr specialises in five element acupuncture, the ancient Chinese theory all about how the mind, body and spirit are made up of wood, fire, earth, metal and water, and that these energies should be in perfect balance to achieve ultimate wellbeing.
Price: from £100/session
Where: Notting Hill/Marylebone
USP: The glow up
Nothing says so-long lockdown like sweating it out in your own private infrared sauna pod. Heated to a more manageable 70C, compared with traditional saunas, infrared rays penetrate deep into the skin to promote circulation, boost collagen and deep slumber — you’ll sleep like a baby afterwards. Be sure to check out Glow Bar’s range of adaptogenic herbs, crystals and moon milks in the boutique while you’re there.
Price: £45 for 45 minutes
Where: 70 Mortimer St, W1W 7RY
USP: The celeb osteo
Anisha Joshi treats everyone from Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw to professional athletes for issues relating to back pain, poor posture and headaches. She incorporates soft tissue techniques, body mechanics, shockwave therapy, ultrasound and exercise rehabilitation in her sessions. Expect to ease achy lockdown joints fast.
Price: From £90/session
Where: 4 Cavendish Square, W1G 0PG
Clare Ricci Reflexology
USP: Ease tension and headaches, fast
Based on the principle that the body’s organs are mirrored on the hands and feet, reflexology is a holistic therapy that aims to restore balance and wellbeing to the body and mind by applying specific finger and thumb pressure to these reflexes. The result? Less tension, better sleep and reduced stress levels. Go for the hot stone reflexology and Indian head massage combo for a real treat.
Price: from £59 for 60 minutes of reflexology
Where: Vivian Road, Victoria Park, E3 5RE
Flavia Morellato Lymphatic Drainage
USP: Ease bloating and feel lighter
Brazilian-born physiotherapist Flavia Morellato is renowned in the capital for her personalised lymphatic drainage technique, a gentle therapeutic massage which stimulates lymph flow around the body, helping to flush out excess water and reduce bloating and water retention. You’ll leave feeling lighter and energised after just one session.
Price: from £200/55 minutes
Where: Kensington or Balham (home visits also available)
The Wellness Foundry
USP: For spiritual souls
Always wanted to have your aura read? With tarot and psychic readings, energy healing, aura diagnosis, astrology and natal birth chart readings, The Wellness Foundry is a one-stop shop for all things spiritual. Treatments take place online only, as the practitioners are based around the world, but that doesn’t make them any less eye-opening for the curious.
Price: from £120/60 minutes.
USP: The full-body reboot
Physiotherapist and acupuncturist Renata Nunes combines systemic acupuncture to balance vital energy — also known as qi — cupping and massage (on the head, neck, abdomen or back) in her highly bespoke whole-body wellness treatments. She also has a menu of physio and pregnancy-specific treatments available.
Price: from £170 /60 minutes.
Where: Home visits only (zone 1-3)
House of Wisdom
USP: Zen out with sound therapy
Balance, breathe and reconnect with your pre-pandemic self at House of Wisdom, a central wellness hub where you can partake in everything from gong baths to alchemic crystal bowl healing and shamanic drum journeys, which will lead you into a deep trance-like meditation, in case you were wondering. Kundalini and yin yoga are just a few of the restorative movement classes on offer. Book in and zen out.
Price: £35 for two sessions
Where: Regent’s Place, 350 Euston Road, NW1 3JN
USP: The day detox
Cloud Twelve is a wellness and day spa set across three floors. There’s a salon, spa and holistic wellness clinic, plus a healthy brasserie and crèche. Treatments include CBD massages, facials, pre and post-natal rituals, naturopathic nutrition, acupuncture, reflexology, craniosacral therapy and colonic hydrotherapy. Go for the whole shebang, then detox in the infrared saunas and Himalayan salt rooms before chilling out on the dolomites quartz beds.
Price: Treatments individually priced
Where: 2 - 5 Colville Mews, W11 2DA
USP: Raise your vibrations
Feeling a little stagnant since lockdown laxed? Aren’t we all. To get your energy flowing in the right direction again, why not book in for a session with reiki practitioner and shamanic healer Sushma Sagar, who is renowned in the capital for her reiki facial (read: less furrowed brow after some downtime while she raises your vibrations) and is back offering in-person energy healing at her central London clinic.
Price: from £185/session
Where: 1 Harley Street, W1G 9QD
Jessica Boston Hypnotherapy
USP: Refocus and realign
Feeling a little lost after this last year? Who can blame you. A session with cognitive hypnotherapist and life coach Jessica Boston will coax you out of your lockdown rut. Boston aims to help you build a positive relationship with your “unconscious mind” to help you overcome challenges in your professional, personal and emotional life. Clients receive MP3s after each session to help build on progress in their own time.
Price: enquire directly