** I was gifted a 50-minute massage for the purpose of this review **
What’s the one thing you truly want at this time of year? A little peace and quiet? Enough money to buy all your loved ones the Christmas present they truly want? Right now, I would happily settle for one thing: a chance to relax. What is it about Christmas and the level of stress that seems to build up over the months of November and December?
Thanks to The Massage Company Camberley, I got the chance to do just that last week, in the peace and tranquility of their site on The Broadway. Oh my goodness, it was the best one hour I have spent in a VERY long time.
The Massage Company made me feel relaxed and comfortable from the moment I walked through the doors. As a new customer, I was asked to complete an initial questionnaire. During this process, I was given the opportunity to state my preference in terms of pressure used and encouraged to disclose which areas of my body experienced the most tension/pain. I ticked every box!
My particular therapist, Noora, spent time telling me which massage might work best for me. During the massage, she talked in detail about the areas of my body which were tight and had a great knowledge of how that might affect my day to day life. I certainly felt in capable hands and would return to her next time.
There are a variety of therapists available at The Massage Company, each one having gone through the same exclusive training process and you are invited to specify whether you would prefer a male or female. Every staff member was well versed in the different massage techniques available; on this particular occasion I chose a hot stone massage – perfect for the cold winter months.
Being someone who suffers a lot from muscle aches and pains (thank you scoliosis for that little joy) I often fantasise about treating myself to a massage. But there’s something about it that feels a little too luxurious, as though it should be reserved for a treat only.
Over at The Massage Company, they are determined to change people’s view – to see a monthly massage as essential to the up-keep of the human body. Quite frankly, the older I get, the more I’m inclined to agree with them! Regular massage is proven to help with stress, aid relaxation, raise alertness and assist in recovery from treatment and surgery. Who doesn’t want that?
Charlie, the owner of the Camberley branch, told me that this concept is already a huge hit over in the US. As with everything, the UK seems to adopt the american way eventually and The Massage Company are the first to introduce this concept to us. The majority of us pay a monthly gym membership, why not do the same for a regular massage? After my first experience, I was sold.
There are a variety of different memberships available and all massages can be transferred to a friend or family member, if you would like to treat someone instead of using the massage yourself. Quite handy if you need a last minute birthday gift!
Camberley is the first store to open up in the UK but the intention is for these franchises to pop up in every major town or city in the UK, making a monthly massage accessible to everyone. Booking your massage is completely hassle-free with an online booking system so that you can pick the time and day to suit you. I am certainly looking forward to making use of my membership over the coming months. I’ve already decided on my next treatment – a sports massage on my neck and shoulders.