As some of you may know I visited The Buff Day Spa last Thursday 4th February just because I wanted to treat myself!
I regularly go for massages because my back can be prone to stiffness so I do have quite a high expectation with regards to massage therapists and can be quite reluctant to try new places…
To give you a bit of background first though, The Buff Day Spa is an award winning spa located right next door to the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin’s city centre.
They specialise in a range of beauty and holistic healing therapies including facials using Dermalogica, IMAGE Skincare and Juliette Armand products.
They also specialise in Aromatherapy & Swedish Massage, Revitalising Body Wraps, Reflexology, Shellac Manicures/ Pedicures and Lycon Waxing.
The Buff Day Spa can cater for approx. 15 clients at any one time meaning it’s great for bridal parties and corporate events!
My treatments on Thursday included Reflexology and Swedish Massage.
When you arrive you are met with your therapist and are brought to the changing area.
Here you are provided with your own locker and inside, a full bath robe and rubber slippers.
There is also an array of deodorants, baby wipes etc on display for you to use at your perusal.
The therapist waits outside the door for you and whenever you are ready, you meet with her and are taken to the first treatment room. I had Reflexology first which is an hour long treatment and costs €60.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Reflexology is, it’s an ancient massage therapy, specifically for the feet, traditionally used in China, Japan, Egypt and Russia.
I had Reflexology many years ago when I suffered a bells palsy in the face because the foot is a mini-map of the body, split into ten sections (five on each foot) termed as zones and these zones represent or connect to other areas of our body.
So when I suffered the bells palsy, which is a paralysis to one or both sides of the face, my therapist at the time was strategically working with the pressure points that corresponded with my face.
On Thursday however, I was going merely for relaxation and had particular areas of concern.
Each foot is skilfully worked on in such a way as to check your body for imbalances in any particular area be it the neck, shoulders, back, organs etc. These imbalances are then remedied by the therapist via manipulating certain reflexes (areas) in a sequence to aid the body into recovery.
Reflexology works through acupressure and this sends messages to the cells of the body encouraging recovery and re-education should there be an imbalance.
Regular sessions help to bring the entire body back to a state of wellness.
I thoroughly enjoyed the treatment and I was so relaxed afterward. My therapist Tracey also made note of any areas of concern/ imbalances during treatment and these areas are re-elvauated should I return to have Reflexology again.
I was then taken to the tranquility area which is a beautiful dimly lit room with relaxation beds. Gentle musical sounds can be heard along with the trickling of water.
My next therapist met with me shortly afterward and brought me to another treatment room for my Swedish Massage. (€85 for 55mins + additional €10 for the use of essential oils)
My therapists name was Mimi and before the treatment commenced she questioned me on my preferred massage pressure, if I had any specific areas I wanted to target and if I would like to add a personalised Essential Oil blend to the massage which I did. (You also have the choice to add Cold Stones to the massage which help to reduce swelling in muscles)
The massage starts at the back of your legs, working out the soreness and stress, moving up onto the back, neck and shoulders.
When the back is finished you will turn over onto your back for the final part of the massage starting with the feet, moving on to the lower legs and finally the arms, fingers and across the top of your chest and neck.
I have to say Mimi was exceptionally good and I thoroughly enjoyed my treatment.
I was given a glass of water and then accompanied back to the changing area where I returned my robe & slippers and collected my belongings.
I would highly recommend hinting at the boyfriend or partner to get you a voucher for The Buff Day Spa for Valentines this weekend, or it would be a great gift for Mom as Mother’s Day is only around the corner on Sunday March 6th.
They actually have a really good deal on at the minute too, the Feel Good February Package includes a 30 minute Swedish Back Massage and a reinvigorating custom Dermalogica spa facial for only €99 (cost for both treatments is normally €140!)
The Buff Day Spa have also kindly given me a Feel Good February Package to give away to one lucky Peach!
To be in with a chance of winning simply share the link to this review on any medium be it Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and comment below when you have done so! I will choose a winner tomorrow night 9/2/2016!
For more information on The Buff Day Spa or for a full list of treatments, head to their website www.thebuffdayspa.com.
To make an appointment you can call 01-6774624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.