A few weeks later on a particularly cold and bleak Saturday morning, I found myself on a treatment bed in a warm, cosy room and my stresses melting away. I opted for a 2 in 1 Massage and Facial as I'm a rather indecisive person. My therapist Gillian, started with a massage and within minutes I was in a relaxed lull. She'd already worked out that my tension areas were my shoulders, and in particular my right shoulder which seemed to hold a years worth of stress in one big knot. For the next 25 minutes she worked her magic until I was so relaxed I was nearly asleep.
Next up was my Elemis taster facial. I have to admit that I don't often go for facials, mostly because I've had a few bad ones in the past with gross smelling products that left my skin oily, or therapists that try to suffocate me with warm towels- but I had no such fear with Gillian, she is an expert. Before my treatment she'd asked about my skin and my daily skincare routine (Boots' £2 moisturizer once a day hardly counts as a routine though). We had come to the conclusion that winter was drying my skin out and it was in need of some tender love and care.
Over the next 20 minutes she cleansed, toned, exfoliated and moisturized my skin in what can only be described as the best and most relaxing facial I've ever had. The Elemis products used smelt divine and were applied between intervals of heavenly warm cloths that had an oddly comforting effect- as if they were telling my skin it's been a tough year, but everything is going to be okay. A relaxing head massage was even thrown into the mix while my Elemis mask got to work restoring moisture to my tired, exhausted skin.
All in all my treatment and the service at Sleeping Beauty Salon was sublime. It was perhaps the most enjoyable hour of 'Me Time' I've had all year. Gillian is a great therapist and I cannot recommend her highly enough. After my treatment, I felt like I was the most relaxed I'd been all year and even my boyfriend remarked on how chilled out I looked.
Thanks Sleeping Beauty for my little winter pick me up, I'll be back!
Sleeping Beauty Salon
6 William Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7NH
Tel: 0844 445 7771
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