When I was invited by Newcastle Hair & Beauty Clinic to road test the brand new Aroma Blend body treatment from Decleor, I said yes without hesitation, and also without really knowing what it was…
Decleor are well renowned for their ‘plant power’; their awesome oils and botanicals feed the mind as well as the skin and the scents from their home use products are divine, it didn’t take a lot to know I’d be in for a treat. It turns out that the Aroma Blend treatment is a brand new and bespoke treatment which will be added to the Decleor Signature Collection. Sound a little hazy? Let me explain….
Billed as a Transformative Ritual rather than a standard treatment, Aroma Blend is Decleor’s foray into the private blend market. By working with each client to assess their needs and expectations, a tailored blend of oils is created and mixed, and used with a specific set of massage movements and rituals over your entire body. This isn’t your average Full Body Massage however, so I headed off to the clinic to find out more.
I arrived at the clinic and was greeted by Danielle, a self proclaimed Massage Enthusiast. Having trained and worked in spas all over the North East, she’s now firmly rooted at Newcastle Hair and Beauty Clinic and is loving being in the city centre. She tells me that massage is her absolute favourite treatment to deliver so I know that I’m in good hands.
Danielle begins by telling me a little about the treatment and what it aims to achieve; there are four professional rituals to help with firmness, slimness, revitalising legs and flatten the stomach, each with four key benefits: firming, sculpting, stimulating and drainage. The results according to Decleor? Emotions are balanced, and body durably remodelled.
Danielle asks me a series of questions and marks the responses on a client card, she tells me that these answers will advise how my particular Aroma Blend fusion should be created. We decide to go for something energising rather than relaxing, and in terms of the massage movements used, we decide to use Refining, rather than Firming. It’s all very prescriptive.
The massage movements themselves are very different to what you might be used to, There’s light ‘pinching’, standard muscle manipulation and pressure point release in addition to the standard effleurage and petrissage you’ve come to expect from your regular massage. There’s also a lot more hands on and off the body rather than constant contact and a lot less product is used. This means that rather than gliding effortlessly over slick skin, the treatment is more friction focussed and I find that I quite like this, particularly on my tired legs.
I should explain that the night before I had this treatment, I fought in a big exhibition boxing match for charity so my body was craving some sort of muscle focussed attention. Normally I find to pretty difficult to switch off and relax but with this treatment, it happened voluntarily, the quick, sporadic movements seemed to confuse my brain into switching off entirely and I found that my muscles were receptive to the treatment, I definitely sat up afterwards feeling a lot more relaxed than I was expecting.
The ritual is absolutely a full body treatment, even the tummy area is massaged and there are breathing exercises to go along with this part of the treatment. Sound daunting? It really isn’t and it’s pretty effective. The movements have been tailored to aid digestive transit and without going too in-depth, you can literally feel it working. Fingers and toes are manipulated to stretch out the joints and your back is heated using friction before being stretched at the base of the spine, it’s a peculiar, but effective treatment and one that you have to try out to know whether it’s for you.
Personally, I enjoyed it. I love massage, I suffer from chronic Fibromyalgia, have early onset arthritis in my right shoulder and I’m a boxer so with all of that thrown into the mix, massage is like therapy for me and it’s something my body responds to, and craves. For me, if it delays surgery then I’m in, it’s an absolute no-brainer. If you’re a person who enjoys massage type treatments then it could swing either way for you – if you like constant contact and long sweeping strokes then alas, this might not be the treatment for you. But if you’re open to something new and innovative, love divine scents and are willing to put your reservations to one side, then book in, try it out and let me know how you feel afterwards.
It’s a treatment which is very new to the market, in fact, there aren’t that many Decleor salons offering it, certainly not in the North East, but I think that it’s something that will become a staple treatment for the brand. They’re known for moving with the times, bringing new and innovative techniques to the beauty world and this is one such treatment. Get booked in Voyeurs and give it a go.
Decleor Aroma Blend is £30 for one area or £60 for a full body treatment.
Newcastle Hair & Beauty Clinic is at 52 Northumberland Street, Newcastle, NE1 7DF. To book call 0191 232 2800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org