Editor's pick: Aveda at Retreat
Can you keep a secret? The Retreat is a hidden gem in our Beauty Hall, a spa where you can have some you time away from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy treatments from our beauty brands - such as the face and body treatment menu from eco-friendly hair and skincare brand Aveda. Our Editor went to try one out.
Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to spend from 30 minutes to an hour relaxing in their own little retreat?
If you haven’t tried The Retreat, a small spa in the basement of our Beauty Hall, where have you been?
It’s one of those places that once entered, you will long to return, especially as you can choose from a wide variety of treatments from our many beauty brands in-store.
I tried a massage treatment from the new Aveda Beauty Room Menu. You can choose from the Elemental nature facial, a customised facial that uses essential oils and aromas using pure flower and plant essences that help rebalance and revitalise your skin; a spa focus body treatment, a personalised treatment that includes a back scrub and massage, plus choice of hand, foot or neck and shoulder massage; a stress fix body treatment, a massage combining Swedish massage, reflexology and acupressure; or a full body massage.
My treatment began with a cup of calming Aveda tea, a delicious and comforting blend of 100% organic liquorice root and peppermint. Then I was asked a few questions about my health and any concerns I had, before being taken through a full body scan. This is where the consultant asks you about any skin or body concerns you have, starting with your feet and moving up your body to the skin on your face. This helps them tailor the treatment to suit you, so for example, if like me you have tension in your neck and shoulders, your treatment will be customised to target those areas.
Before any of the treatments begin you are treated to a foot cleanse and massage. This is said to ground you, and for me this helped make me feel instantly relaxed.
Depending on what treatment you choose and what areas you would like the consultant to focus on, each treatment experience is different. For me, the massage, which used different techniques from Swedish massage to pushing pressure points was not only relaxing, but I could really feel the tension and the knots start to melt away.
As I had my massage at the beginning of the day and I had a busy day ahead, I wanted a revitalising and uplifting aroma from the extensive Aveda range. Rosemary and Mint was selected for me, which helps invigorates the skin and awakens the senses.
I also only had 30 minutes to spare, so my massage was tailored to fit in with my busy schedule. Despite my time constraints I still came away feeling relaxed and ready for the day ahead. And if this treatment could achieve all that in less than 30 minutes, I’m booking in for a full hour next time.
A 30 minute treatment from the Aveda Beauty Room Menu costs £35, a 60 minute treatment is £45. The cost of your treatment is full redeemable against products, so you get to choose your favourites and take them home!
Aveda will be on the Jarrold stand at the Royal Norfolk Show on 28 and 29 June to give complementary advice. Come and meet the team at our new location in the centre of Royal Square
Jarrold customers can receive 10% off show tickets
Enter code RNS17 at the checkout when booking tickets online at the Royal Norfolk Show website here
The Aveda Beauty Room Treatments are available Monday-Sunday during normal opening hours. To book or to buy as a gift call the Aveda team on 01603 660661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org