New year, new you
It's 2020, it's our January Wellness Month, and it's the perfect time to look after yourself with these inspirational wellbeing retreats, courses, spas and festivals in Wilts
The change-your-life courses
Inger Kenobi Life Coach
Think to yourself, what are you after in life? A new job? More time for yourself? Write that novel you’ve always wanted to write? Or even to reinvent yourself, have more courage, feel more alive and inspired, have more energy, run with wild ideas, or leave that dreaded imposter syndrome behind for good? Inger Kenobi, personal life coach, will help you achieve your dreams. Inger, in her own words, works with ambitious and adventurous people who are ready for more. She’ll help you feel more inspired, have more energy, and reach seemingly impossible goals. In fact, she makes life and work better! Her world-class coaching methods are steeped in tradition (blending both Western and Eastern principles), yet designed for real life. And, they’re a lot of fun! ingerkenobi.com
Spell Your Life
Got any dreams packed away that you’ve given up on? Well, get ready to unpack them with this magical life-coaching experience which quite literally can change your life! Spell Your Life is a life-coaching experience designed to help mainly women change their lives for the better. How? By tapping into the inner wisdom that lies at the core of every person. If this sounds a bit airy-fairy, don’t be fooled, finding out what makes you tick, grounding yourself and harnessing the magic you hold within you is the key to unlocking your potential and making your dreams come true. www.spellyourlife.com
Book now for this supremely popular and fabulously fun Yoga Adventure and Wellness Retreat in Sri Lanka! Rejuvenate with a wonderful yoga programme, explore the south coast of Sri Lanka on bikes, tuk tuks and a raft. Indulge in some of the best Sri Lankan flavours, add the sun, some poolside lounging, unbelievable luxury and your 2020 ‘me me me’ holiday is complete! From £1,000 per person per week (not including flights) based on 2 sharing a room. www.medagedara.com/retreats
Lifestyle Health and Beauty
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Marlborough High Street is the most gorgeous beauty salon – a relaxing little place filled with lotions and potions. Run by the effervescent and inspiring Bianca, it is a real home from home, born from an age old passion for beauty and holistic therapies and coupled with a love of all things vintage. You’ll be welcomed with smiles here, and a good old fashioned warmth and charm while you get pampered, preened and generally made even more blooming beautiful than you were before, lady! The Parlour offers the cream of the crop of beauty treatments, holistic therapies and hairdressing, with all the latest products and brands. Want a relaxing massage after a day of killer heels and stressful meetings? Mega eyelash extensions? A spiritual hug when things have gone properly t**s up? The Parlour will whisk you away and just, y’know, spoil you rotten. www.parlourbeauty.co.uk
Serenity Wellness and Beauty
The perfect partnership between looking and feeling good, Serenity Wellness and Beauty is a haven of tranquility, a calming space to relax and rejuvenate in the hands of talented therapist and owner, Jayne. Fancy a sports massage or Reiki, Thai hot compress or an acupressure massage, even a warm bamboo and pregnancy massage? This hidden gem in the heart of Melksham offers holistic and beauty treatments as well as sports injuries and remedial therapies. This February, Serenity is the place to go for true wellness, with two new fabulous treatments. Myofascial release is a hands-on treatment using gentle but sustained pressure onto the connective tissue beneath the skin, to alleviate pain. It can be done over broader muscle groups or on singular localised pain areas. Benefits include correcting muscle imbalances, assisting in joint range and motion, relieving muscle soreness and relaxing muscles. Have you tried sugaring? A 4000-year old treatment from ancient Persia, sugaring is a natural way to remove unwanted hair, is less painful than waxing plus there is less likelihood of ingrowing hairs, rashes and soreness. Bonus! melkshambeautyandholistic.co.uk
The Tranquil Moment
Need to unwind? This gorgeous salon does tranquil in spades, situated in an oh-so-calm corner of Wiltshire. Sitting buffed, primed and pretty in a gorgeous village location is The Tranquil Moment, a hidden gem of a beauty salon which, once you step through the door, you’ll never want to leave. Ideal for those who really value one-to-one attention, treatments range from top to toe, all as relaxing as can be (natch). Breathe new life into your skin with reviving facials from Decleor (deep relaxing massage, followed by a detailed facial with carefully formulated skin care products), or try a new CACI facial treatment, non-surgical treatments great for reviving older skin. Their manis and pedis are divine, and their massages to die for. Specialist treatments include semi-permanent make up and hair removal.
Write it down
From You to Me
Be mindful this 2020 with gorgeous journals and stationery from www.fromyoutome.com. A new decade deserves more than a list of resolutions. This is a great time to think about yourself and what you want the next decade to bring. We love their wellbeing, happiness and fulfilment journal to gently guide you into the new decade, as well as This is Me – a mindful autobiographical journal exploring the uniqueness of what make you who you are. Connect with your emotions on a wonderful journey of exploration and discovery. With their personalised diaries you can get organised and motivated in 2020. With motivational quotes, a diary spread per week plus notepaper you can choose the cover, the start month, the title and the mantra to create a combined diary and notebook that is truly personal. Love them!
The Personal Trainer
Kirsty Victoria, Swindon
Meet Kirsty Victoria, a 30 something lawyer-turned-fitness professional who specialises in working with brides who want to get fit, lose weight and fit into the wedding dress of their dreams in time for the big day. This lady knows that looking your best on your wedding day is one of the biggest concerns brides have, but trying to get fit and lose weight whilst planning a wedding is HARD… And that’s where Kirsty Victoria comes in – she understands this, and works hand in hand with brides to achieve their wedding dress goals. Her Bridal PT service is a monthly online membership program that gets results by working out when it suits you. This includes gym and home workouts, nutritional advice, food plans and loads more. Need a fast fix, quickly? Her Wedding Dress Transformation programme lasts for 8 weeks, and has already helped dozens of brides feel incredible in their wedding dress. NOT getting hitched? Kirsty also works with women on 1-2-1 PT, plus she offers a 12 week coaching programme to nail down nutrition. kirstyvictoria.co.uk
Bowood Hotel and Spa, Calne
The Spa at Woolley Grange, nr Bradford on Avon
This beautiful hideaway on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, 15 minutes from Bath and a short jaunt down into artisan Bradford on Avon, has a family friendly spa hidden in the walled garden where fresh vegetables and children grow healthily alongside each other. They’ve just launched a whole host of new spa treats, including ‘Time for Mum 2 Be’ (think peaceful pregnancy massage, a gentle swim in the oh-so-warm pool and a nutritious two course lunch or scrummy afternoon tea) and ‘Time Together’ for mum and child, where little ones enjoy an hour of fun play in the Woolley Bears Den whilst you revel in an Elemis spa treatment, followed by a relax with the paper. For a more grown up treat the hotel has just launched their ‘Morning Half Day Refresh’ and ‘Afternoon Revive’, both including an Elemis or Jessica treatment, food and full use of the pools, sauna, steam room and beautiful grounds.
Get your tix now for this fab new wellness festival celebrating health, fitness and the great outdoors. All ages are welcome for a weekend of yoga and meditation, Pilates, exercise classes and guided farm runs in the most picturesque location imaginable in South Wiltshire, plus there will be a full education programme, covering health & wellness, nutrition, sleep, mindfulness, life coaching, children’s health and much more. Enjoy mindful activities such as foraging, bushcraft in the woods, silent walks or landscape drawing with a local artist. Reconnect with yourself and your surroundings in workshops that celebrate the beauty of The Chalke Valley and promote mindfulness and wellbeing. Oh, and there is a Zest Spa! What’s not to like? www.feeltheverve.com