The Porchester Spa, housed in an Art Deco building, is easily accessible to everyone. It is great value for money and has a real community feel. The spa offers separate male and female days, but couples are welcome on Sundays.
My treatment, the body coffee exfoliation experience uses a blend of ground Arabica coffee, dead sea salt and therapeutic essential oils to slough away dead skin cells, leaving the skin more radiant and your senses awakened. Plus, the coffee specifically target cellulite and boost circulation.
My friendly and knowledgeable therapist Vanessa recommended that I sit in the steam room for 10 minutes prior to the treatment to open the pores. I was then led into a large room and lay on a slab like table. The blend of coffee, salt and oils were applied to my body from the neck down and then hosed off with warm water, leaving only the essential oils on the skin. My therapist then rubbed the remaining oils into my skin with a deep tissue style massage. I then sat in the dry heat room for a further 10 minutes to allow the oils to continue to work their magic.
Due to the staffing problems at The Porchester on the day I visited my treatment was re-scheduled twice and then started late while other guests had their treatments cancelled. However, after the treatment I felt completely relaxed and radiant, my skin glowing and soft. I would like to return to The Porchester to experience their signature treatment, The Shmeise which takes place in the steam room whilst the body is massaged with a soapy raffia brush to release acid from the body and boost circulation.