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The Porchester Spa

Tia & Anda Body Polish at Porchester Spa

The Blurb:

Sandie Duncan’s personal struggle to find products suitable for her super sensitive skin inspired her to launch her own range of all-natural spa products, Tia & Anda (named after her kids) 10 years ago. Her range – a mixture of French sea salt, Fairtrade brown sugar from Malawi and sweet-scented blended essential oils – have been handmade by Sandie and tested on herself so you can be confident they’re suitable for sensitive skin. She also has over 10 years’ experience as a therapist (Jemma Kidd and Irina Abramovitch have been previous regular clients before they moved out of the area). I headed to London’s oldest spa, Porchester Spa, for her signature body scrub followed by a massage.

The Process:

After a 10-minute steam, Sandie led me to a large room with two marble slab tables. This was old school, but the table was surprisingly comfortable and the water temperature was just right. My exfoliation, using the Tia & Anda Rub Me Brown Sugar Body Polish, felt fantastic – almost like a massage in itself. This was followed by a 10-minute steam before my deep tissue/aromatherapy body massage.

With classical music (none of that annoying whale sound or pan pipes) playing in a softly lit room, Sandie used her exotic-scented Stroke Me Body Oil (ylang ylang, orange and jasmine essential oils plus sweet almond oil) during a fabulous massage. She particularly concentrated on my ‘congested’ shoulders.

The Result:

Not only did my skin feel really soft and nourished following my treatments, but I felt more relaxed and the massage, in particular, had also cleared my sinuses. I took away a bottle of Stroke Me Body Oil (£28 for 100ml) and the boyfriend has since been chased by his therapist with special price offers to try to get him back. I also have a jar of Melt Me Luscious Body Butter packed with organic shea butter among other fab moisturising ingredients (£12 for 30g; £28 for 200g) to keep my skin super soft and nourished.

To book the Brown Sugar Scrub, you will need to use the steam room. You do not need to use the steam room facilities for an aromatherapy massage or deep tissue massage.

Massage aromatherapy £48 for one hour; Brown Sugar Polish £29 for 30 minutes.

Sandie Duncan works from Porchester Spa, Porchester Centre, Queensway, London, W2; Tuesdays, Fridays and every other Sunday; www.tiaandanda.com; 020 7792 3980

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