1. Essenciel therapeutic massage on Cuba Street
I came to try Essenciel massage because I received a voucher for an hour massage on my birthday. Essenciel is owned by the lovely Julie Routier, massage therapist and world organic beauty consultant.
I was treated to an all over body massage. It was a truly magical and relaxing experience. Julie has a lovely French accent, and asks at the start of your massage whether you have any issues. I have a funny knee that gets fluid retention. I didn't think this would qualify, but when I mentioned it, Julie raised a knowing eyebrow. "Ah, ha" she murmured, "you have troubles with circulation".
After an hour was left in a soothed state of pampering, and scented of lavender. I felt very calmed. Julie has a lovely soft touch which is perfect for relaxation and restfulness. When I left, Julie suggested I may like to consider taking magnesium to help as I had stiff muscles that spasm apparently (how charming of me). Her fellow Essenciel therapist, Sophie Robbers, is a Homeopath, which is useful if like me you get confused by all the supplements available.
What I loved about Essenciel is that experience felt truly authentic and without the beauty fluff P.R. I got a whole body treatment and every inch was treated as precious, almost. A massage is a special treat for me, not a weekly sort of thing. However, I loved the experience so much I think I will find it hard to stay away from Essenciel for too long! Really great service, fabulous knowledge and excellent results. Essenciel is at 278 Cuba Street and a booking can be made by emailing email@example.com or ringing 04 385 7552.
2. Swimming at Thordon Summer Pool and Fryberg Pool
Thorndon Summer Pool opened up for splashing in the summer sun on the 26 October (labour weekend). It is a lovely place to take a dip in the heat or swim lanes if you are that way inclined. I also find exercise can be quite expensive if you have a Gym membership. Swimming suits me because you can go when you feel like it, and there is virtually no buy in (bye bye memberships being auto deducted) and is cheap as chips. I also like going at Fryberg pool, which is stunning, along Oriental Parade. I use Agadir Argan Oil to stop my hair getting dry and frizzy from swimming and am trying to wear a cap. I use a bit of the oil in my hair after I have washed a blowdried it. It seems to really help it. It doesn't have that rubbery feel it sometimes does when I go to bed with wet hair. Entry to Frybery or Thorndon Summer Pool costs $5.90. Fryberg also has a spa and sauna.
3. Mecca Cosmetica Makeup
The other week I had a colleagues 40th. I decided to go and get some makeup done at my favourite beauty counter. I had credit for a makeup session which was handy. I like popping in, even when I know I shouldn't and always end up wanting to buy something. Mecca is in Kirks at the moment but I likely to move next year when it closes.
Mecca has a great range of products from all over the world, and Wellington is lucky to have it! Favourite brands are Nars, ByTerry and their fragrances from Serge Lutens and Diptique. Mecca is just great. You really get an international beauty experience when popping in. The staff are excellently trained and know when to offer help, or leave you be if you just feel like a browse. I particularly love the skincare they stock, from Kate Sommerville to Eve Lom. Just be prepared to have a lighter wallet that week. Mecca is a great place to shop for presents too, for yourself or if you are a generous type, other people. It's like catnip for the girls, gents. So if you want to get a gal back onside, give her that blush pink bag.