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Replenish and renew with a Spring spa treatment

Timothy Barber
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The Refinery
60 Brook Street, W1K 5DU, 020 7409 2001
www.the-refinery.com

The spa: A quiet, calming oasis for debonair chaps to enjoy a spot of pampering. There’s also a branch in Harrods.

The treatment: The Well-Being treatment (75 mins, £90) begins with you being cocooned in blankets in a quiet, darkened room. Starting at the right shoulder, the massage therapist then works through the body’s joints and muscles, stretching and rotating them to clear out tension. You’re then wrapped in blankets again and gently rocked from side to side, like a baby. Round it off with a cleansing facial and an Indian head massage, and you’ll be stupendously chilled out, if you’re not sound asleep.

The alternative: The Ice Facial (60 mins, £75) is perfect for pepping up the skin and senses, and a good hangover cure too.

Spa at CityPoint
1 Ropemaker St, EC2Y 9AW, 020 7920 6200
www.thecitypointclub.co.uk

The spa: A luxurious fitness centre and spa that’s bang in the centre of the Square Mile.

The treatment: A bit of mummification can be the perfect thing for relaxing and soothing overworked muscles, toning up the body and revitalising the skin. With the Musclease AromaSpa Ocean Wrap (55 minutes, £75), you’ll be slathered in seaweed and wrapped up in foil. While the seaweed and essential oils do their work, you can enjoy a pressure point facial massage and de-stress scalp treatment.

The alternative: The Elemis Urban Cleanse facial (55 minutes, £65) will get those pores unblocked and the skin refreshed and protected.

Gentlemen’s Tonic
31a Bruton Place, W1J 6NN, 020 7297 4343
www.gentlemenstonic.co.uk

The spa: A refined, exceedingly plush Mayfair men’s spa, also with an outlet on the first floor of Selfridges.

The treatment: The Hot Stone massage (90 mins, £110) is aimed to relax both muscles and mind. You’ve seen the photos in which people have pebbles laid across their back – there’s actually rather more to it. The massage is delivered with oiled, heated stones that are used to glide over the body at different pressures, while stones lying on the body create concentrated centres of heat.

The alternative: The Spring Awakening treatment (60 mins, £70) is a seasonal stress-buster involving a rejuvenation facial followed by an Indian head massage.

Nickel
27 Short’s Gardens, WC2H 9AP, 020 7240 4048
www.nickelspalondon.com

The spa: A modern, minimalist take on the male spa situated in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden.

The treatment: If you’ve spent a stressful winter hunched over your computer, the Deep Tissue massage (90 mins, £90) could be the perfect way to relieve the muscle tension that will have built up. It works deep into the layers of muscle tissue with slow strokes and direct pressure and friction.

The alternative: The Morning After Rescue facial (30 mins, £35) good for those needing a pre-meeting fix, and it will get you cleansed, moisturised and energised in double quick time.

The Spa at Chancery Court
Renaissance London Chancery Court Hotel, 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN 020 7829 7058
www.spachancerycourt.com

The spa: An opulent hideaway in Holborn’s rather stunning Renaissance London Chancery Court Hotel.

The treatment: Therapy with a difference for the modern man about town, the Gin and Tonic treatment (155 mins, £125) finishes, as its name suggests, with the serving of that most refreshing of tipples. Before that you get treatments inspired by the drink’s ingredients. Start with a full body scrub using course sea salt, tonic and crushed juniper berries, after which juniper berry oil is applied in a deep massage. Then retire to the spa’s beautiful relaxation room and sip on a perfectly prepared Tanqueray G&T.

The alternative: The Booster (55 mins, £80) is a pick-me-up treatment including a deep neck, shoulder and scalp massage with a facial.