According to researchers, a warm bath can have a greater effect on mood than physical exercise. Yes, taking a good soak in a hot bath has so many benefits for our mind, body and skin. And at Fletcher’s Cottage Spa, they’ve taken the simple act of bathing to a whole new level.
Poet and novelist Sylvia Plath wrote “I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath, but I can’t think of one”. And, I for one, am in total agreement. Taking a bath is not about getting clean – that’s what showers are for! Baths are about calming your troubled mind and soothing your aches and pains, both physical and emotional. But as a mum of two teenage boys, finding the bathroom in a state in which you wish to bathe is rare and even then, baths are rarely a tranquil experience as shouts of “Mum, I can’t find…” waft up the stairs.
The team at Fletcher’s Cottage Spa understand this and have taken the simple art of taking a bath to a whole new indulgent heights. Simply arriving at Fletcher’s Cottage Spa has a calming effect and as you ditch your shoes for fluffy slippers, sip a carrot and ginger juice you feel your shoulders dropping. After donning a soft luxurious bathrobe in one of the beautifully designed private changing rooms, a member of staff came to let me know my bath treatment was ready.
The two private bath huts in the garden are an absolute delight. What’s not to love about your own roll-top bath filled with fresh camellia flowers, in a private hut, with a wood burning stove, comfy chairs, sheepskin rugs and chilled out music? I’d opted for the Beatitude Bath – an oatmeal based bath, infused with my oil of choice from Beatitude’s range, designed to soothe the skin and leave you feeling relaxed. And Beatitude’s bath oils are dispersible, which means they don’t make the bath slippery unlike traditional bath oils. It takes a few moments to get used to the fact that you’re lying in a bath full of petals, before you lie back, close your eyes and drift off into your own little world away from reality. No children shouting. No phones ringing. No distractions. And just half an hour later, I’m feeling incredibly relaxed plus my skin feels amazing.
In a state of blissfulness, I found my way to the relaxation room (as if I wasn’t relaxed enough – think comfy duvets and stunning garden views) and from there was taken to one of the stunning treatment rooms. While I soaked my feet in warm water, my therapist explained what was in store for me with my next treatment – Beatitude Supreme Happiness with Hot Stone Therapy. Created by Beatitude’s founder Rebecca O’Connor for Fletcher’s Cottage Spa, this deluxe treatment combines the very best of massage techniques including hot volcanic stones focusing on any areas of concern. It was, in fact, 60 incredibly blissful minutes of stress-melting hot stones, incorporating a full body and scalp massage (I did nod off, more than once!) with Swedish, acupressure and deep tissue massage techniques. All this, while my body was infused with Beatitude’s Peace Body Oil. A wonderfully soothing and nourishing oil that was easily absorbed and left my skin feeling beautifully soft. The addition of the essential oils; Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Cedarwood and Petitgrain give this product a calming and comforting aroma. Adding to my already blissfully serene state and feeling of well-being.
Although the treatment is over, there’s still plenty of time to relax in the spectacular surroundings. I’m feeling profoundly peaceful yet invigorated as I raise my glass of fruit smoothie to Sylvia Plath and blissful baths.
Kim had the Beatitude Bath (30 mins £60) and Beatitude Supreme Happiness with Hot Stone Therapy (60 mins £110.00 | 90 mins £155.00)
FLETCHER’S COTTAGE SPA
Archerfield, Dirleton EH39 5HU | www.fletcherscottagespa.com