Liz Earle Treatments

imageTo those who don’t know, I have been a Liz Earle fan for years. I found out about Liz Earle on QVC! Their 30 day money back guarantee on everything including beauty products and make up is worth knowing about.

I felt smug years later when I read other people also recommending the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and knew I was already using it. I use Ikea face cloths with it instead, so I can exfoliate as well as clean at the same time.

I have tried and used lots of their products over the years but this post is about the treatments that they also offer in their stores.

Luckily for me a Liz Earle shop opened in Leeds in 2010 and about 2 years later the treatment rooms opened on their second floor. Before that you would have had to go to Isle of Wight or London. Being a Liz Earle fan, I wanted to try a treatment when I heard the rooms had opened and even more so, after hearing about the facial my sister had last year when she visited tbe Isle of Wight.

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It is said that, good things come come to those who wait. I waited. Then for Mother’s Day this year, my thoughtful daughter (then 18 month old) bought me a Liz Earle voucher and said to use it for a massage. She knows me so well! It also meant, that I had a treat to look forward to.

My first attempt to book a massage was thwarted as the staff were on a training day, but my second attempt was a success. Last Friday, I was booked in for a relaxing back massage.

Despite being in the centre of Leeds, the treatment rooms felt like a world away from all the hustle and bustle of life. Lovely muted colours. The staff were very pleasant when I arrived, offered me a drink of water and gave me a medical questionnaire to complete. Then at my appointment time another lady, took me to a treatment  room.

I was left to get undressed, after the lady had asked me some questions to see how I wanted my massage – medium, relaxation at the beginning, 20 mins back, 10 front, oil removed at the end, in a thoughtfully provided seating and clothes/jewellery storage area. It even had a mirror to check that you look ok before you leave to greet the world again.

On to the massage table I got and pulled up the cover. Not the usual sheet but a cosy duvet, sheet and pretty blanket. I could’ve just fallen asleep. Then, I got to choose from 3 different oil fragrances, followed by 30 mins of a perfect massage. In fact, I would go as far to say that this was the best massage I had ever had.

I loved that it is tailored to you and any issues that you have. I love that they actually listened to what you wanted. I loved the spa decor and that it looked well maintained. Nothing worse than a place starting to look shabby round the edges to spoil the experience. I loved the relaxing / chilled out atmosphere. I liked the after massage advice and that I didn’t feel pushed in to buying anything extra. I did buy my beloved cleanser but then I use this any way.

Can you tell that I liked the Liz Earle Treatment Rooms!

 

The Relaxing Back Massage cost £40 for 35 minutes.

 

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Pouch Sling – Not Popular But Worth Having In Your Stash

Pouch Slings are not popular. This is because they became unfairly associated with bag slings. Also, the sizing can be difficult and confusing for people

Bucking the sling trends, I have to own up to loving mine. Last year when I started going to The West Yorkshire Sling Library, a pouch sling was mentioned to me. I didn’t think I needed one at all but Nicola talked about hip carrying at 7 months and later their use for quick up and downs, together with how small they fold up for carrying about.  I tried one on and could see that it could be useful. Added that it was only going to cost me around £20 second hand, I thought that I’d get one. At the sling library I tried a size 2 Hotsling on with her weighted doll. It seemed to fit me but I should have been suspicious as I’m bigger than Nicola. She had explained that Hotslings had stopped making single sized pouches as there were just too many sizes and colour options to make and retail. They had changed to adjustable ones that she didn’t like as much. Although I can not remember why.

Off to to ebay I went. Size 2 eventually ordered from the US. I was, however, surprised at how many US individuals would not mail to the UK. I excitedly waited for my pretty package. Tried it on and it was too small. Boo hoo. I resold this on a Facebook sling group. Not the easiest sling to sell but there was a taker. Then I went the opposite way and bought a size 3 and 4.  Panicked, despite thinking a 3 would be fine. It was. More reselling to be done.

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Well I have had my pouch sling for nearly 18 months. It is incredibly small when folded up, so great for taking out and about and has been an up and down life saver for me. Especially earlier on when we had late afternoon melt downs.

I found great videos on you tube to help me make sure I used this correctly and that I could make sure it is comfortable for both of us too. Your local sling library should also be able to give you advice if you find you are struggling with your new sling.

For some unknown reason, I find this easier to use than a ring sling and much more comfortable.

I must add, I have only used mine for hip carries.

Don’t dismiss the cheap, handy and useful pouch. You may find it an added bonus to your sling collection.