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  • How to Sleep Better: Tips from The Sleep Council

    Sleep. It's vital to health, wellbeing and happiness, but it's all too easy to neglect. We asked Lisa Artis from The Sleep Council to explain why a good night's sleep is so important and for some straightforward suggestions to help you get a more restful, refreshing slumber.

    Common reasons why you can’t sleep

    'Stress and worry are the main contributing factors to sleepless nights.  Stress causes the heart rate to go up and in turn the mind starts to ‘race’. This causes the brain to become too alert and stimulated to sleep. We often find that parents’ sleep issues are down to a child not sleeping which in turn affects a family. Partner disturbance is also cited as a common reason why someone doesn’t sleep – that covers everything from duvet hogging to more serious issues such as snoring.

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  • Finding your Fit with Amy Hopkinson

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    Women's Health's digital editor Amy Hopkinson is the perfect person to ask for tips for starting 2018 with a healthy, happy and balanced mind and body. Here she shares what she's learned from her wellness journey, from working out what 'fit' means to you, to always wearing the right trainers for your workout...

    'I used to work for a women’s lifestyle site and while I was there Nike asked me to live tweet a cycle from London to Brighton. To get fit enough in three weeks I trained with one of their trainers, Sonia Moses. I’d done running before but I'd never worked with a Personal Trainer. I got a real buzz from it, did the cycle and went back to work. I wasn’t that happy in my job and my outlet was going out drinking which meant I always felt tired and hungover. I started adding in more exercise until I was training five times a week.

    The job came up at Women’s Health and it felt like a bit of a calling in life. My nan’s a yoga teacher – at 76 she still teaches 12 classes a week! My mum's also a yoga teacher and she teaches 20 classes and does summer retreats in Ibiza so it’s always been in the family. So that’s where I am today – three years in at Women’s Health, it’s been a journey but a great one.

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  • Spa of the Month: Cowshed Shoreditch

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    Our East London spa can be found on the ground floor of Shoreditch House, right in the heart of the buzzy Redchurch Street neighbourhood. This is the place to go for pre-party manis with your friends or a restorative massage the morning after the night before... We asked Michaela Spiers, General Manager at Cowshed Shoreditch to sum up the vibe of her spa.

    'I have been with Cowshed for three years now with hopefully more years to come. The teams we have in the spas are amazing. Everyone is passionate about what they do and our main priority is our clients.

    Cowshed Shoreditch is the best (of course)! Whether it's indulging in a body treatment in our rooms downstairs or socialising with friends during a manicure or pedicure, our atmosphere suits all. Want a relaxing treatment during your lunch break? Come and having a sitting calm treatment (exclusive to Shoreditch), the 15 minute scalp, neck and shoulder massage followed by a lower leg and foot massage will ease all your aches and pains.Then go for a cheeky cocktail in one of the many bars in the area.'

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  • Anna Hart Trials Our New Detox Pedi

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    Anna Hart runs South Molton St Style, a fashion and lifestyle blog packed with beautiful images and helpful tips for anyone seeking a bit of style guidance or inspiration. We sent her along to our spa at The Ned to try our new Detox Pedicure - the perfect treat for post-summer feet before they go into their winter 'hibernation'...

    'It’s easy to forget about your feet when the colder months arrive with them being buried in shoes and socks, but after a summer of bright coloured nail polishes, sand and welly-clad festivals my hooves are looking anything from presentable by the time autumn comes along. Even though I go for regular massages to treat aches and pains in my back, neck and shoulders I hadn’t considered offering the same TLC to my feet.

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  • Spa of the Month: Clarendon Cross

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    Tucked away in a tranquil, leafy enclave of Holland Park in West London is Cowshed, Clarendon Cross. It's known for its delicious dishes as much as our ever-popular pedis, with people popping in and out throughout the day for coffee, cake, treatments and chats creating a bustling but relaxed vibe. Spa manager Liz explains the charm of this true neighbourhood spa.

    'Clarendon Cross was the original Cowshed spa [in London] – it’s been here 12 years and a lot of our clients have been with us that whole time. We have a lot of locals who see the same therapist that they’ve seen for years. We work closely with all the local businesses and have really good friendships with the residents. Clarendon Cross and Primrose Hill are the only two Cowshed spas with a café so that makes us unique – you can sit and have avocado on toast while having your pedicure. It’s quite a social hub for the community.'

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  • Beauty Juice: The Lowdown on House Press

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    In every Soho House and Cowshed spa you'll find rows of colourful bottles waiting to deliver a refreshing and healthy hit of cold pressed juice. This is House Press - another part of the Soho House family, just like Cowshed, and equally dedicated to making you feel good on the inside and - as it turns out - on the outside too. Here Artur Zielinski, head of House Press, explains which cold pressed juices contain the ultimate beauty-boosting ingredients.

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  • Spa of the Month: Cowshed, The Ned

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    Our beautiful new spa at The Ned features all the familiar Cowshed touches you’d expect, from the famously comfy mani/pedi chairs to restful treatment rooms, plus a few grand flourishes as befits the building’s grand Edwardian heritage (think hand-painted wallpaper, a spectacular hammam and the fanciest changing rooms we've ever seen). Spa General Manager Svet took us on a tour and shared some of her favourite things about this very special Cowshed.

    ‘I worked for Orient Express hotels in Sydney where I worked my way up from reception through to operations manager, spa manager, so I have a background in five star hotels. We were the leading spa in Sydney for three years and then from Sydney I came over to England because my husband’s British. I didn’t go straight into spas, I started working with companies in the private sector doing operational roles and then I moved over to Cowshed Primrose Hill where I opened up the spa and that was my first connection with Soho House. I was there for three years and Primrose is very successful - it was the largest site in London, it was considered the flagship in terms of the standalones.

    Then from Primrose I moved over to The Ned. I’ve been here since its inception – I joined at the end of December and was here for the pre opening and it’s been an amazing opportunity. Even though I’ve run big companies before this is challenging being in charge of three floors, but it’s exciting, I’ve got a great team and we’re doing really well.

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  • Sleepy Calming Collection

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    Drift off into a perfect night’s sleep with our Sleepy Cow calming collection. Starring a unique aromatherapy blend of Melissa and Lemon Myrtle essential oils to relieve tension and quieten the mind. The perfect antidote to restless minds and sleep. Sleepy Cow is the answer to all your dreams.

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  • Review: The Frugality Gets a Moody Massage

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    If there's one blog we never fail to check, it's The Frugality. The fashion, beauty and increasingly interiors-focussed site is the brainchild of freelance stylist Alex Stedman, who is known for her amazing ability to make savvy high street finds look like high fashion. As we're celebrating our famous moods this month, we sent Alex and her boyfriend to try our signature Moody Massage...

    'You'd think post-holiday, we'd be all blissed out without the need for a relaxing massage. In fact the opposite was true - a late night budget airline back from Spain at 1am and straight back into a week of stressful work and appointments actually left us in need of some spa time. So we jumped at the chance to try the 'Moody Massage' at the Cowshed Selfridges spa, which was also a new spot to try.

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  • The Man Behind the Moods

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    When we opened our very first spa in the old cow shed at Babington House we wanted our own body oils, lotions and washes to use in the treatments there - as well as in Babington's bedrooms. Step forward celebrated perfumer Richard Howard, one of the earliest proponents of aromatherapy. He created the bespoke essential oil fragrance blends in our original products which became our famous 'Moods'.

    Nearly twenty years on, those first moods (Horny, Knackered, Grumpy and Moody) have been joined by several more, each one devised to address specific physical and emotional needs. Here's Richard's take on the Cowshed story...

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