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  • Nichola Joss on developing our new bespoke treatments and the power of facial massage

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    ‘I remembered going to Babington House when it opened and how amazing Cowshed was and the natural, ethical, healing message that the spa, when it was created, gave. The products being natural, British made. I liked the heritage so I said I’d like to meet the guys and chat. They wanted to look at updating things, so I spent a couple of months doing some secret shopping, chatting with the therapists, spending time with Jessica and Amie, trying to establish how we could move forward and if I could help.

    My spa experiences have always been holistic and hands on, very different to any other salon environment. What came up was there was a need for change, to make Cowshed a future destination for spas. As great as it is and how it works, let’s just revamp it a bit. I gave a few proposals for what I thought needed to be done to make it a more bespoke service. It was about making it very personalised, adding signature elements onto everything. Then it was a case of supporting the training of all the therapists, adding a bespoke approach to make the journey of the clients’ facial, skincare, body treatment very specific to them.

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  • Have You Met Miss Jones?

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    Introducing our Group Head of Spas, Amie Jones, the original Cowgirl...

    'I joined Cowshed in 2005, about six months after Clarendon Cross opened as our first London spa. I was asked whether I’d be interested in going to work with the team at Clarendon Cross as assistant manager. The Electric had opened on Portobello so there was definitely a lot going on with Soho House. Back then Cowshed was quite unknown. People who went to Babington House or Soho House New York definitely knew of it and it had its following but I still remember getting on the tube with my Cowshed shopping bag and people looking curiously at the name!

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  • Joanna McGarry reviews our Maternity Treatment

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    It's fair to say award-winning journalist, consultant and freelance beauty director Joanna McGarry knows beauty inside out. Currently studying for a degree in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, she is expecting her first child, which made her the perfect person to try out our maternity treatment.

    'Filed under ‘things they don’t tell you about pregnancy’ is the surprising truth that for many women, the notion of touch – a caring touch – while growing a baby, sort of disappears. I’d become quite protective of my growing body, and – admittedly – a little unnerved by my rapidly changing shape.

    So, save for the well-meaning hands I find cupped across my belly from time to time, and the warmth of my husband’s arms, I’d made myself an island, moving through the world with an invisible force-field around my body. And for the first trimester, my love for massages was, obsequiously, put on the back burner.

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  • The Natural Chef's No Bake Brownies

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    Brownies that are delicious, easy to make and good for you are the dream.  Here's Natural chef and food blogger Ceri Jones' recipe for her seriously delicious cacao espresso no bake brownies. Check out her blog Natural Kitchen Adventures for more inspiration and ideas...

    'I believe that brownies should be rich, gooey and so unbelievably chocolately so I rarely find that ‘healthier’ versions hit the spot.  These no bake ‘raw’ brownies are quite different to your average coffee shop brownie but the gooey dates, and rich chocolately raw cacao ensure they deliver on my non-negotiables.  I’ve added a touch of coffee extract to my topping for added oomph too.'

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  • Get Fresh: The Lowdown on Citrus

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    Whether it’s grapefruit, lemon or bitter orange, citrus fruits are known for their rejuvenating properties and their essential oils are the hero ingredients in many of our products.

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    Grapefruit doesn’t just make an excellent breakfast option – the essential oil obtained from the peel is also naturally uplifting, stimulating and great at toning the skin. Plus it smells delicious, with a tangy, invigorating aroma. That’s why you’ll find it in our Refresh Hand Wash and Refresh Hand Cream, plus our Replenish mood and Revive Foot Scrub (because weary feet can always benefit from a refreshing grapefruit-based wake-up call).

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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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