A massage technique workshop for partners/friends that was to be held on a set date as well as a 60 minute massage each, purchased from Keynoir.
Why I bought it:
I’ve always wanted to take a massage course, maybe because whenever my boyfriend complains that he has a sore back and would like me to massage it, I never know what to do! My “massage” consists of kneading with my fists and squeezing with my fingers, while moving them around in circles.
When I saw the deal, I snapped it up quickly because not only was it a course for two (so I can also benefit from him picking up some massage techniques) but it also included a 60 minute massage each.
Booking the Deal:
Booking the massage appointment was a breeze. I thought the massage had to be on the same day as the course, but it could be anytime so I simply booked it for the day before the workshop. This was so I knew what proper massage felt like (haha) – it my first time having a professional massage.
Part I – The Massage:
Pure Massage is just a short walk away from Fulham Broadway station. I got there ten minutes before my appointment, and was given a short form to fill out. My masseuse came to meet me right on the dot and brought me downstairs to a private room which instantly made me feel at peace. She asked me what sort of massage I wanted and gave me a choice of oils. Then she popped out of the room briefly while I undressed.
The next hour went by blissfully. I could hear her breathing from time to time; and there seemed to be some sort of a rhythm, during some parts it almost felt like she was doing a dance. I left feeling extremely relaxed and looking forward to the workshop.
Part II – The Workshop:
The workshop took place in the basement of an Italian restaurant in Putney and was 3 hours long. There were quite a few people, all of whom had purchased the deal. Beata Aleksandrowicz, who has been acclaimed in the Sunday Times as one of the best known in the field of massage therapy, led the workshop and started by explaining how important the human touch was and that you should never give someone a massage when you are in a hurry or a bad mood.
We started with the shoulders, worked our way down the back, down the arms and worked on the hands (feet are done the same way), then back up to the neck and face. I discovered that I really enjoyed having my arms massaged, had absolutely no idea how sore my forearms were (probably from using the computer) and I particularly liked the hand massage. Beata said that it is lovely to have your hands massaged, even for just 5 minutes right before going to sleep. That sounds pretty good to me, although it hasn’t happened yet.
The whole experience was fantastic, everything from start to finish. From booking the appointment, the actual massage, the fun and educating workshop, to the lack of hard sell at the end. The deal was £120 which isn’t cheap however considering a Pure Massage starts at £73 for a 60 min massage, the massage itself was worth it.
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