Had a rivetting meeting at the EF MediSpa in London’s Kensington Church Street. The EF stands for Esther Fieldgrass, the founder of this seven storey box of tricks, who trawls the world on the look out for new research, new therapies, new machines and new treatments. The MediSpa is half magician’s lair, half serious holistic beauty clinic.
If you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry you’ll find it here as you will find botox and fillers. But you will also find nutritionists, naturopaths and sleep therapists, as well as the very latest information and treatments on weight reduction and skin tightening.
One of the most popular of all treatments is the Vaser High Definition Liposuction, and this is one of the few places outside the US where you can find it. Using ultrasound technology it removes fat from truly stubborn areas of the body…and should you require it, it can redistribute that fat to other areas. For instance, while I was there a client emerged from a session where she had fat removed from her thights and then introduced to her butt, to give her a pert posterior! It is apparently far less painful than conventional liposuction and you can even have it done in a lunchtime.
Looking for something a tad less painful, then also on offer is pain free permanent hair removal. Later this year Esther is opening a bigger clinic in Chelsea with more and even more advanced treatments.
Is there such a thing, I wonder, as an Eco Spa. I know any number of spas and wellness centres are now claiming to be eco friendly and oh-so-green and I am trying to get my head around the concept.
I have visited spas where every sheet, towel, robe and pair of slippers used is made from unbleached organic cotton, where only natural fabrics are used in the décor and vegetable dyes in the design, and only local woods and bamboos have been used for furniture and doors. I have been massaged and pampered with oils and lotions made only from indigenous and natural products, where the juices, snacks and salads have all being grown organically just outside the back door and where every drop of water is recycled…and yet…
…I worry. How can I be sure that the amount of water needed for laundry, let alone the hydrotherapy treatments, swimming pools, steam rooms, jacuzzis, or indeed even for keeping the place clean, is absolutely necessary or even properly recycled And as for the electricity that used to keep the place warm, to fire the saunas and hammams and to facilitate the cathiodermie and CACI equipment not to mention the air-conditioning in the gyms, fitness centres and yoga studios and all of this before the aforementioned pools, hot tubs and whirlpools have to be heated. I’m not sure it’s all done with solar panels. The question is – how should a spa user deal with such a dichotomy? Has anybody out there got any ideas?