In a city like in London it is very easy to get overwhelmed by a never-ending to-do list. Saying yes to every after work drink, brunch, festival, day trip and adventure away can soon become more exhausting than enlivening. Finding time to relax, unwind and rebalance is really important which is why knowing London’s wellness hotspots is essential.
The Well Garden is a Natural Health Centre in East London that offers a number of alternate therapies including acupuncture, herbal medicine, reflexology and homeopathy. It really is the perfect place to learn and trial an array of affordable therapies. Be sure to visit the lovely Molly Maitland for natural herbal remedies and a truly considered holistic approach to health issues.
The North London Buddhist Meditation Centre is found in the heart of Islington on the outskirts of Highbury Fields. Meditation classes here are open to anyone and usually run twice a day around middays and evenings. The focus of each class is to enhance concentration, calm and mental clarity. The centre is a bit of a hidden gem as classes are rarely full.
There is no shortage of yoga centres in London, however dedicated yogi’s will find that for quality of teachers and class availability its hard to beat TriYoga. For intense relaxation Yin Yoga, run by the lovely Natasha Kerry, is the way to go, the key to this practice is that floor based poses are held for between two and five minutes in order to improve flexibility and focus on breathing.
Getting a massage is one of the best ways to relieve built up tension in your body. Finding the right therapist to suit your needs can take a while but once you do they can make you feel like a new person in an hour. The therapist a Vital Energy are simply masters of massage – they also have a genuine sense of compassion and caring for their clients which really makes their practice like no other in London.
When the city crowds get a bit too much, London’s parks as the best place to find stillness and space. Switching off your laptop, mobiles and devices to spend uninterrupted time in nature is quite possibly one of the most therapeutic things you can do. Some of the loveliest London parks include Battersea Park, Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kew Gardens.
Juice detox’s are a popular ritual of London’s wealthy wellness crowd and while there is no shortage of suppliers, CPress juice located at Fulham and Canary Wharf is definitely one of the best places to get a kick of liquid nutrients. Swapping out a morning coffee for a mineral rich CPress ‘green angel’ juice of spinach, chlorella, kale and lemon is guaranteed to make you feel like you have super powers.