Mindfulness is at the core of wellness. The mental state of a person is equally as important as the physical, and to ensure an equal balance of the two in our everyday lives, ESPA Life at Corinthia has created a suite of treatments that aims to make ‘mindfulness’ accessible.
Mindfulness is the mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment. Busy lives often prevent us from thinking about ourselves and our health suffers. ESPA Life wants to ensure their guests get the maximum restorative effects mentally and emotionally, as well as physically, from their time at the spa.
Mindfulness can bring about long-term benefits and positively affects levels of happiness and well-being. Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness not only prevents depression but that it also directly impacts the brain patterns underlying day-to-day anxiety, stress, depression and irritability.
Laura Vallati, Spa Director at ESPA Life at Corinthia says, “I have studied mental and physical well-being for over 20 years, in many different cultures and parts of the world. The one approach to life that seems to have profound effects on well-being, at all ages, is the practise of ‘Mindfulness’. To complement our holistic wellness offering at Corinthia, I have collaborated with ESPA in designing a suite of mindfulness therapies; each one offering a different emphasis or appeal to the individual. We continue to innovate by offering the latest ways of combining ancient and modern thinking for better health.”
Given the powerful way mindfulness can support and enhance physical and mental well-being, ESPA Life are combining this philosophy with expert massage and fitness therapies. The six new treatments are:
1. ESPA Mindful Massage
This holistic, deeply relaxing and clarifying experience works on the concept of mindfulness, focusing on both mind and body to help you reduce stress and ‘be more in the present’. The therapist skilfully guides you through breathing and visualisation techniques to help relax the mind and release physical or emotional anxieties. The metamorphic zones on the feet are then massaged to help rebalance and ground, before a soothing, deeply therapeutic massage is continued up through the body to promote positivity to the mind, finishing with a re-energising scalp massage using warm rose quartz crystals.
This is a 90-minute treatment using ESPA massage oils with prices from £190.
2. ESPA Mindful Facial
Naturally advanced formulas and warmed herbal poultices unite with therapeutic hands to deeply cleanse, hydrate and rejuvenate skin while also calming a busy mind. Feel negative energies fade as your therapist expertly guides you through breathing and visualisation techniques, before long, lifting strokes using warmed poultices sculpt and tone the facial contours while nourishing the skin. Finishing with your choice of a soothing scalp massage or hand and arm massage, you emerge feeling relaxed, nurtured and with beautifully smooth, radiant and nourished skin.
This is a 90-minute treatment with prices from £190.
3. Mindful Breathing & Meditation
Drawing from the ancient practices of Pranayama and Yoga Nidra, this experience aims at training our busy minds to master conscious relaxation. It dissipates and prevents physical, mental and emotional tensions and consequently has a highly restorative effect on our entire being. During the practice of Yoga Nidra one feels as if in deep sleep but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. In this state of deep relaxation the mind becomes exceptionally receptive to positive suggestions and intentions. The practice is instrumental to drive positive life changes, breaking habits and learning new things. This experience is a wonderful tonic to combat jet lag, exhaustion and convalescence as well as a great immune booster. Additionally many have found Yoga Nidra a valuable tool for managing and healing many psychosomatic diseases like insomnia, hypertension, digestive disorders, anxiety and depression.
This is available as a 60-minute or 90-minute treatment with prices from £120.
4. Mindful Sleep
This tailor-made experience distinctively addresses physical and emotional stresses and strains. It begins by relieving deep-seated muscular tension with an indulgent and totally relaxing personalised massage using a combination of hot stones and warm oil gently poured onto your body. A soothing scalp massage then helps clear your mind and enables you to completely switch-off, while guided mindful breathing techniques further promote calm and relaxation. A personalised session of Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep follows, inducing complete physical and emotional relaxation through visualisation techniques. Anxieties are soothed and an uninterrupted, blissful night’s sleep awaits.
This bespoke experience is available as a day spa with prices from £280 and as part of a residential package with prices from £600, based on single occupancy.
This is the Ultimate Adrenaline & Zen Cocktail. Taking fitness training beyond the confines of ESPA Life state-of-the-art gym, these programmes offer a definitive holistic approach to health and fitness as well as celebrating the beautiful destination. These customised outdoor fitness activities will have you taking in the sights along the banks of the River Thames or reconnecting with nature in the tranquil heaven of St. James Park in the heart of London. Following the exercise you will be treated to a deeply relaxing session of Yoga Nidra guided relaxation. These programmes can be enjoyed individually or as a small group.
5. Park Power
Guided by one of our expert personal trainers but governed by your own pace, this workout will entail aspects of aerobic exercise to raise your heart rate and boost the ‘feel good’ hormones in the beautiful St. James Park. The jog or walk will include regular stops for light stretches and specific mobility exercises designed to improve posture and reduce the risk of injury. This training will leave you feeling invigorated and energised as you head back to ESPA Life to wind down. Using specific visualisation techniques our trainers will induce complete mental, physical and emotional relaxation. You will emerge refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of your day.
This is a 90-minute session with prices from £160.
6. River Rush
Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and step out with one of our highly qualified personal trainers for a scenic run along the South Bank of the River Thames. Much more than just a run, the workout will incorporate bouts of high intensity exercise which is proven to be the most effective way of reducing body fat. Whilst taking in the city skyline, our trainers will help and advise on running techniques and breathing patterns throughout. Ease down over one of London’s landmark bridges and step back into the calm of ESPA Life, changing tact as the intensity lowers and attention naturally shifts to mindfulness and breathing techniques that our trainers will employ to ease any mental and muscular tensions. Run, reflect, restore and relax during this 90 minute programme.
This is a 90-minute session with prices from £160.
Spread over four floors, ESPA Life at Corinthia features 17 treatment rooms, a private spa suite, nail studio, indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna, ice fountain, marble heated loungers and private sleep pods. Revolutionary lifestyle programmes have been developed, incorporating complementary and alternative medicine and targeted fitness and rehabilitation services that focus on sports training, detox, sleep, weight loss and general vitality.
About Corinthia Hotel London
Housed within a Victorian building, Corinthia Hotel London features 294 rooms, including 40 suites and 7 penthouses, offering sweeping views across London’s most popular landmarks. Corinthia London provides unrivalled world-class luxury with superb ground floor offerings, including The Northall restaurant, serving the best in British produce throughout the day; modern Italian cuisine at Massimo Restaurant & Bar; and the musically-inspired Bassoon Bar. The Garden Lounge offers all-day dining options in an al fresco David Collins Studio designed garden landscape, and a comprehensive cigar and spirits menu for late night entertaining. Corinthia London is also home to the flagship ESPA Life at Corinthia, a next-generation spa housed across four floors, together with a hair salon by Daniel Galvin. The hotel boasts the largest room sizes in London, original restored Victorian columns and tall windows that let in swathes of natural light. Cutting-edge technology in rooms and meeting rooms allow for recording, mixing and broadcasting from dedicated media rooms. Corinthia London is a 21st-century grand hotel located in the heart of London, created by experts with a passion for craftsmanship and an understanding of world-class service. Corinthia London is the ninth of Corinthia Hotels’ collection of five-star hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta.
With over 20 years’ experience building award-winning spas in five continents, and with a pioneering collection of natural spa products and treatments, ESPA stands at the forefront of today’s global spa industry as an authority on spa creation and management. Proud of our British heritage, and with offices across the world, we share our passion, vision and experience with some of the finest hotels, helping them create spas of true distinction. Our dedication to the highest standards of excellence extends to our highly effective, natural skin and body care range. Developed in our UK manufacturing facility and applied and tested every day by a global network of therapists, our products harness the potent powers of nature alongside the latest advances in skincare science to produce instantly visible and long-lasting results.