I have just had a fabulous night of pampering at The Wellington Centre , courtesy of Sugar Group . I had three mini-treatments: an Indian facelift with Suzie Mitchel, a Vital Signs health check with Shirley Leartheart, and a makeover with celebrity make-up artist Davinia Fermi. The facial was exquisite but a 15-minute teaser so I will be back soon for a full 50-minute session. Suzie has her own signature style based on different philosophies and uses acupressure and massage to lift your face rather than employing hi-tech gadgets. She has a firm pressure and rolling techniques, and uses Liz Earle skincare products, which smell divine. There is something luxurious and pampering about having a facial; it enables you to let go of unconscious tension and really relax. I had to peel myself off the couch.
Vital Signs testing offers preventative health testing to help you maintain optimum health. There are 10 different tests to choose from ranging from the full body MOT (12 tests), cholesterol and blood glucose testing. I had my iron levels checked, as being vegetarian I sometimes wonder. I have low blood pressure and the occasional dizzy spell when I stand up quickly. My levels are within the normal range for women, and Shirley recommended drinking more water, and less caffeine, to combat dehydration, which can lead to dizzy spells.
We were also nattering on about Tamiflu and the Swine Flu outbreak in the USA in 1976. The US government vaccinated around four million Americans after the outbreak, and it is thought that the vaccine may lead to subsequent neurological disorders. I’ll do some research on this and write another post. It does make me wonder if we should be taking it willy-nilly, children, pregnant women and all, without knowing the long-term impact.
Davinia gave me a few tips as part of her make-up masterclass, which takes place on 7th November at the Centre. You can bring along your make-up kit, and learn some tips & tricks on how to use colour and products to enhance your features, and how to create a natural look. My make-up bag looks quite sad at the moment but I will go along for the advice.
The Wellington Centre recently won a Tatler Spa award and is an oasis of calm in Hastings town centre. It is well worth making a trip down for and you will feel your shoulders drop as soon as you walk in. The owner is Josephine Fairley (who also set up Judge’s organic bakery in the Old Town, and Green & Blacks chocolate).