by Mel Kirk
I’ve been looking for the best massage in London for years, but when I step into Electric Beach on Great Titchfield Street and the smell of tanning lotion and toasted skin hits my senses, I’m really not sure that I’m in the right place. As I ask the receptionist for Metta rather cautiously, she ushers me down the stairs. With every step that I take, I’m a step further from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus. I enter an inner-city sanctuary. A wave of tranquility overtakes my body.
I’d been lucky enough for the lovely boys and girls at Wahanda to give me a voucher to spend on a massage after hearing about my happiness project for 2012. They highly recommended Metta and so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m so pleased that they recommended it as I never would have found it otherwise, it really is a hidden gem. I opted to try a Thai Combination Massage.
Now don’t judge me… Promise? I’ve read plenty of articles that assure me it’s not the pressure applied that really makes a difference whilst being massaged, but I disagree. I love nothing more than when the masseuse finds that knot, you know, the only that really hurts? As you feel it ease, you know this is doing you good. I want to be hurt dammit!
Having eyed the masseuse suspiciously (she was 5ft nothing and had a tiny frame), I wasn’t convinced she was going to do the job. How wrong I was, this girl clearly worked out. She spent a good 45 minutes relieving all of the tension in my shoulders before stretching my limbs into all kinds of yoga positions. I’m quite flexible apparently, who knew?
Words can’t do the massage justice. The highest praise that I can give it is that I fell asleep and woke myself snoring. Seriously, snoring! I’m a dream. I would recommend making sure that you book it for the end of the day though, you won’t be making any kind of sense afterwards.
As you can probably tell, I’ve become a little bit of a fan girl. I’d highly recommend it to any of you. £55 for a whole hour leaves you feeling amazingly refreshed and you don’t even have to head miles out of town for it either. It’s a 2 minute walk from Oxford Circus tube station.
Oh, one last thing, no point buying matching undies on the day as you realise you should have done that laundry a day sooner like me. You’ll be wrapped under blankets mainly. Save yourself some pennies and put it towards another massage!
Go treat yourself. You know you want to.
Metta London can be found at:
74 Mortimer Street (Inside The Electric Beach)