In the heart of the bustling Leicester Square is the imposing and oh-so-cool looking W Hotel. Inside the hotel, away from the noise of the street is the Away Spa; this is where Jonathon Carson of Elite Treat London invited me to review his massage treatments.
Elite Treat London is a collaboration company, made up of some of the most Elite (hence the name) practitioners in their field. From masseuses to beauticians, Elite Treat London offers you the best way to look after your body.
Jonathon is one of London’s premier massage therapists with an impressive list of qualifications including BTEC level 5 sports and remedial massage, deep tissue, hot stones, pregnancy massage and holistic massage.
I’m not uncommon with massages, as an avid gym goer and ex-lacrosse player I have been hyper aware of the benefits of massages and sport therapy for a long time; it increases blood circulation and helps feed the body. Through the reduced stimulation it psychologically and physically helps your feel balanced, increasing feel-good hormones and calms the Sympathetic Central Nervous system.
As I entered the spa I was I was greeted by Jonathon with a glass of water and a fruit juice shot which was designed t alkalise my body before treatment. After filling out the forms and talking about what I was hoping to get from my massage I slipped into my fetching gown and slippers and headed off to the steam room for a little R&R before we began.
The massage suit was a beautifully clean and peaceful space that instantly made you feel more relaxed. I hoped onto the (heated) massage table, face down, as Jonathan worked on my back, neck and shoulders first. Jonathon used a mixture of dry massage technique, to grip the soft tissues more easily and break down scar tissue, as well as deep tissue and hot stone methods to soothe the body. I had hot stones before, it’s an interesting part, I am never sure if it does anything measurable, but it does distracted from the painful working out of a knot.
Jonathon used a Balsamo Dolnatur balm over traditional massage creams as he says he prefers the texture, the balm warmed on the skin living a Vix-esque ‘burning’ sensation – it contains menthol and peppermint alongside eucalyptus, pine, Shea butter, bees wax, lavender, arnica, rosemary and camphor and it helps to reduce inflammation.
85 minutes later and I have been manipulated in about every which way possible, leaving the list of untouched body parts a much quicker one to get through than the opposite. I have never felt like I felt after that treatment. I found it hard to adjust and even talk again for a while. I was so calm and so relaxed, the mixture of traditional sports massage with remedial worked to great effect. I felt aligned spiritually as well as physically. The session was finished with another mixed fruit shot to help cleanse the body.
I can’t recommend Jonathon any higher; it was an amazing experience in an amazing location and hand-down one of the best treatments I’ve ever experienced.
Jonathon is currently available at the W Hotel on Wednesdays 12:30-9om with prices starting from £40 (my 80 minutes session with hot stones will set you back about £150).
You can also find Jonathan at the Spineplus Clinic in Chigwell on Monday, Thursdays and Saturdays (prices starting from £40) as well as Tottenham Court Road’s Fitness First on Mondays from 3-10pm. (prices starting from £35).
New customers booking in at Fitness First will receive an additional 25 minutes on top of their treatment for FREE.
If you don’t have the time to go out and get yourself a massage, Jonathon recommends the following products for home.
Aromatherapy Associates DE-Stress Muscle Bath and Shower Oil
“It’s very potent, do not over do the recommended use. This really helps in reducing inflammation due to the rosemary and ginger. It works in the bath or try applying directly to the area of concern, leaving for 15-20 minutes before rinsing.
£39.00 at aromatherapyassociates.com
Elemis Refreshing Gel
“This amazing gel, again through aromatherapy, reduces inflammation. Perfect for your gym bag.”
£29.50 at johnlewis.com
You can get in contact with Jonathan on 07432587566
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A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be asked to review the new Nike+ FuelBand SE. This wasn’t something I planned on passing up, as an avid gym goer I’m always up for trying out anything fitness related.
The Nike+ FuelBand SE is a super-slick fitness aid that tracks your movement during different activities and exercises. Your activity is then converted into NikeFuel, a universal way of measuring from which you can set daily goals to achieve.
After getting set up on my band in around 5 minutes in store I was good to go. This new addition of the band features a highly polished stainless steel clasp that makes it look like a classic piece of jewellery and features a removable link to change the band’s size. The eye-catching feature is the seriously cool LED screen; it glides across the band seemingly appearing from nowhere.
The band also records the movement you do per hour – prompting you to ‘Just Do It’ if it picks up on the fact you have not moved when the next hour is almost up. But moving for just five minutes in a row, earning more than 6 NikeFuel points a minute will ‘win the hour’. Hours won are then logged as part of your program of results.
One of the key pulling factors for the Nike+ FuelBand is also the wider community aspect – it allows you to create online groups of up to 150 people who you can interact with and track, allowing you all to stay motivated and challenged.
The band is really comfortable and you don’t overly realise it is there. It is however rather solid, so if you work at a desk all day can be a little uncomfortable though not unbearable by any stretch and after a few days I didn’t notice. I was told the battery lasts up to 6 days with regular use – but I assume because I use it with my laptop at home at night and not the app (I am not an iPhone user and the app is iOs only) the battery lasts longer, as I have had it near 2 weeks and not had to do a proper charge.
The band is also water resistant – to both sweat and water (think shower). However it will not work in water for swimming and therefore must be removed. This is probably my biggest bugbear with the FuelBand – why create such a sleek, ergonomic and cool design that could be made waterproof and stop before that final hurdle. I can’t help but feel it’s something they are holding off on till more people pick up on the craze and then get everyone to re-invest. If it were waterproof I honestly would probably never take it off.
Throughout the day, as well as measuring the amount of steps you take and calories you burn you can focus your training in ‘Sessions’. You start and end a Session around your work out by holding the main control button until it is ready to go. Once a Session is ended you can tag the details of the work out on the app or online with the relevant info of exercise type and you can amend the intensity. It adjusts the points earned depending on how hard you say you worked. This does make it effortlessly easy to cheat for more points, but the only person that is a disservice to, is you. Beware, however, that if you are doing an exercise that Nike doesn’t recognise or can’t record intensity cannot be changed – i.e. swimming.
This is my second bugbear. It makes it a tad unreliable in telling the ‘true’ amount of effort put in. I have to mark my Tabata and swimming sessions down as ‘gym’. As swimming is not recorded it doesn’t add anything as it is sat in the locker, it just records you had a session but appears to have no results. Frustrating. I am a competent swimmer and at the speed I train, burn around 800-1000 calories an hour so I would like to have it added!
Second is my Tabata training – one of the hardest types of HIIT training around, the sessions are short but explosive, as the band cannot measure anything that isn’t really a generic CV movement it doesn’t pick up on the true effort – so I amend this to the nearest true representation I can later – but it also doesn’t take in the fact the class is designed to burn major calories for the proceeding 12 hours by spiking your metabolism.
As you may have figured – this also means it cannot record any resistance training sessions properly either.
So, I ask myself is this a device that I, as a dedicated gym goer, can really use? Or is it just a super-cool attention-grabber that would encourage the unhealthy masses to get moving in, as long as it is in cardiovascular ways?
I came to my answer to this about 1 week into owning it. I was at home at about 11:30pm on a Sunday night and realised that due to it being my off day I was 300 fuel points behind target and about 2 thousand steps. I found myself unable to accept this or to go to bed without completing it – queue me walking/running around the house and up and down the stairs until all targets where hit (sorry housemates!). I was hooked.
Two weeks in and I check it more than I check my phone now (a pleasant distraction and change) and I love seeing how much certain training does. The Nike+ FuelBand is an awesome bit of kit and I think the truly exciting part is the potential it holds. I cant wait for the moment in the future where it becomes an all-encompassing lifestyle tracker, workable in water and out, able to measure heart rate as well as movement and distance to gain a better gauge of exercise and other forms of training. I’d also like to see it sync up further with the Nike+ tech ad offer training tips/guide online or the app. Finally I would love to see them optimise the NikeFuel – right now it is simply Nike’s way of measuring, but why not actually incentivise it and start a fitness revolution, like how some gyms give people money or refreshments for creating electricity on machines, why not have NikeFuel points translate into discounts at Nike? So many exciting possibilities with this great device.
When that happens – everything else will become obsolete.
If you’re new to exercise or are just a little bored and need the motivation then the Nike+ FuelBand is definitely for you. Even if you’re a daily gymmer, the FuelBand can offer you a new way to set big challenges. I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks with the band and seeing what else it can do, I’m going to try tacking my sleep and varying up my workouts to see how well it does. I shall keep you posted!
The Nike+ FuelBand SE is out now in limited numbers and retails at £139 – you can get yours on the Nike website
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