‘Perfect for emotionally exhausted souls.’ Immediately on reading Bhuti’s list of spa treatments, I thought ‘this is the massage for me’.
After a year of moving around, with a mix of highs and lows, a bit of soulful restoration was in order.
Heading across town to the leafy calms of Richmond, I went to check out Bhuti and booked in for the emotionally-restorative kundalini back treatment (60 mins for £75).
The new spa spot is an oasis of zen, with an airy atmosphere and calming interiors.
On walking into the deceivingly big building, a smokey incense smell immediately lulled me into a comatose state.
Goda, my therapist for the morning, came to greet me and guided me to one of the six treatment rooms.
Explaining a little about the kundalini back treatment, she said it would be ‘completely different’ to anything I’d had before.
‘This isn’t a massage. I will rub your feet first and then concentrate on the back, applying pressure to get rid of the bad and bring in the good.’
Sounded ideal to me.
After undressing and laying on the heated massage bed, Goda returned to work her magic.
With chanting music playing in the background, she started the treatment.
The balmy oils she administered smelled divine and slowly I slipped away into a still calm.
Indeed, it was completely different to a regular Swedish or deep tissue massage.
Goda worked through the spine, manipulating each vertebra individually.
Her hands pulsated in time to the music and she worked her way from the top to the bottom of my boney center. Pressure was also applied to the head, arms and legs.
At times I caught myself snoring, such was my relaxed state.
Following the handwork, heated balls of himalayan salt wrapped in muslin were applied to my back.
This also is said to help draw out toxins.
Goda explained after the massage that in Hinduism, Kundalini is a coiled serpent, representing residual power of pure desire.
The massage stroke she used was intended to replicate a snake-like movement.
After my 60-minute back treatment, I felt pretty dreamy.
Taking time to soak in the moment, I sat and had a spot of tea in Bhuti’s member’s lounge.
I took up a pew on a giant beanbag and sipped on a cup of gingery goodness.
The kundalini back treatment and the five element massage are apparently Bhuti’s top-selling treatments, but there are also dozens of other therapies on offer.
Some of the more unusual menu items that standout include the seaweed cleanse and a happiness treatment, which promises to have you walking out feeling like the ‘best version of yourself.’
Other offerings not to be missed at Bhuti are the daily yoga and pilates classes.
The in-house vegan restaurant will also have you salivating with its selection of fresh-made snacks.
So if you’re in need of some TLC this winter, take a train to Richmond and unwind to a state where you can snore on the massage table without care.
Bhuti is located at 50 Hill Rise Richmond London TW10 6UB
To book a treatment visit bhuti.co or telephone 0330 400 3108