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The London Wellness Guide
The wellness industry in London has found its feet—its soft, beautiful, callus-free feet—with a host of entrepreneurial women taking the lead. Experts like nutritional therapist Amelia Freer, meditation guru Vanessa Kandiyoti, and spiralizing queens Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley are writing books, hosting workshops, and opening businesses faster than you can say “turmeric latte and acai bowl, please.” And there are new collaborative havens dedicated to wellness, including the Bamford Haybarn Spa in Brompton Cross, Bodyism in Notting Hill, and Yogarise in South London, that are also springing up across town.
We spend a lot of time in the UK capital these days, thanks to our own well-being mecca—the now-permanent London goop store. We’ve compiled a comprehensive wellness black book for your next visit, whether you’re looking for a medical-grade facial or the chicest cryotherapy chambers in Europe or just craving a perfect smoothie and a plate of organic veggies. London, in other words, is basically Southern California with a lilt.
Gowri Motha, M.D.The Kailash Centre, 7 Newcourt St., St. John's Wood | +44.20.8530.1146
Trained as a traditional obstetrician, Dr. Gowri became frustrated with conventional birth methods and has developed her own technique called "The Gentle Birth Method" which incorporates traditional Ayurveda among other modalities. She insists the entire process needn't be as painful and fraught with stress as it has become for many women. Her method is all-encompassing: Through a mix of private consultations and group sessions she helps women with infertility issues to become pregnant, and assists pregnant women through the process into birth and care-giving.
KJW Osteopathy221 Westbourne Park Rd., Notting Hill | +44.20.7243.0007
When it comes to bodily aches and pains, there's often more to it than meets the eye, which is exactly what osteopath Kristian Wood addresses. He's well versed in fixing injuries, but his healing practice takes his appointments much further than that. Part of a session with Wood might involve physical touch to release a trapped muscle or nerve, and the rest is a mix of energy healing and therapy, so that aches caused by emotional stresses and blockages can be dislodged for good.
Hung D. Tran, M.D.37C York St., Mayfair | +44.20.7486.8990
Quite possibly the most qualified professional in acupuncture we've ever come across, Dr. Tran is trained in both eastern and western medicine, Qigong and even bone-setting. What this means is that he's an incredibly thorough, no-nonsense doctor who can treat a huge variety of ailments from neck and back pain to digestive issues, muscle spasms, and more. Nutritionist Amelia Freer describes him as a "grounded, educated, and caring support."
Georges Mouton, M.D.7 Park Crescent, Marylebone | +44.79.4944.0893
Dr. Mouton practices functional medicine, and accordingly, he believes that nutrition and a healthy digestive system are the key to general wellbeing. Holistic in every sense of the word, an appointment at his office at the Hale Clinic translates into a series of tests and questionnaires around your eating habits and general health. Focusing on thyroid function and metabolism, he uses your information to create a roadmap to your optimum state, which will likely involve dietary changes.
Fabi WaisbortThe Door, Catherine St., Covent Garden | +44.20.7096.1916
Fabi Waisbort's West End practice is a go-to for the London theatre crowd. Using a mix of osteopathy, acupuncture, and massage, Fabi and his team will cure just about any pain or ailment whether you're performing or not.
Jitendra Vara, D.O.1 Oldbury Place, Marylebone | +44.20.7486.2875
While Dr. Vara can treat just about any musculoskeletal injury, it's his abilities when it comes to pain management—everything from treating back pain to recurring headaches—that make him so popular. He's also great with (and qualified to treat) children. With two clinics in Sussex, he's a busy guy, but he does make it to his London clinic every Monday.
Nish Joshi, D.O.57 Wimpole St., Marylebone | +44.20.7487.5456
Dr. Joshi trained in India as a medical doctor but turned to Osteopathy and then complementary medicine as he was frustrated with the limitations of conventional medicine. Well versed in everything from Ayurveda, to acupuncture, to colon hydrotherapy, hypnotherapy, and more, a visit will invariably include a mix of these, plus a detox—the idea is to rid the body of the harmful toxins at the root of illness, rather than treat symptoms.
Dr. Nigma Talib11 Lambton Place, Notting Hill, London | +44.20.7792.8073
Dr. Nigma Talib is a bit of legend around West London, particularly among Notting Hill’s best-complexioned residents. Treatment starts with a consultation. Dr. Talib believes in a holistic approach and that the face is a map of what’s happening within—dairy-, wine-, and sugar-face are all diagnoses. Expect stool samples, blood tests, and a deep but gentle line of questioning before the naturopathic doctor works her magic. These are no ordinary facials, nor are they one-off treatments. Plan on leaving with lifestyle and dietary advice and a renewed sense of calm thanks to Dr. Talib’s soothing manner and cool expertise. She also works out of the Four Seasons in Los Angeles.