Chelsea Health & Beauty
Emerald and Tiger
174 Walton St., Chelsea
Jasmin Harsono is a well-being expert we feel so lucky to have found. Not only did she lead an incredibly moving sound bath session at In goop Health London, but her energy and outlook are so bright and full of promise that simply being around her feels uplifting. Harsono is a Reiki master, a sonic artist, and an intuitive guide. But mainly she’s a healer. She hosts sounds baths and meditative sessions at Remind in Victoria and Gazelli House in South Kensington, and she is available for corporate workshops.
Emma Lucy Knowles
True intuitives are rare. Having someone know your thoughts, read your body, and decipher your energy without knowing you should be impossible, but it’s not. Knowles is a living, breathing intuitive who in her own mystic way suspends her hands over your body, somehow knowing the trigger points without actually touching you. Candles flicker and crystals get hot in your hands as you lie there waiting for Knowles’s reading (which she will record and send to you a day or two after the dust settles). Of course, these healing sessions are different for everyone, but our reading was spot-on. Knowles considers herself a clairvoyant, a reader, an intuitive, a crystal healer, and an author (her book The Power of Crystal Healing: Change Your Energy and Live a High-vibe Life is a must for the crystal-curious), and no two sessions are quite the same.
Vanessa Kandiyoti is a polymath—which alone is reason to be fascinated by her. Born in Belgium, with Turkish origins, the former jewelry designer now resides in West London, where she teaches meditation, compassion, and deep calm. Kandiyoti leads group sessions, but is also available for one-on-ones. Aside from having the most calming voice and soothing manner, Kandiyoti is a fascinating and optimistic person, so whether you’re an experienced meditator or a novice, you’ll leave feeling centered and uplifted.
104 Draycott Ave., Chelsea
There’s only one word for Estelle Bingham’s practice: transformative. Or maybe two: utterly transformative. Her particular combination of crystal healing and guided meditation melts away the anxieties of modern life. She’s done this for twenty years, and if you choose to surrender and commit some time to exploring her methods of holistic healing, the results can be remarkable. You can book sessions either at Bamford’s sparkling new well-being haven in Brompton Cross or privately.
Bamford Haybarn Spa (Closed)
104 Draycott Ave., Chelsea
Carole Bamford’s latest London enterprise, the Bamford Haybarn Spa, is fast becoming our wellness home away from home in London. Tucked away on Draycott Avenue in Chelsea, the building looks like something straight off of Bamford’s own Gloucestershire farm, with its rustic white wood and signature green glass bottles full of nontoxic botanical oils, creams, and serums. Inside, you find a full wellness temple with a subterranean spa and first floor space offering yoga, Pilates, meditation, and fascinating workshops with holistic experts (like crystal healing and sound baths). The “sleep” treatment is our go-to after a long flight or a bout of insomnia. Each session starts with submerging your weary feet in Epsom-salted water while you pick your oil of choice and the music you want to drift off to. One hour is all you need to feel thoroughly depuffed and ready for bed. If you want dinner first, Daylesford Organic is blessedly around the corner, for vibrant, straight-off-the-farm food (straight off Bamford’s farm, that is).
15 Radnor Walk, Chelsea
Fertility expert Emma Cannon specializes in helping soon-to-be and new mothers at her offices in Chelsea and the West End. A registered acupuncturist and an expert in women’s health, her techniques sit between Eastern and Western healing traditions. The Fertility Rooms are her center of gravity, where she provides nutritional advice, acupuncture, and full-body diagnostics to support couples trying to get pregnant or women recovering from postpartum depression. She also runs an IVF support clinic.
241 Pavilion Rd., Chelsea
We couldn’t be happier with this new addition to the KX brand, which combines a bare-bones, super-social gym with detoxifying wellness experiences. Down the street from the membership-only KX Life, KXU has pay-as-you-go group classes, including cycling, barre, and yoga. With the workout, you can add on fantastic infrared sauna or cryotherapy sessions, which can help with muscle soreness. We love the modern, darkly lit, neon-everywhere aesthetic, too.
The Organic Pharmacy Spa
396 King's Rd., Chelsea
In 2002, pharmacist Margo Marrone and her husband, Francesco, created a beautiful, wildly successful chain of wellness dispensaries in London devoted to their ever-expanding, luxurious, certified-organic line of homeopathic remedies, skin, hair, and body care. Their flagship store also has a gorgeous spa where all of the products are used. The facials are amazing: We especially love the vitamin C and papaya enzyme peel, the express thirty-minute facial with microcurrent, and the amazing Rose Diamond Facial, which combines a diamond exfoliation with an oxygen-infused mask and lifting massage for super glowy skin.
1 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea
Just walking into this serene, beautifully designed townhouse is calming, from the gorgeous wood-paneled interiors centered around an ornate staircase to incredible therapists who seem to move—and somehow communicate—practically soundlessly. The Malaysian-inspired treatments incorporate incredible spices and flowers. (The Nutmeg Flower Bath Ritual, a contemporary take on the traditional Malaysian mandi bath, combines 33 essential oils, reflex work, and metabolism-boosting massage. Arrive early to take advantage of the subterranean dip pool (complete with a softly-trickling waterfall) or a private yoga session inside the spa’s own studio.
372 King's Rd., Chelsea
We were sad to see Triyoga's beautiful Primrose Hill location go this year, but we are more than satisfied with its new airy Camden replacement. Beyond the well-known yoga and Pilates classes—by far, some of the best the city has to offer—it's also worth booking infrared sauna sessions, cranio-sacral massage, intuitive readings, and nutritional, EFT, and CBT therapy. Additional services are offered at Triyoga locations in Covent Garden, Soho, and Camden.
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