Chelsea Health & Beauty
Health & Beauty neighborhood
Amanda Lacey Facial Atelier
This is the woman responsible for helping in-the-know Londoners achieve that glow-from-within radiance. Amanda Lacey's legendary facials are gentle and pleasantly old school—no lasers or needles in sight. Instead, she relies on time-honored facial massage, quality, natural products, and educating clients about preventing future damage. Clients swear by her eponymous product range for at-home maintenance.
It's rarely a health issue that takes people to Diane MacLelllan, though her lessons in Alexander Technique can certainly help in that department, especially when it comes to back and neck pain. In addition to teaching better posture, she’s an expert in body language, presentation skills, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, which means you can visit her for the suite. The idea is that if we train ourselves to better our language and posture, we’ll train (or program) our brains to feel better, too.
It's not surprising that editors, celebrities, and even royals trust their faces to Jackie. She spends three days a week in a mews house, taking appointments from early morning until late in the evening. Her clients stay with her for years, not only for her incredible facials but also for quality waxing, electrolysis, pedicures, manicures, brows, lashes, body treatments, massage, and peels—all done to perfection. It may take a while to get an appointment, but when it happens, you'll be thrilled with the results.
151 Draycott Ave., Chelsea
While the gym and restaurant are open to members only, the spa at Chelsea's KX is open to the (well-heeled) public who might visit for a wax or face sculpting. We would recommend heading there for a functional medicine consultation with Dr. Georges Mouton. If colonics are your thing, see Michelle Laud. Not looking for a membership? They opened KXU, a pay-as-you-go (and wallet-friendlier) model on Pavilion Road which may not have all bells and whistles that KX Life does, but features an infrared sauna, a cryotherapy chamber, massages, and rose-gold hued changing rooms. Their easy-to-use app makes it easy to book on the fly, too.
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.
293 Fulham Rd., Chelsea
While the main draw here is the gym where you can choose between fat blasting cardio, cycling classes, or working out in the privacy of their custom fitness pods, what lures us here more often are the five treatment rooms. Developed specifically for gym-goers, the sports massages here are heavenly, while the acupuncture, osteopathy, and nutritional therapy services work to enrich the effects of your workout. There are healthy meals available here, too, if you're making a day of it.
The Organic Pharmacy Spa
396 King's Rd., Chelsea, London
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.
372 King's Road, Chelsea
We were sad to see Triyoga's beautiful, Primrose Hill location go this year, but are more than satisfied with its new airy, Camden replacement. Beyond their 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. They offer additional services at Triyoga locations in Covent Garden, Soho, and Camden.
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.
Though she's probably most famous for her 6-week weight loss program called "The B," Yvonne also provides nutritional advice for people who are recovering from serious illnesses, re-teaching them how to eat according to their new needs. The reason why her nutritional advice works, and why she's so well thought of by people like Lily Simpson at the Detox Kitchen, is her warm personality and her adaptable programs. She prescribes nutritional plans according to your lifestyle and makes you stick with it under her watch so that it's not just advice, but habit-forming change. Yvonne also doubles as a life coach, and invariably, when you're trying to make big life changes, it often starts with making small food swaps.
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