Notting Hill Health & Beauty
Health & Beauty neighborhood
Bella Revolution (Closed)
333 Portobello Rd., Notting Hill
The team behind this newly opened concept shop/treatment center are taking a 360 approach to wellness. You might book an appointment with resident Naturopath Dr. Izzy Sharkar to get to the bottom of a long-standing ailment, enjoy a relaxing Reiki session with Josie, or pop in to check out their shop, which has everything from clean beauty products to workout gear. They'll even recommend the best water filtration systems. Open 7-days-a-week, the idea is that while wellness might start in one of their five treatment rooms, they'll give you all the tools to put it into practice at home from the water you drink to the toiletries you rely on.
222-224 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill
The positive affirmations emblazoned on the windows catch your eye first. Then the fluttering pieces of paper taped to the doorframe with words like “gratitude,” “love,” and “forgiveness” (pull off what you need—the equivalent of a wellness fortune cookie, without the cookie) lure you in. Through the Aussie-style café down the stairs is Bodyism, a wellness-mecca-meets-private-members’-club. Unlike other private gyms, there isn’t a treadmill in sight; instead, Bodyism is focused on personal training and classes, teaching clients to be kind to themselves with a more low-impact routine than the often punishing cardio regimes found elsewhere. The ballet, yoga, Pilates, and boxing are taught—for the most part—by former athletes, and the training sessions are something you’ll actually look forward to. Everyone here remembers your name, and oftentimes you’ll notice a personal message of encouragement on your post-workout shake as you leave.
2-5 Colville Mews, Notting Hill
This place is incredible for parents. The idea is that of a members' club, but for families. The kids take over the ground floor (with supervised activities, soft play, and a plant-based café to feed them), while the grown-ups have their own spa-restaurant-tearoom oasis upstairs. The top floor is the treatment sanctuary with acupuncture, colonics, a nutritionist, and cryotherapy chambers at the ready. Refreshingly, membership is completely nonexclusive. Anyone can join (for a yearly fee), and having children is not a prerequisite.
Dr. Nigma Talib
11 Lambton Place, Notting Hill, London
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.
Having worked in fashion PR, Eve Kalinik understands the crazy pace at which some of her clients live and how they might not have the time to make their own meals, let alone eat at regular hours. This is probably what makes her one of the most in-demand nutritional therapists of the moment. Kalinik focuses on teaching her clients new eating habits that they can actually stick to and introducing foods that are within their reach. Plus, she's into the nitty-gritty, looking into hormone imbalances, food intolerances, and digestive issues when needed to get to the root of her patients' issues.
221 Westbourne Park Rd., Notting Hill
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.
221 Westbourne Park Rd., Notting Hill, London
Using a mix of acupuncture, LED light, and even tuning forks (the vibrations have soothing, stress-easing effects), the facials here leave clients with a serious glow, balanced skin, and an even deeper sense of calm. We’re especially in love with the Chi Rejuvenation Facial, fifty minutes of acupressure, gua sha, and jade rolling, all of which energize skin by supposedly stimulating the flow of chi. With her faithful following, Marlene Muñoz splits her time between her Notting Hill practice and the hallowed halls of the Bulgari Hotel.
222-224 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London
Down a flight of stairs beneath a private wellness club is Joanne Evans’s Skin Matters. The air is oxygenated, the neutral-tone treatment rooms are immediately calming, and the facials are skin-changing. Evans has been tending to faces for over two decades, and her specialty is problematic and eczema-afflicted skin. She has a beautifully light touch and uses incredible active formulas, along with collagen-supporting microneedling therapy. Bespoke facials aside, there also are vitamin infusions, and you can grab a Bodyism shake or an acai bowl on your way out. Evans has a second location on Kensington High Street.
The Life Centre
15 Edge Street, Notting Hill
A haven for serious and amateur yogis alike—just check into its packed Islington Saturday morning Jivamukti classes for a taste—both Life Centre locations are also hubs for some of London's best alternative therapies, including cranio-sacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, reflexology, Reiki, and more. While the therapy rooms are not what you'd get at a glitzy hotel spa, the therapists are incredible healers. The original location in Islington has also recently opened up a yoga therapy clinic, where personalized yoga sessions treat a suite of maladies, whether they be digestive, endocrine, or emotional.
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