Those who work in the city may well know the Reebok Sports Club, a luxury health club that sits in the heart of Canary Wharf.
In a district of London where you’ll find more than 100,000 employees working in some of the city’s most high-powered jobs, the sports club’s Re:SPA must see one or two stressed clients.
OK, so I may not be as anxious as a city banker, but relaxation was definitely calling, so an invitation to try out one of the Re:SPA therapies was wholeheartedly welcomed. I had a serious case of the freelancer’s hunch (knotty shoulders and permanent bad posture due to the dreaded laptop) and my legs still felt tight from the London Winter Run. Off to Canary Wharf I went.
Exit the tube at Canary Wharf and you’ll find the Reebok Sports Club on Canada Square. You go into the big glass building and on the ground floor by John Lewis, the lift will take you up.
Now I’ve been to some smart health clubs, but this place is on another level.
On arrival, you’ll find a sports shop on your left and a restaurant and cocktail bar called The Pearson Room on your right.
Once you’ve checked in through the incredibly smart reception area, you’ll find a climbing wall ahead and at least one or more mezzanine floors filled with sports facilities above. This isn’t a health club, this is a health village.
I made a beeline for the spa where the welcome was equally impressive.
Lots of lighting and pops of green make it fresh and modern and there’s a nail bar and dozens of luxury products. I was taken to a beautiful relaxation area where the lighting was dimmed and there were plenty of candles to help me get into the zone.
There’s also a pile of magazines and refreshing cucumber water which you can help yourself to.
The treatments on offer here vary from typical beauty type stuff (brows, tanning, facials) to aromatherapy skincare, laser treatments and holistic spa and wellness packages. Many clients also come here for professional sports rehabilitation following injury.
I’d booked in for the deep tissue massage to ‘ease tension’ and ‘reawaken tired muscles’. My main aims were tension relief and full relaxation – so I hoped this would be the perfect antidote.
The therapy rooms here tick all the boxes. The decor is beautiful, they have the heavenly heated blankets and comfortable therapy beds and there’s a lovely serene vibe about the place.
I was a little surprised when I found out I had a male therapist. And – if I’m totally honest – when I’m booking in for a full body massage, I’m going in search of relaxation, so I would have felt just that little more comfortable if I’d been given the option of a lady therapist. But I wasn’t going to up and leave now, so I continued, open minded and with the aim to let my stresses and strains drift away.
The massage began with toes, feet, legs and glutes and followed by my arms, back and neck. At each available opportunity, the therapist offered his advice on where the tension was in my body and how I might be able to realign things.
Normally I would drift off during a massage but I ended up having various conversations with the therapist about exercise, physio and different sports injuries I’d had in the past.
Fifty minutes later, I was feeling rather sleepy and emerged slowly from the room trying to shake myself awake.
I was massively impressed with how technical this massage was and how spot-on the therapist was with sussing out my ailments. It was fascinating listening to him ‘prescribe’ my various imbalances and areas of tension in my body.
If only I’d had more time rather than a pile of work deadlines to get back to, I’d have definitely made the most of the gym and spa facilities. But alas, the tube was calling. Maybe next time…
For a relaxing setting, lovely facilities and professional expertise, this is without a doubt, a spa worth checking into.
Until next time x
For details on the deep tissue massage and other therapies available at Re:SPA, go to respalondon.co.uk. Prices vary for members and guests. This treatment was complimentary but all views are my own. Have you been to Re:SPA and if so, what did you think? Feel free to leave your comments below.