I don’t think you can ever have too many massages. That’s the philosophy I live by, anyway. And so when I heard that professional make-up artist and spa and beauty therapist Mollie Whichello had set up her own freelance business, I snapped her virtual hand off to try out one of her massages at her clinic in Harley Street.
Primarily, Mollie is a mobile beauty therapist. So she can provide an array of make-up services, facials, pedicures and a whole range of other treatments in the comfort of your own home – providing you are London-based, or from her small studio in Stoke Newington. That includes wedding make-up and she has a very impressive portfolio of making over a few celebrities, too.
In between all that, Mollie Whichello also provides some of her treatments from the Harley Street Skin Clinic on Wednesdays and Fridays. This is where she booked me in for one of her very tempting Swedish massages.
Before I got to the Harley Street Skin Clinic, I had no idea this place had been the subject of a fly-on-the-wall documentary (Stitch me, Lift me, Tuck Me) and won best TV series in the My Face My Body awards.
There was no nip and tuck involved for me (thankfully), just a bit of rejuvenation, I hoped. And as soon as I arrived, the place was nothing like the surgical environment I imagined. There were floral arrangements in the hallway and antique china cups and saucers in the waiting room – it was all very chintzy but chic. Mollie greeted me and led me to her first floor treatment room where she explained what the treatment would involve and left me to relax a bit on the treatment bed.
While the place you have your massage is simply a treatment room, rather than a luxurious spa environment, it has a relatively calming ambience and Mollie played a water-effect soundtrack, which was a first for me, but it kind of worked.
The treatment itself was very bespoke in terms of fitting into what my individual needs were. No matter how many massages I get, I always seem to have perma-knots and tension in my shoulders, neck and shoulder blades. So while I do prefer to get lost in my own thoughts / sleep during a spa treatment, it was refreshing to have a therapist who spoke about where I felt I needed more pressure and how things felt throughout the treatment.
The highlight for me – aside from the very intuitive massage – was the ‘tapotement method’ which I’m completely new to but is something you are likely to experience if you book with Mollie Whichello. If you’ve ever felt like you need a bit of a pick-me-up after falling into a massage-induced coma, this is for you. And as I was booked in for the massage right in the middle of the day, this vigorous form of alternative therapy (which works by encouraging blood to circulate) was good for waking me up a bit ahead of a busy afternoon. There are five types of tapotement – beating, slapping, hacking and cupping. And yes, they all sound a bit er, brutal. But believe me, it really gets the blood flowing and is said to ‘wake up’ the nervous system as well as release lymphatic build up in the back.
At the end of the treatment, I was able to relax a little bit and sip on some water before making that reluctant move back into reality. That night I slept like a baby and felt thoroughly relaxed for the rest of the day. As for the knots? Well, those stubborn little mites will probably never go away. But a quality massage like this does a good job at keeping them at bay.
Thanks to Mollie Whichello for providing the 30 minute Swedish Massage as part of this review. All views here are my own. For more information go to Molliewbeautymakeup.com and follow her on twitter @MollWhich, on insta @Mollie_Which and on Facebook. You can contact Mollie on Molliewbeautymakeup@gmail.com or call her on 07710 416 859.
Until next time x