Saturday, 2 June 2018

Renaissance Skincare and Beauty: Popping My Massage Cherry


Getting a deep tissue massage has been on my bucket list for a long time. I know, it's a weird thing to put on a bucket list, but I'd never had one before! That's until Renaissance Skincare & Beauty in Prescot stepped in and invited me and Danielle in for a pamper party.



Renaissance Skincare & Beauty opened in 1999, and are based in Prescot and St Helens. In the spirit of putting you first, they're even open until 9pm three days of the week. Like a lot of people, I work until 5pm or 6pm during the week, so it's perfect if you want to squeeze in a few hours of 'you' time after a long day. 


As soon as we set foot in the door, we were made to feel at home by their friendly members of staff, as they handed us glasses of prosecco and doughnuts. On the night we were given a choice of two treatments: a facial, or a massage. As Danielle mentioned in her post, I spend all day lifting heavy boxes, shifting retail displays, and generally dealing with a lot of pressure on my back and shoulders, so a massage seemed like the obvious choice for me. Nevermind it being something on my bucket list, a girl can't live with all these knots I'm carrying around!




Although we only had a choice of two treatments, that wasn't the end of Renaissance's talents. They offer nails, lashes, facials, waxing, tanning; you name it, chances are they've got it! Renaissance specialises in skincare, offering Dermalogica, Elemis and pH Formula facials. (Sidenote: If you've never had a Dermalogica facial before, you better book your ass in.) After we chose what we wanted, we were introduced to our therapists. I explained to Nikki that I've never had a massage before, and have problems with my back, and she promised to work as best she could on making me feel relaxed. It might sound odd to someone that's never had any issues with their body, but one of my biggest fears of the night was that I'd see her recoil or grimace, but I was instantly put at ease by her friendly manner.

Since Danielle and I have known each other for so long, and have absolutely no shame in our pampering game, we had our treatments in the double treatment room. I stripped off and laid down, jammed my face in a hole that was definitely not big enough for my giant-ass head, and Nikki got to work.





I'll be honest, I don't have anything else to compare this massage to, (unless you count Dave grinding his knuckles into my shoulders, thinking that he's helping) but I came away with a feeling of relief. After she finished, Nikki knelt in front of me as I was still laying down and said: "Even if you don't come back to me, please get your back sorted." I had to ask her to use less pressure during the massage, and she told me that she was barely touching me. She explained that I carry a lot of tension in my upper back, and assured me that after a few sessions, I would likely see a huge improvement. I mean, I can't expect one session to undo 26 years of knots, right?




Renaissance Skincare & Beauty is a little while away from me, but it's worth travelling to. I was made to feel completely comfortable, and I can't wait to go back. I'd highly recommend Nikki (she's based in St Helens salon) as she's so kind and thorough in explaining how she's going to fix you. She clearly had my interests at heart, rather than pushing product sales, the way you would in some salons.

I plan to go back within the next month and get a facial, and maybe even session two on my back! I think I'll try and drag Danielle along with me again, but I doubt it'll take too much convincing.


(DISCLAIMER: I was invited to review Renaissance Skincare & Beauty. All opinions are honest and, as always, my own.)


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