Soin Detox at Smooth You Town Spa, London

Dalston, East London, has gone upmarket with the opening of a new spa. Thursday, 21 November 2013

By Nicky Trup

Dalston, East London, has gone upmarket with the opening of a new spa.

You know an area's truly gentrified when it's got its own spa, and once-grimy Dalston, London's hipster epicentre, has done just that.

Opened last month in the slick Dalston Square development, Smooth You Town Spa offers an extensive menu of facial and body therapies, as well as hair styling and extensions, tanning and beauty treatments. The decor is neutral and minimalist, featuring two different sizes of treatment room – with or without a shower.

The Soin Detox started with a warm foot compress, followed by a massage. Despite the treatment usually focusing on the upper legs, I asked the therapist if she could also work on my back, which she did, using a comfortable amount of pressure. Afterwards, my legs and stomach were wrapped tightly in moist bandages, followed by a layer of plastic, and I was treated to a head massage before being unwrapped.

As I was leaving, the therapist advised me to drink plenty of water, and told me the name of the product she'd used – Yon Ka Creme 155 – should I want to buy it to use at home myself. I can't say I felt especially detoxified after the treatment, but I certainly felt relaxed – and in my book, that's even better.

Soin Detox costs from £110 for 90 mins. Smooth You Town Spa, Dalston Square, London E8 3GW. T: 020 7014 7700. www.smoothyou.co.uk

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