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MAGAZINE The Official Magazine of SenSpa

Spas are no longer a women’s best kept secret!


Your Body’s Best


Get some bounce this Summer

Celebrity Beauty Secrets Revealed!


a spa day!




n this issue we are sharing SenSpa’s latest tips and ideas for beautifying yourself this Summer and welcome SenSpa’s Hot Stone massage as the exciting new treatment on the list, ready to book now! We have the latest news on the celebrity beauty favourites, top tips on how to get the Summer legs you’ve always wanted and the swimwear you should be wearing with them! We’ve been delving into the goodness of Manuka Honey for your skin and SenSpa’s latest discovery, bound to beautify and bounce you and your hair back to life!

Maxine Erasmus | Editor




SenSpa at Careys Manor Hotel Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst New Forest, SO42 7RH

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Contents Beauty 3 | Skin

Prevent wrinkles and beautify your legs.

5 | Tips


7 | Hair


8 | Editors Favourites

15 | Swimwear

A revival for hair and beauty sleep. The top Summer time picks are revealed!


14 | Interview

6 | Celebrity

Discover Jennifer Aniston’s best beauty booster and how Cameron Diaz has such a beautifully radiant glow.

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Going simple is super. Barbara Cox reveals the inspiration behind Nutrichef and why it is so unique.

Learn about the wonders of Manuka Honey.


13 | Healthy Eating

Find the perfect swimsuit for your body.

17 | Eco Chic

Wellbeing 9 | Spring Focus

We’re talking about heat, de-stressing and going green.

11 | Trends

DIY fashion, as seen on the catwalks.

The Guide 18 | What’s On

Find out what’s NEW and what’s on.

The Spa is no longer women’s best kept secret.

12 | Fitness Focus

Those VIPs called Personal Trainers and a short but sweet DIY morning workout. Escape Magazine Spring/Summer 2012

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Don’t be anti-ageing

be pro prevention

Eye treatments are not just for older skin; start younger and start natural and fend off the crow’s-feet for a little longer by opting to give your skin the well deserved TLC it needs and a certified organic skincare regime.


es, you are young and fresh faced now and we do hate to break it to you but busy everyday life and those few too many late nights will, one of these days, start to take their toll!

So why not start now to prevent those fine lines, tired looking eyes and dark circles and try the SenSpa eye treatment for firmer skin and that ever-necessary energy boost. The Anti-Ageing Eye treatment that we offer at SenSpa is a fifteen minute therapy that can be added to any of our treatments, (no wrinkles required, but if you do have them they will respond beautifully). The treatment consists of cleansing, manual lymphatic drainage movements to reduce puffiness around the eyes, a soothing mask and massage of the face and neck. The Living Nature Firming Eye cream used in the treatment promotes hydration with Harakeke Flax Gel, cell regeneration with Active Manuka Honey and Rosehip Oil; the treatment will leave you with noticeably firmer skin and feeling refreshed and revived. Anti-Ageing Eye Treatment


Bookings must be made in advance. Please call Reservations on

01590 624467


whilst you sleep! Living Nature’s Radiance Night Oil rejuvenates and restores your skin; providing a well needed beauty boost. Made up of several oils, including Rose Oil to promote natural collagen production and Rosehip Oil to aid cell regeneration, this gorgeous product is the perfect serum to repair, regenerate and soothe your skin, and all whilst you sleep. The Radiance Night Oil is suitable for all skin types, which means there is no reason not to treat yourself to some beauty sleep this Summer. £46; Escape Magazine Spring/Summer 2012

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Legs Gorgeously glamorous summer legs will be yours at last! At SenSpa we hold the key to lusciously radiant and healthier looking skin; and the only way to prepare for the return of your summer wardrobe. SenSpa’s Organic Body Polish contains Himalayan crystal rock salt, which is the purest salt on the earth and the weapon of choice against dull, neglected winter

skin. This unique crystal salt is not contaminated with toxins, yet contains all the trace elements which are found in the human body to remineralise and promote a healthy balance within the body. This amazing salt will exfoliate and polish the skin, ridding it of the dead skin cells that tend to build up over time and make your skin look and feel dry and tired. Regular exfoliation will leave your skin feeling refreshed and radiant. For miraculous results; massage this exfoliator onto damp skin once a week. The Orange, Lime and Bergamot essential oils in this polish will deeply cleanse the pores, whilst the Rosemary stimulates blood circulation bringing fresh oxygen, nutrients, vitamins and minerals up to the skins surface leaving it feeling soft, supple and rejuvenated. Without exfoliation dead skin

cells can build up and act as a barrier, restricting absorption of creams so a top tip is to apply a moisturiser after using the body polish, allowing it to penetrate deeper into the pores aiding hydration and a gorgeous glow. The Beautifying Polish also contains SenSpa’s Uplifting Body Oil which has been specially designed to enhance the overall condition of the skin. Blending Evening Primrose and Crambe Seed Oil feeds the skin with essential nutrients, whilst Sunflower Oil aids the natural healing process and Sesame Oil reduces any inflammation. Combining these organic base oils with May Chang and Tea Tree essential oils provides the perfect mix to having bright, radiant and glowing skin. £22.95; SenSpa Invigorating Body polish (200ml)


ake-up remover on a cotton bud is a perfect solution to many mistakes, can sharpen eyeliner, de-clump eyelashes and is a great way to define your lip, without using a lip liner pencil (which can sometimes look a bit hard).’

Time to Prime! The time has come for radiant looking skin and longer-lasting foundation and all because of a little thing called Primer; making a perfect base for make-up by helping to even out skin tone. So give it a go and discover this summer’s favourite beauty secret! For a range of organic primers take a peek at

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Honeyis a healer! Not only a super-food for your breakfast; Manuka Honey is a super-food for the skin.


ith its immune supporting properties, it is no wonder why Manuka Honey is a star contender for top of the super food list; it promotes healthier digestion, contains active antioxidants and various vitamins and minerals. Whilst it benefits the inside of our bodies, this champion natural product of New Zealand’s indigenous Manuka bushes works hard for our skin too. Active Manuka Honey’s natural healing and antibacterial properties or ‘Unique Manuka Factor’ (UMF) make it the number one choice for skincare. It is high in antibacterial activity, which can be used to treat acne prone skin and its antioxidants help to neutralise skin damaging free radicals. It is an ideal ingredient

for soothing sensitive skin and is also a natural humectant, drawing moisture from the air and locking it in for improved hydration and suppleness. Manuka Honey can be used to fight the signs of ageing too, with its healing properties supporting the skin’s production of collagen, a protein that gives our skin its elasticity and firmness. At SenSpa we use certified organic Living Nature products containing Active Manuka Honey as a key ingredient across the range. Most of the facials incorporate these Manuka Honey based products which are also combined with other skin beautifying ingredients like Harakeke Flax Oil and Rosehip Oil to naturally firm and refresh the skin.

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ennifer Aniston’s top beauty tip is ridiculously simple and it’s free! “I drink loads of water water, water, water! The one thing I notice in my skin is, if I stop drinking water, I dehydrate badly, water is important.” For hydrated, clearer and healthier skin simply aim to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.


ulia Roberts soaks her nails in olive oil for 10 minutes a week to keep them strong, moisturised and the cuticles soft. Simply add a few drops of olive oil to a bowl of warm water and soak hands for at least ten minutes. Remove, dry and then add a moisturiser to your hands and nails for extra hydration.

CHAPPED LIPS Chilly temperatures are leaving our lips looking in a very sorry state of late, so it’s a great time to treat yourself to a super moisturising lip balm. Living Nature’s soothing Manuka Honey and Shea Butter delight is great for boosting hydration and nourishing chapped lips and it will also help prevent further damage. What’s more, Erin O’Conner and Lizzy Jagger have both been spotted with it and, if it’s good enough to keep model pouts in shape, then that’s all we need to know! £8.15;

MOISTURISE 47 year old actress Demi Moore seems to stay forever young. In a recent interview Demi claimed her beauty mantra is to “moisturise, moisturise, moisturise”. For all day nourished skin we love Willow Organic’s light day cream made with rose and manuka honey. £34.00;

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Celebrity beauty tips and tricks FLAKY SKIN


ameron Diaz uses powdered milk as a gentle yet effective exfoliator, perfect for spot-prone skin. Use two teaspoons of powdered milk and gently rub in a circular motion all over a damp face and neck. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Extra tip: Try mixing 2 egg yolks, 1 cup of olive oil and 1 large banana together. Apply to the face and neck and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

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Get some

BOUNCE this Summer

At SenSpa we have discovered the answer to the everyday woman (and man’s) two most unachievable quests; shiny, healthier hair and better sleep! A bold statement, but at SenSpa our experts are confident in this Summer’s top hair treatment; proven to not only bring your hair back to life but to soothe and calm the mind too!

The techniques used stem from ancient Vedic times, with particular focus on the Marma points (or ‘energy points’) in the head. Most of 107 Marma points in the body can be located in the head and face, similar to those used in acupuncture, with many around the eyes and temples. Stimulating these points with touch promotes relaxation and has proven to ease tension, clear congestion in the head and increase circulation therefore helping to re-balance and restore energy throughout the body.

It is the organic, cold-pressed coconut oil that does wonders for your hair; improving condition by maintaining moisture, providing Vitamin-E to strengthen and even stimulating hair growth. With summer already here your hair will need all the hydration and nutrition it can get to stay strong and protected in the sunshine.

looks visibly “ hair shinier and healthy


he Ayurvedic (pronounced A’yur•ve’dic) head massage will not only help to repair damaged hair, but is an effective aid for better sleep and overall wellbeing. Whether your hair is over-treated, dry or just in need of a boost and some bounce the Ayurvedic Head Massage at SenSpa is the answer.

To start the treatment, the warm coconut oil is poured onto the hair and then massaged thoroughly through, whilst your therapist concentrates on those soothing Marma points. The several techniques used will stimulate the scalp and gently release tension leaving you with only one challenge; to try to stay awake!

In just four treatments hair looks visibly shinier and healthy, is more manageable and as well as a beauty boost for the hair, the treatment has been proven to relieve headaches and mental stress. To celebrate this triumphant treatment SenSpa is offering you a course of

4 Ayurvedic head massages for the price of 3. It could not be a better time to liven up your hair and body - The perfect way to add a spring to your step and extra bounce to your hair! For more information call 01590 624467

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Editors Favourites Escape Magazine Editor Maxine Erasmus reveals her Summer time beauty favourites.

SenSpa’s signature essential oil is

Vibrantly Versatile.


he beautiful blend is certified organic and fantastically flexible. Not only is it the perfect choice for your burner, to enliven and rejuvenate your home but you can get creative and discover its many other talents. The uniquely refreshing fragrance of Oranges and Limes, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang and Palmarosa are complimented by the calming notes of Lavender, Tea Tree, Rosemary, May Chang and Geranium. Add 2-3 drops to your bath to soothe and uplift; light some candles and

create your very own spa at home. Let the aromas take hold, de-stress and unwind. It is also the essential ingredient to your home-made body scrub, adding a couple of drops to your salt or sugar scrub will finish it off perfectly and leave you feeling silky smooth and pampered. For something a little different why not transform a plain massage oil with a couple of drops. Feel the uplifting benefits by filling a bowl with boiled water, a couple of drops of oil, cover your head with a towel so the steam doesn’t escape and just relax and let the fragrances do all the work.

Natural Skincare Made by you...


hat could be more exciting than concocting your very own face mask from fresh strawberries and cream! There are many fascinating workshops that take place at SenSpa throughout the year and learning to make your own skincare is just one of them. Your evening will begin with an introduction to the benefits of using natural skin care and some delicious smoothies, followed by an exciting session where you are let loose to create seven different products to take away and try for yourselves; from cleansers and masks to body scrubs. The most exciting part is that you will find most of the key ingredients in your cupboard or fruit bowl at home so you can go home and start creating for yourself. And what better way to top off the evening than to chill out with complimentary use of the spa facilities. I guarantee that you will love it!

Book now for the ‘Make Your Own Natural Skincare’ workshop at SenSpa and discover a world of relaxation (see page 18 for dates). Just £35 per person To make a booking call 01590 624467 Escape Magazine Spring/Summer 2012

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The lowdown on our Brand New Therapy - The Hot Stone Harmony Massage


niquely combining the heat from the volcanic basalt stones with long soothing massage and Thai techniques the Hot Stone Harmony provides a deeply warming and nurturing treatment. The stones used are roughly 4 million years old, making them the oldest part of the Hot Stone Harmony treatment. Rocks from the earth’s core carry every memory of every event which has occurred throughout history and store electromagnetic energy. Throughout the years and amongst different cultures, many believe the stones have souls and spirits, which is why various stones have been and always will be used for worship, guidance and healing. In Hot Stone therapy, volcanic basalt rock stones are used as they heat easily, retain this heat and release it slowly throughout the treatment. Not only do the stones put their heat into the body, relaxing the muscles, they also pass on their own energy, balancing all levels of emotional, mental and physical energy in your body. In SenSpa’s Hot Stone Harmony, 47 unique basalt stones are heated to a temperature of 120 to 150 degrees, these are natural pebbles from Mother Earth which come in all shapes and sizes. To the senses they feel smooth and refined. To ensure the stones are at their best at all times, they need to be “re-

charged”. The best way to re-charge the stones is to get them out into the natural elements, from where they come, known as “home”. Once a month the stones are returned to the earth, just as we would go home to revitalise. The Oriental elements included in SenSpa’s Hot Stone Harmony treatment, begin with Thailand’s ritual foot cleanse. Then the stones are pressed on the muscle allowing the heat to penetrate deep into the muscles, releasing tension. Thai palm pressures focusing on the meridian lines aid the flow of energy around the body. SenSpa’s hot stone harmony treatment finishes with Thailand’s ritual scalp massage. The entire treatment will leave you with a deeper sensation of relaxation, health and overall well being.

£90; Hot Stone Harmony Massage - 90 mins

Treat with Heat! Heat is a fantastic natural painkiller and when paired with ‘cold’ it can be a powerful combination. At SenSpa we offer the ultimate way to unwind and de-stress and treat aches and pains. Hydrotherapy (the application of hot and cold water) is a hugely effective treatment for pain. Warm water has a soothing effect on the muscles;

calming the nervous system, helping the release of our natural pain-busting endorphins therefore reducing pain, whilst cold water is a fantastic circulation booster and a great way to tone the body. There is only one thing to remember; always follow hot with cold to get the most out of your day of therapy.

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Your very own



Clear out the cobwebs Feel re-energised by smoothing out the knots with a signature Sen Vitalising massage at SenSpa; a full body oil massage designed to target those specific areas of tension, working from the feet to the neck and shoulders.


t SenSpa we have re-designed the conventional spring clean, and we know you will prefer this one!

Visit the S enSpa blog for m ore Summer b eauty tips!

£75; Sen Vitalising Massage - 60 mins

Did you know? House plants are a fantastic way to refresh and detox your home for Summer; they purify the stale indoor air, filter out toxins and reduce airborne bacteria and all whilst providing your home with fresh oxygen! First stop the garden centre!

Often we remember the body but neglect the feet so treat them to an Oriental Foot Massage which will do wonders for your wellbeing (and summer feet). The treatment includes a cleanse and exfoliation of the feet and lower leg, a soothing hot poultice infused with herbs to warm and reduce inflammation and then a pressure point massage using a combination of Eastern and Western techniques. £75; Oriental Foot Massage - 60 mins

Green is for GO!

Green Banana Smoothie


his energy boosting blend of goodness is full of iron, magnesium, folic acid and amino acids as well as an army of the vital vitamins C, B1, B3, B6. Spirulina can be found in most health food shops and is a great source of protein, and gives this delicious smoothie its colour. It is quick and easy to make so is the perfect breakfast buddy to keep you full and energised until lunch.

Ingredients ½ Banana 2 Pineapple pieces (approx 75g) 1 tbsp Coconut Milk ½ tsp Spirulina (available from any health food shop) 4 x cubes of ice 30ml Pineapple Juice

Method Chop up the banana and pineapple chunks and add to the blender ready for juicing. Then add your coconut milk, ice cubes, spirulina and pineapple juice. The ½ teaspoon of spirulina is just a guideline and is an acquired taste

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def: A place of serenity frequented by men in search of luxurious pampering, relaxation and me time.


one are the days when Spas were considered the ‘woman’s’ get away. Men everywhere have discovered and accepted that relaxation and pampering does not just belong to the opposite sex. Not only are men seeing the twinkling spa light, they have jumped on to the fabulous skincare train on its way to male grooming city.

In a survey of 1,000 UK men aged between 18 and 64 conducted by SPA Future Thinking, 64% Only 14% of revealed that using male grooming products improved men considered grooming a waste self-esteem and confidence. With 40% claiming to have of time used moisturiser, lip balm and hand cream at some point and surprisingly only 14% of men considered grooming a waste of time.

At SenSpa, news of the deeply relaxing Bao Jai Men’s Facial has spread fast. The facial, designed specifically for men, includes a warm Manuka Honey mask to exfoliate and purify the skin and then massage of the shoulders, hands and feet to relax and release tension. After that treatment men certainly know what they have been missing so it is no wonder they soon test the grooming waters and discover that untidy cuticles are a thing of the past. Hand and foot grooming, man’s answer to the manicure and pedicure, is now the ‘cool’ thing to do and we love it. What’s not to love, at SenSpa you are unable to do anything but relax when being exfoliated, nourished and massaged, and all before your nails and cuticles are tidied and trimmed. So bad news to ladies everywhere, the gents know where you go with the girls to escape (from them), and they want in! Escape Magazine Spring/Summer 2012

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Get Personal 5

reasons why you should hire a personal Trainer

1. You don’t know where to start Getting to grips with complex gym equipment as well as creating an exercise programme that includes the right amount of cardio, weight training and flexibility can be a daunting experience. Your personal trainer has the knowledge and experience to create a programme to suit you, ensuring better results.

2. You’re Not Seeing Results Your trainer will help you to set manageable goals which are a great way to track progress and achieve better results, steadily and safely. Whether your aim is to lose weight, train for an event or to build muscle. They can give you the boost you need and encouragement to improve and help you get into shape at a pace that suits you.

3. Bored of the Same Old Workouts If you’re an experienced exerciser, maybe you haven’t considered

working with a personal trainer. However, it can be a great choice if you need some variety in your workouts. A trainer can bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to challenge both your body and your mind.

4. You Need to Be Challenged If you tend to slack off on your workouts sometimes, especially when things get tough. A trainer can motivate you to push past those selfimposed limits, encouraging you to lift heavier, go longer and challenge yourself more than you would on your own.

5. You Have a Specific Illness, Injury or Condition If you have any specific issues like arthritis, heart disease, old injuries, etc., working with an experienced trainer (who works with your doctor, of course) can help you find a program to help heal injuries and avoid any further problems.

A Very Good Morning! Doing a simple 15 minute workout in the morning is a great way to wake up and will energise you for the day. (Your stretches for the snooze button do not count!) Create your very own morning workout with some of your favourite exercises and stretches; you can chop and change them to make it more interesting, and is perfect if you want to target specific areas of the body.

Our Morning Workout suggestion: • Jog on the spot for 2 minutes • 10 Star Jumps • 5 Squats (holding for 5 seconds each) • 5 Lunges (on each leg) • Plank (hold for 30 seconds x 2 reps) • 15 Crunches • Jog on the spot for 2 minutes Give our workout a go and feel free to add extra exercises or swap them with your very own and remember, have a GREAT day!

How to...

nail the perfect plank

Strengthen your core and tone your abs by nailing the perfect plank. Our

When in the plank position:

fitness expert, Sean Hincks says that

positioned under the shoulders placing them too far forward will leads to discomfort in the shoulders.

“doing exercises as efficiently as possible will make your workout more effective and you will start to see results quicker”. Here are the 3 most important steps that you need to know to help you tone and tighten those abdominal muscles, correctly and safely.

1. Always keep the elbows

2. Make sure your body is making a straight line from the knees through the hips to the shoulders.

3. BREATHE! Most people have a tendency to hold their breath but this limits the amount of oxygen to the brain which can result in dizziness or fainting.

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Super we like SIMPLE-Foods!


ext time you are at the supermarket don’t ignore the good old favourites, the bananas and apples, they are just as ‘super’ as the blueberries and deserve another chance.

prejudice is the cabbage. It is a fabulously inexpensive vegetable that is full of vitamins C, A, E and B, great for healthy skin, metabolism and the immune system as well as being high fibre and iron. But it seems to Actually, bananas are a fantastic source have been slumped with the brussel sprouts of energy, fibre and vitamin B6 as well as as a Sunday roast vegetable that you try having more potassium than most fruits. to hide on your plate. We forget that there And, a lot kinder to the pocket, than those are many varieties and ways of preparing foods deemed as ‘super’ like the infamous cabbage; red cabbage, for example, is fantastic in a salad; giving it a bit of colour, blueberry or goji berry. some crunch and extra nutrients. Don’t forget some of the other humble fruits and vegetables on your quest to healthy For some mouth-wateringly simple recipes eating, peas are fantastically nutritious being visit our blog full of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. They are wonderfully versatile and can be a delicious addition to hundreds of recipes and they even taste fantastic on their own as a healthy lunch or snack.

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Peas and beans are also a great source of fibre, as are: apples, oranges, spinach and carrots. Raw carrots are very nutritious and higher in vitamin A, calcium and iron than the blueberries’ ‘super’ friend the avocado. Another forgotten veggie’ that has seen

Bananas Carrots Oranges Spinach Peas Broad Beans Apples

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Created by nutritionist Barbara Cox and her husband David in 2004 after being inspired by Japanese cuisine during their 9 years living abroad. Barbara tells us how Nutrichef’s meal plans can transform you life. How did Japan inspire Nutrichef? When we returned to the UK I devised a meal plan that would incorporate the beneficial ingredients of the Japanese diet whilst keeping the characteristics of western taste intact. A large part of this inspiration was born from the fact that Japan has much lower levels of cancer, heart disease and obesity, with Japan topping the national longevity rankings whilst the UK is 20th on the list. I soon discovered that our clients enjoyed the new healthy meal plan but the problem of sourcing ingredients became an issue when simply providing them with a recipe, which is where the idea to prepare and deliver the meals came from.

How is Nutrichef different to other ‘diet plans’? Nutrichef is a very different concept to the ‘diet plans’ out there; there are no signs of a shake, a pouch or a packet (unless you are trying one of our delicious flap jacks). There is no need to count calories either because everything is done for you; with your meal being prepared and sent fresh or frozen to your door so there are no more wasted hours spent in the supermarket. Losing weight can

be easier with Nutrichef because you know you feel healthier, with food that will sustain you all day and fit in with even the busiest of lifestyles. In one month a Nutrichef meal plan will provide more than 180 different ingredients, with over 80 different fruit and vegetables, giving not ‘5-a-day but ’10-a-day’.

Why is the Nutrichef meal plan good for energy? The Nutrichef meal plan is excellent for people who would like to restore their energy levels, due to the combination of slow-release carbohydrates, proteins, fruits and vegetables as well as there being good quantities of antioxidant vitamins in all of the meals; all of which keep your energy levels sustained and balanced. Our Nutrichef meal plans can be devised to meet our client’s needs, whether

they require weight loss, support for an active lifestyle, or just a refreshed twist on vegetarian eating.

Why is Nutrichef dairy and wheat free? Two of our core principles at Nutrichef is to provide wheat and dairy free meals. The gluten from wheat can be difficult to digest and we can obtain calcium from plenty of other sources, like green vegetation, rather than from cow’s milk. Our clients have been pleasantly surprised at the results of opting for alternative ingredients such as oats, soya, quinoa or rice. We suggest that eating vegetables like spinach, asparagus, peas and broccoli, our meals contain a broad variety of all of these, will give you all the calcium you need. As well as from, seeds, nuts and fish, which are also fantastic sources of calcium.

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Your Body’s Best W

ith Summer here, the annual search for the perfect swimsuit has already begun. However, for many of us this search is incredibly frustrating, fraught with concerns about our body image and not really knowing what cut, style or colour really suits us. Fashion expert Monika Ulamec at the SenSpa Boutique shares her tips on choosing the best body enhancing swimwear.

Small on Top The touch of padding and under wire in this bra style bikini makes the most of a dainty, bust line.

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Juicy Pear Dark, plain bottoms will slim the bottom area whilst the patterned top accentuates the bust, drawing attention upwards and helping to balance out the bigger bottom half.


ALERT Vintage

inspired swimwear

Bit of a Belly Try a 1 piece swimsuit with a belt. Cinching your waist creates a foxy hourglass shape that distracts from other unflattering curves

Busty Babe A halter-top bikini is a good choice offering support while providing a bit of cleavage too! Ties around the back and neck mean this bikini can be adjusted for the perfect fit.

Vintage-style swimwear has a huge place in 2012. Many designers are infusing vintage-inspired details into modern pieces – a high-waist here, a vintage print there – and the results can be the perfect fusion of Marylin Monroe sex appeal and Grace Kelly elegance!.

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ur exclusive collections of Sunflair designer suits at the SenSpa Boutique are flattering whether you’re sized 8 or 20. They are especially created to be supportive in all the right places, comfortable for all cup sizes and styled to suit your shape. Sunflair pride themselves on combining fit and functionality with quality and style. They use only the best quality fabrics and cater for a wide range of cup sizes in an overwhelming variety of designs. Sunflair have developed these skills over decades and are continuously producing new and original beach fashion time and again. Established styles provide the basis of their range and ensure that customers will continue to appreciate Sunflair for its perfect fit. Combined with intricate detail to the neckline, straps or bikini briefs, Sunflair always demonstrate that it is the brand that stands for the perfect combination of fashion, fit and quality. Buy online;

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‘Thai’ DYE


ie Dye is back and it’s big for Summer 2012! We love this season’s mouth-watering pastels mixed with one-of-a-kind tie dye but what we love even more is being green and saving the pennies at the same time so you will be excited to hear that you don’t have to raid your piggy bank to be in style this Summer. Get creative and make your own one of a kind Summer collection from home. Be inspired by The Mudmee tie dye technique which was developed in Thailand from Mudmee silk. This is a unique style of tie dye using delicate patterning and subdued colours. Recycling those neglected items in your wardrobe giving them a new lease of life.

Your guide to Tie Dye


Choose your garment, natural fabrics work best, wash and dry it first to get rid of any impurities that may obstruct dying.

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Make up the dye mixture according to its own instructions,

Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and add washing soda to help lock in colour and a pinch of salt (one cup of washing soda per gallon of water).

When you are satisfied with your creation then put your garment in the dye, the longer you leave it the darker and deeper the colour will be so adjust the timing to your preference.




Now get creative! Tie rubber bands around parts of the garment, or wherever you would like there to be a pattern. Be imaginative, you can do whatever you like!


Soak the garment in the bowl for 30 minutes and then remove and let dry slightly whilst you prepare the dye.

Remove your creation from the dye, wrap in cling film and leave the dye to



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The Guide |


Workshops Make your own Natural Skin Care 16th July 2012 | 6pm | £35 13th August 2012 | 6pm | £35 17th September 2012 | 6pm | £35 A workshop aimed at teaching you how to make gorgeous skin care, good enough to eat! And take advantage of full access to the spa facilities after your workshop.

Learn Thai Massage workshop 23rd July 2012 | 6pm | £35 A hands-on workshop including a brief outline of the history and culture of traditional Thai massage, its effects and benefits on the mind and body and you’ll learn basic skills enabling you to perform a 10 minute full body Thai massage.

Get Active! workshop 9th July 2012 | 5:45pm | £25 30th July 2012 | 5:45pm | £25 A hands on fitness experience to get you active, motivated and relaxing! Get a real taste of what SenSpa can do for your health and wellbeing with the choice of three fitness classes and the chance to sample our luxurious spa facilities. For more information or to book your place please call 01590 624467 or visit


Thai Journey

Discover the true meaning of Thai tranquillity. Immerse yourself for a day with unrivalled 5* Thai treatments for an ultimate journey of relaxation of the mind and body.

NEW! Morning Spa Escape Take a morning out for yourself or escape with friends. Indulge in our award winning spa and treat your self to a treatment. Available 8:30 am - 12:30pm

WIN! an indulgent spa day You could win an indulgently relaxing day at SenSpa, including a delicious two course Thai lunch in the Zen Garden Restaurant, use of all of the 5 star spa facilities and a heavenly 90 minute signature treatment, all you need to do is fill in the blanks and reveal the name of one of our signature massages.

S_ _ F_ _ _ _ _ Massage How to Enter If you think you know what it is, then simply go to and fill in your details for your chance to win! Escape Magazine Spring/Summer 2012

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Refresh your senses

Escape magazine Spring Summer 2012 (singles)