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my retreat A place to relax, recover, repose... Step inside My Retreat, an award-winning sanctuary from your busy life. Julia welcomes you into her home, where she has created an elegant haven of relaxation and calm. All the therapies are holistic, designed to rebalance your skin, body and mind. Indulge in the aromas, unwind with the music, let the colour therapy subtly soothe, and allow Julia and her experienced team to take away the stresses and strains of everyday life. Feel nurtured in comfortable surroundings and rest awhile in the beautiful therapy rooms. We have built a reputation for 5-star attention to detail. You’ll receive a warm welcome to put you at ease and make you feel comfortable, pampered and very special. You will enjoy one-to-one attention from the minute you arrive until the moment you float out of the door. Our treatment times are for the therapy you’ve chosen, so please allow an extra 10 to 15 minutes for changing and consultation. If it is your first visit, please allow a further 10 to 15 minutes for a full consultation. You won’t feel rushed – we allow plenty of time between our clients. We look forward to pampering you.

Practitioner of the Year 2017

MY unique retreat Indulge your mind, body and senses with a unique 5-star spa experience created especially for you by Julia, an award-winning therapist and creative director of My Retreat. This new consultation process results in a signature therapy – rather like someone creating a signature perfume for you! Have you ever thought, “I love that therapy but wish it had a bit more of this, or didn’t use that. I wish someone would make a therapy just for me...”? Then this is for you: Julia will work with you to create your perfect, bespoke treatment package. She is celebrated for her creativity and it’s her favourite pastime. You’ll meet with Julia on two separate occasions to build your Unique Retreat together. From your favourite aromas, therapies and music, to your choice of products, your budget and your ideal duration, Julia will make sure every aspect is exactly what you would want of a multi-therapy package. Once you’ve decided on your perfect retreat, you’ll receive a description, a copy of your playlist and a secret, personal URL to book your Unique Retreat at any time. The first booking of your Unique Retreat is half-price too! For more details, contact Julia or visit the My Retreat website. Two consultations plus development | £149

entering “Upon My Retreat you’re transported to another world, of peace and tranquility, rest and relaxation and above all sheer pampering! Julia welcomes you into her own home with such warmth and affection. Phyll Thorman

RETREAT EXPERIENCES When pure escapism is the only thing that will do, treat yourself to some quality time at My Retreat. We offer more than just treatments and therapies, we create experiences that you will treasure and that can be enjoyed alone or in company.

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Take some quality time just for you, with one of Julia’s truly decadent half-day retreats – the ultimate self-care treat.

Let us whisk you away on a magic carpet ride. Opulent drapes and aromatic elements evoke the warmth of the Arabian desert in this candlelit delight.

Lie back, take a deep breath and relax as your senses take you on a journey to your dream destinations. The aromas and atmosphere of these beautiful places are brought to life by signature blends of essential oils, specially selected ingredients and products, bespoke soundtracks, décor and appropriate therapeutic techniques. These luxury, multi-therapies will transport you on a 5-star trip of a lifetime. Each destination has a specific benefit to your skin and well-being, so choose according to your needs or preferences. All therapies include approximately 30 minutes relaxation time at the end, with themed refreshments or something of your choice. Half Day | £119

We begin with a traditional hammam cleanse and exfoliation of the back. This includes dry brushing, foaming black beldi soap, kessa mitts and fragranced hot towels. Hammam means ‘spreader of warmth’ in Arabic and you will certainly feel that as we move into the massage ritual, where warm candle oil is trailed over the whole of the upper body. The massage movements are large, firm and flowing, designed to be utterly relaxing when combined with the aroma of damask rose from the candle oil. As the guedra drum pulses to your heartbeat you will be indulged in a sumptuous facial featuring honey, mint and aromatic spices to freshen and hydrate your skin. And you don’t have to leave our little oasis too soon, rest awhile after your journey with a mint tea and Turkish Delight.

a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. “What ” Janet Fogerty

POLYnESIAn RETREAT Come island hopping in the Pacific with us. Transported by the aromas of coconut, gardenia and hibiscus to the sounds of the waves with gentle music, this is top to toe exotic bliss. Luxuriate in a Tahitian blossom body polish, containing fine particles of organic sugar to buff your skin to smooth perfection, and natural Tahitian coconut monoi oil macerated in blossoms of gardenia, considered the ‘sacred oil of the Polynesians’. natural sugar extracts gently combine with water to turn the clear balm into a creamy milk, rinsed away with scented hot towels. Your skin is left smooth, soft and fragranced with natural hibiscus. This is followed by a Hawaiian lomi lomi top to toe massage that mimics the movement of the waves on the beach and the wind in the palm trees, using a kukui and coconut oil. Truly a tropical paradise escape for mind, body and soul. Extend your stay with us a while, recline and sip a bora bora mocktail as the sun sets.

ORIEnTAL RETREAT Drawing from the wisdom of eastern philosophies we bring you this multi-therapy to nourish your yin energy. We seamlessly link a Thai foot massage, our Japanese hand ritual and Eastern acupressure facial massage by using unifying white tea oils and mists, with aromas of jasmine and ylang ylang. Jade massage stones are used throughout to massage and release muscle tension. Jade is believed to heal stressed organs and discharge toxins, while slowing the process of cell ageing and strengthening the body’s natural defences and healing power. The Oriental atmosphere is enhanced by the music and helps you to practice the ancient art of tranquility along the path to inner peace. Enjoy your very own tea ceremony afterwards with a jasmine infused green tea.

retreat together One of our most popular retreat experiences, our sparkling pamper packages for two or more people include afternoon tea and a glass of fizz. Spend some time with your friends and loved ones and take the opportunity to reunite, reconnect or reaffirm your relationships, while you relax in luxurious surroundings. Our new double therapy room is ideal for those that really want to spend some quality time together. Choose any 30 or 60-minute treatment from the brochure.

REUnITE PACkAgE One 30-minute treatment each £45 pp | maximum 6 people

RECOnnECT PACkAgE One 60-minute or two 30-minute treatments each £65 pp | maximum 4 people

REAFFIRM PACkAgE Two 60-minute treatments each £119 pp | maximum 2 people

retreat with bump We have created a very special package for the Mum-to-be, to ensure you receive lots of pampering, relaxation and space to ‘just be’ at this special time. Enjoy a relaxing back massage, to target your aches and pains, using sweet almond, jojoba and rosehip oils, fragranced with a unique blend of essential oils ideal for your pregnancy. This is followed by an extended leg and foot massage that will help to reduce swelling, relieve aching limbs and help with restless legs. Your feet will be smothered in a deeply moisturising balm and then wrapped in cool towels while you relax into your facial. Your mini facial will use products to help skin that is often more sensitive during pregnancy. Sit back and enjoy a cleanse followed by a neck, shoulder and facial massage with a ‘super oil’ and a beautiful, relaxing aromatherapy moisturiser, designed to aid relaxation and help you sleep. Once your therapy is concluded you will be given time to relax, recover, repose in our beautiful, calm lounge with a hot drink of your choice, magazines, relaxing music… you and bump will be totally chilled. 100 minutes including relax time | £65 Also see Pre-natal Massage in Specialist body Massage Techniques.

retreat for the bride Every bride considers her hair and make up for her special day – but have you considered the preparation of your skin? To look your absolute best, you need to create a wonderful surface for your make-up by addressing your skin care in advance. Using a combination of a regular skin care routine at home, with quality products targeted for your skin type, and specialist, professional facials we will ensure your skin is smooth and flawless on the day. Plus enjoy a pamper evening or two for you and your bridal party. Full details on website | £189

little special “The touches were everywhere and it felt as though genuine care and thought was put into it. Zoe Dudding

retreats for the face My Retreat’s core facials are holistic therapies and use the award winning, luxury Temple Spa range. All the products are anti-ageing and use only natural ingredients. Each facial includes the following: double cleanse; tone; exfoliation; mask; neck, shoulder and face massage; eye treatment and moisturise. You can also choose to enjoy a scalp, foot or arm and hand massage during any facial, except the Quick & Simple.

above & beyond

buff & polish

The ultimate treat, a completely indulgent facial. Using the award-winning, luxury range of Truffle products (with ingredients such as black truffles, gold, silk, diamonds and champagne) this facial will help to fight the ageing process and improve the skin’s elasticity and luminosity. This is everything you could ever want in a facial plus lots you’ve never even thought of!

A deeply cleansing and polishing facial for skin that seems a little dull and lifeless. It includes an intensely effective scrub and clay mask to remove dead skin cells and promote circulation and cell renewal so that your skin will glow with vitality. A great one for the guys too, counteracting folliculitis, and de-sensitising razor burn.

75 mins | £59

45 mins | £35

comfort & joy

quick & simple

An utterly relaxing, anti-ageing and aromatherapy facial, using a unique blend of ten essential oils to help ease away tension and stress. A neck treatment with a rose oil gel is included, which contains ingredients chosen for their lifting properties. It can aid restful sleep and ensure you feel totally restored.

When time is an issue this facial gives fast results, using soothing products. Packed with fresh ingredients and multi-vitamin boosters, it will de-sensitise and de-stress both skin and mind. Simply recline and enjoy. great as an add-on to another therapy.

60 mins | £45

30 mins | £25

quench & drench This nourishing facial is a must for dehydrated or neglected skin, leaving it radiant and fresh. Powerful antioxidants help fight loss of elasticity in the skin and the luxurious mask encourages deep hydration and helps to eliminate fine lines. 45 mins | £35

Add to another therapy | £20

exclusive facial retreats All our facials are special, but each of these has an extra, unique twist…

the remedy prescription facial

rose gold tranquility facial

A bespoke, prescriptive facial to help you to improve your skin care, whether you are a novice, have experienced changes in your skin or would just like to know more. This begins with a professional skin diagnosis to advise, followed by a facial using products designed for your skintype and issues. This will rebalance your skin, leaving you with a radiant complexion. Please allow extra time for consultation.

With aromas of rose throughout, you will feel completely romanced with this luscious facial. A double cleanse and polish using aromatic hot towels help deeply clean, tone and brighten your face. A gold mask works its magic while you enjoy a crystal tranquility massage with rosehip and rose oils using warm rose quartz stones on the upper body. This continues into a facial massage that is deeply relaxing, toning and lifting. Special attention is paid to the de ́collete ́ throughout, especially in the application of Exalt, a beautiful gel with a cashmere finish. Your indulgence is complete with the application of Truffle moisturisers, which contain gold and rose quartz to ensure you look and feel wonderful.

You will also receive a ‘try me’ set of personalised products to use at home. 60 mins | £49

You will also receive a ‘try me’ size Exalt to use at home. 60 mins | £49

The best ever facial in my life! I met friends after my treatment and they said I looked so healthy and radiant.

” Kathleen Craig

Face the World® facial Settle back and enjoy this award-winning facial, an experiential voyage around the world. The products, fragrances and blissful music have been developed specifically to represent a different place, including the Rainforest and Australia. An Indian head massage helps you switch off while an ocean mask hydrates your skin. A Japanese acupressure massage is included too! Join us on a worldwide trip to delight your senses. You will also receive a ‘try me’ size overnight serum to use at home. 60 mins | £49

frankincense meditative facial

eastern acupressure facial massage

neal’s Yard organic skin care, infused with frankincense essential oil, a sacred ingredient with deeply relaxing properties, forms the basis of this mindful facial. During this therapy you will hear a beautiful guided meditation to enhance your relaxation. A cleansing balm and facial tonic gently soothes your skin prior to an indulgent facial massage. The frankincense aroma instills a feeling of peace, relaxation and stillness, but this healing resin is also known for its anti-ageing properties. The benefits are intensified in a firming mask and lifting serum. Oil anoints your feet, hands and head in a massage inspired by ancient techniques, before moisturiser is applied, leaving your skin feeling heavenly. As close to a spiritual experience as a facial can get.

This unique facial massage incorporates a blend of highly effective techniques drawn from several oriental practices. It involves a sequence of deceptively simple massage movements and acupressure points. With regular treatments, wrinkles and expression lines become less visible, skin becomes softer, and sagginess and puffiness is reduced. Facial massage can also leave you feeling calm and relaxed as headaches and other stress-related symptoms melt away. The massage helps free up constrictions in the connective tissues and aids circulation and lymphatic drainage. Performed using a unique facial oil blend that evokes the aromas of the east with highly effective skin care properties.

You will also receive a ‘try me’ size of frankincense facial oil to use at home.

30 mins | £25

60 mins | £49

Add to another therapy | £20

massage retreats At My Retreat your massage is our speciality. We have created three signature styles, designed to address specific issues. We will discuss any needs you have at your consultation and advise a bespoke package to best suit you. Top to Toe includes abdomen (if desired), longer on the feet and hands, plus face (with cleanse and tone) and scalp.


the reset

Feeling stressed, tight, anxious? Using Swedish techniques, this deep tissue massage is designed to relax muscles and eliminate knots and tension. This therapy can re-energise your mind and body.

When time is of the essence but you need a fix, pop in for our shorter, tailored back, neck and shoulders massage. Alternatively you can add this to any of our other therapies.


30 mins | £25

Add to another therapy | £20

Feeling sluggish, depressed, unwell? This holistic massage stimulates the body’s recovery systems through lymphatic drainage and acupressure points. Energy and blockages may be released physically and emotionally.

repose Feeling tired, nervous, overwhelmed? An utterly relaxing massage, which uses a combination of movements with hands and hot stones and gentle rocking movements to lull you into a state of repose. This can also be performed with wooden ‘Dream Stones’ if you prefer it without the heat.

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Full body | 70 mins | £49

body massage! Julia has magic hands. I’m floating around but full of energy!

Top to Toe | 90 mins | £62

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All the above treatments are available as: Deluxe back, neck & Shoulders | 45 mins | £35

specialist body massage techniques At My Retreat we are highly-trained in massage techniques which address specific issues and enhance your experience.

hot stone massage

lomi lomi massage

A healing therapy with history reaching back to the ancient Egyptians. The heat relaxes your muscles in a short space of time, so your muscle tissue can be worked more deeply, without the need for excessive pressure. The stones enhance the massage experience and increase your sense of relaxation and calm. back, neck & Shoulders | 50 mins | £42

Aloha to this fantastic therapy. A beautiful dance-like massage using kukui and coconut oils, it is also known as the ‘loving hands’ massage. This name helps to explain its principles – the massage works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, allowing you to relax and feel like you could float away on the Pacific Ocean.

Full body | 80 mins | £65

Front of body | 50 mins | £42

Top to Toe | 100 mins | £79

Top to Toe | 90 mins | £72

aromatherapy massage

pre- & post-natal massage

A soothing but effective massage using essential oils specially selected to ease specific health concerns, such as hormonal imbalance, irregular sleep patterns or digestive issues. This is a truly bespoke treatment and you will receive a bottle of your personal blend to take home, ensuring the benefits continue between treatments. Please allow extra time for consultation. Full body | 70 mins | £55

A real treat when your body is working its hardest. Specialist massage techniques will target your aches and pains, especially in the lower back, around the rib cage and shoulders and relieve the common discomforts of pregnancy, breastfeeding and the post-birth period. We use oils specifically chosen to soften the skin and help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, fragranced with a blend of essential oils ideal for hormonal balancing. Please allow extra time for consultation.

Top to Toe | 100 mins | £75

back, neck & Shoulders | 30 mins | £29

back, neck & Shoulders | 45 mins | £39

Full body | 70 mins | £55

indian head massage hot & cold stone Indian head massage is a highly relaxing leg massage treatment that is performed sitting (or lying if combined with other therapies). Treatment can provide instant relief from tension and stress symptoms, and promote high levels of alertness and concentration. It relieves aches and pains, promotes a healthy scalp and hair, and helps induce a state of calm, peace and well-being. Whilst sometimes performed without oils, we use a signature blend of aromats such as black pepper, sandalwood, patchouli and lemongrass that evoke India and promote your relaxation. If you choose the longer version, we’ll also include an optional nourishing hair treatment. Add to another therapy | £20 30 mins | £25 45 mins | £35

Introducing geo-thermotherapy, which helps reduce swelling and relieves muscular aches and strains. Massaging with alternating temperature stones encourages vasodilation and constriction, pumps oxygen and nutrients around the body and encourages an effective removal of toxins. Cold stone therapy massage stimulates the nervous system: prostaglandin, the body’s natural pain relief, is released when applying cold treatments. The amount of hot vs cold stones used will depend on your symptoms. The oil is our exclusive blend of birch, pine and juniper – evoking the fresh aromas of a traditional sauna therapy, which this treatment emulates. Add to another therapy | £20 30 mins | £25

retreats for the body Julia has designed the ultimate series of luxury spa body therapies using Temple Spa’s highly effective products. The emphasis is on total pampering, whilst targeting problem areas. A course of six treatments is recommended for optimum results in all the body therapies and if you treat yourself to a course, we give you the sixth one free!

resurfacing retreat: full body scrub

refining retreat: full body mud wrap

Experience an invigorating full body exfoliation that begins with light body brushing before the skin is polished with an aromatic sugar buff. Dead skin cells are sloughed away, circulation is improved and cell renewal promoted. Heated towels soothe the skin followed by a gorgeous body balm. You will feel beautifully nourished and exceptionally soft all over. The perfect treat for any time, but a must before a break in the sun!

Say goodbye to excess water, impurities and dull pores – this treatment starts with body-brushing to encourage lymphatic flow. The body is then smoothed in a warm vitamin and mineral rich mud which helps nourish and detoxify the skin. Once cocooned in a cosy wrap, the relaxation process is enhanced by a face and scalp massage. A lovely, warm shower is followed by the application of a light body balm. glorious mud!

60 mins | £49

70 mins | £65

Course of 6 | £245

Course of 6 | £325

The attention to detail ensures your treatment “from start to finish is perfect, a top class salon treatment. ” Gail Armstrong

recontouring retreat: full body treatment wrap

reconditioning retreat: back treatment & wrap

A firming and tightening full body detox ritual that is designed to target cellulite, fluid retention and uneven skin texture. brushing stimulates the purifying process, and then problem areas are treated to a friction massage with a refreshing grapefruit anti-cellulite gel. The contouring effects of the gel are enhanced during the wrap while you enjoy a rejuvenating face and scalp massage. A detoxifying massage, using lymphatic drainage techniques, follows with toxin eliminating oil.

A clarifying facial for the back! Hot towels open the pores before a cleanser and sugar scrub are used to purify and resurface the skin. Then a detoxifying mud is applied, which helps draw out any congestions, while you enjoy a foot or scalp massage. To finish, lashings of hydrating moisturiser are applied in a relaxing massage. great for the teenagers and the guys!

70 mins | £59 Course of 6 | £295

50 mins | £42 Course of 6 | £210

retreats for the feet Put your feet up and relax while we put a spring back in your step.

thai foot & lower leg massage

ayurvedic foot ritual

Originating about 2,000 years ago, Thai foot massage involves hands-on stretching, massage, stimulating reflex points and following the energy lines, ‘sen’. It includes the use of a traditional Thai massage stick as well as using the palms, fingers, thumbs and knuckles to work the feet. These techniques are great for tired feet, improving circulation and lymph movement in the feet and lower legs, and improving flexibility, enhanced by the stimulating and uplifting properties of the kaffir lime and ginger oil.

kansa Vatki is a wonderfully relaxing therapy which helps to balance body, mind and spirit. We begin with an aromatic soak, cleanse and scrub, before the feet and lower legs are encouraged to relax through the application of massage techniques carried out with the aid of specially blended spice-based oils. The treatment continues with special movements performed with a small 3-metal kansa Vatki bowl and Marma massage to specific acupressure points. The ceremony concludes with a nurturing mask for the ‘souls’ of your feet.

Add to another therapy | £20

50 mins | £39

30 mins | £25 45 mins | £35


deluxe foot retreat

Individually tailored to you and your needs, reflexology is based on the principle that reflex points on the soles, tops, and sides of the feet correspond to different areas of the body. In this way, the feet are seen as a ‘map’ of the body. by stimulating these reflexes the aim of a treatment is to restore balance to the body naturally and improve general well-being. As well as being incredibly relaxing, it may also ease conditions such as digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, respiratory issues and more. Please allow extra time for consultation.

The ultimate pedicure treatment – this is the must-have treatment for tired, neglected feet. All the pampering of the ayurvedic foot ritual combined with the treatments of a fabulous pedicure: hard skin removal, exfoliation, nail shaping, cuticle work and your choice of finish with polish or buffing. Your feet will thank you.

60 mins | £45

70 mins | £49

retreats for the hands Often an overlooked area for care, at My Retreat we indulge your hard-working hands.

tibetan hand & arm massage ‘ku nye’ massage is an incredibly healing and relaxing treatment that draws on the ancient wisdom and philosophies of the Tibetan Ayurveda. It uses a holistic approach and balances energy flow as well as providing physical benefits. It is oriented toward pressure points that stimulate specific energies. The aim is to restore equilibrium and prevent ill health. The use of sound is also included to clear energy; achieved through the vibration of buddhist singing bowls and tingsha chimes. This is a real treat for those who have repetitive arm or hand stresses at work, but also for anyone with stress or anxiety. Add to another therapy | £20 30 mins | £25

japanese hand ritual Taking its inspiration from the ceremony of Hanami, this ritual evokes the Imperial Land of the Sun. A wakame and bamboo wash and scrub is followed by a white tea, enriching mask, which reduces the appearance of ageing on the hands. A Shiatsu-based hand and forearm massage, using white tea oil, provides a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. After massaging, the hands are softened with ‘sakura’ or cherry blossom and rice milk balm, and warm towel wraps ensure deep moisturisation. 40 mins | £32

deluxe hand retreat The ultimate treatment for the hands and fingernails: enjoy the Japanese hand ritual plus a luxury manicure with nail soak, shaping, cuticle tidying and your choice of painting or buffing. You’ll be clapping your hands! 55 mins | £42

was fantastic; “Julia she put me at ease during the whole experience. Tom Robinson


additional (re)treats Want a little more indulgence while you’re here? These add-ons are designed to be added to your main treatment so you can treat yourself to some extra therapy to help you really relax, recover, repose...

relaxing neck & shoulder massage

reviving scalp massage

Enjoy a stress busting massage focusing on areas where we all hold tension. Take some deep breaths with our aromatic inhalation essence, and relax as those knots are gently worked out.

A head massage designed to relax the mind and encourage circulation. Scalp massage offers a variety of benefits, including stress relief, reduction in headaches and migraines, and a boost in blood flow stimulation thus feeding and strengthening the hair follicles. Warmed jojoba oil is used to help condition the hair too – although it can be performed without if you prefer.

resculpting facial massage This is a natural, non-invasive way of rejuvenating the face and neck area like a natural face-lift. This massage incorporates acupressure and facial reflexology to relax and tone the muscles of the face. It improves the complexion, prevents sagging and fine lines, minimizes the aging process and balances the mind, body and spirit.

revitalising eye remedy A real treat for the delicate eye area, after all, they are the windows to the soul. Includes a pressure-point massage to help reduce puffiness and uses special attention products designed to minimise fine lines and dark circles. Your eyes will have their sparkle back!

All treatments on this page are 15 mins | £10 Alternatively, add any 30-minute therapy to another therapy | £20

re-energising foot massage A cool and refreshing balm is applied to soothe away aches and pains and reduce swelling before focusing on the reflexology points in the feet. A series of massage movements release tension and restore your energy balance before an invigorating rub concludes this therapy.

restful hand or foot ritual Hands or feet are treated to a smoothing sugar scrub, then smothered in a deeply moisturising balm before being wrapped in warm towels to allow the natural ingredients to nourish the hard-working skin of your extremities. The balm is then massaged in leaving you rested, and your hands or feet super soft.

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My Retreat | 52 Links Road | Cullercoats | nE30 3DX

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Exquisite and exclusive luxury spa therapies.

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