Essential Therapy

A few weeks ago the lovely Moya from Thalgo put me in contact with an amazing salon in Waterford called Essential Therapy. Essential Therapy is a well established Waterford salon located at 42 Barrack Street. Two weeks ago I went in to meet the lovely Leigh Anne and Melanie. Melanie is such a pet and she booked me in for a full body massage. I was so excited about this as I had never had a full body massage done. In college we are doing arm and leg massage and facial massage so I imagined the body massage to be even more inviting and relaxing.

Essential Therapy uses Thalgo products for facials and massages. I personally love Thalgo products and have recently been using their shower gel and body lotion. Thalgo was created by a pharmacist, AndrĂ© Bouclet, from his passion for the marine world and its invaluable riches. Infusing the beauty of the sea with the creative excellence of marine intelligence; Thalgo Laboratories in conjunction with world renowned Phycologists have created beauty excellence in a spectacular range of marine products for Spa & Beauty, delivering the very best of nature to every woman. World leaders in professional marine cosmetics; Thalgo have delivered a range of beautifying treatments, products and dietary supplements for the beauty and well-being of its clients. Welcome to the world of marine beauty hidden deep in the oceans’ depths are a multitude of treasures such as minerals, highly assimilable trace elements, vitamins, amino acids and other active molecules, secreted by the flora and fauna to help them survive in their hostile environment.

On the day I was incredibly excited about receiving my treatment. I was booked in for a full body massage. Following learning about massage techniques in college, I was totally excited about the treament. Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:


Digestive disorders



Insomnia related to stress

Soft tissue strains or injuries

Sports injuries

Joint pain

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection. I can certainly say following my treatment I felt those feeling of caring, comfort and connection. Melanie greeted me on the day and escorted me to my treatment room. It was a warm cocoon of relaxation, while it in above a busy street you certainly would not know. I felt as if I was lounging on a beach in the sun. The room is beautifully laid out. The treatment bed was set up for the utmost comfort and warmth. I undressed and laid face down on the treatment bed, and Melanie ensured that the utmost privacy was adhered to. I was covered in warm towels and only the area to be worked on at each time was exposed. Melanie began the massage on the back of my left leg, she swathed my leg in massage oils and began her routine. Melanie's massage routine consists of a variation of effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, and frictions. Melanie has the hands of a goddess but knows how to inflict pressure in the correct areas. After 2-3 minutes I was completely relaxed and enjoying my treatment.

Melanie then moved onto my other leg, my back, shoulders, using her routine on each area, I felt completely cocooned on the bed. Following my treatment on my back, I then moved onto my back and Melanie worked on the fronts of my legs, arms, back of the neck and tummy area. I never at all felt uneasy or that my privacy was invaded. I felt completely at ease and relaxed in Melanie's hands. Following my treatment, Melanie raised the treatment bed and let me climatise to my surrondings again. She then offered me a lovely cup of herbal tea , and told me to take my time to relax, and then come downstairs at my leisure. Melanie worked for a total of 60 mins on my body and it was most definitely the best treatment I have ever received. I urge anyone in the Waterford area to visit the girls in Essential Therapy for a treatment. Sitting here right now at home and I still feel completely relaxed and at ease, the feeling is so good. Following my massage, my lymphatic system is working overtime to drain any toxins in my body as during the massage Melanie was draining lymph to the nearest lymphnodes. Tomorrow my body will be flowing with endorphins and I will be on a complete high. 

If you are looking for a treat or looking to be completely pampered then Essential Therapy is the place to go. The girls can be contacted on 051 357905 or at . The salon is open Tues, Wed, Sat from 9.30-5.30 and Thurs, Fri from 9.30-9. Make it your new years promise to yourself to pop in to the girls for a treatment. 

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