Peter and his partner Thaisa Box opened their first Relax shop in Soho in 2001 with a mission to bring massage to the high street. They were influenced by the stateside chair massage guru David Palmer and were the first to bring the idea of the drop-in massage to the UK. Peter and Thaisa believed it was time to get stressed out Londoners to take better care of themselves. Part of Relax’s mission is to dispel myths about massage being just ‘a bit of stroking’.As Peter told me, many people are surprised by the powerful effect of the chair massage. They also encourage people to incorporate massage into their lives as a regular treatment not just a treat. At the Relax shop at BBC headquarters, stressed out media types and broadcasters are regular customers, as well as stressed our nurses from the nearby Queen Charlotte maternity ward.
Everybody gets the personal touch at Relax, but it isn’t all just warm welcomes and good marketing chat, their eco-attitudes are translated into eco-action behind the scenes too. Their beauty treatments use Dr. Hauschka products and when I went to the bathroom I found Ecover hand wash (we like these details). Later when I was sipping my water at the bar I was informed that they had a special water system installed, using reverse osmosis, which purifies the water. Furthermore the bar I was sitting at is made from recycled yoghurt pots. Smile Plastics? I asked. Yes! Peter beemed, obviously very chuffed that I knew where he had sourced his plastic.
While many massage and beauty salons concentrate on just improving the body, it is good to find Relax looking at the whole picture, improving mind, body, spirit and the environment. Lets hope that more businesses in 2006 see that all these factors are connected. Oh and by the way the massage was fantastic!
Relax Soho, 65-67 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 9UP
Relax BBC White City, 2 -3 The Media Centre, BBC White City, London W12 7TS
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