London’s Beauty and Wellness Hotspots
Accomplished author and philanthropist
Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, gives us a glimpse into some of London’s beauty and wellness hotspots.
Accomplished author and philanthropist Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, gives us a glimpse into some of London’s beauty and wellness hotspots.
She holds a great passion for contemporary art and writing, and is set to have her fourth book on shelves come Summer 2015!
Facial skin treatment by Marielle at Anamaya’s
You enter Anamaya through a little grey door. This little temple of wellbeing is located on a charming street harboring typical Londonian mews which are aligned like doll houses.
Anamaya is a new concept, which offers a number of highly regarded specialists dedicated to their clients (acupuncturist, nutritionist, energy therapist, psychotherapist, reflexologist, massage therapist…) and offers a global approach of the mind and body.
I chose a series of unique facial massage sessions with the charming, very french and bubbly Marielle, who works with the REN product line.
Marielle’s facial uses Zen Shiatsu and Japanese Massage techniques to sculpt, tone and lift skin and muscles as well as clearing energy blockages of the face. Rebalancing those not only helps reduce facial signs of inflammation or ageing, it also helps boost digestion and immunity.
I felt all the benefits of a full body massage when she only worked on my face!
To help you take full responsibility for your looks and your wellbeing, Marielle also offers personalized nutrition and lifestyle consultations as well as shiatsu massage.
For more information on all services, check HERE or to learn more about Marielle HERE.
I visit Atsue anytime I am about to travel or if I need to regain some energy
Acupuncture at Atsue Morinaga
One of my Japanese friends referred me to this acupuncturist who mainly works on energy flows. After a thorough auscultation and a careful look at my ear lobes and auricles, Atsue starts working by stretching and massaging my ears before planting tiny needles on the acupuncture points that are crucial for circulation. These are the acupuncture points where the tensions have accumulated for years.
I visit Atsue anytime I am about to travel or if I need to regain some energy.
It is an oasis of peace and relaxation in the midst of London’s frenzy.
Hair at 38
The Treehouse is a peaceful private studio with indoor and outdoor shalas.
Yoga with Linda d’Antal
Meeting Linda d’Antal is a special gift one has to treasure. She provides private sessions, or you may join one of her classes at her Treehouse studio.
The Treehouse is a peaceful, private studio with indoor and outdoor shalas. Keeping the classes small allows for maximum individual attention, since this is not ‘one size fits all’ yoga. Linda has been teaching movement and yoga for nearly 30 years.
She creates beautiful flowing sequences designed to help you discover and develop your own yoga… through deep listening, feeling and experiencing. She encourages you to find a practice that strengthens, nurtures, challenges, illuminates and uplifts… (highly recommended! )
Renzo Molinari Osteopathy
Backache, neck pain, stomach ache or muscle pain – there is no pain Renzo Molinari can’t handle!
As soon as you enter his office, which has become a London institution, he reads your body as if it were a roadmap and spots the problems. I am now a regular at his office and I often bring my children along.
According to the Times, «he is one of the leaders in the field of osteopathy in Europe, and an expert for pregnancy or post-pregnancy patient care”.
A former director of the European School of Osteopathy of Maidstone, he has developed a curriculum for the field of obstetrics in this establishment as well as setting up the European Academic Network and co-founding the World Osteopathic Health Organization.
You never have to wait for long, and the AVEDA products used in the salon are perfect for the scalp and hair.
Giorgio’s blow-dry at Chelsea Chair
I have tested them all and I found the best close to home with Giorgio, my adorable Italian hairdresser who can blow-dry your hair without making you look 20 years older!
The salon is lovely with its exposed brick wall. You never have to wait for long, and the AVEDA products used in the salon are perfect for the scalp and hair.
When you walk out of the salon, you feel natural, powerful and glamorous. You are ready to take the city by storm.
The Chelsea Chair
A healthy lunch at JAKOBS
I discovered this delicious and welcoming restaurant, thanks to my friend Laurence. We are both quite demanding when it comes to provenance and quality of produce.
We don’t need to worry about that when eating at Jakobs. Salads and entrees all look colorful and smell divine, and they are all guaranteed «organic».
Organic fish, chicken and meat «certified free range from highly regarded British farms». Add to this a lovely culinary trip across Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean flavors, and you’ll have a real taste of Jakobs.
The owner is Armenian and his wife is Israeli-Lebanese. In season, you’ll find a basket of fresh fruits from which you can choose your own combination for juice. The restaurant also offers catering.
My Parisian pharmacy, which supplies my products in London
Twice a week, the «Pharmacie Maubeuge» supplies its London customers with French pharmaceutical products, as well as special plant-based products, homeopathy and oligo-element supplements.
So if you have a stomach ache and are screaming for your beloved Spasfon, do not despair…
Idem for certain immunity booster products (Resistim from Motima labs, « Cassis en macérat glycériné», even copper, gold and silver oligo-elements).
Thanks to this pharmacy, I feel at home!
Pharmacie Homéopathique Maubeuge
58 rue de Maubeuge, 75009 Paris
Weekly deliveries to London!
I go to Walton Street and follow the scent of Italy to the Pharmacie Santa Maria Novella and its marvelous products.
My health and beauty treats
When I want to buy a present for a friend, I have two choices :
If the friend has a sweet tooth and doesn’t really care about calories, I pick a box of the marvelous ROCOCO chocolates.
Or I go to Walton Street and follow the scent of Italy to the Pharmacie Santa Maria Novella and its marvelous products. Santa Maria Novella — the mother shop — is the famous Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica in Florence, Italy and one of the world’s oldest pharmacies, as well as the creator of colognes and unguents whose recipes have been handed down for hundreds of years.
All of the products are still handmade in Florence.
My favorite? Bath salts Melograno, with their irresistible scent.
The best and ALMOST ESSENTIAL addresses in London
Upon my arrival in London, I had the privilege to meet Caroline Frankel de Rosnay and to connect to her website which lists addresses in London.
It was a great help and thanks to this website, I was able to find everything I needed from an interior decorator to a catering service, a manicure making house calls or a private gym coach…
This site is a well of information filled with little gems.
Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre is a journalist and author.
«La médecine personnalisée, retrouver et garder la santé» (Odile Jacob) was published in March 2012 after two years of investigation and research with general practitioner Dr. Jean-Claude Lapraz.
«Se soigner toute l’année au Naturel» (Prat) was published in 2012 and has sold over 250 000 copies. Her latest book «Etre en Bonne santé toute l’année : 20 cures alimentaires» was launched in April 2015.