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Pamper for a cause

A pamper package that helps raise money for a neonatal charity in Surrey - I'd say a big 'yes' to that. Thank you Polished.

We all love to be pampered, don’t we? A massage to de-stress. Perhaps a mani or a pedi to really sweep those cobwebs away and make you feel special. Or possibly both, if you’re feeling indulgent.

Combine all three and you’ve got the ultimate few hours of relaxation and bliss. But the absolute sweetener to this pamper package is the fact that part of the cost is donated to a Surrey neonatal charity.

Polished salon in Godalming has just launched a Pamper Me package called Teddy’s Legacy which includes a molten lava stone massage, a gel manicure and a Polished pedicure. The package costs £130, of which £30 will be donated to The Little Roo charity which supports the neonatal unit at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital Trust in Surrey.

It’s the perfect time of year to treat yourself – or someone else. And – trooper that I am – I’ve been along to Polished to road test the Teddy’s Legacy Pamper Me package. Polished is located down Moss Lane just off the High Street in Godalming, and less than 30 seconds walk from the Crown Court car park no less.

I started my pamper session with a manicure. Manicures are downstairs, and pedicures are upstairs – where you’ll also find the treatment rooms. It’s a really lovely relaxing environment, and despite being just off the High Street you feel a million miles away.

The gel manicure includes the usuals: a file and shape, cuticle work and a high shine buff. My lovely therapist Jenna then added a festive ruby port gel polish to my nails. They use polish by The Gel Bottle Inc, which is hardwearing – so I’ll be rocking this colour almost until Christmas.

The Polished Pedicure is, by it own assertion, a scrumptious twist on a more traditional pedicure. Jenna put my tootsies through their paces, with a hard skin reduction, a bath bomb foot soak, a foot scrub, cuticle work, a file and shape, a foot massage and polish. Ahhh. I was in pedi heaven. I finished with blue-black shade of indigo.

I was already feeling pretty relaxed (and perfectly polished) at this point, but it was lovely to still have the massage to look forward to. I’m a big fan of the lava stone massage. Have you had one? They’ve been around a while now, and it might be easy to dismiss them as a bit gimmicky. But seriously. Don’t. These little stones of joy will not make you feel you’ve been whisked away to more exotic climes, but they’ll also sort out any aches and pains in your back and neck.

My right shoulder has been giving me a hard time lately, pinching into my neck and up into my head. But my lovely therapist Jenna worked some magic with those stones. They’re brilliant for ironing out those gnarly and grisly knots in your back, neck and shoulders. And when combined with the heat, it feels incredible.

If you like a hot stone massage, you’ll love this. The stones are smooth on the skin and hold their heat well, meaning that your therapist can provide a continuous body massage.

I have no problem in recommending Polished for a pamper session. And when you’re helping raise money for such a worthy cause, well, it’d be rude not to. Don’t you agree?

Polished, 4 & 5 Moss Lane, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1EF. Tel: 01483 427 575.

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