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Synaesthesia @ Lush Spas
November 22nd, 2009

Inspired by the scent of an English Country Garden.
Mark Constantine, has taken his inspiration from influences as diverse as birdsong, traditional music, the scent of an English country garden, and a calming cup of tea in a cosy cottage kitchen. Mark assembled his team and embarked on a period of intensive creativity; this is the result, The Lush Spa. In essence, we’re bringing you refreshing, amazingly effective experiences in familiar, reassuring surroundings. Well even give you a nice cup of tea at the end.

We promise you that your Lush Spa treatment will be as unusual as it is relaxing and reviving, and we shan’t be at all surprised if (just like us) you want to book yourself in every week for the foreseeable future.

For Lush’s Synaesthesia Massage we use common links between natural essential oils and certain states of mind. The words are qualified to make the experience positive and defined. It’s the psychological side of aromatherapy.
We’ve blended these single words/smells into what we call behavioural prescriptions, to create stronger responses. Lush worked closely with behavioural therapist, Lady Helen Kennedy of the Joshi Clinic, to blend essential oils to help you achieve your aims. The composer and musician Simon Emmerson of The Imagined Village created our specially commissioned music to add to the unique atmosphere.

The 90 minute treatment is £125. After your specially blended cup of tea, you’ll take away the a Bubble Bar Stone with your chosen scent and the feeling that you’ve just been away on a refreshing break to somewhere beautiful and peaceful.

About Synaesthesia

Lush’s signature treatment

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, scientists were fascinated by synaesthesia: the way some people perceive sensations joined together, like seeing letters of the alphabet in a range of colours or hearing music as texture. Victorians named it after the Greek for union (syn) of sensations (aesthesia). In the west, the research fell out of fashion in the mid 20th century, but since the 1980s it’s been rediscovered, helping neuroscientists to understand how we separate and combine sensations.
Classic synaesthesia is something people are born with; cognitive synaesthesia happens when our minds join different sensations, based on our experiences. It’s used by perfumers in the creative process; for example, fragrances are often inspired by listening to music. It’s the psychological side of aromatherapy.