I dropped into Sentu Wellness on Gorgie Road for one of their lovely relaxing massages – and just like always, I was not disappointed!
When Sentu Wellness first opened on Gorgie Road, I was over the damn moon, because, well – an incredible-looking new day spa, skin clinic and salon offering massages was opening basically on my doorstep!
Since that happened a couple of years ago, I’ve been to Sentu around 5 – 6 times, I’d say. Once was with my mum as a joint treat for her birthday – and where we got the fancy double room – but apart from that, I usually go by myself, and opt for the relaxing 60 or 90-minute Balinese massage.
So, that’s of course what I went back for today!
About Sentu, from their own website:
“Our bespoke treatments, therapies & classes provide a highly customised approach to help maintain physical health & emotional wellbeing. Taken from the Balinese word ‘sentuh’ meaning ‘touch’, our personalised bespoke healing treatments are inspired by eastern Balinese and Ayurvedic traditions to help with stress, anxiety, sleeping difficulties and relaxation. Sentu® Live a happy healthy life.“
Booking at Sentu wellness
You can either book at Sentu online, in person, or over the phone – it’s very easy to do, although I’d recommend taking a look at their site to check out all of the different treatment options – there are loads.
Because I live so nearby, I usually pop in and have a chat with Scott, find out what deals are on, and book that way.
In all instances, you’ll be sent a form to fill out, which will ask you all manner of the usual medical guff, as well as some questions about your personal preferences. Once you fill that out, you’re all set!
Sentu Wellness’s vibe
From the minute you enter Sentu, you’re met with a calm, relaxing vibe. The walls are all painted grey, with a premium feel about the place. There are various products on display for you to browse, and the main walk-in area is light and airy.
Once you go into the waiting area, you’re met with a sumptuous space to sit, relax, have a sip of something cold (or hot! Fine teas are an option) and maybe even have a wee read whilst you wait for your treatment.
It’s been a while since I’d been to Sentu for a Balinese massage, so I was really looking forward to it! This time, Sophie was my therapist, and as usual she asked me which oil she’d like me to use; you get a choice between ‘detoxing’, ‘invigorating’, or ‘relaxing/de-stressing’ – I always go for the last one!
Sophie left me to get comfy, and it wasn’t long before she came back and started the massage.
I was first asked to take three deep breaths with an infused steam bowl that was placed below me, whilst relaxing music played. As Sophie began, she checked to ensure the pressure was okay for me; it was spot on.
Then, I was basically in bliss for around 50 minutes. The massage started off with me on my front, where most attention was given to my torso (back, lower back, neck and shoulders) – and my arms. This was needed, as I’d been feeling a bit tight and had recently been quite sore around my left trapezoid.
After a while, Sophie moved to my legs – maybe my favourite bit. I definitely felt the benefit of the leg massage, although it never feels like long enough.
Sophie then carefully held the towel up for me to move onto my back, where she continued to work on my legs and my arms. By this point, I was so relaxed I could potentially have fallen asleep.
Yeah, 60 minutes definitely wasn’t long enough – I’ll be booking at 90-min Balinese for next time!
After my treatment, I was invited to the Sentu lounge where I was served some water and fresh fruit. I was the only one in the lounge, so I found it very peaceful, and I felt under no pressure to leave.
I spent a bit of time catching up on emails and also writing up a little Instagram post with photos of the Sentu lounge. Here’s a pic of my wee bowl of fruit.
On my way out, I had a wee chat with Scott, and told him how happy I am that Sentu is still around! (Okay, I also told him I was writing up this wee review – as last time I was a customer, I wasn’t co-running a reviews site!)
Value for money
In terms of value for money, I highly recommend Sentu as they always have deals and packages on to suit a range of budgets. It never feels like I’m overspending – more like treating myself to some much-needed TLC.
There’s also the option of starting a Sentu membership and getting 25% off your treatments and products. It’s a simple standing order, and is fairly easy to set up.
The quote in the image above feels very appropriate! Sometimes, the most productive thing you can do is relax, and Sentu will definitely help with that!
From massages, to skin and spa treatments, to nutrition and mental wellbeing, they’ll have you covered. And I’ll definitely be returning for my next massage!