Tested by beauty editor Lydia: Stress Fix Massage at Profiles Hair & Body Spa
In the very heart of Amsterdam, Profiles Hair & Body Spa is an urban oasis in the city’s busy core. From the hair salon to facials and body treatments, all products used are from Aveda, a 95 per cent natural brand with a wide selection of healing and restoring concoctions.
I recently sampled Profiles’ newest treatment: the Stress Fix Massage. The entire program was designed to allow you to fully relax and unwind, focusing on muscular tension in the back, shoulders, neck and forearms though including the rest of the body, too. Stress-relieving Swedish massage techniques are combined with deep-tissue and acupressure to reduce tension in your body – I noticed an immediate difference in my back and shoulders.
The masseuse will use a special oil on your skin – one that Aveda developed especially for the treatment. With ingredients like lavender, lavandin and clary sage, it’s clinically proven to help reduce stress, while the aroma is delicious yet not overpowering.
The spa itself is lovely, located below the ground-level hair salon. In the shop, a slew of gorgeous beauty products will tempt you to further pamper yourself. Editor’s tip: don’t be shy to ask for earplugs during the massage; some treatment rooms face the street and can be a bit noisy.
Profiles Hair & Body Spa
The Stress Fix Massage is € 110 for 90 minutes.