This weekend I spent a very relaxing Saturday afternoon with some hot stones at the sleek SPC Spa, located in the luxury 5 star Baglioni Hotel opposite Hyde Park in London. We were met by our therapists Emily and Annabel (I booked joint sessions in the couples treatment room), who offered herbal teas, gave us big soft white bathrobes then led us into the aromatic steam room for a little pre-treatment relaxation.

Baglioni Hotel, London

The hot stone massage was incredibly soothing; I'd never had one before but the flat, smooth rocks are heated in warm water to loosen muscles so that the therapist can massage deeper.  They also used hands, forearms and fragrant essential oils to work their magic.

I occasionally have back problems which flare up whenever I run half marathon races so I was happy for those aches and pains to be eased away.  My boyfriend does triathlons and is training for his second ironman 70.3, so his muscles were grateful for the respite too.

I almost fell asleep and left tipping them and wanting to hug them; I'd heartily recommend for indulgent R&R time with a partner, pal or parent (it'd make a perfect Mother's Day present).

I booked through I Need Pampering which specialises in gift experiences; spa days, beauty treatments, short breaks and luxurious food and wine hampers.