I flew into London from LA on a red eye and went right to work. 3 days later I was cramped up, my shoulders felt like rocks and my feet were killing me. Then I found 4ForYou on YELP and decided to give them a call.
Their site looked totally legit and I was a little sketchy about being able to book an appt at 9pm on a Friday, but hey- they were willing to take me at 9pm on a Friday- Score!
Anna who booked the appointment with me was sincere, helpful and friendly and made me feel comfortable from the beginning. I had a bit of trouble finding the place, because I didnt realize they were in the basement of the salon "Hair+" next to the Domino's Pizza on Foley Street. "38" was not marked on the building. Luckily, Anna was right there on the phone to help guide me to the door and even though the salon was closed, my massage therapist, Evelina was there at the door to greet me.
As other YELPers have mentioned, this is not a "spa-like" ambiance, with lots of white cottons, fluffy pillows, flowers or meditative statues looking at you ponderously. This is the basement of a hair salon. And a small basement at that. There was a toilet they let me use before I went into the room- which looked like it belonged in a tight studio flat. But it served its purpose.
Then I went into the room. It was lit with candles, it smelled of eucalyptus oil and lavender and there was a full massage table. Evelina offered me a glass of water to begin and then stepped out so I could undress. When she came back in, she gave me one of the best deep tissue massages I have ever had. She was incredibly deft with her elbows and kept the pressure firm in all the spots that needed breaking up. I felt itchy as all the blood began coming back into my muscles. I was in total stretch out, deep breathing, 'let's-do-this-together" mode, as she broke down the tissue and left me in a heaping pile.
The cost was 50 GBP for 60 mins. I personally felt so relieved that I tipped her 10 GBP. She deserved that and more.
Overall- the reason I didnt give 5 stars were due to the minor negatives about this place- specifically the lack of Spa-like touches. Example- the table was not quite padded and there were no blankets to lay on, only the paper-type towels the doctor pulls over his examining table. I was provided a towel, after I got naked to cover up with. It covered me fine, but didn't make me feel total cozy, the way I would've under a blanket. I had to ask half way through for a washcloth or towel to go under my forehead, since the pressure was so strong, my head started to hurt against the table. Then when it was all over, I really looked around the room and noticed it was kind of dirty, with oil on the wall and a closet door off its rollers. Nothing that would cause me concern- but not buttoned up the way a day spa would be normally. But that's probably what helps keep the cost down.
Honestly- I am still feeling the massage days later. Deep tissue is not the type of thing I go for on a weekly basis- but if I get tight like that again or am here for longer, I will definitely call Anna and ask for Evelina. These ladies are lovely.
Right, so I'll admit that the name of this venue sounds slightly dodgy. Especially since they're advertising a "four hand" massage. So, I went into my experience with a little bit of trepidation and some faith in the stellar reviews that 4ForYou had received on tripadvisor.
However, the experience itself was actually really great! First off, the service is great -- booking an appointment was a breeze, and the receptionist even remembered my name when I called back to change the time of my appointment (I suspect that this is because the number that you call is a mobile number). Secondly, they've got a great venue that's pretty zen in its atmosphere and fairly centrally located -- but they can also do massages for you at your home. And finally, the massage was awesome -- great pressure, great technique, and an all-around relaxing experience. She really took her time, which I appreciated, since a few of the other places I've been to in London shove me out the door 45 minutes in, despite my having paid for a full hour!
And it's inexpensive, too. Only £50 for an hour of deep tissue/swedish massage!
Three stars is A-OK (according to Yelp), and that's exactly what my experience was.
Booked an appointment for a 90 minute massage a few days in advance. The receptionist said she would text back a confirmation, which she didn't... not a big deal. Besides that, the staff we're friendly.
The place itself is fairly small and cramped -- it's no spa, but for the price you shouldn't be expecting lots of great amenities. The massage itself was nice, fairly average, no complaints.
This isn't the sort of place to go for a relaxing spa day, but if you're just looking for a nice relaxing massage at a great place, it's definitely worth a visit.
Do you have a sore back from a stressful week at work...from a rough workout...or a big ol' pregnant belly weighing you down (ahem, me!)? Visit 4ForYou! 4ForYou visits my office once a month to provide chair massages to employees and after suffering for two days with a sore back, I decided to visit their spa.
As fellow Yelper FK mentioned, the lobby/entrance does not have a spa-like appearance (which is the only reason for 4 star instead of 5) but the massages are to die for. The massage rooms smell like yummy oils and are lit with candles. 4ForYou has a special maternity massage table with holes for growing bosoms and bellies, so pregnant chickies like me can get an actual back massage for a full hour. The prices are extremely reasonable (for office visits and spa visits). My sore back is a thing of the past thanks to my massage, but I'll certainly be heading back for another relaxing massage within the next few weeks!
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4ForYou - Professional Massage Therapists
07949 733 177
We are a team of talented and experienced massage therapists, confident that we can give you the best massage you've ever had as we hold strong qualification with physiotherapy background.
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We are a team of talented, educated to the MSc degree in Physiotherapy and experienced Therapists, confident that we can give you the best professional massage therapy you've ever had...!
Our skilled team covers all sorts of massages from Anti cellulite massage with Organic Honey, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy to Swedish Massage with Deep Tissue Therapy.
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