A few months ago before Effie arrived I was given a voucher by my in-laws for a pregnancy pamper treat. I love a treatment as much as the next girl but never quite feel as happy as I think I should. So I plodded into Monera in Thame, Oxfordshire at 38 weeks pregnant feeling huge and uncomfortable. I left after a full body exfoliation and massage feeling like I was walking on air. I was given options of how I could position myself most comfortably (and really nothing is comfortable when your tummy is bulging and kicking), it was perfect. And so I vowed to return not pregnant to check it out properly.

Carrying around my little 15lb free weight has made my back muscles ache, so when I had an offer from my mother in-law to have Effie for a couple of hours I immediately thought of Monera.

Set in the picturesque market town of Thame in Oxfordshire, Monera provides a pretty relaxed setting with low ceilings, exposed stonework and beautiful beams. It is popular with local ladies and always has a steady stream of loyal clients. They stock brands including clarins, guinot and bare minerals, plus they also have the amazing range of lashes from Millie Mackintosh (worth a purchase!!)

I booked in for a Swedish massage and asked for it to be firm. This is my main bugbear with most spas and salons, a massage is more of a namby pamby stroke and that just doesn't work for me!

So, how was it?


Firm enough that my muscles knew they were receiving attention, rhythmic enough to make me feel like I could fall asleep, it was blissful. I only wish it went on for a couple of hours!!

You should definitely try it, you definitely deserve it


Monera, 62-63 North Street, Thame, Oxon, OX9 3BH

Tel: 01844 260454




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