Rhiwbina residents have reason to celebrate this spring, with the recent launch of the new wellbeing spa, right here in the village. Tycio Wellbeing started trading on 5th December, after owner Louise Hingley had the inspiration for the spa following her mother’s diagnosis of cancer.
“Before she became ill, we enjoyed going to spa days and when she got ill, there was nowhere that would give her any kind of treatment outside of the hospital setting to relax her. She lost her hair and her confidence, and wasn’t keen on going out to busy places. I wished that there had been somewhere I could take her that was local, smaller and more intimate, and focused on her specific needs.
“When I realised that there wasn’t any provision, I became inspired to develop this service to fill the gap in the market. Tycio Wellbeing therefore organically evolved from my own experience and aims to bridge the gap between the high street beauty salons and the mainstream chain spas. Our ethos is to treat people as individuals, to tailor our services to meet their needs and to create a sanctuary that promotes optimum wellbeing, whatever their personal circumstances.”
Naming the spa always had to represent the reasons behind its creation and Louise’s pride at being Welsh, so the name Tycio was chosen, which in Welsh, means ’to prevail’.
“I think especially for people fighting cancer, anything that makes them feel better is a sense of them fighting; thankfully in our experience my mother recovered and prevailed.”
Louise quickly explains that whilst her mother’s illness was the reason Tycio Wellbeing was established, the spa is aimed at everyone.
“We look after those who want to look after themselves in a nice environment, provide a holistic experience for those going through a hard time to feel more relaxed, and offer a range of more tailored treatments for those experiencing illness in a safe way. Treatments include side by side massages, reflexology, aromatherapy, Indian head massage, waxing, manicures, pedicures and facials.”
The wellbeing element is fundamental to what Louise and her team provide, with a beautifully furnished relaxation room with soothing heated beds and complimentary teas, coffees and juices available. Robes and slippers are provided for treatments over 60 minutes. The treatment beds in the holistic room are similarly heated and height adjustable. Everything in the spa has the customer in mind to promote wellbeing. The spa is decorated to an impressive standard, its colours synonymous with relaxation and calm.
Louise believes that good hygiene is paramount, especially for those clients who may be suffering from various ailments. Towels are washed after every client without fail, slippers are single use and individually packaged, and robes are washed after every use. In the bathroom, individual handtowels are provided and contactless soap is dispensed. Surgical strength disinfectant is used to clean the communal areas.
To continue the Welsh brand, Louise has sourced Welsh products where possible, which are organic, paraben free and as natural as can be. After much research, she chose Earthbound organics (used in the Tycio range of treatments). Louise was thrilled to discover that these products came from the Brecon area and that many of the ingredients are home grown by the supplier or naturally occurring and handpicked by her. Similarly, Leighton Denny is focused on natural ingredients and is the main brand used for nailcare to promote natural nail health.
Tycio are so confident that people will love their products that they are offering a free cleanse, tone and moisturise. There is no obligation to buy, it is simply a chance to experience the fabulous products for yourself and for the team to extend a warm welcome to the community.
“Rhiwbina has such a fantastic community spirit and a lovely mix of people and businesses, and that’s why we chose this area for our spa. We are keen to get to know everyone and become integrated into the community, and to support village life, local businesses and events.
Here’s your chance to win a wonderful Full Body Aromatherapy Massage worth £55. Essential oils are blended to suit your individual needs, whether it’s citrus oils to uplift and refresh, or gentle frangipani and rose to relax the body and mind.
To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is answer this simple question:
In which month did Tycio start trading?
Closing date for entries is Monday 1st May. Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and will need to include the entrant’s full name, address and a contact number. Treatment needs to be taken by 30th June 2017.