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Ayurveda Retreat
Ayurveda Retreat
32 Friar Street,
Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1DX
United Kingdom

Treatment Room - Wellness

Ayurveda Retreat
32 Friar Street,
Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1DX
United Kingdom

Opening hours

Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Ayurveda Retreat

Situated in Reading town centre, Ayurveda Retreat is a treatment-only Ayurvedic spa that enables you to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life; even if just for 20 minutes on your lunch break whilst you enjoy a therapeutic Indian head massage! Enlisting the powers of Ayurveda, our selection of luxurious Ayurvedic massages and oil treatments will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the world again.

Please note:

  1. Last appointments Mon-Fri are 6.30pm for 60 minute treatments and 7.00pm for 20-45 minute treatments. Weekday evenings can be busy, though, so please call to check availability rather than booking online.
  2. Weekends are blocked out due to generally being fully booked in advance.
  3. Ayurveda Retreat offers treatments only and so no other facilities (e.g., sauna, jacuzzi, steam room) are available.
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  • Abhyanga Ayurvedic Massage (2)
  • Ayurvedic Massages (1)
  • Deep Tissue Massage (7)
  • Indian Head Massage (1)
  • Therapeutic Massage (3)
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Posted 1 month ago
The massage was very relaxing and helped relive me of tension. The environment was perfect and comfortable. I have already made my next booking.

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1 month ago
Thanks for taking the time to feed back on your experience - fingers crossed your next visit will be just as relaxing; if not more!

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Posted 4 months ago
The service I receive when going to the retreat is generally very good and the therapists very attentive. I did on this occasion however specifically request I have a certain therapist carry out the treatment for me when booking. This was not stated on the system as I when I arrived for the appointment I was told I would be having the massage with another therapist. I had not been notified of the change which was frustrating, if I had known I would have cancelled the appointment and re-booked with the therapist I asked for (to ensure I got the massage I wanted). I understand the reason for why the therapist was not there, the issue was that my request was not recorded on the system and so the receptionist was not aware that I should be contacted. I am disappointed with the customer service received which is a shame as I do normally enjoy my experience when visiting the retreat.

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3 months ago
Many apologies for the substandard service you recently received; preferences for therapists are normally recorded, so I can only assume that there was an oversight on this occasion. I really hope, however, that this experience has not put you off returning to Ayurveda Retreat. Sincere apologies, once again.

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Posted 7 months ago
Ayurveda Retreat is a very relaxing environment. It was the best massage I have had, excellent value and highly recommended.

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7 months ago
Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and thanks for taking the time to post a review :-)

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Posted 7 months ago
Excellent massage, a proper deep tissue massage. The atmosphere was very serene and relaxed. I had a good night's sleep after weeks of no sleep at all as so much muscle tension was gone!

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7 months ago
We don't always realise how much tension we're carrying in our muscles until we experience relief from it, which sadly is all too common with modern-day living. Many thanks for taking the time to feed back on your experience, Siobhan :-)

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Posted 10 months ago
Thoroughly enjoyed my treatment, the masseuse was excellent ,very knowledgeable and gave me the option to how I want my treatment. The steam session at the end was a nice touch. Highly recommend.

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8 months ago
Many thanks for the feedback - it's always good to hear we're on the right track :-)

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Posted 1 year ago
I have been to Ayurveda Retreat about 15 times since 2011. I tend to book treatments during times when work or personal circumstances give me more stress than I think is healthy for me. The massage therapy makes me feel much more relaxed, especially when it is in the back room on the ground floor.

The room, the beautiful wooden furniture, the candles and other lighting, the music and the scent of the massage oils have occasionally conspired to make me doze off, and subsequently waking up feels like being in a brand new body. Considering that the therapists use a mixture of oils tailored specifically to my body and personality, and that the treatments include a brief steam session and good shower facilities afterwards, I think the value for money is excellent.

Because I like combining exercise and massage to combat stress, deep tissue massage seems to be a good option for me. The therapists always make sure the amount of pressure is right. Equally, the amount of talk always seems to fit the mood I'm in, so that I feel comfortable in every way.

Last but not least, I appreciate how afterwards you can sit in the reception area for a bit to come back to earth with a cup of herbal tea. I would recommend Ayurveda Retreat to anyone around Reading who mentions massage.

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1 year ago
Hi Marc,
It's really valuable to us that you took the time to leave feedback and we're very pleased that you appreciate your treatments with us. Thank you.

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Posted 1 year ago
An authentic yogic massage based on Ayuvdedic practice balancing the doshas. I have been to this Spa in Reading three times now and on each occasion have left feeling refreshed and renewed...fabulous!

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1 year ago
Thanks to the wonderful talents of our therapists, and the power of Ayurveda, we hope to leave you continuously feeling fabulous!

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Posted 1 year ago
Ayurveda - Reading. OMG. What can be said?
I've many to many places offering world class massages, be it deep, light, heavy, sadly all have failed.
Ayurveda - Reading is the ONLY place that have met my expectations of a true massage.
Do I recommend Ayurveda - Reading?
Over and Over again.

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1 year ago
Hello, we do aim to offer a truly good massage, so we're pleased to hear, it met with your expectations!

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Posted 1 year ago
By far the best, most relaxing and thorough massage I have ever had; just wish I could afford to have one every day!

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1 year ago
That's the power of Ayurvedic massage! Glad to hear you enjoyed it :-)

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Posted 1 year ago
I had a Pristh Abhyanga Exhilarating Back Massage and have awarded it 3 stars.

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Posted 1 year ago
Went for a Head and a Full Body Massage in Reading on Thursday 20 Feb 2014 and used my £100 Experience Day voucher from Carphone Warehouse. Receptionist wasn't particularly friendly and rather officious but this was more than made up for by the head and body massage that I received which were excellent and poss the best I have ever had and I have received a few in my time.

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1 year ago
Hi Mike,
Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. we are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your treatment with us. We do try to make the experience here a fully relaxing one, therefore we are very sorry to hear that you felt the Receptionist was officious, we truly hope this isolated incident will not impair your confidence in our services, and at some point in the near future , you might visit us again.

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Posted 1 year ago
Have been here before and the relaxing full body massage was excellent. This time however, having to wait 15 mins for my appt and no apology, not impressed. Staff could be better. The massage was okay, not great or a relaxing atmosphere. Has gone downhill.

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1 year ago
Hello and thank you for leaving feedback. We are sorry that you felt your treatment was just satisfactory. Whilst we always endeavour to offer our clients the best treatments possible, we were sorry to hear that your treatment received did not meet your expectations.
In light of this, we would like to offer you a complimentary gift voucher, please call us on 01189 588190 so we can arrange to have this send out to you .
Again, thank you very much for bringing the matter to our attention, which has enabled us to evaluate how our staff conduct themselves. We truly hope this isolated incident will not impair your confidence in our services and we look forward to receiving you on your next visit

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Posted 5 years ago
I received a gift voucher for Christmas, and selected the Deep Tissue Massage. The staff were really lovely, and very focussed on providing an excellent service. I had a head and shoulder massage, followed by a full body massage, and this was just incredible. They really tailor the experience to each individual, and the steam box just after the massage is a real treat, and the perfect finish. I left floating on air, and was just so pleased at the luxury and pampering I had been gifted with!

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