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NEW! Relax with GAIA Massage Therapy & Spa Treatments in Devon

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NEW FOR 2024! The exciting addition of GAIA Skincare to our spa repertoire invites you to embark on a new journey of sensory indulgence at The Alchemist Spa in North Devon…

A world of new


Handmade in the UK – in the English countryside – using traditional production methods, GAIA Skincare captivates with its natural allure, embodying the true essence of spa opulence.

Why Gaia?

Ange Black – Alchemist Spa’s Manager – explains: “GAIA’s commitment to natural goodness, and cruelty-free practices, combined with their impressive ingredientology and soul-stirring aromas, made this a very easy alignment for us. But not only that, GAIA Skincare adds new depth to pampering with holistic and unique treatments, such as Crystal Therapy and the Raindrop Therapy“.

Inspired by Gaia, the ancient Greek goddess known as mother nature, GAIA’s therapeutic wellbeing treatments span a spectrum of indulgence.

From massages that transcend the ordinary, and facials that revitalise skin’s natural radiance, to full body treatments that cocoon you in tranquillity… GAIA spa experiences provide a harmonious balance for mind, body, and soul. But not only that, GAIA’s holistic therapies bring a new dimension to The Alchemist Spa too – seamlessly blending ancient wisdom with modern wellness.

We offer a range of GAIA spa treatments, all can be booked individually, or as part of a spa day, or spa break in Devon. Your fully qualified spa therapist will tailor your spa experience to your personal needs.

Here’s a taster…

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Full Body Journeys

The most exquisite experiences in the new collection, GAIA’s 90-minute journeys, have been curated to offer three results-driven experiences, centred around a range of massages.

Choose from:

Awakening Journey


A deeply energising experience, helping to renew and radiate positivity for the mind and body.

Featuring uplifting essential oils to rejuvenate your senses and support your well-being, skin will revitalised with a full body salt and oil exfoliation, before a relaxing massage to boost circulation and relieve muscle tension – targeting parts of the body that will benefit most.

Balancing Journey


Discover grounding and harmony with the Balancing Journey, a treatment designed to alleviate stress and bring equilibrium to the mind and body.

This journey includes a hot stone massage – soothing aching muscles using warm volcanic stones to melt away muscle tension – and a nurturing Jade facial. The gentle aromas of the will leave you feeling grounded and emotionally balanced.

Calming Journey


A truly tranquil experience, the Calming Journey has been developed to offer complete relaxation and peace within.

Your journey will begin with a serene back, neck, and shoulder massage to ease muscle tension and de-stress. This is followed by an Indian head massage which includes a facial cleanse, tone and a beautifully relaxing facial massage, focusing on pressure points to relieve tension. The soothing blend of aromas will help aid relaxation.

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Indulge in the art of massage at The Alchemist Spa, where a collection of body treatments beckons to relax both mind and body, gently guiding you into the serenity of the present moment.

The benefits extend beyond mere relaxation; GAIA treatments are meticulously crafted to take a tailored approach to your wellbeing. Harnessing the power of effective, natural ingredients and employing highly skilled therapeutic techniques, each massage is not just a treatment but a sensory journey, and an invitation to truly unwind and recharge.

Our range of massages includes:

GAIA Bespoke Massage

40 / 60 / 90 MINS

Your massage therapist will guide you through a completely bespoke massage treatment catered to your needs and concerns.

GAIA Hot Stone Massage

40 / 60 / 90 MINS

A therapeutic back, neck and shoulder, full body massage or full body and scalp massage using our specially blended Gaia oils and warm volcanic stones to relieve deep muscle tightness.

GAIA Poultice Massage


This massage uses herbal compresses and massage techniques that have healing and soothing properties. Aromatic herbs and spices such as these have been used for centuries for various aches and pains as they help to increase the flow of chi (energy).

The benefits of

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has numerous benefits for the whole body and the mind, including:

Relaxation and stress relief.

The gentle manipulation of muscles and tissues helps to release tension, relax muscles, and promote a sense of well-being.

Improves circulation, which can lead to better oxygen and nutrient delivery to the body’s cells. This can result in improved overall health and increased energy levels.

Reduces muscle pain, back pain, and inflammation in the body, making it a great option for those suffering from chronic pain conditions or injuries.

Easing tension in the digestive system and relieve bloating.

The soothing touch of a massage can also benefit mental health helping to reduce stress, ease depression, and help insomnia.

Regular massage therapy sessions can also help to improve posture and flexibility, as well as boost the immune system.

Overall, the benefits of massage therapy – whether it’s a traditional Swedish massage, a deep tissue massage, sports massage, or aromatherapy massage – are vast and can have a positive impact on both physical and mental well-being.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A Swedish massage is a popular type of therapeutic massage that involves deep tissue work, stretching, and kneading. It is designed to relax the entire body and improve circulation by using long gliding strokes and friction techniques. Your massage therapist often uses their hands, forearms, or elbows to apply pressure to the muscles and joints. Swedish massages are known for their ability to reduce muscle tension, increase flexibility, and promote overall relaxation and well-being.

We recommend making a reservation for a GAIA Bespoke Massage (40, 60, or 90 mins); your desired outcomes and preferences will be discussed during your consultation.

Hot stone massage is a form of massage therapy that involves the use of heated basalt stones to relax and massage the muscles. The smooth, heated stones are typically made of volcanic rock and are placed on specific points on the body to help alleviate tension and promote relaxation. Additionally, the therapist may use the stones to massage the body, applying gentle pressure and heat to further release muscle tension. We offer 40, 60 or 90-minute hot stone massages.

Sports massage is a type of massage that focuses on treating soft tissue aches, pain, and soreness that are often associated with sports or athletic activities. It can help improve athletic performance, prevent injuries, and aid in the recovery process after intense physical activity. Sports massage techniques may include deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and stretching to target specific areas of the body involved in sports-related movements.

We recommend making a reservation for a GAIA Bespoke Massage (40, 60, or 90 mins); your specific needs will be discussed during your consultation.

A deep tissue massage is a type of massage that focuses on targeting the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It uses firm pressure and slow strokes to help alleviate chronic muscle tension, relieve pain, and improve mobility. This type of massage is beneficial for people with chronic pain or injuries.

We recommend making a reservation for a GAIA Bespoke Massage (40, 60, or 90 mins); your specific needs will be discussed during your consultation.

An aromatherapy massage is a form of massage therapy that incorporates the use of essential oils to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being. Your massage therapist will select specific oils based on your needs and preferences, which are then applied during the massage to create a sensory experience.

We recommend making a reservation for a GAIA Bespoke Massage (40, 60, or 90 mins); your desired outcomes and preferences will be discussed during your consultation.

Modern reflexology mirrors ancient ayurvedic principles. It is a type of alternative medicine that involves applying pressure to specific parts (points) on the hands, feet, and ears. These points are believed to correspond to various organs and systems in the body, and by stimulating them, it is thought to promote overall well-being and relieve stress and tension. We offer massage and reflexology treatments at The Alchemist Spa; 25-minute and 55-minute sessions are available to book.

Yes, massage can alleviate symptoms of the menopause. Massage can include gentle joint rotation and rhythmic stretches to help rescue achy limbs and ease tension – commonly experienced during menopause. We recommend that massage is combined with a gentle lymph drainage facial to reduce puffiness, leaving skin fresh and feeling beautiful, and aching joints soothed. We recommend the Temple Spa ‘Your Best You’ treatment – it’s deeply nurturing and can be tailored to the results you would like to see; this is available as a 60-minute or 90-minute treatment.

When you come for a spa treatment at the Alchemist Spa in North Devon, you can expect a luxurious and tranquil experience. Our knowledgeable and attentive staff will greet you warmly and guide you to our luxury changing rooms, where there are free lockers for your clothes and bag. Slippers and a soft robe will await you.

Next, you may be asked to complete a short form (if you are a new guest). When you’re ready, your skilled therapist will show you to your treatment room and you will have a consultation to discuss any specific concerns, and to talk about your goals for your treatment. Next, they will work their magic to help you unwind and revitalize your mind, body, and soul!

After your treatment you will be invited to take some time in our cosy Relaxation Room with a complementary hot drink or some fruit-infused water. It’s important to refresh and stay hydrated after your spa experience to get the most benefit.

Click here to find out more about planning your spa visit.



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We can’t wait to share these new experiences with you!

It’s fair to say that we are delighted to introduce GAIA Skincare to The Alchemist Spa. The addition of GAIA’s holistic and unique treatments, like Crystal Therapy and the Raindrop Therapy, as well as the wider range of spa journeys and massages, marks a new era in our commitment to natural goodness, cruelty-free practices, and inclusivity.

Come indulge in GAIA’s Luxury Spa Treatments, where every massage in Devon is not just a treatment but an invitation to immerse yourself in nature’s therapeutic wellbeing. It’s our pleasure to offer you an coastal sanctuary where relaxation, rejuvenation, and the richness of GAIA converge for a truly unforgettable spa journey.


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