Juice detox at Simply Healing in Horsham

Treatment room, Simply Healing

Treatment room, Simply Healing - Credit: Archant

Suzanne Harrington tries a juice detox at Simply Healing, Horsham

Having recently completed a five-day residential juice cleanse, I would definitely do it again. It was amazing. Amazingly hard, amazingly powerful, amazingly eye-opening. The place I chose, Simply Healing Detox Retreat near Horsham, was warm and welcoming and very comfortable.

The retreat is in a glorious 19th century country house with acres of beautiful grounds in rural Sussex, situated just too far from the nearest village to sneak out for chips. I chose well – it has been voted Best Detox Retreat in the UK by Vogue, and most knowledgeable retreat for fertility enhancement by Conde Nast Traveller. It is the Champagne of detox retreats. Or should I say, the potassium broth.

Each day is filled with treatments interspersed with a small glass of freshly prepared juices, which alternate between green and sweet, and for dinner there is potassium broth. The treatments are gorgeous, and take your mind off the fact that you will not be eating for five days.

Lots of salt scrubs, massages and reflexology. There is even a colon massage which involves stimulating the colon in preparation for my colonic hydrotherapy. I try not to think about it too much.

Next morning I have an inch-loss wrap, which involves standing naked but for a paper thong and being mummified in warm stretchy bandages soaked in clay and algae. I look like a Scooby Doo mummy but lose 14 inches all over.

After an hour of reflexology, it’s time for my first ever colonic. I won’t go into detail, other than to remind you of that scene in Jaws when they open up the shark and a car number plate falls out. Afterwards I feel exhausted.

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By the end of the five days I am 10lbs lighter, detoxed off sugar and feeling absolutely fantastic. Energetic, enthusiastic and full of bounce. I would definitely recommend doing this once a year – it’s the ultimate MOT for the body.

Simply Healing, Hillhouse Lane, Horsham; 01403 822117; www.simplyhealingcentre.comFive-day juice detox from £1,710 per person



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