Health Club - Holmes Place
"There are 4 Holmes Place Health Clubs in Madrid the newest being at Palacio de Helio. Holmes Place has everything you would expect from a Health Club: Gym, Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna's, Turkish Baths, Pilates Rooms, Yoga Rooms, loads of different activities, Personal Trainers etc etc. I was surprised at how reasonable priced membership is, especially in comparison to what you pay in the UK. Every year you get a wellness check with a Personal Trainer and a training schedule. The clubs also have 'Zensation' Beauty Centres. Holmes Place at Palacio de Helio is on top of the Commercial Centre - sit in the Jacuzzi with fantastic views over Madrid The clubs are aimed at Adults, they do offer Childrens Swimming lessons but are pricey compared to the Polideportivos, children are only allowed in the Swimming pools at certain times! But it is good to have some 'me' time! Look out for the Stainless Steel pools - very bizarre first time you use them.!" (SV, June 08)
Alex Douglas - English Hairdressers
Alex 636837143 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.theenglishhairdresserinmadrid.es
"I first met Alex in a salon when he was working in the barrio Salamaca, where he was doing my hair for over a year. After I had my son Hugo I found it quite hard to find the time to go with the baby to the hair salon,so Alex started coming to my house. I think he offers a great home service - he comes very prepared with a portable wash basin so I don't have to stick my head over the bath and a small vacuum cleaner to clean up after himself. In a way, house calls are much better due to bad service and not being able to make an appointment at salons. Going to the salon can be a nightmare - I don't have 3 hours to spare sitting and waiting to get my hair done" (NB, Sep 09)
Physio - Callie Stewart
Callie is a British physiotherapist based in the centre of Madrid. She treats adults and children. Home visits can be arranged.
C/Ortega Y Gasset 13-2-D Metro Nuñez de Balboa
"She worked wonders on my neck!" (AL)
This well-known chain of gyms has many branches in the city and suburbs. Good facilities. Classes offered: Aerobics, step-aerobics, body-building, self-defence, kick-boxing, Tai Chi, Sevillanas and ballroom dancing and more…
Check website for prices, special offers and opening times www.holidaygym.es
"I use the gym just off General Peron. It’s a big gym and there seems to be lots of classes.I use the one near the Colombia metro for swimming" (PB, No 08)
Arabic Baths and Restaurant
Take a break from the stresses of life at the Hammam. During the 1 hour and 30 minute session, you can bathe in 3 pools, enjoy a massage and have some tea. On weekends, locals reserve a table at the restaurant upstairs for couscous and mint tea after their soak. For evening sessions, call in advance.
C/Atocha, 14 :: 28012 Madrid | Metro : Metro Sol o Tirso de Molina Tel 902 333 334; www.medinamayrit.com
Home hairdresser - Sally
Sally is an English Hairdresser, Vidal Sasson and Trevor Sorbie trained. She offers professional haircuts for all the family in the comfort of your own home in and around Madrid. Tel 651 481 916 for an appointment.
C/ Narváez, 60
28009 Madrid, Spain
Tel 915 748 831
"I first went in with virtually no Spanish, but took a few photos cut from magazines. They took their time to understand me, despite the language barrier, and I have been going back ever since. Usually costs me about 60-70 Euros for a cut, colour and blow dry" (HL, Oct 10)