Melissa Hemsley and the rasul

Jan 21, 05:30 PM

Healthy chef Melissa Hemsley enjoys an ancient Arabic ritual and discovers a surprising new ingredient for wellbeing.

This week Suzanne is joined by chef Melissa Hemsley for a water rasul ritual at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental spa in London. The word rasul means to wash and this traditionally Arabic thermal, cleansing mud treatment combines the health enhancing properties of heat, steam and mud for a relaxing and skin conditioning treatment. Perfect for melting away the January blues.

As one half of the Hemsley sisters, Melissa is a bestselling chef and passionate advocate of healthy eating: but what are her other wellbeing ingredients and will the rasul will become one of them...?

Leave the hustle and bustle, the noise and screens behind, and join wellness journalist Suzanne Duckett on a journey into relaxation and the wonderful, watery world of wellbeing. To celebrate the release of her new book Bathe, she is inviting some special guests to join her in some truly immersive experiences: discovering the invigorating power of bath and birch, the emotional harmony of sound and steam, and the soothing energy of mud and ice.

And you won’t be left behind – in this podcast, listeners get up close and personal with the experience: the benefits, secrets and sounds of each treatment.

Start the year with some new experiences: close your eyes and plunge into a world of wellness. Bathing is a primal ritual, but it’s never been more relevant. The conversation starts here.

The podcast series will be 6 episodes long and guests include Liz Earle, Melissa Hemsley, Ward Thomas and three more surprise guests.


Bathe: The Podcast was created and produced in-house by Bonnier Books UK to celebrate the publication of Suzanne Duckett’s new book Bathe

Recorded on location at The Mandarin Oriental Spa in London www.mandarinoriental.com/London

Freelance producer and editor Lisa Mainwaring (LiMa Mic Media)
Executive Producer and Senior Marketing Manager Clarissa Pabi
Publicity Manager Francesca Pearce
Comms Director Lisa Hoare
Head of Audio Jon Watt