Following the 11th Anniversary of its inception, which was celebrated last weekend, Il-Ħaġar Museum and Community Cultural Centre in Victoria’s Pjazza San Ġorġ continues with its rich programme of events. On Saturday 2nd March 2024 the Museum will be hosting a recital by Noel Beck (clarinet), Fiorella Camilleri (flute) and Anne Marie Podestà (harp). The trio will be performing works by Shostakovich, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Faure, Bizet, and others. The Concert starts at 19:30 and, as is the Museum’s democratic policy, entrance is free. Seat reservations are recommended by sending an email to email@example.com. This recital forms part of the initiative Easter in Gozo organised by the Ministry for Gozo and Planning and is supported by the Cultural Heritage Directorate within the same Ministry. The audience can enjoy this evening of music while surrounded by the works of the current exhibition Unknown Prescription where paintings and photography by Maltese artists Mario Abela, Charles Balzan, and Justin Falzon “dialogue with artefacts” from Il-Ħaġar’s permanent collection. This exhibition remains open until Sunday 14th April 2024. The Museum is also currently exhibiting Joseph Vella’s works for woodwind until Tuesday 19th March 2024 in commemoration of the 6th Anniversary of his passing.
Claire Mahy met with Sophie Lachaud and experienced a bespoke wellness treatment at L’instant Precieux, her brand new french wellness salon in Victoria.
Sophie’s holistic and personalised approach to wellness treatments ensure’s you receive exactly what you need that day and it is wonderful!
Sophie visited Gozo in 2018 and like many was completely captured by the enchanting island and knew this was the place to create her wellness salon. With 10 years of experience in France and inspiration from travelling SE Asia, Sophie envisaged the space she would like to create and L’instant Precieux was born in 2019. The experience is serene, soothing, and rejuvenating. Knowing the importance of giving clients her best, Sophie limits the number of people she treats in one day to ensure you receive maximum benefit, before, during, and after your treatment in the relaxation cocoon.
The treatment menu has been meticulously created to include divine body care and facial rituals and scrubs, incorporating traditional Eastern techniques. Sophie also offers a gentle Pregnancy Massage from four months on and a Little Angels Massage, a shorter, tender treatment to soothe your little one’s body and relax their minds, suitable for ages 1-13yrs. All Sophie’s offerings have deep effects and you can often feel the amazing benefits for a long while after.
“You are unique, be yourself and forget everything else. I am here just for you and no one else.”sophie lachaud
Sophie works with the natural, organic French brand Altearah, who has created a series of essential oil synergies represented by different colours, each colour reflecting certain emotions or energetic states. You simply choose the colour you are drawn to most, with your eyes closed and this is the feeling or energy state which you need more of that day. Whether it is renewal, creativity, or calmness, for example, Sophie uses this formula and adapts your treatment to further meet your specific needs, bringing balance into the body and mind. If you are sensitive to essential oils, then plant-based oils are offered as an alternative. Altearah products (sprays, serums, oils and parfum) can be purchased from the salon and Sophie will consult you on the most suitable formula for you.
Claire experienced sixty minutes of pure bliss with the Free Spirit Massage plus a nourishing Foot Scrub. Take me to heaven! When entering the salon I instantly felt at ease and super calm due to the harmonious space and Sophie’s warm, welcome. I loved the process of choosing the Altearah colour, it certainly was exactly what was needed that day, the smell and sensation were heavenly and subtle yet powerful. The brand exudes high quality.
Sophie has a real gift she intuitively picks up on your needs and adapts and evolves your treatment to match. It’s a very special experience. Self-care is essential and a treatment at L’instant Precieux is a worthy investment and a real sanctuary away from our busy lives. We can’t recommend enough giving yourself or a loved one this gift!
“The effect is instantaneous, deep and lasting. Body and mind are in absolute synergy.”Claire Mahy
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