” We know that a visit to a beauty studio can be intimidating, so our aim is to provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where our clients can feel at ease, whilst still providing a professional service.”
The Retreat is an established beauty studio that has been trading since 1989 under the management of Helen Belcher, ITEC, BABTAC.
We offer a range of treatments for both men and women and specialise in:
- Decléor face & body treatments
- Germaine de Capuccini face & body treatments
- CACI award-winning anti-ageing treatments
- Male Grooming
- Bio Sculpture and Shellac nails
- Sterex Advanced Electrolysis for the removal of thread veins, milia, skin tags & warts.
- Tailor-made bridal packages
- California Spray Tan
- Lash Perfect eyelash extensions, waxing, hot waxing & threading
- Aromatherapy, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone & Indian Head Massage
Some of our treatments require us to take a medical history beforehand. If you are a new client or have booked a treatment that is new to you, please ask if you should arrive 5 minutes before your appointment time to fill in a consultation form.
Retreat Gift Vouchers are a very popular gift and can be purchased from both of our salons. If you are unable to visit us, they can be ordered by telephone and we can send them to you by first class post.
Meet the Beauty Team
Many of our team members have been providing beauty treatments for over 17 years. Our experience gives you the best experience.
Hello, I’m Helen, Owner of The Retreat. I qualified as a Beauty Therapist in 1989 at a private training school in Caversham, Reading. I love to repair and improve things and beauty therapy gives me the tools and information which I can pass on to my guests to help them maintain and improve their appearance, make them feel good about themselves, or to be free from muscular pain. I have a particular passion for, and specialise in, electrolysis, advanced cosmetic procedures, Decléor facials and deep tissue massage. I am married to a farmer and have a young son. In my spare time, I look after my many animals and help around the farm.
Hi, I’m Bryony Wicks, Wokingham born and bred. I am Beauty Salon Manager and Beauty Consultant. I’ve been working at The Retreat since 2006, apart from a short break after the birth of my daughter, Lyla.
My passions at work are CACI – I just love it!! The results are amazing, perfect non surgical facelift that gives results and is relaxing too. Also waxing – making you feel clean, tidy and groomed from top to toe. My strengths in CACI and waxing come from being thorough and a perfectionist!
Outside of work I love my Beagle, Bailey – to me she is my first born and so walking her and being in the great outdoors with my husband Mark, Lyla and Bailey is my idea of heaven for my downtime. I also have a passion for food – cooking, baking, watching cooking and baking programmes and of course eating it and trying out new restaurants and new food. And Holidays – I love holidays, sunshine and snow and the great outdoors. I’m sure our holidays will be somewhat less relaxing now with our playful little bundle, but more FUN!
Hello I’m Zoe from Wokingham. I joined the team at the Retreat in 2016 after spending 10 months traveling and working abroad. My travels included Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and I worked in Western Australia for 5 months whilst living with my sister and little niece, Darcie. I have been beauty trained for over 5 years and have worked in both salons and spas.
My favourite treatments to perform are threading and facials. I am passionate about skincare and have worked as a skincare specialist for 3 years.
Hi, I’m Jasmin and I moved from Germany to the UK in 2016. I qualified as a Beauty Therapist in 2013 and then went on to achieve the CIDESCO International Diploma. I am also a fully-trained hair stylist. I enjoy doing facials and body treatments, such as manicures, pedicures, massage and waxing. It gives me a real sense of achievement to see a client happy and relaxed.
I like fashion, beauty, shopping, make-up, nature, sun, summer and beaches I also have a passion for travelling. I have travelled through Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.
In my free time I like spending time with my family, cat and friends, when I have time to visit them in Germany, and cooking, baking, football and listening to music.
Hello everyone. My name is Michelle and I’m a Nail Technician. I qualified back in 2001. I went straight into doing nails after leaving school and have enjoyed learning, improving and and discovering new products, with Bio Sculpture being my favourite. I’m very passionate about nails and all things sparkly – I love adding a bit of nail art to any manicure and trying out new ideas.
I am a very proud Mum of 3 beautiful children who keep me busy most of the time. In my spare time I like get my dancing shoes out. I also like watching films and trying new food. I love a Sunday roast with the family!
Known as the “Nail Queen” by her colleagues, Steph has worked as a beautician for 17 years, with over 14 of those being at The Retreat. Steph specialises in all forms of nail treatments, gel nails being her favourite to do. Spending time with her daughter and family are the two things Steph enjoys most in her free time. Steph is currently on maternity leave.