” 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
  • Reflexology
  • 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.

Gift Vouchers

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 and walking in the great outdoors with 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.



Nail, lash and brow technician.


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!