Feeling great! Pregnancy massage at the Mandarin

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Each month, our undercover spa spy samples some of the city’s top treatments. This month: Body and bump pregnancy massage at the Mandarin Oriental

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The low-down:

This luxurious massage for mothers-to-be uses rose-scented oils and body balms to deeply nourish the skin, aiding the prevention of stretch marks and soothing fluid retention. The treatment ends with a hydrating facial and hair mask. This treatment is performed on a revolutionary pregnancy comfort cushion, using only all-natural ingredients.

The experience

I arrived on the 24th floor of the Mandarin Oriental and entered the sweet-smelling haven of the spa reception to be greeted with a refreshing jasmine tea.

My therapist Angel thoughtfully offered me the option of smelling the oils to make a choice before the treatment started. I really appreciated this as my sense of smell has gone into overdrive in the last few weeks. I chose a light rose oil, which I was informed was also great for preventing stretch marks – bonus!

Angel helped me manoeuvre myself on to the massage bed and place my bump into a hole created with a special cushion so that I could lie safely on my front. As someone who likes to sleep on their front, this was heaven in itself. The treatment started with a foot scrub before a wonderful back massage to take away all the strain and stress carrying a baby can put on your back and neck. The beauty of this treatment is that after the back massage, you get to turn over and have a facial, moisturising hair treatment, and then an invigorating hand and foot massage. Your entire body – the wonderful vessel giving shelter to a new growing life – is revitalised.

This was a totally indulgent and much-appreciated spa visit for a pregnant woman.

Who should go?

Pregnant women past their first trimester who are tired, weary or simply want to feel amazing!

The nitty gritty

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Mon – Thu: $1800
Fri – Sun: $2040
To book, call 2825 4888 or visit
www.mandarinoriental.com/hongkong/luxury-spa/


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