Dial M for massage

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 April, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 April, 2003, 12:00am

Ellespa (2537 7736)

A specially designed massage table accommodates growing bellies (right up to full-term), allowing for an all-over massage and 90 minutes of relaxed indulgence for pregnant women. A back massage and mineral foot soak gets the treatment under way, followed by a warm mud mask applied to the back, arms and legs exfoliation, and a rub with oil. A pink mud mask is applied to the belly to ease stretchmarks.

The Pregnancy Treatment costs HK$750. A Pregnancy Massage (full body, HK$475) uses E'SPA body oil with vitamin E, which also helps to prevent stretchmarks.

The spa uses Selph products (Sa-rah Jessica Parker and Cindy Craw-ford were fans during their pregnancies), which contain no ingredients harmful to pregnant women.

Frederique Spa (2522 3054)

Hong Kong gynaecologists advised in the creation of Pregnancy Beautiful, a menu of pre- and post-natal treatments designed to deal with the usual ailments that come with pregnancy, such as back pain, stretchmarks and sensitive skin.

The menu includes massages, manicures and pedicures to ease swollen joints and intense moisturising treatments for dry and over-stretched skin. There are just under 20 treatments, including preventive care for stretchmarks using warm almond oil (HK$520), hormone balancer (HK$700) to regulate sebum production, and tummy tightener (HK$650), using a marine mud mask to remove toxins from the body.

The spa also offers a one-hour baby massage course (HK$600). Clients opting for a pregnancy beautiful treatment will each receive a babycare gift pack, and a mothercare pack of goodies.

Elemis Day Spa

The Elemis Nine Months of Nurturing package (HK$1,700 for 150 minutes of treatment) combines a nurturing massage, skincalm facial, and a 'sole delight' foot therapy that uses gentle techniques suited for pregnant women.

To ease back pain, try the spinal detox therapy (HK$360), which uses a hand-held electro-stimulator with massage action to relieve tension areas.

From June, the spa will offer a package for mums and babies in the form of a four-week BabySpa massage course (HK$1,100).

Babies should be between two and six months, and the price includes BabySpa massage oil and a voucher for mum to claim a back massage.