Parisian treat

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 October, 2008, 12:00am

Silhouette from the Andes Body Treatment

What is it? An aromatherapy body massage for out-of-condition skin. Clarins uses a mixture of essential oils. There are two options: relaxing (using plant extracts such as basil, chamomile and petite grain), and firming (using tonic oil which has rosemary, mint and rosewood).

What was it like? I asked for the relaxing oil which the therapist mixed with moisturising lotion. Everything including the essential oils can be customised. The head-to-toe massage was gentle and soothing. The plant extracts in the essential oil generated a refreshing aroma. The therapist applied long strokes on legs, thighs and the back and slightly deeper circular movements near the joints and bony areas.

What was the final result? The smell did the trick, and it didn't feel greasy. After lying on a heated bed for 50 minutes, I felt relaxed and refreshed, and my skin felt moisturised. There's no need for a shower afterwards, so you can head off for another round of shopping.

Was anything not good? It would have been better if the treatment included exfoliation, which might improve the condition of flaky skin. There was little pressure on the muscles. Although the therapist was skilled, the massage didn't really make much of a difference. It may as well have been a body wrap.

Where is it? The Clarins Rive Gauche boutique is located in St-Germain-des-Pres in the heart of Paris's left bank. The popular department store, Le Bon Marche, favoured by chic Parisians, is just two steps away.


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