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Spa treatments during pregnancy

We test some mum-to-be treatments in Dubai

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For the body

The treatment: Clarins’ Mum-to-Be full body massage
Where: Safar Spa, The Movenpick Hotel, Ibn Battuta Gate
Best for: Water retention, dry skin, aching joints and sleeplessness
The experience: The Safar Spa is part of the hotel’s actual gym and health club, so initially it’s not quite as zen as some dedicated luxury retreats around town. However, the treatment rooms are tucked away from the hustle and bustle, and are extremely comfortable, with lots of fluffy towels, low lighting, sleep-inducing music and a delicious lemongrass fragrance.

When you book your treatment, you’ll also get a pass to the pool, so if you fancy making a day of it, either with a relaxing swim or just a lounge around before your big treat, that’s an added bonus. The plant oils used for the treatment are all mum-to-be approved by Clarins, and the actual massage lasts a delicious 60-minutes.

Making sure you are comfortable (considering your growing form) is a priority, and we were offered all manner of rolled up towels to support the growing bump, and to keep those knees and hips at a comfortable angle. You lie on your side while the therapist works around you, using massage sweeps that help to dispel fluid retention and muscle aches, and boost circulation.

It is important in pregnancy massage, we are told (before we doze off and have to be woken up to turn over), that the pressure is gentle, the belly is touched only very lightly and the recipient is perfectly comfortable. The products must also be pregnancy approved. We have to admit it was all over far too quickly, and we could happily have tested it all over again.
How much:
Contact: 04 444 0000

Time Out Dubai,

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