Oh, the joy of pregnancy! It comes with so many wonderful gifts. Along with that energising feeling of creating life and the sheer bliss that comes with each and every kick… wait a minute. The people that say this stuff have never actually been pregnant, have they? The truth is that when you’re not asleep or wishing that you could sleep, you’re physically or mentally uncomfortable with the changes about to take place in your life. Honey, you need some pampering pronto! Time to book into the Four Seasons and take advantage of their Mother’s Love treatment!
I was just about to nod off in the lounge chair when I heard my name being called. We crossed the hall to the VIP suite where two beds lay side by side, flanked by a ridiculously large plunge pool/tub along with two chairs that sat at the foot of the beds. It was hard for me to take all this in, as I was so distracted by the view! Massive floor-to-ceiling windows beckon for your attention, but I chose to have the shades drawn so I could nestle down in my robe and block out the buzzing city below.
The treatment started with a foot soak and scrub while the baby-friendly products and treatment were explained to me. Once complete, I then moved onto bed number one where I laid on my side surrounded by pillows and was rubbed down with a gentle exfoliant. My therapist worked from limb to limb, uncovering and recovering each muscle as she moved along my body. I tried to drift to sleep, but baby had other plans. When I relax, he goes crazy and kicks me the entire time. Even so, I was able to enjoy the scrub and realised that I was never once cold or uncomfortable like I had been in other body scrub situations. Once buffed to a high shine, I rinsed off in the in room shower and redeposited myself onto bed number two. Now, here’s the real bliss of the Mother’s Love massage: you can lie on your stomach! Yes, even at 36 weeks large! There are foam wedges that prop you up and allow you to lie on your belly with ease. By this point in pregnancy, something as simple as this can really change your outlook on things! I think even the kiddo enjoyed it because he calmed down and allowed me to drift in and out of consciousness for the session. The only thought that permeated my over-relaxed state was where I could buy these wedges!
The Mother’s Love Treatment at the Four Seasons Spa is only available to pregnant women beyond their first trimester. A specially-designed bed features cushions that allow you to rest easy in any position, while skilled therapists knead out tension using a nourishing oil blend of rose hip, calendula and evening primrose.
Hours: Mon-Sun, 8am-11pm
Price: $2,300 weekdays; $2,480 weekends for a two-hour treatment.
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3196 8888, www.fourseasons.com