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Escape to pure relaxation

Clare Summers discovered some pure indulgence for Mums and bumps!

If you're looking for a gift for your pregnant friend, daughter or wife you can’t go wrong with a Pampering Face & Body Treatment for mums to be and new mums, care of the Clarins Skin Spa in Cavendish House.

Hidden away on the first floor of the department store, the bijoux Clarins Spa is an oasis of calm in the middle of Cheltenham shopping centre and the perfect treat after a few hours shopping. At 6 months pregnant I had given up on massages assuming they were no longer an option – after all I can hardly lie on my front. But I needn’t have worried as my Clarin’s therapist, Heather, made me just as comfortable, sitting down and leaning forward onto a tower of soft cushions during the first part of my treatment – a deliciously relaxing, yet firm, back massage with Clarins “Tonic” Body Treatment Oil.

I then moved onto the massage bed, the back of which was raised to a comfortable height and pillows placed underneath my knees. Baby and I were treated to a gentle ‘rotational’ massage of my ‘bump’ with Clarins Stretch Mark Control cream (renowned for preventing stretch marks and a must for every pregnant lady!), followed with an application of Bust Beauty Extra-Lift Gel to my décolletage.

The final part of my pampering experience entailed an exquisite and expert facial massage including a head massage, which was just divine and a gentle cleanse, tone and moisturise routine. The Extra Firming Day Wrinkle Lifting Cream certainly did what it promises and I left feeling (and looking I hope) 10 years younger.

The whole experience, which took just over an hour, was lovely and I can’t recommend Heather and her team highly enough. From the moment I arrived I felt totally looked after and pampered, plus the treatment had the desired effect of making me forget all those daily stresses. I really relished this escape into pure relaxation. It’s just what every pregnant woman needs.

The Clarins Skin Spa is open Mon-Wed 9am-5.30pm; Thurs-Sat 9am-6pm; and Sunday 11am-5pm. Tel: 01242 584371.