Back ache is one of the foremost complaints of expecting women. That extra weight, both on our bellies and our busts, just really puts a toll on our backs. Even in my first trimester, I suffered body aches and craved for a good massage. But almost all women I know advised me against it. And even if they didn't, it was very hard to look for spas or therapists who would touch me early on in the pregnancy. Thank goodness for my sister who not only encouraged me to answer to my body's aching needs, but also recommended Clarins Skin Spa! They offer prenatal massage service even if you're only three months along in your pregnancy!

My first visit in Clarins was probably four years ago when I tried their facial. I remember to have enjoyed it but thought I really didn't need it yet as I was still in my 20's. It's good to be back to try their body treatments this time.

Upon calling to book my appointment, I discovered how high in demand their services are as the earliest slot was 10 days from the day I called. I immediately booked the earliest slot they have for me.

The spa's vibe is quite clinical rather than zen. It gave a sense that my treatment isn't just going to be about relieving the aches I was experiencing, but also treating skin concerns as what Clarins is known for. True enough, my therapist Weng explained that my treatment Beautiful Mother-to-Be (3-6 months pregnant) is a gentle full-body massage to help the body release any water retention while firming your skin. Weng's pressure was very gentle. Though I probably preferred a harder pressure, I knew it cannot be as it might pose a risk to the baby and this is better than going cold turkey on massages all together. I could feel from her soothing strokes that she was intentionally stroking away any stubborn fat and water retention. And the scent of the oils! I asked her which one she was using as Clarins have a variety of body oils and she said, she's using different ones on different parts of my body depending on the needs of the area, but mostly Huile Tonic. 

After 60 minutes of bliss, I enjoyed my cup of tea compliments of Clarins and checked out their body oils. It was recommended that I get Huile Tonic to prevent stretch marks and loose skin throughout pregnancy. My sister used this too during her two pregnancies and she's as tight as ever! This is Clarins’ #1 selling body oil with 100% pure plant extracts including Rosemary, Geranium and Mint that helps firm, tone and improve elasticity, reducing the appearance of stretch marks resulting from pregnancy. Hazelnut Oil softens, smooths and hydrates by locking in moisture. The aromatic natural botanicals promote an overall feeling of well-being, making it impossible to resist!

It's pricier at P3,200 per 3.3oz bottle than its counterparts from other brands, but the science behind the effectivity of this tonic is unmatched. It's also easy absorbed and doesn't leave skin greasy.

I had my second visit for prenatal treatment at Clarins Skin Spa yesterday and found out that they're on anniversary sale until the end of October! For a package of five treatments, you get an extra five! My treatment costs P2,900 so it's just P1,450 if I avail of another ten sessions with them. And since this prenatal treatment is recommended to be done every week to keep water retention at bay, I figured I will finish the ten, or even need more. At P1,450, it isn't as expensive anymore as the service is superb and the products they use on the body are all Clarins. I noticed Weng used around 1/3 of the bottle of Huile Tonic during every session so if you think about it, P1,450 is worth the product used on you and you still get 60 minutes of relaxation.

Clarins Skin Spa also have a variety of other treatments and facials, even for new mothers. My mom is a fan of their facials and also availed of their ten sessions package. They are located in Rustan's Alabang, Makati and Shangri La Plaza but their prenatal and postnatal services are only available in Rustan's Makati. Here's their complete menu and price list

This is definitely a treat we deserve given the body changes we go through during pregnancy!

Claris Skin Spa is located at 5/F Rustan’s Makati. You may contact them for appointments at +632 817 8414 or +632 813 3739 loc 271.