» Traditional and Holistic Post-natal Centre's Jamu Massage
This traditional Indonesian massage includes applying pilis, a jamu-based herb (jamu is both a type of massage and a type of herb), on your forehead and a jamu wrap on your tummy. It is supposed to help Mums get back into their pre-pregnancy shape and also relieve headaches, as well as muscle and joint aches.
The 70-minute Jamu Massage is done either at your home or at the centre's shop at 02-32 Kovan Centre, 9 Yio Chu Kang Road.
$598 for a seven-treatment package and $788 for a 10-treatment package, call 9271-6091 or book online at www.jamumassage.com
» Marie France Bodyline's Lipo-Nano System
This new 75-minute treatment promises to enhance the body's absorption of ingredients to create a slimming effect. One such ingredient is cocoa, known for its fat-burning effects.
The treatment claims to dissolve fat and leave skin looking toned and firmed.
$187 for first treatment when bought with a package at 01-200 Marina Square
» Spa Esprit's After Delivery Massage
In this 75-minute massage, a heated paprika blend in the form of cream is applied over the body. The heat helps banish cellulite by breaking down fats.
This is followed by a pummel massage, which makes use of kneading motions. Stone Crop lotion, made from a type of cactus that grows on stone, is applied to the body to firm the skin and lighten stretch marks.
A series of six to 10 sessions is recommended.
$220 a session, from Spa Esprit, 05-10 Paragon
» Ning the Fusion Spa's Post-Natal Therapeutic Massage with Hot Cocoa Wrap Treatment
This is a 60-minute deep tissue and lymphatic drainage massage, combined with acupuncture techniques and followed by a 30-minute cocoa wrap. The cocoa wrap contains minerals and is known for its slimming effects.
The treatment is said to help muscles weakened by childbirth to heal more quickly and effectively.
$100 for Post-Natal Therapeutic Massage; $180 for Hot Cocoa Wrap; from Ning The Fusion Spa, 09-00 MacDonald House
This article was first published in Urban, The Straits Times on May 8, 2008.