April 23, 2012 15:03
| Health and Beauty
Celebrities, it girls, office workers and mums all share the same mundane, but fairly common problem when it comes to pampering - panda eyes and a puffy red face after having a massage.
Rolling over from lying on your front to lying on your back in the middle of a massage, disrupts the relaxation and the flow of the treatment. If you only have 30 minutes for a back, neck and shoulder massage on your lunch break, your face will tell your colleagues that you've had a sneaky treatment by the customary red round mark on the skin from lying on the massage table.
That's why Ben Barnett
has revolutionised traditional massage by using a heated water bed in his sessions. He has joined triyoga Chelsea
on King's Road
to introduce a hydrotherm massage where you can lie on your back without having to move or even open your eyes.
There are advantages on not having to lie on your front: women with large or sore breasts, people who've had cosmetic enhancements, women who are breast feeding, and those who find it uncomfortable lying head down on a massage couch.
This type of approach is also recommended during pregnancy because having a massage on a water cushion (which sits on top of the massage couch) means that you don't have to roll over from one side to the other like you would normally do in pregnancy massage.