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By Brigid Delaney
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- What is it? A musical massage is a full-body massage (including feet and head massage) synchronized to music chosen by the therapist. Different massage techniques are used in time to the music to engage the sense of sound as well as touch. The aim is for the therapist and the guest to get in synch with the music.

My therapist Roberto says he doesn't plan how he'll conduct the massage he just works intuitively with the body and the music. As a result, each massage is different. The music played during the massage was thankfully not rap, hip-hop or heavy metal, so you are no danger of being pelted with more aggressive moves from the therapist, instead it's a mixture of classical and jazzier number and the strokes tend to be long and flowing.

How long does it take? One hour.

Verdict: A wonderful massage that left me swooning for days. Roberto was an amazing masseur. While many masseurs can be overly clinical and detached during a massage, he got right into it moving around to the music and varying the pressure depending on the tempo. It could have easily backfired with the music being overpowering and annoying but instead it was perfectly balanced. A lot of fun.

Best thing: A musical massage may sound a bit strange but it was wonderful and highly relaxing. The experience was heightened by the spa itself, which is designed to promote a feeling of tranquility even though it is in the heart of Central London. The spa is under the elegant Chancery Court Hotel. It features a dome-like relaxation room where guests are encouraged to read magazines, sip water, eat fruit or just relax before and after the treatment. Afterwards I had a sauna and a quick spell in the Amethyst crystal steam room before trying out the showers with two settings: icy waters or tropical.

Worst thing: At £80 it is on the pricey side but if you arrive early you can get your money's worth by using the wet area and the relaxation room.

After effects: I went to a book reading afterwards and in the too-hot room I had to pinch myself to stay awake (and that's not because the reading was boring). It was definitely the most relaxing massage I've ever had but not for those wanting a robust deep-tissue massage.

Cost: £80.

Contact details: The Spa at Chancery Court, 252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN. / + 44 207 829 7058.


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