26 June, 2020

The guide to the best pregnancy massages around Australia in 2020.

by One Fine Baby Team

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Let's talk about the best pregnancy massages near you!

Pregnancy clearly changes everything and sadly you cant just walk into a spa and get a massage if you’re pregnant.  You need to do your research when booking pregnancy massages or treatments. Many spas don’t take clients who are less than 13 weeks pregnant or they need to know well in advance about your pregnancy so they can tailor their room accordingly for your comfort. Finding a qualified ante-natal therapist in pregnancy massage is also important as you want to feel you are in the best hands so you can truly relax.

Why are pregnancy massages different to normal massages?

Massages during pregnancy differ to normal massages by the types of oils that are used, the technique and pressure points targeted. Not all women can lie flat on their back when pregnant either due to the vena cava vein. Some spas give you the option to sit up whilst others set the bed up with pillows so that you can lie on your side. If you’re lucky a few spas have a massage table where there is a hole in the middle and you can finally lie down flat! We call this the donut bed 😉

Don’t assume that you can book in for everything; some treatments are only safe for after your first trimester. Do ensure that your therapist is qualified for specific pregnancy treatments; for example, some reflexology points can trigger pre-labour contractions. Make sure you maintain a safe temperature throughout your treatment, anything like a sauna that can raise your temp will be unsafe for you and your baby. And lastly, relax; this might be your last chance in a long while for a bit of you-time!

Benefits of pregnancy massage.

Benefits apart from the obvious relaxation and mindfulness centre around the reduction of extra fluid in your body. One of your pregnancy side effects may be puffiness and having a massage can help with your circulation.

Our favourite pregnancy massage day spas in Australia.

Below we have rounded up our choice of the best pregnancy massages in Sydney and around Australia. Make sure to book ahead, let them know you are pregnant and enjoy the peace and quiet!

Endota spa pregnancy massages are performed by a qualified practioner and you are never short of finding a local Endota Spa. Every Endota spa guarantees the same level of service no matter which soa you go to. Whether you’re on holiday or looking locally you are more than likely to have an Endota Spa near you. Endota Spa’s pregnancy massage is for 60 minutes and customised to suit your needs. We have personally tried this at One Fine Baby and have all left feeling in a state of deep relaxation, totally nourished and floating on air! The pillow they include is soooo good.

Endota Spa also have a full range of products for mother and baby and you can find these here on our One Fine Baby Shop as well.

The girls at the Bump Day Spa are sure to look after that precious pregnancy belly of yours in their specifically designed pregnancy pamper sessions. This is what they specialise in!! They have a spa in Double Bay and Cronulla, NSW. Bump Day Spa is the ultimate luxury pampering for pregnancy massages and treatments for new and expecting mamas. Not only are the treatment designed during pregnancy but also for postpartum and beyond!

Given travel overseas is hard to come by right now, why not bring Bali to you? We love the Ikatan Spa in Noosa who truly know how to transport you into another world.

Owner Karen talked us through their wide variety of pregnancy massages and treatments. They take caring for a mum-to-be very seriously and understand the stress that comes along with not only getting pregnant but also the pains and aches that come with being pregnant.

A fantastic thing that this spa has is a full page on their website dedicated to their belief in pregnancy safe massages.

Dont just take our word for it! Here’s a selection of their latest reviews about the pregnancy massages:

1. I had the best pregnancy massages at Ikatan Spa throughout both my pregnancies. The therapists are trained, caring and understanding of what I needed, the treatment rooms are private and the beds are very comfortable, i didn’t want to get up! Laura
 
2. My pregnancy massage at Ikatan Spa was the best massage I have ever had. I felt so relaxed and spending time in the garden room having my pedicure, seeing as I cant reach my feet, was absolute bliss. Thank you. Kate
 
3. I loved that Ikatan Spa does not have communal change room and my husband and I could shared a double room together for our baby moon. We both felt relaxed after our fabulous massages and lunch in the beautiful gardens that was included in our package. Sami and Karl
 
4. Thanks for a wonderful experience with my pregnancy package. We loved sitting in nature of your gardens instead a room with others in dressing gowns. We will be back at Ikatan Spa as soon as baby arrives and grandma can baby sit. thanks Jake and Gemma.

Looking for a truly unique bonding session with your bump? Bells at Killcare has a few pregnancy massages to choose from and the best thing is you can really make a weekend out of it! They have onsite accommodation and a beautiful restaurant to enjoy. All their staff are trained by LI’TYA. Their pregnancy treatment protocols offer understandings based on generations of knowledge and wisdom from Aboriginal women, which support not only the mother and growing baby, assisting with establishing lineage and generational strengths into the future.

Marma Seasonal Special: The perfect combination of Marma Kodo Massage, along with a customised facial, paudi head & scalp massage with heated Quandong hair treatment. A beautiful all-rounded comforting treatment for mum to be. Marma Kodo Massage is a delightful rhythmic body massage inspired by traditional Australian Aboriginal techniques that work to bring the body into balance therefore enhancing mind body wellness. Pressure points are omitted for this massage and a special unscented Macadamia & Camellia oil blend is used to nourish and hydrate delicate skin. This style of massage is highly nurturing and a beautiful, deeply relaxing experience for pregnant ladies. 90 MINUTES $220

The Tasmanian Kelp Journey is their other pregnancy massage treatment. It starts with a hydrating kelp polish, aboriginal inspired Paudi head massage, refreshing shower and finishes with a pregnancy safe Macadamia and Camellia body oil massage.

They also recommend not having any body massage prior to 14 weeks gestation.

Customer reviews

Don’t just take our word for it though. See one what one of their latest customers say about the babymoon package.

We took the Babymoon package with the couple’s massage, 3 course dinner, accommodation and hot a la carte breakfast in the morning. Lovely lovely lovely time out before the birth of our second child. So relaxing in fact that I started to have contractions in the morning before having breakfast… but don’t let that scare you. Best nights sleep we had before our hospital visit!!! We are planning to come back again!! Natalie, Sydney.

Speaking of babymoon packages Bells offers the perfect package for expectant parents in their idyllic haven. Offering peace and tranquility, fresh sea-air, luxurious king size beds, deep relaxing baths, indulgent dining, a generous room service menu, and, a luxurious day spa to relax and soothe, Bells at Killcare is a true paradise to enjoy together before bubs arrives. Their package includes;

  • overnight boutique accommodation
  • dinner for two each night (your choice of 3 courses from the à la carte menu, or room service)
  • two 60min signature kodo massages (pregnancy specific available)
  • complimentary babymoon gift from us
  • full hot, cooked breakfast

The Bodhi J Wellness Spa, which is based in Perth, has multiple locations that you can enjoy their famous pregnancy massage at.

Their Li’tya Marma Kodo Pregnancy Massage which is 70 minutes long and costs $155. It integrates traditional elements of the Li’tya Kodo. Working gently combining aspects of the Li’tya Kodo Pressure points and spiralling movements to ground and uplift, leaving the body’s energies laughing with joy and works to prevent disharmony and nurture the pregnant and child.

Don’t just take our word for it. Here are some of their latest customer reviews:

“The whole Bodhi J team and of course my beautiful therapist. This place is amazing! The attention to detail and thought that has gone into everything is more than evident. I LOVE it here. I could have stayed all day. Thank you!” Zoe B

“The space is such a treat for the senses from the moment you arrive; soothing music and candles, a stunning interior, luxurious treatment rooms, a dedicated mani / pedi room and my absolute favourite – a relaxation courtyard where you can sip herbal tea and enjoy a fruit platter.” Amy Zempilas

The Langham is all about luxury, and their day spa in Sydney and Melbourne will give you the ultimate experience in relaxation and rejuvenation. Their ultimate Rose Pregnancy massage ($210) has you choosing between 3 different pregnancy safe oils. This massage will relieve stress and tension, ease the heavy feeling that can come with pregnancy, and help alleviate an aching back. End your treatment with a relaxing and rejuvenating scalp massage that completes this top-to-toe treatment.

Or you could start the day off with their signature full body exfoliation, followed by a hydrating body cocoon to leave your skin with more than just a baby glow. Finish off with a full body pregnancy massage to relieve all your pregnancy pains and a luxurious mani-pedi. Book their Yummy Mummy package for just $425.

They also have a pregnancy pamper package ($325) which involves a 60 minute bespoke facial and ends with a deluxe pedicure.

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What we love about Peninsula Hot Springs is that, unlike a lot of spas, they’ve got a package for every trimester. Book in for an aromatic oil and desert salt exfoliation or try out their full body warm mapi mud cocoon, which gets us relaxed just thinking about it! With prices starting at just $144, there’s no excuse not to. Ill take this pregnancy massage on repeat! They do state to call the reservations team in advance so that they can tailor a treatment to you. They do advise not to use the hot springs if you are pregnant but there is still plenty for you to do.

We love the luxury of Yummy Mummy’s ‘Absolute Heaven’ all-day pamper package, which includes a hot stone massage, total skin exfoliation, spa facial, reflexology and a mani-pedi. At $700 you really get your moneys worth and a guaranteed day of absolute relaxation. Yummy Mummy also offers a range of lower-priced spa days such as their ‘Top to Toe’ and ‘Essential Mama’ packages.

Enjoy!

Soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the peace and quiet and always remember to put yourself first. A mum needs to have her cup full so everyone else can enjoy the overflow!

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