Now that you’re pregnant your body is working harder than ever, nurturing both you and your unborn baby. No wonder then, that you may feel tired and achy, especially as your pregnancy progresses. What you (and every pregnant woman) deserve is a regular restorative treat, a little time to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life and focus on yourself and your baby. If you’ve got the time and the money, one of the best ways to chill out during pregnancy is to take up one of the special pregnancy massage treatments that are available. Most last an hour or so (though if you’re after serious pampering, you could enjoy a tailor-made spa day, or even an overnight stay at a swanky hotel).
It’s best to try treatments specifically designed for pregnant women, and to make sure that your therapist is fully conversant with any potential pitfalls. The most obvious thing is to make sure that the oils used are compatible with pregnancy [link to feature], and to ensure that you are in a comfortable position – some spas offer special massage couches with a cut-out section to accommodate your belly; others will prop you on gloriously comfortable cushions. You should not be asked to lie on your back unless you feel comfortable to do so.
You may find that your local health club offers pregnancy-specific treatments; otherwise look through this list, and find somewhere near you to help give your bump a treat. And if you’ve visited somewhere we haven’t mentioned, do tell us all about it!
Companies offering treatments at various locations:
Beautiful Bump, from £50 for 55 minutes
Relaxing, pampering for expectant mothers, your treatment starts with a soothing foot soak and back massage. This is followed by a localised collagen boosting body mask enriched with olive, shea, mango and cocoa butters. A relieving foot, leg and scalp massage completes this wonderful pre-natal treatment.
Available at Champneys resorts at Henlow, Forest Mere, Springs, and Tring, plus the following high street locations: Chichester, Enfield, St Albans, Guildford, Tunbridge Wells and Brighton.
For more information visit www.healthfarms.co.uk
Pampering Face and Body Treatment
Pure indulgence for face and body, adapted to your pre and post-natal stage of pregnancy and how you look and feel. Eases backache, fluid retention, stress, fatigue and tired legs, as well as improving skin tone and elasticity.
To find your nearest Clarins salon visit uk.clarins.com
New Beginnings Mother to Be treatment, 1 hour (prices vary)
Developed to intensely relax you as well as help prevent the appearance of stretch marks, maintain the skin’s elasticity, reduce water retention and rebalance pigmentation, this specialised treatment include a full body massage, tummy mask and mini facial.
Available at Center Parcs Sherwood, Elveden, Longleat and Whinfell Forest (www.centerparcs.co.uk).
For a full list of salons and spas offering Décleor treatments call 020 7313 8787 or visit www.decleor.co.uk
The flagship day spa is in the heart of Mayfair, central London, but treatments are available throughout the country.
For further information and to find a salon near you, call 01278 727 830 or visit www.elemis.com
- Nurturing Massage for Mother-to-Be, £90 for 1 hour 15 minutes
Adapted to each stage of pregnancy, this inspirational therapy connects mother and baby through the power of touch, working with two heartbeats as one. Specialised positioning on the unique Elemis beanbag is used to ensure the ultimate in safety, comfort and relaxation. Helping to relieve tension in the back and alleviating swelling in the hands and feet, while easing the mind and uplifting the spirit.
Absolute Mother-to-Be Ritual, £175 for 2 hours 15 minutes
Nurturing Massage for Mother-to-Be (above), followed by an Anti-Ageing or Skin Solutions Facial for a complete journey of comfort and relaxation.
Pre Natal Treatment, 1 hour 25 minutes
This total body treatment has been carefully designed for pregnant and nursing mothers to take account of all contraindications and aid in relaxation and tonicity of the skin during this very special time. The treatment avoids the use of essential oils as advised by the Aromatherapy Organisation Council and is a luxurious treat using a Calendula infused oil, various muds and creams and advanced massage techniques to safe areas. It leaves the skin toned and the client totally relaxed.
Call 0845 6800 772 for a list of venues or visit www.espaonline.com
Mama’s Touch is Mama Mio’s special programme of indulgent spa treatments designed to take you right through every stage of your pregnancy. Treatments are available nationwide at a long list of spas, eg, Ritz Carlton Spas, Dove Spas, Urban Retreat, U.R. Beautiful, Glow Spas, Cowshed, etc. The cost for each treatment varies depending on the location.
For a full list of locations visit www.mamamio.co.uk
- Yummy Tummy
A ‘facial for your tummy’, to maximise skin strength, health and elasticity. Combined with the luxury of an upper back, neck and head massage for a stress-banishing treat.
A mineral-rich foot soak, exfoliation and massage for lower legs and feet to help with poor circulation, water retention and the tiring affects of carrying an extra load.
A relaxing full body massage using safe but effective pre-natal techniques to relax the lower back muscles.
Perfect when you want a really relaxing massage combined with the fresh clean feeling of a gentle exfoliation treatment.
Day spas and hotels
Baby Glow Maternity Spa, London SW1
Part of the Glow Spa, this is tucked away near Harvey Nichols and Harrods, so retail therapy could complete your day… As well as Mama Mio treatments, there is a pregnancy massage (£65/£90), plus acupuncture and reflexology treatments, and lots of postnatal treatments.
For further information call 020 7752 0652 or visit www.glowurbanspa.com
Calmia Inner Beauty Day Spa, London W1
Nurturing pregnancy massage, £75 for 1 hour; £115 for 90 minutes
A full body aromatherapy massage using a blend of organic and fragrant oils to help improve skin elasticity and help prevent stretch marks. The Pre- and post-natal luxury facial, £75 for 60 minutes, could be the answer if your skin is reacting to pregnancy hormones; includes a relaxing foot and lower leg massage.
Tel: 020 7224 3585 or visit www.calmia.com
C.Side at Cowley Manor, Gloucestershire
Coming Soon £107 for 1 hour 30 minutes:
Conceived for pregnant women, this aromatherapy massage uses oils that are safe in pregnancy. A gentle, soothing an reviving treatment that will revive aching muscles and release fluid retention, leaving you feeling relaxed, uplifted and harmonised.
Tel: 01242 870 902 or visit www.cowleymanor.com
Me & My Baby Therapy Rooms
Me & My Baby Therapy Rooms & Clinic is a unique nurturing and holistic environment, providing treatments to care for women before, during and after pregnancy. The Body Signature Treatment (£100) is a 90-minute intensive holistic treatment specifically created to balance your emotional and physical state, and includes a firm rhythmic massage, reflexology and acupressure points and pure essential oils to boost your immune system and improve wellbeing. Also on offer are yoga classes, couples massage for pregnancy and birth, baby massage, acupuncture, reflexology, cranial osteopathy.
For more information call 020 7751 4170 or visit www.meandmybabyclinic.co.uk
Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa, London SW3 |
Mother To Be Pamper–Time, £250 for 4 hours 30 minutes
This is the ultimate in comfort and relaxation for expectant mothers. The specialist Metrospa pregnancy couches will enable you to enjoy your treatments in complete comfort. The day starts with a Keraskin Esthetics Immersion Ritual to relax and revive skin, followed by a Metrospa hand facial and Metrospa foot facial. After a light lunch, health juice and raspberry tea in the chillout bar you can relax in the Cleansing Zone with a Kerastase ritual to condition and fortify your hair, followed by a blow-dry. Clients can also chose between an expert cut or bikini wax to finish.
For more information visit www.richardward.co.uk or call 020 7730 1222
Micheline Arcier, London SW1
Signature Pregnancy Face and Body Aromatherapy Treatment, £60 for 1 hour
This treatment helps counteract fatigue and gives a general sense of wellbeing. The oils used are revitalising and can help to prevent stretch marks and maintain the elasticity of the tissues if used regularly. Also on offer is Reflexology for Pregnancy £60 for 1 hour. A chi-chi London-based salon.
For more information call 020 7235 3545 or visit www.michelinearcier.com
Oeuf Therapy Rooms and Clinic, London NW10
Aromatherapy Pregnancy & Post Natal Massage, from £70 for 90 minutes
Working from the starting point that pregnancy massage is more than mere pampering, it’s a treatment in itself, Oeuf’s massage aims to bring comfort, support and a wonderful sense of nurturing. For your comfort there is a state-of-the-art prenatal massage table, with space for the stomach and breasts. Other alternative therapies are also available.
Call 0845 0948103. Also available in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire; call 01491 201079 or visit www.oeuf.org.uk for more details
Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa, London SW3
Pennyhill Park, Bagshott, Surrey
With Baby, £125 for 90 minutes
A special treatment for mums-to-be (over three months), designed to calm, ease feelings of discomfort and relax both mum and baby. Consists of massage to lower back, legs and arms using unique pregnancy oils, followed by a soothing organic facial and scalp massage, plus a cooling application of foot gel. Other treatments can also be tailored for pregnant women.
For further information call 01276 486100 or visit www.exclusivehotels.co.uk
Rowhill Grange, Wilmington, Kent
There are a variety of pregnancy-specific treatments on offer at this luxury hotel and spa:
- Pregnancy Top To Toe £99 for 85 minutes
Includes a facial, body exfoliation and a relaxing massage on the lower legs and body to relieve discomfort from pregnancy.
Marine Glow Facial £58 for 55 minutes
Personalised to your specific needs to calm over-reactive skins while incorporating a relaxing facial and lower leg massage.
Maternity Massage £38 for 25 minutes
A wonderful back treatment that helps to alleviate tension and stress concentrating on high-tension areas such as the neck and shoulders.
Mother-to-be £60 for 55 minutes
A relaxing light massage to aid comfort and relaxation and encourage tranquility & well-being.
The Sanctuary, London WC2
Mum-to-be Indulgence £90 for 85 minutes
A complete top-to-toe treatment designed especially for mums-to-be. Combining a relaxing back, head, neck and shoulder massage with the use of oils and creams to soften the skin. The treatment finishes with a cold stone, draining massage to relieve puffy legs and tired feet. Other massage treatments can also be tailored for pregnant women.
Tel 0870 770 3350 or visit www.thesanctuary.co.uk
The Vineyard Spa, Newbury, Berkshire
Mother to Be Body Bliss £70 for 55minutes
Your skin will be exfoliated to remove dead skin cells and you will then be cocooned in a mask to tone and hydrate your skin. While your body mask is working you will receive a head and foot massage to completely relax you. After the wrap, a toning Pinot Noir body cream will be applied.
Tel: 01635 589415 or visit www.the-vineyard.co.uk