Being pregnant is a tough gig. You can no longer see your toes (so no point in a decadent pedi), you’ve become way too acquainted with the inside of your toilet bowl through those hideous months of morning sickness, and your nipples are doing, erm, strange things. We’ve all been there and got the maternity sized tee-shirt. But what helped us through the aching back, bloated ankles and tension headaches? Prenatal massage, is what! We’ve given birth to no less than 20 babies amongst the HoneyKids’ crew, and these are the amazing spas and masseurs that rubbed, squeezed and kneaded us safely through some of those long pregnancy moments…
THE ONES WE’VE TRIED
Zie Professional Massage Technician and Beautician
With a Diploma, ITEC and NSRS Certifications in prenatal and post-natal massage, Zie knows her stuff when it comes to making a mum-to-be feel like a million dollars. Her menu also includes facials, ear candling, reflexology and make-up services for when you need a home beauty specialist on speed dial once you’ve popped out bubba!
“I had the best prenatal massages from Zie, a lady I found through a recommendation on a Facebook support group. I loved that she had firm hands and wasn’t afraid to use them (a lot of masseurs won’t use too much pressure on pregnant ladies) which although brought the odd tear to my eye, it totally revitalised me. The best thing about it? Getting out of the house when you’re the size of the house isn’t easy: Zie can come to you!” Mum-of-two, Jana
Zie, email. firstname.lastname@example.org, t. 93839796; www.facebook.com/ZieHomeSPA
Babies-Bellies offers both pre and post-natal massages as well as wrap treatments from the sanctuary of your own home (or at one of its cosy spas). Massages for pregnant mummies are recommended once you pass the five-month mark of ‘incubation’.
“I used Babies Bellies and after just one session I happily signed up for both prenatal and postnatal packages! The masseur was perfect: she was very gentle and experienced and every session had me blissed out.” Mum-of-one, Santi
Babies-Bellies, 10 Sinaran Drive, #02-10 Square 2, Singapore 307506 or 9 King Albert Park #01-55, KAP Residences, Singapore 598333, t: 63566623; www.babiesbellies.sg
Elements Wellness Group
This award-winning spa offers a heavenly prenatal massage, as well as heaps of other wonderful spa treatments once the bun is out of the oven. Also: adjustable beds should be totally standard when pregnant!
“Taking a break from feeling like I had been run over by a truck, I put myself in the safe hands of the Elements Wellness Group for a prenatal massage. Suddenly being preggers with number three didn’t feel quite so arduous! And can we just take a moment to appreciate about the genius beds they use with an adjustable temperature…” Mum-of-three, Tracy
Elements Wellness Group, various locations, www.elements.com.sg/massages
The ‘Sweet Expectations’ prenatal package includes a body scrub to leave skin aglow, and a soothing prenatal massage using sweet almond oil. Experts will rub away those aching pregnancy muscles in no time at all.
“I tried Estheva Spa and although the room wasn’t the comfiest because it was super tiny, the massage was awesome. Also, these guys are one of the few who do foot reflexology together with their prenatal massages. Most of them stay away from it because they fear it might jumpstart labour, but at 9.5 months pregnant I REALLY needed a foot massage and this was heavenly.” Mum-of-one, Jassmin
Estheva Spa, 6 Raffles Boulevard #05-00, Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore 039594, telephone: 6266-6833; www.estheva.com/about
Auriga Spa @ Capella
Our former HKA Editor and mum-of-two, Lindene, took her very pregnant self off for a babymoon staycay at Capella, and upped the relaxing ante with a visit (or two) to the Auriga Spa. Lindene, all in the name of research, tried the “Baby Moon Experience” which included a blissful massage using products from The Organic Pharmacy, a 60-minute Organic Rose Facial, a 30-minute Hair & Scalp Treatment and Afternoon Tea at Chef’s Table. Read her full review for all the heavenly deets!
Auriga Spa at Capella, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297, telephone: 6377 8888; www.capellahotels.com
THE ONES WE’VE HEARD GOOD THINGS ABOUT
Beauty Mums & Babies
Beauty Mums & Babies helps massage away pregnancy tensions on special beds designed with mums and bumps in mind. Water soluble oils are used for pregnant mothers, and post-natal mums are not forgotten either. If you’re having breastfeeding issues, do pop a lactation massage onto your radar. Baby massage, baby hydrotherapy sessions and even baby care workshops are also available.
Beauty Mums & Babies, 290 Orchard Road, #14-11/12 Paragon Shopping Mall, Singapore 238859, telephone: 6235 0688, www.beautymumsbabies.com
We definitely think you knead this spa on your prenatal ‘to do’ list, as it’s sure to have you feeling nimble again! Try the ‘Rock-a-Bye Mummy Massage’ which has been designed to alleviate aches and strains caused by extra weight on your back and legs, and will also ease tension in your shoulders, neck and head. Expect to sleep like a baby post-massage!
Nimble/Knead, 01-28 66 Eng Watt St, Singapore 160066, telephone: 6438 39333; www.nimbleknead.com
As the name suggests, Mummy’s Massage knows a thing or two about a safe and wonderful mummy’s massage! Prenatal treatments are geared to help release tension, including leg cramps and back pain (two of pregnancy’s biggest delights), reduce feet swelling and even assist in lessening mild prenatal depression and anxiety. You’ll also find Jamu Massage: a post delivery massage that helps with lactation, firms up stomach muscles and reduces water retention.
Mummy’s Massage, 80 Changi Road, Centropod, #02- 63, Singapore 419715, telephone: 31591123; www.mummysmassage.com
A&A Wellness Spa
Treat your pregnant self to a ‘Pregnancy Oil Massage’ which promises to reduce stress, decrease swelling and relieve all those significant preggers aches and pains. The massage can be customised to exactly how you like it, all in the safe hands of the A&A Wellness Spa experts.
A&A Wellness Spa, 233B Victoria Street, Singapore 188026, telephone: 6336 6126, www.anawellnessspa.com/massage
The ‘Mummy-to-be Cocoon Massage’ delivers gentle comforting techniques aimed at improving blood circulation and, of course, sending pregnant mamas into a state of blissful relaxation. Expect to leave the massage table with a glow!
So Spa, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, 30 Allanbrooke Road, 099983, telephone: 67088358; www.sofitel-singapore-sentosa.com/spa-fitness/so-spa/
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