Is your pregnancy taking its toll on you? Time to unwind with a prenatal massage at one of these places.
Every mummy-to-be handles pregnancy differently. While some are blessed with a beautiful pregnancy glow, and sail through the entire process with zero fuss, many other women find that pregnancy is not a bed of roses. Complaints include bloating, backaches, swollen ankles, sore hips – the list goes on. If you belong in the latter camp, we’re here for you. Check out our list of prenatal massages that will pamper and revitalise you, and treat yourself to one (or more!) of these. Go on, you deserve it!
1. Mummy’s Massage
You’re in good hands here, as the founder of Mummy’s Massage, Salwa Salim, is an expert in the field of both prenatal and postnatal massages. After getting her qualifications in fertility massage in Italy, she trained as a Baby Massage and Baby Yoga Instructor in London, and got accredited by the Royal Midwives London. On top of having written multiple books on fertility massage, she has also been invited on television and radio programme to share her insights on prenatal and postnatal massage. Regardless of whether you’re looking to lessen your back pain, reduce swelling in feet, or you just want some me-time to relax during your pregnancy, Mummy’s Massage is a great option. 80 Changi Road, Centropod, #02- 63, Singapore 419715 (Appointment only), www.mummysmassage.com
2. Babies Bellies
Babies Bellies provides prenatal massages for women who are in their second and third trimesters. Their massage is said to be able to enhance the function of pregnant women’s muscles and joints, improve circulation and general body tone, and most importantly, reduce mental fatigue. If you’re feeling drained and tired due to pregnancy, a prenatal massage with Babies Bellies can offer you relief. Rather not travel down to their venue at Novena? Babies Bellies can send a therapist to you – so that you enjoy your massage in the comfort of your own home! 10 Sinaran Drive, #04-39 Square 2, Singapore 307506, www.babiesbellies.sg
(See also: Prenatal Yoga: Should You Do It?)
3. AFOND Spa
AFOND Spa has been offering prenatal massages for 16 years and counting, and they even have a “Best Mummy Massage” award by a local women’s magazine under their belt. Before the commencement of each prenatal massage, the therapists offer advice on pregnancy diets, exercise regimes, and answer any questions that you might have. They also tailor massages based on the specific problems that you are facing and aim not just to lessen the discomfort that you are facing while pregnant, but also tone and condition your body to prepare for the actual process of childbirth. 263 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058812, http://afondspa.com
4. Beauty Mums and Babies
All the therapists in Beauty Mums and Babies are Workforce Development Agency-certified in prenatal massage – so you can have peace of mind knowing that they are equipped with the knowledge and skillset to deliver a great massage experience. We also like that their store is conveniently located at Paragon Shopping Mall along Orchard Road, making it easy to pop in for a much-needed knead on a weekend after you’re done with your shopping. With every package of five massage sessions, you’ll also be given complimentary prenatal yoga classes. That’s what we call taking good care of both body and mind while pregnant. 290 Orchard Road, #14-11/12 Paragon Tower 1, Singapore 238859, http://beautymumsbabies.com
5. Elements Wellness Group
Elements Wellness has award-winning spa concepts across Singapore and when you step in, you’ll see why. The ambience at each branch is immediately soothing to the senses. Indeed, they’re your best bet if you’re a strung-out mum-to-be who’s badly in need of some R&R. Your therapist will recommend a pressure point or Swedish prenatal massage, depending on your needs. Did we mention that they also have beds with adjustable temperatures? #02-28 The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238843 (other outlets are located at ION Orchard, 313@Somerset, at Suntec City), http://elements.com.sg/massages/
(See also: All About Prenatal Classes in Singapore)
6. So SPA
Located at Sofitel Sentosa, So SPA is worth making the trip to Sentosa for. Specially for mummies to be, So SPA offers a “Mummy Timeout” which involves two hours of and indulging body and scalp massage, or a one hour private prenatal yoga session followed by an hour-long massage. You’ll also be treated to a healthy, sumptuous lunch at the Garden restaurant located within So SPA’s compounds, and once you’re done, So SPA’s resort-style secret garden (complete with mud pool, tea villa, waterfall and floatation pool) is yours to enjoy. Take note that So SPA’s prenatal massages are for women who has passed the first trimester, and have not passed the eight month of pregnancy. 30 Allanbrooke Road, Singapore 099983, www.sofitel-singapore-sentosa.com/spa-fitness/so-spa/
7. Babies Laughter
If you’re so weary that you just can’t imagine heading out, bring the spa to your home. We hear that the ladies over at Babies Laughter are especially good in putting mummies-to-be at ease, and helping to prepare them mentally and emotionally for having a baby. In all of their massages, the therapists use specially blended oils which are chock-full of Vitamin E and A; these give you soft and supple skin whilst protecting you against the damage wreaked by free radicals. www.babieslaughter.com/pre-natal
Looking for an affordable prenatal massage that won’t break the bank? One affordable option we love is Knead at Holland Village. Though Knead is a pretty no-frills place, their therapists do a great job working out the kinks and aches, and administering a thorough, satisfying massage. The icing on top of the cake? There are even early-bird prices available if you drop by during non-peak periods. What more could you ask for? 36A Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277693, https://knead-hv.com/massage/pre-natal-post-natal-massage/
9. La Source Spa
When it comes to pampering and wellness, La Source Spa is a one-stop shop. They do facials, massages, sculpting, brows, hairstyling, and even waxing. For pregnant mothers, there’s the La Prenatal massage, which features slow strokes to help ease feet swelling, water retention, and other problems. They use 100% natural INNI by La Source products which are safe for mum-to-be and baby. If you want to go all out and indulge, La Source Spa also has several massage upgrades and add-ons; there’s the body exfoliating treatment which smoothens your skin and minimises your pores, the jacuzzi bath that helps with muscle pain relief and improves circulation, and even Himalayan salt baths and aroma baths which help with stress relief. 15 Scotts Road, #01-03/04 Thong Teck Building, www.lasourcespa.com.sg/spa/massage/
(See also: Prenatal Tests and Scans You May Have to Take)
10. Lush Spa
Nestled within the Singapore Polo Club, Lush Spa is a boutique spa which specialises in massages, facials, and other body treatments. Their prenatal massage is done using the OB-tested and approved Decleor Anti-Stretchmark balm – so you’re not just releasing muscle aches and tension, you’re also helping to prevent stretchmarks while enjoying your treatment. We’ll be the first to admit: like any other ‘kiasu’ (read: afraid to lose out) Singaporean, we love a treatment that does double duty. 80 Mount Pleasant Rd, Singapore Polo Club, Singapore 298334, www.lushspa.com.sg
11. Auriga Spa
Having swept up numerous awards, Auriga is the spa to beat. It’s easy to see what the hype is about: each of the nine treatment rooms here features a private outdoor garden, and guests who book a treatment will also be able to enjoy other facilities such as the herbal steam room, ice fountain, vitality pool, and more. If budget permits, splash out on the Baby Moon Experience, which includes a prenatal massage, a organic rose facial, a hair and scalp treatment, and afternoon tea at the Chef’s Table. 1 The Knolls Capella Singapore, Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098297, www.capellahotels.com/singapore/spa/singapore-spas/
Pamper Yourself with a Prenatal Massage. You Deserve It!
You’ll be spending most of your time with Baby once they’re born, so pamper yourself while you’re pregnant. Blissful mum, blissful baby, haven’t you heard? And the more relaxed and well-rested you are, the more energy you’ll have to take care of your little one. So go ahead and pencil in that massage on your calendar. Have a wonderful pregnancy, and a smooth birthing, mum-to-be!
Header image: Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
Featured image: Lush Spa