What massages are safe for pregnancy?

Part of the Spabreaks.com Pregnancy Spa Guide

Our pregnancy massage advice

In general terms, massages during pregnancy are best kept gentle rather than too stimulating. Head and shoulder massages are great because you get the relaxation element without putting pressure on the stomach. By the time most women get into their third trimester they are quite big and uncomfortable, so a dry floatation is recommended as a gentle, relaxing experience. Most women also appreciate leg and foot massages because they can get quite swollen.

To make sure they really offer what you need and are tested for safety during pregnancy however, it is best to opt for a dedicated prenatal massage. These are available at most spas, and each destination will put their own unique twist on the experience to make it extra special. There really are so many available now that it’s impossible to list them all here, but some spas go all out with exceptional therapist training and beautifully designed spa experiences.

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Here are a few recommended prenatal massages

COMO Shambhala prenatal massage at COMO Metropolitan Hotel

A specialised 75-minute treatment for mums to be, using specially designed support cushions to hold your bump. COMO Metropolitan London’s own highly qualified therapists created the treatment, which has its roots in Balinese techniques. The Prenatal Massage is a specially designed treatment suitable for all stages of pregnancy after the first trimester, and includes a footbath, full body massage and relaxing facial massage.

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Mother Gaia at Gaia Spa at Boringdon Hall

Available as either a 60 minute or 90 minute experience, the Mother Gaia package at this stunning Devon spa, is a beautifully gentle, relaxing treatment that’s perfect during and after pregnancy. The nurturing treatment exfoliates the back and is followed by a specifically designed massage focusing on alleviating muscular aches on stressed areas, helping you to feel relaxed and restored.

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Pregnancy Massage at Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa

A special massage for mums-to-be (over three months pregnant), this pregnancy spa treatment is designed to calm, ease feelings of discomfort and relax both mum and baby. First they make you comfortable. Then they massage your lower back, legs and arms using a relaxing pregnancy oil. For added comfort, you can also choose from their pillow menu, which includes pregnancy, cool and microfibre pillows.

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