Take a load off and relieve those achy muscles!
When it comes to life’s difficult tasks, making a new human is pretty high up that list. It’s normal to experience some aches and pains, so combine that with the stress of preparing for a new life, and you’ve more than earned some spa time! So take the time to treat yourself, using our list of recommendations for the best prenatal massage options for every budget.
Specialising in all things baby, A Mother’s Touch is the go-to place for any expecting mother in Hong Kong who wants the most in wellness for her baby. It has a wide range of holistic treatments including Swedish massages, polarity massages, creative healing, reflexology, acupressure therapy, and birth priming, which are specifically tailored to relieve the typical pregnancy discomforts. Say goodbye to backache, stiff necks and all-over muscle tension! All stages of pregnancy are welcome, from preconception through pregnancy, labour and even postnatal. Too tired to leave the comfort of your own flat? No worries, home visits are also offered for an additional travel fee.
How much: $1,300 to $1,500
Prep your body for birth with a (literally) life-changing massage. Under the guidance of Jenny Ostling, a Holistic Aromatherapist, your body will receive endless benefits, including eliminating water retention, relieving muscular tension and avoiding varicose veins. As you send those feel-good endorphins to your baby with each massage whilst slowly easing the childbirth process, there’s no reason not to take advantage of the package deals. Postnatal massages also come in handy here, helping to restore your body to its pre-pregnancy state. The Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapy is also an option for aligning your uterus and pelvis, ensuring your baby is in an optimal delivery position. Read a candid review from a fellow Sassy Mama.
How much: $900 for 60 minutes; package of five sessions is $4,250; package of 10 sessions is $8,000
This go-to spot for clinical pregnancy massages is optimal for increasing circulation, easing muscle aches and tension, and reducing the birthing hip pain brought on by later stages of pregnancy. Combining elements of Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Manipulation and Strain Counterstrain, these therapies are known to have a significant impact on easing childbirth – an all-round win in our books! We definitely felt like we were in good hands here.
How much: Contact for pricing and an initial assessment
The Mellow Mummy Massage at Mandarin Oriental can help bring you back to zen. Performed on an innovative pregnancy comfort cushion, this treatment uses techniques for improving lymphatic drainage and reducing swelling and discomfort. This massage only incorporates all-natural ingredients, particularly rose oil to balance those out-of-whack hormones and to rejuvenate the skin. Note, however, that this treatment is not suitable for mamas in their first trimester.
How much: $1,400 for 60 minutes or $1,800 for 90 minutes, Monday to Thursday; $1,575 for 60 minutes or $2,040 for 90 minutes, Friday to Sunday
During the later stages of pregnancy, even mundane tasks like putting on your shoes become tricky. This Prenatal Massage, performed on a specially designed massage bed with comfortable cushions, is the therapy you need to soothe all of your aches and pains. Applying a blend of rosehip, calendula and evening primrose oil, the gifted therapists at the Four Seasons help release tension in problem areas. To maximise safety for you and your baby, this treatment is only offered to mamas beyond their first trimester.
How much: $1,500 for 60 minutes or $2,080 for 90 minutes, Monday to Thursday; $1,650 for 60 minutes or $2,280 for 90 minutes, Friday to Sunday
Pre-natal Four Hand Flow
If you want to go all out, this is the treatment for you! With the help of two (yes two!) masseuses, the Four Hand Flow is the spa’s signature prenatal massage that’ll help to ease away your pre-birth tension. Tell them your specific needs and the session will be tailored to your back, neck or shoulder pain. It also releases leg tension and uses lymphatic drainage to help reduce that pesky bloating.
How much: $3,000 for 60 minutes or $4,160 for 90 minutes, Monday to Thursday; $3,300 for 60 minutes or $4,560 for 90 minutes, Friday to Sunday
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3196 8888, www.fourseasons.com
If you are looking to relax and prefer lighter pressure during massages, the Nurture Pregnancy Massage is perfect for you. We left wanting a little more focus on our knots, but our skin was soft and we were definitely properly relaxed. It even helped kick our constant pregnancy headache.
How Much: $1,400 for 60 minutes or $1,500 for 90 minutes, Monday to Thursday; $1,750 for 60 minutes or $1,950 for 90 minutes, Friday to Sunday and public holidays
If body scrubs are your thing, try this cocoon to wash away any tension or stress. This regenerative body scrub and wrap treatment uses essential rose oil to encourage cell renewal and help the healing process (useful for any possible stretchmarks).
How Much: $1,800 for 90 minutes, Monday to Thursday; $2,000 for 90 minutes, Friday to Sunday
Treat yourself to this 1-hour relaxing facial, tailor-made to soothe your skin. It uses the regenerative properties of rose to nourish, soften and hydrate all skin types, and to ease any imbalances in your hormonal skin.
How Much: $1,500 for 60 minutes, Monday to Thursday; $1,700 for 60 minutes, Friday to Sunday
Treat yourself to the luxurious experience you deserve at the Peninsula Hong Kong. The spa’s Maternity Massage includes gentle back exfoliation and is followed by a massage that is specifically targeted to the areas and issues you want focused on.
How much: $1,550 for 60 minutes
Value for Money
This is hands down one of our favourite foot massage places, so when we realised that they offered a prenatal version, we couldn’t wait to try it. They use Decleor oil and a slightly lighter touch for their prenatal foot and body massages. We’ve had both but keep going back for the foot massage. It’s so good that we’ve even fibbed and said we were pregnant when we weren’t so we could get the special treatment!
How much: Prenatal Massage (Foot & Calf) $300 for 50 minutes; Prenatal Massage (Body), $440 for 50 minutes
Zhen Foot Spa and Body Massage, Suite 1802, Century Square, 1-13 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, 2116 3980, [email protected]
This company specialises as a mobile well-being solution, which is a fancy way of saying it delivers services straight to your home, office or hotel. Its experienced pregnancy masseuses recognise your fragile and tired state, offering relaxing prenatal and postnatal massages at a reasonable price. Have a few fellow expecting mama friends? Xi Shi offers special packages and event massages, perfect for a girls’ night in. We love that its massages start at 90 minutes. It means there’s no agonising over whether to opt for a 60 minute or 90 minute option…you have no choice but to relax for longer!
Also known as FGF, this Sassy Mama favourite for manis and pedis, also specialises in pregnancy massages. With a specially crafted pregnancy bed containing a hole to accommodate that growing tummy, you’ll feel comfortable and secure. Take advantage of the two packages offered, which include your choice of a massage or a hydrating facial plus a pedicure to pretty up those swelling feet.
How much: Pregnancy massage $1,000 for 60 minutes (including pedicure); Pregnancy massage $1,160 for 90 minutes (including pedicure); Hydrating Facial $950 for 60 minutes (including pedicure)
Spa Safety During Pregnancy
During this extremely sensitive time, safety precautions are a necessity.
- When in doubt, speak to your doctor before booking any prenatal treatments.
- Be cautious about using essential oils during the first trimester of pregnancy, especially for mums prone to miscarriage.
- Use safe essential oils, in droplets or even diluted with a carrier oil. The best include citrus oils, lavender, ylang-ylang, and eucalyptus to name a few. Make sure you’re using 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Oils in your massages.
- Opt for scent-free lotions, especially if you’re super sensitive to smells during this time.
- Make sure you’re in a well-ventilated room, especially if you’re receiving manicures and pedicures.
- Attending spas during your first trimester, so as to not affect the baby’s early development.
- Heat treatments, like saunas, steam rooms, tanning beds, hot springs, whirlpools, and hot tubs – let that bump breathe!
- Chemical peels of any kind, as absorbing these chemicals have not been proven safe for your baby.
- Essential oils like nutmeg, rosemary, basil, jasmine, clary sage and juniper berry – especially without consulting a doctor first.
Editor’s note: This article was originally written by Dervla in 2016, updated by Sassy Mama on 11, December 2017, and by Alex Purcell Garcia on 8, April 2019.