There’s nothing more relaxing when pregnant than to indulge in a little me-time with a luxe prenatal massage! Being up the duff is tough work after all, so a mama should grab the opportunity to indulge herself whenever she can, and with our list of the best prenatal massages in Singapore we’ve got you covered for spas that warmly accommodate a growing bump. And they’re all Sassy Mama approved.
For a trendy massage experience: Spa Esprit
If you welcome a break from the manufactured calm of beige therapy rooms and panpipes, then Spa Esprit is probably the place for you. Based in one of the converted barracks at Dempsey, bare concrete floors and exposed wiring are juxtaposed with brightly painted vintage dressers and washbasins for a hip, eclectic feel. No two treatment rooms are the same and with names like Pink Tree, Mirror Mirror on the Wall and My Bicycle, are each customised with their own quirky themes. Their signature B.C Massage (Before Child) uses Linden and Calendula to help prevent stretch marks, while focusing on kneading away the tension in tired muscles and boosting blood circulation. We know a few other mamas have expressed frustration with prenatal massages not really being “massages” at all, often because the therapists are too afraid of something happening – but that’s really not the case with the B.C. Massage. Their masseuses are friendly and super helpful, plus there’s an impressive range of goodies to purchase and as added bonuses, the parking is easy and their post-massage relaxation includes mini brownies and ginger tea!
B.C. Massage costs $128.40 for 60 minutes or $192.60 for 90 minutes.
Spa Esprit at Beauty Emporium, 8D Dempsey Road, Singapore
Tel: (+65) 6479 0070
For a personalised massage: Beauty Mums & Babies
Specially tailored for mums-to-be, Beauty Mums & Babies is exactly what it sounds like — all of their services revolve around making mama (and baby) feel truly relaxed and pampered. They have an array of services on offer but it was the prenatal massage that drew us in – this no frills massage meant our therapist was solely focused on a great massage and our comfort. There special massage beds are made specifically for pregnant women ensuring maximum comfort when you’re expecting — they were definitely one of the most comfy massage beds we’ve ever experienced. And if you can’t bring yourself to leave the house they provide in-home services too!
Prenatal massage costs $150 for 60 minutes or $190 for 90 minutes.
290 Orchard Road, #14-11/12 Paragon Shopping Mall, Singapore 238859
Tel: (+65) 6235 0688
For a luxe massage with all the extras: ESPA
Our first suggestion when visiting ESPA is don’t be fooled into thinking that because it comes under the Resorts World banner it’s a handy stones throw from the Aquarium or Universal Studios and you can just wander over after an afternoon outing with the family. Get one of the resort golf buggies to drop you off. Quite frankly, we’re surprised we weren’t promptly removed from the premises after we arrived hot, sweaty, late, and perhaps a small bit ill tempered at the very chi-chi oasis that is ESPA.
We had wanted to try out the super-spa for a while, and have to say we weren’t disappointed. ESPA offer a variety of treatments specifically tailored for pregnant women, but it’s their maternity massage that really shines. Slightly different from the norm, you’re given a back massage while sitting upright, supported by a donut-style cushion. The experience also includes a vigorous head massage, including a leave-in hair treatment, which was readily welcomed by our slightly frazzled mop. Post-massage, there are spa facilities to take advantage of, including sleep rooms, a relaxation lounge and plunge pool. ESPA is rather costly, but worth it for a treat, and probably more somewhere to spend a chilled day with a friend, making the most of the sleek spa facilities, while pretending you are not in Singapore… rather than popping in on a busy Saturday.
Prenatal Massage costs $200++ for 60 minutes and includes access to the spa’s facilities.
ESPA, Resorts World Sentosa (Near Equarius Hotel), 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Tel: (+65) 6577 8880
For a hidden gem: Lush Spa
Lush Spa is an unexpected find, hidden away in the Singapore Polo Club, but don’t think for one minute that it’s a members only spa – it’s equally accessible to everybody. The prenatal massage is performed lying on your side, with the therapist mainly working on the upper back and shoulders. Therapists use a lovely Decleor (obstetrician approved) sculpting balm on the tummy to help prevent stretch marks, and we’d definitely recommend their post-natal massage as well. We had one two weeks after a c-section and it was bliss (although mind you, we were so tired, we slept for most of the session — still worth every penny though). Although bookings are usually recommended, it’s normally never a problem to get an appointment when you want one, with charming and incredibly helpful staff on hand to make the experience super pleasant. Parking (even for non-members) is never a problem at the Polo Club, so if you want to avoid your post-massage calm being interrupted by multi-story car-park hell, this is a good option.
Prenatal massage costs $140 for 60 minutes or $180 for 90 minutes.
Lush Spa at Singapore Polo Club, 80 Mount Pleasant Road, Singapore 298334
Tel: (+65) 6254 9091
For relaxation with your baby daddy: Auriga Spa
More than just a prenatal massage, the Baby Moon Package at Auriga Spa is a full day event – featuring your pregnant self front and centre! Starting with a chill out session by the pool (where you get to sit and listen to the cascading water falls… ahhhhh!), the treatment begins with a blissful prenatal massage. With the most amazingly comfy pillows we’ve ever had the privilege of laying our heads on and a nice long bolster pillow to cuddle our pregnant tummy, the massage itself was heavenly, with all the right spots being worked on… and it didn’t stop there! Next was their organic rose facial (they only use organic products from The Organic Pharmacy) and a hair and scalp treatment to smooth out our locks. To ease back into the world, afternoon tea is served at The Knolls restaurant, where macaroons, chocolate delights and herbal tea is on offer. All up the treatments take 2 and a ½ hours so it’s best to indulge in this package before you start to become uncomfortable laying on your back (you won’t be able to enjoy the facial if you’re struggling with laying down for any extended period of time).
Baby Moon Experience costs $350++ for a single or $688++ per couple (includes the access to the pool and high tea to follow).
Auriga Spa at Capella, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297
Tel: (+65) 6377 8888
For a treat in the middle of town: Spa @ Loewen Gardens
The Spa @ Loewen Gardens has a little bit of everything, with their primary focus on hair and nails and and special pampering time for expecting mamas. Located in the quiet surrounds of Dempsey Hill, we signed up for their Mother-to-be retreat that promised a session of delightful pregnant pampering. Starting with a back and leg massage, their toning stretch mark reducing mask was applied to our growing tummy to wile away unwanted marks and make the stomach beautifully moisturised. If you’re one of those pregnant ladies that hate having your growing bump touched, this may not be the treatment for you – just be sure to let them know before you begin! We didn’t mind at all and the mask did make our skin feel amazing afterwards. After a quick rinse in the shower the treatment was finished off with a facial, using Decleor Paris products (OB-approved!) and a relaxing foot treatment to help swollen feet. Do make sure you use the bathroom before you go for your treatment as they don’t have a loo at the spa. You’ll have to walk across the courtyard at Loewen Gardens if nature calls – not so fun when you’re in the middle of being pampered!
The Mother-to-be treatment costs $160++ for 80 minutes.
Spa @ Loewen Gardens, 75E Loewen Road, Singapore 248845
Tel: (+65) 6471 1922