Feeling tired and stressed? Sore back and swollen ankles? Sounds like it's time for a pregnancy massage. Beat your pregnant bloat and banish fatigue with a body treatment specially designed for mums-to-be. Here are some of the best UK spas offering pregnancy massage treatments for you to try.
Ragdale Hall, Leicestershire, £64, ragdalehall.co.uk
Suitable from 12 weeks, this is a gorgeous treat if you’ve been feeling tired, grumpy and out of sorts. It takes an holistic approach, mixing deep breathing and rhythmic massage with special attention to hands, feet, head and pressure points. There’s even aura cleansing at the end. This treatment is a great way to recharge your batteries.
GOOD TO KNOW: You’ll find Ragdale Hall’s famous robes-and-tracksuits-only policy liberating. It’s comfy slippers and soft terry-towelling all the way - even in the restaurant… You can also buy gift vouchers for Ragdale, the perfect present for mums-to-be or mummy friends who need a bit of pampering - vouchers start from just £25.
Wynyard Hall, Tees Valley, £65, wynyardhall.co.uk
Pamper yourself with an overnight stay at this beautiful country house hotel and spa. The pregnancy massage is all about deep relaxation, and carried out by therapists specially trained in the needs of exhausted or uncomfortable mums-to-be.
GOOD TO KNOW: Blow the budget with the £165 Yummy Mummy-to-Be two-and-a-half-hour treatment which adds full body massage to a facial, legs and feet treatment.
Champneys, all over the UK, from £65, champneys.com
It’s the award-winning omega-rich oils that really make this massage something special: they leave you feeling super-soft and comfortable, a perfect remedy for itchy, dry, stretched skin. There’s a focus on lower back, neck and scalp, so don’t be surprised if you drift off before the hour’s up…
GOOD TO KNOW: The bump benefits from a Yummy Mummy elasticising mask during the massage to help win the war against stretch marks!
Stobo Castle, Scotland, £39, stobocastle.co.uk
This gentle massage loosens pent-up tension and lets go of stress. Suitable for all stages of pregnancy (mention which trimester you’re in when booking), this is the kind of unhurried, soothing massage that leads to an amazing night’s sleep.
GOOD TO KNOW: There’s a hair studio at Stobo: book in for a cut and blowdry to banish ‘massage hair’ and you’ll go home looking and feeling like a whole new woman.
The Mill Wheel Spa, Staffordshire, £55, 3shoeinn.co.uk
Cleverly, this whole body massage evolves and adapts as your pregnancy advances, so it’s worth signing up for a course to get the full benefit. In the first trimester, the therapist uses peppermint oils to help morning sickness, in the second a double back massage for aches, and as due date nears, the feet, hands and ankles get extra care.
GOOD TO KNOW: The Heaven Massage is the brainchild of beauty guru Deborah Mitchell, creator of the Bee Venom Mask, a firm fave of celebs including the Duchess of Cambridge.
Christchurch Harbour Spa, Dorset, £70, christchurch-harbour-hotel.co.uk
Starting with a gentle exfoliation to slough away dry skin, this 55-minute massage targets areas that are feeling the strain, whether that’s tense shoulders, tender back or puffy feet. ESPA oils are 100 percent natural so there’s no nasty chemicals to worry about.
GOOD TO KNOW: If time allows, try the Pregnancy Pamper treatment (90 minutes, £100), if only for its glorious foot soak and leisurely leg massage.
The Titanic Spa, West Yorkshire, £75, titanicspa.com
This combination of massage, mini facial and ‘tummy mask’ can be tailored to address anything that may be causing you concern, from pigmentation to water retention or pesky stretch marks. You can book in any time from three months right up to due date.
GOOD TO KNOW: Decléor’s oils are all botanic and smell wonderfully uplifting - think neroli, ylang, ylang, mandarin, iris and rose. A natural way to boost your spirits.
Weavers’ House Spa, Suffolk, £70, theswanatlavenham.co.uk
Comfort’s the key thing here: this whole massage is performed while you lie on your back on a floating Hydrotherm mattress, which is filled with water heated to your exact body temperature. It’s like being hugged…
GOOD TO KNOW: Set in a picture-postcard medieval village, this spa hotel is a lovely option for a sneaky night away or a spa day with lavish afternoon tea.
Ramside Hall Hotel, County Durham, £110, ramsidespa.co.uk
Unusually, Ramside Hall has a whole host of treatments for pregnancy and this package includes both a back and scalp massage, plus a radiance facial. Over an hour and half, the masseuse eases away tension and nagging aches. Blissful.
GOOD TO KNOW: The 45-minute Lighter Legs treatment is well worth a go too if you’re suffering from tired feet or painful joints.
The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, from £76, celtic-manor.com
Though famous for its championship golf courses, The Celtic Manor boasts a sanctuary-like spa that’s really world-class. This prenatal massage has won awards and takes place on an Elemis beanbag for extra safety and comfort. Goodbye back pain and swollen hands! It’s suitable from the first trimester onwards.
GOOD TO KNOW: The Forum Spa has a dreamy swimming pool lit with stars like the night sky if you fancy a dip after your treatment.
Cowshed, various London locations, £80, cowshedonline.com
The ‘Udderly gorgeous’ treatments for expectant mothers are the perfect ways to pamper yourself before your new arrival. All mummy-to-be treatments contain sea buckthorn oil to give your growing skin a much needed MOT, maintaining skin tone and elasticity, whilst being deeply relaxing.
GOOD TO KNOW: Inspired by the original Cowshed Spa at Babington House in Somerset, these London havens are the perfect place to unwind in the city. Whether you’re fitting this in on your lunchbreak, or have time to sit and relax afterwards, you won’t regret.