Pregnancy can be a joyous, spiritual time for women, but it often creates stress too, both physical and mental. The body is stretched in all ways as it adapts to grow a baby and carry the extra weight, while mental stress may be increased by fear of the unknown and the responsibilities of motherhood.
Recommendations for spa treatments during pregnancy
While a trip to the spa is the ultimate way to relax and pamper a pregnant woman, they need to be treated carefully. Therapists should be specially trained to provide pregnancy treatments and understand what treatments must NOT be used during this time. At ikatan Day Spa, Noosa we play it even safer by using only organic products during pregnancy treatments.
Prime concerns for pregnant women visiting day spas should be:
- Safety – Understanding what treatments, such as certain spices, essential oils and hot rocks, must never be used.
- Trained staff – Who are experienced in treating pregnant women and understand their common concerns.
- Comfort – Which is the key to all good spa treatments but can be elusive during pregnancy. We use wide spa treatment beds and recommend positions and tips like pillow support that pregnant women can use at home as well as at the day spa.
- Nurturing – Because a mum-to-be needs to be cared for too.
- Time to enjoy – We recommend pregnant women extend their relaxation time by booking a 75 or 90-minute massage, or a package with a combination of treatments. This will give the therapist time to focus on areas of concern and allow time for deep relaxation.
While we offer a dedicated pregnancy massage at ikatan, we also recommend a variety of treatments, specials and packages that are suitable pregnancy spa treatments, including some which can be enjoyed with a partner, friend or relative.
Most popular pregnancy treatments
1. Bali Getaway Package
This three-hour package allows plenty of time for mums-to-be to relax with a 60-minute massage, a 60-minute facial and a deluxe pedicure – perfect when the bump gets so big that touching your toes is a challenge!
All treatments and packages at ikatan Spa start with a personal consultation about clients’ needs. All ikatan Spa staff are pregnancy trained therapists.
We use warm organic coconut oil during the massage because it is totally safe, smells heavenly, is blissfully relaxing and helps nourish the skin, thus minimising stretch marks. For clients with a nut allergy, camellia oil extracted from the green tea plant is a safe, soothing alternative.
2. 90-minute Pregnancy Massage
A 90-minute massage gives the mum-to-be time to relax and the therapist ample time to cater for clients’ needs. During pregnancy, there’s a lot of tension around the hips, thighs, back and upper shoulders due to postural changes.
It takes time to alleviate tension in these areas, therefore a 90-minute massage gives improved results and offers better value.
Once settled on our wide spa bed, with extra pillows for support and comfort, many pregnant women relax so much they fall asleep during this massage – it’s perfectly normal and therapists get a sense of satisfaction from being able to induce such deep relaxation.
3. Serenity Package
This package is popular with pregnant women who’d prefer a seated massage, focusing on feet, lower legs, head, neck and upper shoulders, rather than a full body massage.
Offered in one of our garden rooms, this package works equally well for someone who needs time out, or for women who want to enjoy the experience with a partner, relative or with a group of friends for a baby shower experience. Many women like to spend longer relaxing in the tropical gardens and order high tea or a platter during the treatment and we don’t blame them!
4. Relax Results
This two-hour package combines a 45-minute relaxing Pregnancy Massage followed by a personalised 75-minute facial, either the Uspa organic signature facial or the Environ anti-ageing facial.
This combination ensures our guest leaves feeling relaxed and with a visible glow. It’s ideal if you’re suffering from hormonal break out during pregnancy. You can also upgrade to increase the length of your massage with any package.
Complimentary mineral makeup application is an optional extra for mums to be who want to leave the spa looking their best.
5. Retreat Day
Pregnant women deserve a final dose of me time before the baby arrives and our retreat day delivers it in spades. The retreat day allows our guests to spend eight hours at the spa indulging in a personalised package created to suit their needs.
The retreat day can include treatments of their choice or treatments created personally for the clients’ needs, as well as personalised, private yoga and/or mediation with experienced teachers. It also includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea at ikatan, with all dietary requirements catered for along with herbal tea, juice and a wine menu. As with the Serenity Package, this day can be enjoyed solo or with a special companion.
No matter what treatment they choose, we encourage all our guests to relax in the garden with a complimentary glass of champagne or a pot of T2 tea before and after their treatment. There’s also a light menu, wine list and boutique beer on offer, because many people find relaxing spa treatments stimulate the digestive system and make them hungry and thirsty. Plus, ikatan’s gardens are so nice, it makes sense to enjoy them over a bite to eat.