I had been looking for a Mummy Day Spa in Sydney for months. Or should I say, I had been looking for a pregnancy friendly day spa on the North side of the bridge, for months.
I know there are a hundred places that do pregnancy massage, but I was wanting something a little more luxurious and special. As wonderful as an hour on the table is, it’s just not enough sometimes.
When I reach a certain gestation I crave being submerged in water. As our bath was made in the 1980’s when apparently no one was taller than 5 feet, I have limited options. Especially as I grow my babies in winter.
As fate or luck would have it, I was at Hornsby Hospital Pathology, undertaking my glucose test when I got chatting with the lovely Jamie. Telling me all about how she was going to work after the awful test and how this place she worked at had a pool… Sorry. I could of sworn you said a pool… on the North Shore… That is safe for pregnant women. Where is this slice of heaven?
If you say it quietly, it sounds like angels are calling you home.
From the second I walked in the door I knew I needed to move in there permanently. The staff were all lovely and spoke in dulcet tones that one associates with relaxation. One thing I noticed almost immediately was the lack of other patrons. It wasn’t loud or bustling, the clientele are staggered so well that you only really see one or two other people during yours hours there.
First stop was the Aquamedic pool. I can only imagine what Roman Baths were like back in the day, but I am going to assume they were not dissimilar to what I walked in to. Completely safe for pregnant women, the pool is filled with jets that target different parts of your body. The air is thick and steamy but the water is the temperature of your body. So it is similar to having a steam while swimming. It is everything I didn’t know I needed.
Next up was my pregnancy massage. As tempted as I was to take photos of myself, I figured you didn’t need to see my engorged 35 week pregnant body, jammed into a mesh thong. The description alone has the power to make you feel ill and possibly blind.
Alicia was my masseuse and helped me lay into the pregnancy pillow on top of the massage table. It was like laying on a supportive cloud. There was warm oils and blankets, exactly what you need to relieve the swelling and discomfort of growing a human.
As sad as I was to have that end, next stop was lunch and I was pretty excited. They had called me the day before to lock in my lunch selection chicken, fish or eye fillet. This place has its very own super delicious restaurant literally 20 steps away from the massage room.
If I hadn’t been pregnant, I would have very gladly taken up their offer of a wine or two. Yes. They not only relax you beyond belief but they give you a glass of vino to really erase any edge left.
I had a chat to the ladies sitting next to me who had been going to the spa for many years. They were telling me how every birthday/mothers day/Christmas or occasion – they ask for a voucher for the spa. They clear the afternoon together, come for lunch, share a bottle of wine, jump in the pool, get their massages and leave feeling on cloud nine.
Needless to say, I have now made afternoon dates with 3 girlfriends to go back when baby has been born.
I can imagine you are thinking that this whole experience costs a small fortune. The prices for what I experienced were;
50 minute Pregnancy Massage – $140.00
50 minute Aquamedic Pool + Sauna – $50.00
Gourmet Lunch – $50.00
Dessert – $12.00
Total – $253.00
It truly stands out from every other massage place that I have been to over the years. I cannot recommend it enough, the pool was honestly the biggest selling point for me.
If you are looking for a gift for an expectant mother, a bride, you want to book a hens weekend, or you need a massage or facial just for yourself, head to Gillian Adams.