Finding the perfect massage anywhere can be a tricky task, but you would think Bondi would be one of those places that you’d be spoilt for choice. After setting myself the task of finding the best massage in Bondi about a year back, I found that out of the 10+ parlours there wasn’t a great deal of them I would recommend to our guests or anyone for that matter. Although we do have the pleasure of having one of the greats (Face Plus Medispa) perched right next door to us in the Pacific Building. Being so consistently fabulous has it’s downfalls (for us anyway), it means they’re in extremely high demand making it difficult to snag a spot, especially on the weekends.
So my quest continued… and if it wasn’t hard enough already I decided to go and fall pregnant so lying on my stomach was not really an option anymore. Now not only was I on the hunt for the perfect massage but it would have to be the perfect pregnancy massage.
As most of us know Bondi is swarming with Mamas-to-be, everywhere you look there’s a bump, a bugaboo pram or a screaming child. So you would think that huge preggo market would come with bulk pregnancy day spa’s right? WRONG! It turns out trying to find a decent day spa that specialises in pregnancy massage in the Eastern Suburbs is not only hard, it’s almost impossible.
Until now…. (Enter Bump Day Spa)
From the moment I heard Bump was in the making, I could hear pregnant women all across the Eastern Suburbs squealing with excitement. Bump was created by two best friends, Tegan and Kerry, who at the time leading up to the opening were both pregnant. Kerry popped 2 weeks before the opening date and Tegan who was going through IVF at the time found out she was pregnant with identical twins (incredible)! The girls said their motivation behind the project was that “everything pregnancy related seemed so clinical” they wanted to create a space that women looked forward to coming, “a sanctuary where they could feel relaxed, pampered, zenned and take time out for themselves in a beautiful environment” and that they did!
I had the pleasure of having my first Bump experience the other day and me and my little beanie left feeling completely relaxed and refreshed, which for all you Mama’s out there know in your third trimester is not always easy. Greeted by our lovely therapist as we walked in the door we immediately felt a sense of relaxation and the dreamy pastel fit-out with contrasting floral wall prints, calming scented candles and a pop of greenery made for the perfect setting.
After completing a few short questions to ensure the best possible treatment for bubba and I, we made our way into the treatment room. The mercury was perfectly warmed and the dimmed lighting was accompanied by a soft meditation soundtrack. The beds were specially made, complete with full-length pregnancy pillows to ensure we were comfortable throughout the treatment …and comfortable we were!
The massage was heaven, the therapist was extremely attentive and the pressure was perfection. Being pregnant, your massage is done side-lying. For each side, she started from the feet and worked her way up paying extra attention to the areas I had mentioned to her earlier. I could tell I was in the hands of trained professional when she worked in some pressure points that relieved a lot of tension that we as women build up naturally during our pregnancies. It was one of those massages I just didn’t want to end.
The Bump ladies have a range of different treatments on offer so don’t worry if you’re NOT pregnant and reading this with envy, you haven’t been forgotten.
If you’re pampering of choice is a massage, then choose between The Pregnancy, Post Natal Restorative or Remedial Massage all available in 30 mins, 60 mins or 90 mins. If you’re in need of some facial rejuvenation then the Divine Facials available in 30 or 60 minute treatments are for you. Otherwise, The Bump Packages are where you will find your ultimate bliss – 4 beautiful packages tailored to providing you with that ultimate spa treatment we all dream about but is so hard to find. The ladies even have a Babymoon Package on offer that you AND your Baby Daddy (or Mummy) can indulge in. This includes 2.5 hours of the complete works – a Full Body Treatment, a Signature Foot & Leg Ritual and a Divine Organic Facial because we all know our partners deserve a little lovin’ too!
Speak to our Hotel Concierge or head HERE to make your booking!
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