August Rebecca Judd – Best Massage Ever
“Now that I’m pregnant again, I cannot wait to get my favourite pregnancy massage at Body Freedom Urban Day Spa in South Melbourne. They were recommended to me by a girlfriend after I was complaining last time I was pregnant about not having found a pregnancy massage that I liked. Most places require you to lie on your tummy when they massage you. While they provide a hole for your tummy to fit into it means all of the pressure is on your boobs- ouch!!! Hello, you need a hole cut out for each boob to fit into too because, I for one, cannot lie on them when I’m pregnant- too sore (but boy do I like how big they are! haha). The other thing I’m not a fan of, is lying flat on my back for a massage. It is not recommended by health professionals after a certain number of weeks (12 or 16 I think?) because the pressure of the baby on certain nerves and blood vessels is not ideal.
So what makes Body Freedom Urban Day Spa’s preggo massage so good? The masseurs are trained by a qualified midwife and practice the techniques by leading UK pregnancy massage therapist Suzanne Yates, so you are in the safest of hands. The thing I loved the most was that you are treated on a futon, lying on your side and also over a fit ball. It is the most relaxing, therapeutic massage I have ever had and in the final couple of months of my pregnancy with Oscar, I booked in for one every single week. I was addicted. They knew exactly what was happening in my body, where Oscar was sitting and where I needed the most work- she was brilliant!
I highly, highly recommend all the preggy bellies out there pay this place a visit.
“The AGE (Newspaper): Body and Soul” : Jen Kelly
It’s easy to think you’ve walked into the wrong place when you step into the Body Freedom Urban Spa Retreat in historic South Melbourne. The sterility, corporate sameness and distant professionalism of many day spas are nowhere to be seen.
Set in a refurbished three-storey 1850s hosiery mill, Body Freedom is instead warm and cosy, with open fires, wooden floorboards and high ceilings retaining the charm of the past. Co-owner Jacqueline Johnston explains, in far more detail than at most other spas, the delicious full-body treatment, The Melt, that I’m to have.
For two hours I don’t move from the table as I’m spoiled in silence with body brushing, then a massage, facial, head and scalp treatment; and exfoliation, mud mask and mint butter massage for my feet. It’s no surprise when Jacqueline tells me 95 per cent of clients nod off during The Melt, some snoring loudly. I stave off the zzz’s. Who wants to miss a moment of this bliss?
Body Freedom is exactly what its name suggests; freeing the knots from your muscles and the strains from your daily lives to leave you in a state of complete tranquillity. You can choose one of their many massages which will leave you completely satisfied however, if you’re willing to splurge a little we would recommend one of their packages, The Melt ($210). This full-body experience will dissolve all of your worries from head to toe.
HERALD SUN TOP 10 Day SPA’s in Australia
We were in the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s Herald Sun “10 Best Australian Urban Spa’s ″. Very exciting – we didn’t know.
BODY FREEDOM URBAN SPA RETREAT, MELBOURNE “For two blissful hours I’m spoiled and pampered from head to toe” It’s easy to think you’ve walked into the wrong place when you step into the Body Freedom Urban Spa Retreat in historic South Melbourne. The sterility, corporate sameness and distant professionalism of many day spas are nowhere to be seen. Set in a refurbished three-storey 1850s hosiery mill, Body Freedom is instead warm and cosy, with open fires, wooden floorboards and high ceilings retaining the charm of the past. Co-owner Jacqueline Johnston explains, in far more detail than at most other spas, the delicious full-body treatment, The Melt, that I’m to have. For two hours I don’t move from the table as I’m spoiled in silence with body brushing, then a massage, facial, head and scalp treatment; and exfoliation, mud mask and mint butter massage tor my feet.
A Few Trip Adviser Reviews:
May 2015: “Fabulous sanctuary with terrific therapists”: Really enjoy retreating here from time to time for a bit of pampering. Lovely spa with excellent therapists who have a very professional manner in my experience. Would highly recommend.
April 2015: “Best Day Spa in Melbourne”: Body Freedom is, without doubt, the best day spa in melbourne. i have been a number of times and am always met with an amazing service. the ambience is relaxing and serene and the masseurs are the best i’ve experienced (and most certainly a cut above ###### day spa which i have found to be disappointing). you will leave body freedom on a cloud that you can’t come down from.
Feb 2015: “Absolute decadent bliss!”: Wow! Body Freedom in South Melbourne is housed in a gorgeous revamped old building which gives that exclusive boutique feeling the moment you enter. The reception staff are friendly and welcoming and the treatment menu is brimming. I chose ‘The Melt’ a totally luxurious and body liquifying experience. Absolutely amazing. I floated out of there totally revitalised. Thank you! I will definitely be back!
November 2014: This spa is located in a beautiful Victorian terrace. It has been established for quite a few years in South Melbourne and the quality of surroundings and service has remained excellent. The staff are very helpful and there is quite an extensive menu of different packages available. I have never been disappointed after being there. I also like it that the staff don’t hard sell you products. My husband and daughter also go there for massages and facials.
October 2014: I have attended Body Freedom for massages and waxing. I love, love love the atmosphere here, so relaxing, (think fireplace and candles!) and have always had really great therapists.
July 2014: I have been delighted with this company. They are welcoming when you first enter the premises, the rooms are beautifully set up with candles, lovely fresh white towels and linen. Herbal tea is offered and you are welcomed by your masseur. The professionalism and skill is first rate. I have received and given gift vouchers for this company and had first class treatment. A reminder text is sent prior to appointment and the staff are friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this company. A very relaxing luxury treatment. Thanks you.
May 2014: I have been “enjoying” Body Freedom for many years, I’m guessing about 5 now in total???
I receive vouchers at least twice a year and have recommended so many family and friends over the years. I love the extra touches, the warm beds, the relaxed atmosphere and the consistency of staff. I have tried various days spas both in Melbourne and interstate and cannot find one I like more. Highly, highly recommend!July 2013: I have visited Body Freedom numerous time and every time i must say my expectations are always met. From the moment you walk in you feel at ease and all the staff make sure you know what you are in for, everything is explained in detail and there are no surprises or cutting corners. Make sure you arrive early so you get the most out of your time :) Advice galore if you need it and i always feel as if i am in the hands of professionals every time! a slice of heaven in Melbourne!
June 2013 : Body freedom provides a magical escape from the busy lives we lead. From the moment you walk in the door and are greeted by the very friendly, professional staff till the moment you leave you are made feel very special and as if you are their only priority. The treatments, of which I have had many, are all fantastic and I could not possibly say which is my favorite. Every treatment, from every therapist I have had, has been wonderful! I could not fault them in any way.
January 21 2013: Be new to Melbourne I had done my research in day spa’s and was looking forward to my 2 hr package deal. I honestly can say it was the best massage I ever had .i do suffer with migraines and was relieved that Stuart was trained and very experienced about migraines and could easily relieve my pressure points. I would highly recommend Stuart to anyone especially if you are a migraine sufferer . The whole experience left me very relaxed and migraine free.
December 2012: I was given a voucher for Body Freedom from my husband. The voucher was for ‘The Melt’ package! It was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of the two hour session. I have been to a few day spas and this one is by far the best. The staff are lovely, the place is so pretty, and the products used are just amazing. If you are a visitor to Melbourne and need to unwind after a lots of shopping or a local that just needs a little bit of pampering then this is the place to go. I will be recommending this place to anyone. Loved the variety of items on offer to purchase also.
November 2012: I discovered this amazing place when my partner gave me a gift voucher for a “melt” treatment for my birthday, which included a massage. I had for thee months been suffering extreme pain from a shoulder injury and doctors, the physio and even a cortisone injection had made no difference. The massage therapist I got was amazing and when I got up from the table my shoulder and arm felt so different and from that point on I have had no pain what so ever. I now go every two weeks for a massage. So, while this is a wonderful spa environment, it is also a healing environment. My body has never felt better. I would highly recommend Body Freedom and its fabulous staff to anyone wanting pampering or a healing massage.
Facebook 86 5 STAR Reviews:
May 2015: Just Amazing!!! I had a facial with a chemical peel and 1 week later my skin is the best it has been in years!! Thank you so much looking forward to next appointment in June!! I can’t recommend enough
May 2015: Just had my first futon pregnancy massage at body freedom and will definitely be getting a few more in during the last weeks of my pregnancy! Beautiful, blissful!
April 2015: The reviews are right – this place is divine. Such a warm and welcoming environment. I love being welcomed and treated to a tea in front of the fire before my amazing massage with Kasia. She worked wonders on my sore pregnant body and gave great relief to my shoulder which had been carrying pain for over a year.
November 2014: Always a beautiful relaxing experience, even if just for a leg wax it still feels like a mini holiday! Lovely people and a lovely environment! Highly recommend!
October 2014: Thanks for ultimate 2hours of bliss today Asha!!! Looking forward to next visit. X
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