Everyone needs a little indulgence time.   Whether it’s the solitude and peace or the fun and laughter that you’re after, we have an option perfect for you.    Our dual treatment rooms with open fireplaces are also a perfect setting for a group activity or a romantic delight.

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Massage: Therapeutic

The Body Freedom Day Spa consists of some of the most highly trained masseuses in Melbourne. With an average experience level of  7 years, these therapists know exactly how to assess  your current condition and tailor the massage to improve mobility, decrease discomfort or address any concerns.  The therapist may recommend a program of regular massage to work towards the improvement you are wanting.

Remedial and Pregnancy Massage may be claimable with your private health funds.


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Massage: Nurturing

At Body Freedom, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional massage experience tailored to how you are feeling.  A relaxation or any of our spa massages are designed to have you pumping out zzzz.  Relaxation does not have to be light pressure.  The technique is using longer, slower strokes and the pressure can be increased to your preference.  However if you like your massage exceptionally deep,  experience deep tissue.


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Body Freedom Urban Retreat is one of Australia’s renowned pregnancy practitioners. That is because we understand how precious and individual your pregnancy is.

The Retreat is brought to you with the wisdom and care of our co-owner Jacqueline Johnston – an experienced midwife and birthing specialist.  Her massage techniques were learnt under the guidance of leading UK pregnancy massage educator and author Suzanne Yates. Jacqueline trains each of our pregnancy practitioners to ensure the highest of standards and deepest relaxation.

Body Freedom has developed the unique practice of using a futon with pregnancy pillows for the highest level of comfort with no strain on your back or tummy, allowing for the best possible massage.

I felt it was important to create a nurturing environment where pregnant mothers could take a rare moment to stop still, catch their breath and fully unwind. And know they are being massaged by a therapist specially trained for pregnancyJacqueline Johnston, co-owner The Retreat.

Rebecca Judd said it best with the following excerpt from her blog.

“Now that I’m pregnant again, I cannot wait to get my favourite pregnancy massage   at Body Freedom Urban Day Spa in South Melbourne. She was 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 know 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.”

A few tips

  • We recommend most people start pregnancy massage once the first trimester has passed.
  • Pregnancy Table Massage is recommended when you are in the early or middle stages of pregnancy
  • You can have a massage up until your due date.. or even past, if that happens
  • For your first pregnancy massage visit, we recommend a longer 75 minute treatment.

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New Mum's

When you have just had a baby, there are some treatments that just make you feel better.  Here are some of our clients favourites and why?

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We understand that men need, and want pampering too, and we know that sometimes these treatments need to be a little different to our regular menu.   With one third of our clientele being male, our Spa is designed to provide the utmost in contemporary luxury and comfort for both men and women alike.   We have packages designed to cater for the discerning male, gift packages and also allow for any of our main menu treatments to be tailored to the specific needs of our male customers

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Our spa treatments offer you a chance to refresh and revitalise the body’s largest organ – the skin! Remove the tired old skin cells that are weighing you down with an exfoliating and detoxifying scrub. Scrubs remove skin fatigue, deeply cleanse the pores and fight the conditions that contribute to wrinkles and signs of aging. This is truly a miracle treatment that your skin will thank you for!

Skin cells rely on moisture, so why not give them what they need with a body wrap. The warmed muslin helps to open up the cells and improve circulation of the blood for deeper moisturising, and the relaxing treatment also feeds essential minerals back into the skin. Just when your body thinks it can’t get any better, step into our spacious private rain shower for a reviving rinse.

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While many of our treatments focus on the body, we haven’t forgotten the importance of healthy, happy hands and feet.   They are at the forefront of everything a person does, so they deserve their own pampering time once in a while.

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