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.


Pregnancy Massage on the Massage Table

The body goes through many changes during pregnancy, and our specialised massage treatments are a great way to relax and enjoy some pampering time. Unless you have already established a regular massage routine, we recommend starting this treatment once the first trimester has passed.  Pregnancy massage on the table is suitable up until you are due.  We have specially designed wider tables to cater for big bellies.  In the earlier stages of pregnancy we recommend the table versus the futon treatment.

A pregnancy table treatment with a remedial therapist may be best option if you have neck or back issues and require firmer pressure.

You may be able to claim your Remedial Pregnancy Massage through some of our specially trained therapists. Not all therapists are claimable, in fact our most experienced therapists are not claimable due to their education being many years ago.

$ 120.00$ 160.00

Multi Visit Mum to Be Treats (4 Treatments)

This is a selection of favourite treatments to have during pregnancy.  This offers 3 by  75 minute pregnancy massages that can either be futon or table, depending on how your are feeling and what your therapist is treating you for.  The fourth treatment is a specialist pregnancy facial with one of a skin specialists.  During pregnancy, hormones can cause changes in your skin.  Everybody is different in how their skin reacts.  Our skin specialists have a range of skin treatments that are pregnancy safe that can address issues like breakouts, dryness or pigmentation. If purchasing this as a gift and the mum to be is towards the end of her pregnancy, the treatments can be used post delivery with specialist new mum treatments.

$ 600.00

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Pregnancy Massage on the Futon

This is Body Freedom’s signature pregnancy treatment, and a favourite of many of our regular clients. Designed around the changing contours and specific pressure points of the pregnant body, this treatment uses a soft futon and cushions with a delightful massage for extreme comfort, calm and relaxation. During the massage, our therapists will use a selection of carefully chosen oils that work in agreement with mums-to-be to soothe the skin and fade stretch marks. We recommend a longer 75 minute treatment for your first treatment.

$ 130.00$ 170.00

Pregnancy Leg & Foot Pamper

Don’t let aches and pains get the better of you during the later stages of your pregnancy. Relieve sore and tired legs with a cooling scrub and warm mud treatment and then revitalise the feet with our mint butter foot massage utilising specialist pregnancy reflexology techniques.

$ 99.00

Duration: 45 mins

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Specialist Pregnancy Consultation Facial

During pregnancy you skin can change because of hormonal changes.  This differs from person to person, just like in teenage years.  Some experience breakouts,  pigmentation or even dryness.  Our skin specialist have a range of cosmeceutical skin treatments that are safe to be performed during pregnancy.  The facial will be determined in consultation with your consultant.



$ 165.00

Duration: 60 mins

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Pregnancy Pampering:

Baby Moon (For 2 people)

If you cannot get away for a little time before baby arrives, this will leave you feeling like you have had a mini holiday.  Enjoy 2 hours together in our dual room.    Slip on to the table for a massage.  Mum’s to be will be massaged by one of our pregnancy specialists.    Refresh your skin with a nurturing botanical facial.   While the masque is working its magic,  your feet will be targeted with scrub, cool towels, hot mud, warm towels and a wicked massage to relieve and deflate.  Every inch of your body will feel rested, relaxed and calm.

Treatment Overview:
Massage (specialist pregnancy for mum to be)
Botanical Facial
Leg & Foot Pamper

$ 500.00

Duration: 2 hours

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Mum To Be Package

Feel magnificent with this 2 hour pregnancy retreat experience.  Indulge in a tailored pregnancy massage to target all the spots that need a bit of TLC.  Refresh your skin with a nurturing botanical facial.  While the masque is working its magic,  your feet will be targeted with scrub, cool towels, hot mud, warm towels and a wicked massage to relieve and deflate.  Every inch of your body will feel rested, relaxed and calm.  Recommended upgrades are  a cosmeceutical pregnancy facial.

Treatment Overview:

Pregnancy Massage on the Table
Botanical facial
Leg & Foot pamper

$ 260.00

Duration: 2 hours

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Pregnancy Package

Something all expectant mothers entirely deserve: a three-hour pamper and unwind session inclusive of relaxation pregnancy massage, facial and feet treat (complete with polish).  Everything has been thought of to make you feel magnificent.  Body Freedom specialises in pregnancy treatments, so you are very good hands.

Treatment Overview:

Pregnancy Massage on the Table
Botanical Facial

Not able to be claimed on Private Health Funds.

$ 350.00

Duration: 3 hours

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