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: 5 STARS 53 REVIEWS
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April 2018: Pregnancy massage
Linda did the best pregnancy massage I’ve ever had! I was able to lie very comfortably on a futon on the floor with loads of space – just like lying in bed. Her massage technique was excellent- she applied great pressure to really release some of the tension but also beautiful smooth flowing strokes for relaxation. I was 38 weeks pregnant at the time of the massage and wish I’d known about this place earlier in the pregnancy!! I’d highly recommend them
April 2018: 5.5 hours of bliss !
I have just come out of the day pamper package with Clare and it was absolutely heavenly. I felt so loved and Clare did not miss a beat. Feeling very zen and pampered. Thank you so much, I’ll be telling everyone x
April 2018: Absolute Bliss
I had the hot stone package with Sarah, and it was absolutely amazing! She took me to a place I had never been before, so very relaxed and nurtured. Sarah is the most wonderful, attentive therapist I have met. I can’t thank the staff enough for all they have done for me, they went above and beyond to rectify a prior problem I had. The girls need to be commended for their professionalism and care, I will 100% be back
March 2018: I melted away
I was lucky enough to have been given a voucher for the ‘Melt’ package…yes I raised an awesome son!! It was divine…it started with an amazing massage…gorgeous facial…foot and leg scrub and hot oil hair and scalp massage. I highly recommend Body Freedom…it’s the first time I’ve been there, but will be back…in a heart beat! Indulge yourself or treat someone…actually do both
2017: “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.
2017: “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.
2017: “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!
2017: 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.
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January 2018: I had a fantastic deep tissue massage with Ursula and it works like magic! I’ve been having an issue with my lower back for a long time but Ursula managed to solve the problem � Such an amazing experience! Thank u so much �
January 2018: Best massage ever! I had a relaxation massage with Ursula – she does not disappoint! It was like she was reading my mind and knew exactly what I wanted. I’ve walked out after other massages feeling somewhat dissatisfied, or like it wasn’t complete. Not this time – 110% happy.
2017: 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
2017: 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!
2017: 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.
2017: 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!
2017: Thanks for ultimate 2hours of bliss today Asha!!! Looking forward to next visit. X
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