The aches and strains experienced by pregnant women are well known, with new tensions and pressures flaring and fading as the weeks progress. When gifted an endota pregnancy massage in Melbourne from a friend, my 29-week pregnant self, was more than excited to document the experience. Without delay, I booked an appointment at endota Moonee Ponds.
endota employ dedicated pregnancy masseuses, and so you have to book ahead to ensure that a therapist is available for this specialised treatment. I was lucky enough to meet Emma, who instantly made me feel safe and relaxed. In addition to filling out a questionnaire that gauged problem areas in the body, hydration and other preferences, Emma took the time to probe more into my unique pregnancy experience. While general discomfort is common in all pregnant women, it was great to know that this pregnancy massage in Melbourne was going to be curated to my body and health history.
Position and technique
When Emma led me to the Breathe therapy room, I was met with dim lights and the therapeutic decor and the scent I have come to recognise as endota’s signature style. Emma walked me through how the massage would unfold and that the pressure and technique were in my control. The pregnancy massage takes place side-lying, with a plush pillow between the legs and the arms around a rolled towel. After inspecting my position and rearranging my leg pillow so it was more comfortable – we began.
The technique was deep and measured, moving from the back to the legs. Typically I am not one to ask for a leg massage as this is not where I carry tension, but I was very surprised to feel how tender my legs actually were. With the increased pregnancy weight, I was glad that these need areas were addressed, even if I had not signalled them in my questionnaire. This pressure and side-lying position made my quad and calf massage very relaxing and could feel a noticeable difference when walking out of the clinic.
Expertise and a curated approach
I was curious to see if this pregnancy massage in Melbourne would include attention to the feet. As someone who receives acupuncture in Melbourne, I have heard the many urban legends about premature labour from a foot massage, which are untrue. Fortunately my qualified pregnancy masseuse Emma gave a great foot massage when I was still on my side, navigating the many pressure points that can be found in the ankle and foot, eliciting a deep state of relaxation. Finally, it was time to turn on my back for my scalp and arm massage. Lying on your back is not advised in pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester which I was. Emma propped the bed up so that I was half-sitting, and placed a pillow under my knees to take the pressure off my lower bag. A position I will absolutely be recreating at home!
When the massage was finished, Emma checked in to make sure I felt good and needed assistance sitting up. The endota peppermint spray was spritzed over my head and I was brought back into the room in a state of peace. What I really valued was that I was not just let loose at the end of the massage. I remained seated in the foyer area and we reviewed the message and how I was feeling. Emma again reiterated that blood pressure can drop following a massage and that this is an area pregnant women need to keep an eye on. I was also instructed to hydrate and eat when I got home. I was wished well for my final few months and was reminded again to trust the process and try to come back again before labour to relieve stress so I can be in the best position possible.
Our review of the endota pregnancy massage in Melbourne
I will be back for another endota pregnancy massage. The care shown by Emma and the team at Moonee Ponds made me feel safe and secure. I also own the endota oil diffuser and some skincare products, so I have seen the benefits at home also. When I was gifted this massage from a special someone I wondered how different it could possibly be – but this is a must-do for any woman pregnant. If you’re not pregnant, this might make a great gift idea for a friend or family member who is, or even a colleague leaving for maternity leave.
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