One of the best things I could possibly recommend to anyone during their pregnancy is to make time for a prenatal massage. And I don’t mean your standard RMT massage in a clinical setting, I mean a whole afternoon of blissful pampering… because you, of all people, deserve it!
In Toronto, the famed Miraj Hammam Spa in the Shangri-La Hotel should be top of your list of places to book in. From the moment you step off the elevator and into their Middle Eastern inspired reception, you know you’re in for something extra special.
Attendees are there to personally greet you, take all your information to ensure the registered massage therapist is aware of how many weeks along you are and of any potential health concerns. From there you are escorted to the change room where you are provided your own locker and enough time to change and slip on their extra comfy bathrobe before the attendant takes you through the softly lit hallway to your private and luxurious massage room.
Typically, if you are well into your second trimester and beyond you won’t be able to lie on your stomach, but if you are still comfortable lying on your stomach, you will be provided with special cushions developed specifically for pregnant women. At 25 weeks I was able to comfortably lie on my stomach with the pillows, but every body is different. The important thing is to let the therapist know if something is uncomfortable.
After, most likely the best massage you have every had, you can relax in the Alhambra Relaxation Lounge where you are treated to a sweet tea, grapes and the most delicious baklava.
Don’t stop at the massages either, the Spa offers other luxurious services, including body wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures, and more. (Sadly, you may want to skip the steam room until after baby arrives…)
The spa is located inside the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Toronto at 188 University Ave. Take a look inside with their online gallery.