Nurturing Mamas to be – Treatments in Ireland 2019

Nurturing Mamas to be – Treatments in Ireland 2019


We are spoilt for choice here in Ireland, with such amazing spa breaks, therapists and range of treatments available to pregnant mamas. Choosing the one that you are drawn to is key, as Sting says “Let your Soul be your Guide”.

 

There are some precautions to keep in mind before taking that well deserved treatment.

 

  • Wait until you reach the 2nd trimester, you are in a safer zone biologically, and most therapists won’t see you in your 1st trimester anyhow.
  • Massage should not be deep tissue, but something light like Swedish massage. Our blood supply doubles during pregnancy, so you do not want to bring on too much circulation that could result in a clot for example.
  • Avoid heated rooms in spas, such as saunas, steam rooms and Jacuzzi, anything that could overheat you. Try tepidarium instead, anything above 35 degrees Celsius is too hot.
  • Make sure you are not lying on your back too much after 20 weeks, or you could get dizzy and hinder mama and baby’s blood supply. All massage treatments should have a pregnancy pillow or rolled towels to ensure you are in a safe and comfortable position.

Reflexology

A very gentle therapy that can have huge benefits both during and after pregnancy. During pregnancy it can ease nausea, fatigue, water retention (Odema), Sciatica and heartburn. After pregnancy it can help with milk flow, postnatal depression, re-balancing hormones and helping the uterus return to it’s normal size. They usually focus on pressing and massaging various points on your feet that correspond with specific places/ organs in the body.

After pregnancy it can help with milk flow, postnatal depression, re-balancing hormones and helping the uterus return to it’s normal size. They usually focus on pressing and massaging various points on your feet that correspond with specific places/ organs in the body.

I am personally a massive fan of reflexology, and used it frequently while performing and doing my music degree, it would clear my sinuses and throat for me, which was essential. Plus it is so relaxing!

 

Reflexology in Dublin:

Laura Gil specialising in Fertility, maternity and baby reflexology. Here is her website and she works out of the Dublin Wellness Centre, based on South William Street, Dublin 2.

Treatment lasts 1 hour and costs €60. Email: laura.therapies@gmail.com

 

Reflexology in Cork:

Michelle Carey based in Essential Wellness, Ballincollig. She specialises in pregnancy and baby reflexology, offering treatment and courses in both. Here is her facebook site.

Treatment starts at €60. Email: randrwithshell@yahoo.com

Both Laura and Michelle are registered members of the National Register of Reflexologists Ireland, and treatments can be covered by VHI, Laya Healthcare and Irish Life, check beforehand with your insurer.

 

Reflexology in Galway

Charlene runs this holistic centre Solstice R&R, located on the Tuam Road. Her reflexology session takes time to also read your feet and lasts for 1 hour 15 minutes, at a cost of €60. She also offers a pick & mix of 2 treatments for 1h 30 minutes for €75 for a real treat. Her testimonials are amazing. If you are in Galway check out her treatments, a real gem.

 


Workshops & Classes

 

Calm Mama (Breath, Relax, Birth) Workshop

The Elbow Room in Dublin is such a treasure trove of treats. They have so many amazing classes and workshops for many aspects of pregnancy, such as gentle birth, meditation, mama and partner workshops, breastfeeding workshops, massage and reflexology. This workshop runs on Saturday March 23rd 2019, from 2pm-4pm and costs €29. I attended this class last year and loved it. It was such a relaxing experience, meditating, visualising and learning to trust the whole birthing experience. The workshop is a mixture of restorative yoga positions, relaxation techniques and opening the body up through some meditation and breathing. I recommend this for any mamas out there who are a little stressed, anxious or fearful of the birthing experience.

 

Bump Room Classes

The Bump Rooms are located throughout Ireland from Limerick, Nenagh, Clarecastle, Cork, Dublin, Killarney, Mayo to Sligo! 6 Week course of classes, costing €65, reducing to €55 for subsequent classes. Bump Room classes are a mixture of prenatal pilates, yoga, strengthening and conditioning techniques, led by chartered physiotherapists. All classes can be booked online here.

 

Pregnancy Massage

Yon-ka Maternity Massage, Farnham Estate, Cavan

This is a gentle full body massage specifically designed for pregnancy and costs €99 for 1 hour. You will also be able to fully relax for the day, in their health spa, which includes an outdoor hydrotherapy infinity pool, reflexology foot spa, amethyst healing room, and other spa areas that are too hot for mamas unfortunately. This Spa however has a lot more choice for pregnant mamas here than usual spas, as it has lots of cold water spa areas also. A relaxation room is also available post treatment. So you really could spend a whole day here relaxing and recharging.

 

Mother to be Cocoon Massage, The Shelbourne, Dublin

This treatment is a delicate massage, to relieve tension in the back and reduce swelling in hands and feet. After the treatment you can relax and unwind in their stunning relaxation room, which overlooks St. Stephens Green, with some fresh nibbles and beverages. You also get to use their Pool, so come an hour before hand and enjoy the weightless feeling of swimming in the pool before your treatment.

Treatment lasts 80 minutes and costs €160.

 

Voya Organic Precious Moments Massage, The Ice House, Co Mayo

An 55 minute treatment, using voya massage oils (heaven!) for face, hand and arms, while feet are wrapped in seaweed and bump given a special mask to deter stretch marks. Treatment costs €95 and you have full use of the spa afterwards (not all suitable for us pregnant mamas), but have a look at their snooze room, outdoor spa garden and riverview relaxation room. They have an amazing mid week deal of 2 treatments plus a 3 course lunch for €125.

 

Luxury & Affordable Spa Stays 2019

 

Mum to be Treat, Ice House Co. Mayo

1 night stay plus breakfast and 1 60 minute Voya massage – cost from €109.

Check out this offer here from the Blue Book.

 

Before Bump becomes Baby, Wineport Lodge, Co Westmeath

1 night stay plus breakfast and a 60 minute maternity massage – cost from €110.

Check out this offer here from the Blue Book.

 

Mums to be, Castle Leslie, Co Monaghan

2 night stay plus breakfast, and dinner on one evening, plus any of the following treatments: Pregnancy Massage, Reflexology, a Luxury Pedicure or the Castle Leslie Signature Facial. They also welcome you with a box of chocolates in your room and bid you adieu with a bouquet of flowers, devine! Cost from €240.

Check out this offer here from the Blue Book.

 


Enjoy your treatment if you take the time to have one, they are highly recommended in third trimester to relax and calm mama, which in turn calms your baby bump!



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