As far as Yummy Mummys go, I have always been a bit of a mess.
I donít look great in lycra. I have never waxed. I havenít had my nails manicured in the better part of a decade, my feet look like they belong to a troll and my eyebrows have never been professional tended.
In fact, the only Yummy Mummy prerequisite I actually meet, is that I am a mum.
The Yummy Mummy Pregnancy Day Spa is located in a beautiful converted cottage
But even an abject failure like myself couldnít help but feel like a million bucks when I stepped out of the Yummy Mummy Pregnancy Day Spa today. Itís that type of place.
Centrally located in Perth, the Yummy Mummy Day Spa is a converted character home, with high ceilings, sparkling chandeliers and polished wooden floors.
As its name suggests, the Yummy Mummy Pregnancy Day Spa is dedicated to pampering pregnant women and new mums, and making them feel special. But it is not just for pregnant women Ė although all the products used are safe for pregnancy Ė with a special double room perfect for couples sessions, such as husband and wife, mother and daughter, or even BFFs.
The communal lounge
On arrival you are shown to the lounge, a peaceful room with couches, elegant lighting and are offered a cool drink. If you are a new client, you will be asked to complete a form so your therapist can better understand your preferences (such as if you like firm or gentle massage) as well as any issues you may want to explore (such as if you have dry skin or changing pigmentation during pregnancy).
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You will be shown to one of four treatment rooms and after discussing your session with your therapist, she will discretely leave the room to enable you to undress (if required) and prepare yourself.
As this was the first professional massage I had ever received, I wasnít sure of the etiquette, but I was quickly set at ease by my therapist. Lying face down on the extremely comfortable bed, I understood why some people fall asleep during their massage sessions. The room was candlelit, the music (by Australian instrumental musician Justin Hunter) was just the perfect mix of peaceful yet interesting, and the aromas of the various oils and creams being used were intoxicating.
One of the tasteful treatment rooms
Yummy Mummy Day Spa offer a full range of services from massage and body scrubs, to facials, anti-aging treatments, waxing and tinting and hands and feet treatments. You can pick and choose your own treatments, or purchase one of the carefully designed packages from the Babymoon package for two people, to the top of the line Absolute Heaven package Ė five and a half hours of pampering and pure indulgence.
There are special pregnancy massages tailored to each trimester, to ensure the most comfortable and relaxing session possible.
If time is an issue (perhaps you are a busy mum) there are also a number of express treatments to choose from, so you can still be indulged but in a more realistic time frame. Remember to book a babysitter though, as there are no child-minding facilities.
Yummy Mummy Day Spa offer gift certificates, making choosing a gift for a baby shower incredibly easy. If baby arrives early though, and the new mum hasnít had time to redeem her vouchers, that is no problem, and they are very happy to extend the voucher.
All treatments use Cosmedics, a 100% Australian owned company, which are safe for use in pregnancy.
A cold treat at the end of your treatment
At the conclusion of your treatment, you will find a cool treat waiting for you in the lounge, such as a dish of lemon sorbet and an iced tea served in a beautiful heart shaped cup.
As with all day spas, it is important to keep a few things in mind:
Arrive ten to fifteen minutes early so you can take advantage of the lounge, enjoy a cold glass of water and relax before your treatment.
It is wise not to book a treatment (particularly a facial) immediately before going out for lunch or dinner Ė as you may find you walk out with a gloriously refreshed but shiny face, and the real possibility of some serious bed-head if you had a head massage.
Similarly, donít eat a heavy meal immediately before a treatment, especially if you need to lie on your stomach for a back massage.
If you are having a scrub or massage, be careful about the clothes you choose to wear. Even though all the excess oils are carefully wiped away with a warm towel, delicate fabrics such as silks may be affected by residues.
Yummy Mummy Day Spa is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm.
Essential Information Yummy Mummy Day Spa
Phone: (08) 9227 7965
Address: 44 Brisbane Street, Perth
Parking at Stirling Street carpark
Shannon Meyerkort was a guest of Yummy Mummy Pregnancy Day Spa.
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