There’s nothing quite like a massage to soothe, calm and recharge – whether you’re feeling a little stiff, or just want to bliss out for an hour so. Or, just because. From relaxation to remedial, gentle to vigorous, zen to sports – Melbourne offers a wealth of options for weary bodies. Go on, you deserve it.
Short of catching the evening flight to Tokyo, escaping into Onsen Ma is as close as you’ll come to an exercise in traditional Japanese rest and relaxation. Here you’ll discover the soothing wonders of Japanese Dry Massage – influenced by the ancient practice of Shiatsu. More than just a space to unwind, Onsen Ma is an immersive experience that will stay with you long after you leave.
Level 1, 12-18 Meyers Place, Melbourne
One of Melbourne’s originals and best – the stylish Aurora Spa team know a thing or two about massages. If you’re looking to calm those nerves and leave your worries behind, we recommend the aptly named ‘Bliss Soothing Massage’. Using your choice of a signature essential oil blend to calm and rebalance the body, the end result is a state of pure relaxation.
2 Acland Street, St Kilda
For when a soft touch, candles and essential oils just won’t cut it – the therapists at Urban Leopard have created a specially formulated cream made of beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil that makes the connective tissue underneath the skin extra malleable, allowing them to shape it into more pain-free positions. So you can rest assured that even the most stubborn of knots will be kneaded loose.
42-44 Moreland Road, Brunswick East
Housed inside the chic Olsen Hotel, Norbü sees massage and relaxation as an essential component of a balanced life. In this appropriately named ‘urban retreat’, you’ll find everything from hot stone to relaxation to remedial – each option as calming and relieving as the last. Afterwards, you’re encouraged to try their Detox Box – a soothing infra-red sauna.
637-641 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Nestled away from the everyday chaos of busy St Kilda, Skin Day Spa is a study in serenity (and a particularly chic one at that). Here the team of expert therapists bring a relaxed energy to their practice that will have you feeling at peace in no time. Try the ‘Relaxation With Hot Stones’ massage for an immersive and deeply relaxing experience.
147 Chapel Street, St Kilda