Hands up who's tense right now? Is that cheap home office chair giving you grief? Do you feel like an old man post-workout? We hear you.
If your limbs are cracking with your every move and you've got a pinch that just won't budge, you could use some professional assistance. But we know finding a good massage joint in Brisbane you can trust with your sore spots ain't easy—and recommendations help—so we've put together a list of our faves.
If you’re twitching with nervous exhaustion, read on for the skinny on where to get a damn good massage, Brisbane.
This all-in day spa is an oasis in verdant Brookfield. They have tonnes of different pampering treatments including facials, waxing and ayurvedic aromatherapy, but we’re here for the massage menu. Their list of massage therapies includes tension release massage, hot stone massage, sodashi crystal massage and even a pregnancy massage designed to target back and shoulder pain. All massages start at 45 minutes in duration, but One Wybelenna also offers an express 30 minute massage if you’re pressed for time.
Update: One Wybelenna is not currently able to offer massages, but will resume services on 12 July, or when Queensland enters the next phase of restrictions easing.
As one of the few places offering ganbanyoku (a variety of sauna treatment that involves lying on heated stones), Healing Stone in Paddington is our go-to for traditional Japanese spa treatments. Their ganbanyoku packages are designed to give you a good couple of hours to reset and relax, combining a massage treatment with time in the salt-lined ganbanyoku sauna, but you can also opt for a pure massage treatment, be it reflexology, acupoint or traditional Japanese shiatsu style.
No More Knots
Greenslopes, Newmarket and Tarragindi
If you’re after some hardcore pummelling, look no further. At No More Knots, they’re pretty much sticking by the credo on the sign out front and specialise in remedial and sports massage therapies that’ll really work out your aches and pains, with locations on the northside and southside to ensure you don't need to travel far to find relief. Designed to restore function to overworked muscles, nerves and connective tissues, deep tissue massage is your best bet at getting the rig back to prime function, especially if you’ve been spending too much time slouching at your desk. The massage therapists at No More Knots will even give you some tips for self-treatment if you need it, so you can enjoy the benefits of your visit long after your consult.
West End and Fortitude Valley
This Brisbane massage clinic has a very sporty client list (they count Cirque de Soleil acrobats, Wallabies, and Broncos among their devotees), and while they certainly cater for the more active among us, they can also take care of the rest of us with their massage offerings. Trading out of two central locations, Health Place takes a holistic approach to recovery, and can help with any aches, pains or strains you might be grappling with. Their vast array of massage therapies includes sports massage, pregnancy massage, dry needling, myotherapy and active release technique for soft tissue and repetitive strain injuries. So whether it’s a physical injury or just general stress that’s giving you grief, Health Place is well-equipped to manage it. Their therapists will even make a house call within 13kms of the city so you don’t need to sacrifice your lunch break to pop in for a treatment.
SkinSpirit Day Spa
An all-in day spa, SkinSpirit is best known for their luxurious beauty treatments, and also happen to offer a selection of mighty fine massage therapies. For an exercise in absolute relaxation, try their Swedish massage or the hot stone massage, which is perfect if you’re experiencing some muscle tension. Their wellbeing massage using aromatherapy oil is highkey pampering, and includes a pressure point scalp massage and a hot towel wrap for your feet. But before you jump on the massage table (if you want to get really hardcore) opt for the pure Fiji body exfoliation treatment, which gets you a body brush followed by a full body exfoliation and jet shower that’ll get your body pumped and make the massage that much more relaxing.
Update: SkinSpirit Day Spa is not currently able to offer massages, but will resume services on 12 July, or when Queensland enters the next phase of restrictions easing.
Fortitude Valley, Paddington and Nundah
Endota Spa has three locations across Brisbane, which offer a range of all-Australian treatments, delivered in calming and friendly eco-modern surroundings. Your chosen location might be just one of the hundred odd Endota Spas Australia wide, but you won't feel like just a number once you're lying on a table here—every one of their massage therapists is highly trained and will customise a treatment to meet your needs. You'll walk out feeling like a whole new person.
Teneriffe And Paddington
Can’t leave your desk for too long but got a knot in your neck the size of a small boulder? Healing House’s 15 minute head, neck and shoulders massage might be just the antidote you need. If you’ve got a little longer, the Thai Day Spa also does everything from aromatherapy massage to sports massage, and if you really want to treat yourself, a hot stone massage or herbal hot compress balls will have those tense muscles turning to jelly (in a good way).
Update: Healing House Teneriffe is currently closed, but will resume services on 12 July, or when Queensland enters the next phase of restrictions easing. Healing House Paddington is open and offering massage services now.
The Body Refinery
While the gang at The Body Refinery appreciate the power of pilates to heal a hurting bod, they also offer massages for when you and your muscles need some one on one attention. Between pilates reformer classes, get all those knots and niggles worked out with one of their remedial massages, where your consultant will also recommend dry needling, heat and aromatherapy if needed.
There arem’t many places in the centre of Brisbane where you feel like you can truly, unwind and release yourself of the day-to-day stresses of your work day. Enter: Away Spa, tucked inside the glam setting of the W Hotel, where you'll find a range of massage treatments on offer, though whether you choose to pair them with a glass of bubbles and a visit to the spa's relaxation pods is up to you. If it were us, we'd be calling in sick to just spend the day getting stretched out and loosened up.
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