Wellness

Where To Get An Earth-Shatteringly Good Massage In Melbourne

By Kate Fleming

No one ever said self-love had to be practiced solo, as far as we’re concerned, treating yourself to a massage and letting someone else do all the hard work is the epitome of self-love. So, what is the best massage in Melbourne? From deep tissue massages to relaxation wonderland, we’ve rounded up the best spots to get some quality R&R for all kinds of budgets. 

Whether it’s your birthday, an anniversary, a celebration or just your average Tuesday, make it yours with one of Melbourne/Naarm's best massages. So, take a deep breath, relax your shoulders and take your pick from Urban List’s top picks for the best massages Melbourne/Naarm has to offer in 2024:

Sense of Self

30-32 Easey Street, Collingwood

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One of the newest day spas to open their doors in the city has quickly found a top spot in best massages Melbourne lists like these and for good reason. Sense of Self is all about inner beauty and wellness, not just what’s skin-deep.

Upstairs above the bathhouse, you’ll find their tranquil massage and mindfulness studio. Every detail has been thought of here, from the music to the natural tones throughout the space. Let the city melt away and get in touch with yourself again. 

Izumi 

 1/115 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 

Nestled in the heart of the CBD, Izumi is a day spa and wellness oasis that effortlessly delivers supreme relaxation through its array of Japanese and Asian-influenced techniques.

If you're feeling particularly tense you could opt for the deep tissue or if you're wanting something a little more holistic the Hawaiian-style Lomi Lomi is a slow-paced massage, purpose-designed to provide long-lasting relaxation while restoring energy levels and balance.

Natskin 

176 Warrandyte Road, Ringwood North

Out in the leafy suburban streets of Ringwood, this tranquil little day spa has been lauded as one of the best massages in Melbourne. Natskin offers an epic 60-minute session that features a full body massage as well as the added bonus of an Indian-style scalp massage—making sure that relaxation hits from head to toe. 

Alba Thermal Springs & Spa

282 Browns Road, Fingal 

A person walking in a robe upstairs at a best massage Victoria spot. Image credit: Alba Thermal Springs & Spa | Supplied

Alba leaning on the geothermal springs across the 15-hectare property with over 31 stunning pools—some of which can be booked privately. Alba has 22 expansive spa treatment rooms, including a steam room, Vichy shower, and single or double massage rooms. Visitors can choose from more than 30 spa services encompassing facials, full-body massages and water-based treatments. Book a spa package here

Aurora Spa & Bathhouse

23 Constitution Hill Road, Sorrento

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Rounding out the incredible drawcard that already is The Continental SorrentoAurora Spa & Bathhouse is the luxe day spa attached to the mega destination. The chic new addition accommodates up to 60 people and features hydro-therapy and magnesium float pools, thermal experiences like a Nordic-style sauna, halo therapy salt suite, and even a glacial mist room. 

There's a slew of different massage treatments here all with holistic integrations including the use of different herbs and botanicals throughout. Take your pick from a deep tissue, a gentle soothing bliss or the Himalayan sound and stone massage. Head over here for more.

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Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs

 140 Springs Lane, Fingal

A group of people on a hillside spa at a top massage spot in Victoria.Image credit: Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs | supplied

The Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs needs no introduction. If you haven’t already experienced this oasis of earthly delights, then where have you been? While this natural wonder may be located 90 minutes out of Melbourne, that’s a short trip to take if you know what’s in store. Treat yourself to one of their massage and bathing combos for the ultimate hot springs experience.

Comma

10-12 Hill Street, Cremorne

Tucked away down an unassuming side street off busy Church Street, you’ll find Comma. The name comes from the punctuation mark and just as you would use a comma in a sentence to pause, this serene spa stands for taking a moment out of the chaos of life to slow down, breathe and relax. 

The treatment options are plentiful here ranging from 60 to 90 minutes in length, deep fiber massages, body brushing and detoxifying body clay experiences. The Melbourne outpost is also home to Comma’s phone-free boutique bath house, fitted out with an infrared sauna and a mineral hot tub.

Milk and Honey

295 Victoria Street, West Melbourne

A woman receiving a back massage at Milk and Honey in MelbourneImage credit: Milk and Honey | Ron Whitfield

Don’t mistake it for Rupi Kaur’s book of poems, this place doesn’t require you to use your eyes or mind, you don’t need to think and you don’t have to lift a finger. Just close your eyes and relax in this Victorian terrace meets Scandi day spa just outside the city centre. Complete with original fireplaces, calming linen and plants, Milk and Honey are here to help you slow down and simply be. 

L.M Spa

Werribee Park Precinct, Escarpment Road, Werribee South

A luxurious spa room at L.M Spa with two beds for single and couple massage treatments.Image credit: L.M Spa | Rhiannon Tay

This is one of Melbourne’s boujeest day spas, hands down. Located in the lux Lancemore Mansion Hotel on the Werribee Park Precinct, this place is a top pick for bridal parties and special occasions. Choose from their extensive spa menu, or make a day of it and go for a package—there’s a decadent couples deal that includes chocolates and sparkling wine, or you can live like a queen and spend six hours indulging in their Total Rejuvenation package.

Skin Day Spa

147 Chapel Street, St Kilda

The reception at Skin Day Spa, one of the best spots in Melbourne to get a good massage.Image credit: Skin Day Spa | Supplied

Just by stepping into the Skin Day Spa, you’ll feel lighter. The minimal space with zero visual clutter instantly calms you down before you’re even on the massage table. Choose either their deep relaxation massage or deep tissue massage—both of which use their organic product range. They also offer a pregnancy massage for mothers-to-be, a decent range of facial and IPL treatments and led light experiences.

Endota Spa Armadale

1205 High Street, Armadale

Home to what once was the beloved Urban Willow Retreat in Armadale has reemerged as Endota Spa, one of the leading Australian skincare brands in Australia. Unwind for the ultimate relaxation experience with Endota’s signature massages, or replenish your skin with a heavenly organic infusion facial treatment. This space also doubles as your one-stop-shop for all beauty needs, offering lash and brow tinting, wax hair removal, and infrared sauna sessions for 30/45 minutes.

Nourish Body And Skin

Level 2/157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

Nourish Body and Skin is a tranquil space with top-notch therapists. You can select from their menu of four massages, but if you’re feeling indulgent you can upgrade your experience. Add one of their aromatic body scrubs, dry body brushing, a spa foot treatment or a hair conditioning treatment to give yourself the full body service you deserve.

Sakura Lounge & Spa

8/10 Warburton Lane, Melbourne CBD

Hidden in a quintessentially ‘Melbourne’ laneway, the Sakura Lounge is housed in an urban warehouse where it appears industrial on the outside, but a stylish oasis awaits you on the inside. This Japanese-inspired spa also doubles as a progressive natural healing centre, where they fuse Japanese and Western therapies. We recommend their aromatherapy massage, those essential oils bring all of the relaxation vibes.

V Hotel Spa

630 Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD

Located on the lower ground level beneath The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins Street, V Hotel Spa is not only one of Melbourne’s best luxury massage joints, it’s also one of the CBD’s best-kept secrets. If you’re after a massage that’s a little more on the luxurious side of things, V Hotel Spa is for you.  Their massage therapy treatments offer hydro-steam, spa bath and holistic body treatments. You’ll walk out the door feeling refreshed and replenished and ready to take on the world. 

Body Freedom Day Spa

392 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne

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Five stars go to this gold-class day spa. Set in a three-storey, refurbished 1850s hosiery mill, this unique wellness spa offers tailor-made massage experiences. Their massages are created especially for you, meaning no two massages at Body Freedom Day Spa are ever the same—how’s that for special treatment?

Luna Massage Therapy

21 Rakaia Way, Docklands 

Next time you’re in Docklands, wander into Luna Massage Therapy for a bit of R&R and one of the best massages  in Melbourne. Their therapists are fully qualified and offer a range of massage therapy services including remedial, deep tissue, hot stone massages and more. You can sign up for a Luna massage for anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours, and you can even read all about their therapists on their website so you know exactly what you’re in for.

Calma Spa & Skin Clinic

1100 High Street, Armadale

If you're searching 'best massage in Melbourne', it should take you straight to Calma Spa. is Situated right in the heart of Armadale on High Street, Calma Spa is a wellness oasis tucked inside a white-washed shopfront. Inside the light-filled space, there are a myriad of different treatments, but the go-to is the deep back massage with a hair mask and footbath, a trifecta of relaxation that's very hard to pass up. 

Sensu Spa

570 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD

The best way to experience this Japanese-inspired wellness day spa is to follow up one of their epic Shiatsu massages with their float therapy sessions. A Shiatsu massage is a hands-on, oil-free massage (where the wearing of loose clothing is permitted) and aims to relieve your body of blockages. Then jump into one of Sensu’s float therapy cocoons and drift away into a realm of relaxation like no other.

Hotel Sorrento

5/15 Hotham Road, Sorrento

Marlo Spa at Hotel Sorrento offers some of the best massages in Melbourne.Image credit: Hotel Sorrento | Three Fold Social

An overnight stay and a spa date may be exactly what the doctor ordered, and Hotel Sorrento is dishing it up to you this Spring on a silver platter. Spend the night relaxing in their freshly renovated rooms, then spend the day under the care of the hands of Marlo Spa, for a 60-minute massage for two.

When you get back to your room, you’ll find the Body Revival Kit from Hunter Lab waiting for you, which includes a deep cleansing body scrub and a hydrating hand and body lotion.

Holism Retreat

M Gallery Hotel Chadstone, 1341 Dandenong Road, Malvern East 

Holism Retreat offers wellness treatments that encompass the whole self; think body, mind, spirit. And what’s more holistic than a full-body massage? Find your centre with one of Holism Retreat’s massage rituals. Try their mindful meditation massage to melt into the moment or their Santosha body treatment to find inner
contentment. 

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