In the era of Burnout, Text Neck and iPhone Thumb, massages are an essential part of self-care these days.
From remedial and relaxing to hot stone and Thai, here's where to head for one of Perth's best massages. Let bliss ensue.
This unassuming little gem is tucked away from the hubbub of Subiaco on York Street and once you’re inside you’ll see the family link to Perth luxury abode creators, Zorzi Builders, in the neat design. While the barre and pilates studios let in streams of light, the massage room at Bodyworks is where you can unwind for a remedial-style massage. When your muscles are aching from barre, too many vinyasas or perhaps a spot of marathon training, this is the place to thank your body for sticking by you.
Bodhi J Spa
Wembley, Highgate and Perth
Bodhi J is the ultimate smooth mover when it comes to relaxation. You’re guided from reality into the twilight zone or the waiting area before the final transport into the otherworldly treatment room filled with all the good things to help you peace out. When the weight of the world has you feeling like a shell of yourself, sign up for a Li’tya Marta Kodo massage which pays homage to Australian Aboriginal techniques of balancing and realigning energy. Smoking ceremonies begin and end the massage, essential oils are selected specifically for what your spirit requires and you’ll walk out on cloud nine.
Djurra Lifestyle Salon And Spa
Exit the hustle and bustle of Freo and immerse yourself in the natural beauty bubble of Djurra. The beautiful old building with exposed, redbrick walls and a muted grey colour palette will have you kicking off your shoes and immediately kicking into relax mode. Do yourself a favour and get the Chakra Balancing Massage, based on Ayurvedic healing principles of chakras, which connects the sub-conscious and the physical body. You’ll leave so energised, you’ll be ninja kicking your bucket list in no time.
COMO Shambhala Urban Escape
In the luxurious overhaul of the old treasury buildings amid a ridiculously chic hotel, achingly hip bars and cafes resides the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape that is worth a visit to COMO The Treasury alone. A heavy influence of Eastern techniques are present in the spa menu, so go all out and try the Indian Head Massage that targets stress relief. You may forget who you are, let alone what your stresses are, after one of these delicious treatments.
Tight muscles don't clock off at 5pm, which is why we absolutely love Bigfoot Massage for staying open until 9pm, seven days a week. With plenty of massage rooms, including rooms for couples, there's always someone standing by to unravel your knots.
Hush Spa & Wellbeing
Offering everything from their signature warm stone massage to an earth-shatteringly good Indian head massage, Hush knows how to treat your muscles right. You'll want more than an hour so why not book a package and treat yo' self?
Optimise You Massage & Wellbeing
When you're in so much pain you could cry, one of Optimise You's remedial massages will have you feeling better in no time at all. They also offer sports, trigger point therapy and deep tissue massages, manual lymphatic drainage, and massages for headaches and postural correction.
Hidden among the beautiful homes of South Perth in an inconspicuous character building (a butcher in a former life), Cove Spa hosts a beauty cave of heavenly treatments. The Sixth Sense massage is tailored to you and guided by the masseuse's intuition. It feels as though there are approximately ten hands soothing your muscles at once.
When some hardcore relaxation is on the agenda, look no further than Amaroo Spa. They offer a whole bunch of relaxing massages including aromatherapy and hot stone from their spa that's tucked just out of Perth in the leafy hills of Mount Helena. Don't even think about not booking a night in one of their luxury chalets.
Onyesha Spa Pinelake
When you roll past the nearby paddocks and patches where the inner Perth farmers’ market produce actually comes from, you’ll be looking for Toto so you can whisper “we’re not in Kansas anymore.” But you won’t want hide nor hair of any CBD when you drive through the gates to Onyesha Spa Pinelake. This is the ultimate getaway location without getting too far away but still providing the holiday vibe. With lush surrounds of towering trees, beautiful gardens, lake and waterfalls, your worries melt away as you’re led to a treatment area. Any treatment here will have you leaving a new human, but our pick is the deluxe hot stone massage in the Lakeside Villa.
The all-female team at Embody Health have a host of massage treatments to make you feel a million dollars. If you’re uncomfortable with massages that are too vigorous, try the gentle Bowen Therapy that uses gentle rolling techniques to loosen aching muscles. And ladies growing little humans in their bellies, this is the place for pregnancy massage with tables set up so you can lie on your front and therapists knowing exactly how to heal those specific niggles.
If you've been overdoing it on the physical activity lately, head to Tara Massage and nab one of their traditional Thai massage appointments. You'll don a set of loose pyjamas for the treatment which takes place on the floor, and the masseuse will work on your sore spots through pressure point therapy and stretching. Thai massages don't use oil so it's a good one to go for if you've just washed your hair.
Luxe Spa On Kensington
If you haven’t yet indulged in the Indian delight of warmed oil treatment, your massage resume needs updating pronto. Luxe Spa’s Shirodhara Warmed Oil treatment features all the usual suspects of shoulders, neck, back and feet getting rubbed, before you’re transported to another world with the gentle drizzling of oil onto your ‘third eye’ or the centre of your forehead. As the oil cascades through your hair (don’t make plans for straight after, you will be a greaseball), the head massage following is otherworldly and your hair will feel luxuriously soft after washing it out.
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