Want to uplift, enliven and improve your wellbeing? Get rubbed up the right way with some of the Sydney’s best massages – hands down! Whether you’re in the CBD, beachside or east side, we’ve put in the hard yards on the massage bed to find some of the best spots in Sydney to wind down with a massage.
Sydney Ka Huna
Hawaii: Famous for gaudy shirts, grass skirts and really good body rubs - apparently. While this Sydney salon is short on sartorial options of the floral kind, you will find a massage menu which delivers that Aloha vibe. Their big one is the “Ka Huna”, where your practitioner uses long fluid stretches, under-body work, deep tissue techniques and sound vibration all around the body. The energising effects of these creative strokes combined with chanting or prayer for healing intents will provide positive transformation all round. If that doesn’t make you feel lei’d back, nothing will!
Those searching for one of Sydney's best massages can quit navigating the A to Z of massage, because in our opinion the alphabet stops at the letter Q, SpaQ to be precise. The Spa partners with hotel QT for the perfect combination of quiet and quirky. It offers tailored treatments, including thermal, relaxation and one for mums-to-be. And while each is a customised experience, when it comes to providing clients with muscle-melting, immune-boosting, stress-relieving and life-affirming treatments, ALL SpaQ massages follows these instructions to the letter!
Fleur de Lys Medispa
It may be named after the lily in French, but this Sydney medispa has a decidedly Moroccan feel about it. With an extensive massage menu including: hot stone, lymphatic drainage and their signature massage (which combines relaxing techniques such as the “Oussada” cushion with the best of Les Sens de Marrakesh Argan sensual oils) Fleur de Lys has the massage market covered – whichever country takes credit!
The Last Resort
The Last Resort should be the first choice for those after an organic, detox spa experience. Founded by naturopath Saimaa Miller, this Sydney spa offers a range of treatments and therapies designed to harmoniously heal mind, body and spirt. For those unconvinced by earth-goddess ideologies, there is also a (buff) body of evidence available through supermodel fans like Miranda Kerr, Jessica Gomes, Nicole Trufino to back it up. And we all know those hips (and washboard tummies and glowing visages) don’t lie!
We will forgive the Hilton chain for Ms Paris on the premise that they also offer the Alysium Spa. The salon, located within the iconic hotel, draws inspiration from Greek mythology and is named after the place where Gods go to rest. With treatments like Swedish massage (Improves circulation, relieves tension, increases mobility and reduces stress); hot stone massage (Using Malachite, zinc and black granite to harmonise and balance your entire energy flow) and jet lag (fusing juniper berry, pink grapefruit, rosemary and eucalyptus to bring the body, mind and soul of weary travellers back into focus) you’ll definitely walk out feeling like a divine deity (and not some D-Grade celebrity).
Endota Day Spa
Paddington really has this whole woman’s wellbeing thing worked out. Whether you’re stepping-out solo or getting your girls together for a ramble through the retail and restaurant options along Oxford Street, the perfect way to round it off is with a visit to Endota Day Spa on adjoining Jersey Road for a range of relaxing and rejuvenating requests. With signature treatments including lymphatic drainage, lomi Hawaiian massage and shiatsu massage, you’ll be well on your way to relaxation heaven.
The Day Spa at The Langham
You don’t have to check in to check out the myriad massage options on offer at The Day Spa at The Langham. The one that gets us bubbling? The Volcanic Stone Therapy which is an ancient massage technique utilising the benefits of thermotherapy. It starts by placing hot volcanic basalt and cold marble stones on the body throughout the massage and explodes by restoring physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
The country that gave us such classics as the 80s hit “One Night in Bangkok” and a plethora of poorly punned restaurants (Thai-tanic, anyone?) can also take credit for influencing the massage offering at this Neutral Bay salon. If you thought your biggest decision when it came to Thai was deciding between pad Thai and Panang chicken, we wish to advise that you have bigger fish to fry. How can you be possibly pick between a Traditional Thai massage, a detoxifying Mumsabai Herbal and the well-being inducing Herbal Hot-Compress Massage? Our suggestion? Book in for a different type each month to find your favourite.
Peak Health Services
A favourite of our Sydney editor, Peak Health Services offer top notch remedial massages from their Surry Hills and newly opened Zetland practice. While not your typical essential oil, Enya playing massage place, the guys at Peak Health Services are serious about delivering results. They also offer health rebates meaning a little “me time” can cost you much, much less, which means more money for everything else we love!
Chi, The Spa
Hotels are excellent for several reasons: fluffy, high thread count sheets, room service breakfasts that feature perfectly poached eggs (we’re yet to work out how to get that perfect runny yolk thing happening at home) and decadent spa services. Chi at the Shangri-La Hotel (which means a life force governing personal vitality) has two massages in particular worth getting worked up about - the Aroma Journey Massage - which uses smooth calming movements to increase the lymphatic circulation and relieve emotional and physical tension while synergising your body and the Deep Tissue Massage which works at a deep muscular level to relieve chronic pain and muscle tension (that may or may not have happened from after an intense exercise injury such as subtly straining your neck to check out the cute buy treadmilling it beside you). Yep, you could try this at home kids, but I think I have better odds of perfecting those poached eggs…
The Body Spot
As the itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis strutting on the shore would suggest, it’s almost all about the body beautiful at Bondi Beach. However, The Body Spot at Icebergs knows it’s also what’s inside that counts. That’s why their expert massage therapists (all hold a diploma of remedial massage or equivalent as well as specialising in different modalities) aim to relax, renew, rejuvenate and relieve your tensions away. A perfect pick-me-up if all those tiny two-pieces get too much too handle!
Image: Fleur de Lys Medispa