There’s no denying that if you live in Sydney, you’re more than likely operating at 200 percent, seven days a week.
The art of unwinding can be hard but this list is guaranteed to make it a whole lot easier for you, so you can spend less time searching, and more time stress-relieving. From Hawaiian and Thai deep tissue techniques to targeted trigger point therapy and an actual aqua-medic pool that will charge you into an actual superhuman, prepare for some heavy relaxation time. Goodness knows we all need it in 2020.
These are the best places to get a massage in Sydney.
Bondi KaHuna is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but will be reopening soon. Check here for updates.
Hawaii: Famous for gaudy shirts, grass skirts and really good body rubs. 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.
SpaQ will be reopening June 26.
Those searching for one of Sydney's best massages can quit navigating the A to Z of massages 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 the tailored “Mastery Massage” (with elixirs to suit your needs on the day).
At Venustus, you'll be in for a total mind, body and soul reset in a much more meaningful, spiritual sense. Even if you just want a really, really great massage, this Paddington icon should be your go-to. Owner and shamanic healer Jeannie Bourke weaves together a wealth of knowledge, from reiki through to crystal healing and all genres of massage, because she believes no one practice is the answer to all that ails you. Honestly, once you go—you will never look back.
Want to step things up a notch or two? Go for the Venustus Personalised "Six Handed" massage, conducted by three masseuses at once.
First-time visitors to MO+ tend to become lifetime clients—this natural wellness centre is simply that good. The treatment menu features a range of traditional medicines and mindful beauty services—facial acupuncture that will change your life, as well as detox and lymphatic massage, remedial and myofascial massage and musculoskeletal therapy. The practitioners at MO+ are real pros too; career therapists that apply a wealth of knowledge and care to each session, freeing you from stress and tension and leaving you totally blissed out. Expect to float home.
Be aware that The Hilton is home to quite possibly what actual heaven might feel like. Alysium Spa is located within the beautiful George Street 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 one specifically for jetlag (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.
Endota Day Spa
The massage line-up at Endota Day Spa is like finding out the world’s biggest artists are headlining your favourite festival. Yep, it’s one big, fat win. On the hefty menu you can choose from treatments like organic relax, deep recovery, remedial, soothing stone, relax express (for anyone short on time) and the option to completely personalise your treatment based off any areas of stress you have and any tension that’s affecting you.
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. You can choose anything from a staple stress relief massage or aromatherapy session to an actual champagne pear massage that wraps you in all the moisture and vitamin C.
Coogee And Neutral Bay
At MumSabai, it’s all about nailing the ambience which means not only are you in for maximum relaxation times with your body, you’re also in for them with your mind (double whammy). On the cards at this gem, you’ll find hot stone oil massages, deep tissue for anyone truly tied up, hot oil massages, aromatherapy oil massage, Thai oil massage and foot reflexology that will actually upgrade you to superhuman capabilities.
Chi, The Spa
Hotels are excellent for several reasons: fluffy robes, high thread count sheets, room service breakfasts that feature perfectly poached eggs and decadent spa services. Chi at the Shangri-La Hotel (which loosely translates to a life force governing personal vitality) has two massages in particular worth getting worked up about. Firstly, the Aroma Journey massage, which uses smooth calming movements to increase the lymphatic circulation and relieve emotional and physical tension, while synergising your body. The Deep Tissue massage, which works at a deep muscular level to relieve chronic pain and muscle tension.
The treatment menu is extensive at this Palm Springs-inspired beauty spot. With everything from massages to facials, body treatments and scrubs, you can literally spend an entire week here and still not have ticked off half the menu. High on your priority list though has to be the trigger point release therapy massage, which allows you to target anywhere that’s giving you chronic pain and release any emotional stress. The epic "rebalance" massage will allow you to realign your lower back and hips.
Gillian Adams Salon And Spa
Gillian Adams Salon and Spa has one of the most relaxing pools known to humankind. In the spa's calming aqua-medic pool, you progress through a number of needlepoint and massage jets designed to tone skin and promote healthy blood circulation for 11/10 tranquillity. On top of this, there’s also a volcanic warm stone massage to try; and remedial, deep tissue and a relaxation massage too.
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Image credit: The Day Spa at the Langham