First published on 1 May 2013. Updated on 18 Feb 2014.
Where to begin…Ripple mobile massage has almost every massage treatment you could possibly imagine, from Russian deep tissue to chocolate to warmed sea shells. They’ve really broken away from the norm, and it’s worked.
Best for… girls' weekend/chocoholics
Body Freedom is exactly what its name suggests; freeing the knots from your muscles and the strains from your daily lives to leave you in a state of complete tranquillity. If you’re willing to splurge a little we would recommend one of their packages, the Melt ($210). This full-body experience will dissolve all of your worries from head to toe.
Best for… indulging yourself or a friend #giftidea
Souri is one of Melbourne’s best-loved myotherapists and masseuses, gaining experience through both working for Melbourne Storm Rugby team and in high-class Melbourne hotels. Implementing remedial and deep tissue massages, Souri will help prevent and treat injuries to enhance the performance of sporty types.
Best for… myotherapy
There are four stores located across Melbourne, but Vigorous also offer work-based group massages. This isn't a sluice you up in oils service – as the name suggests, their mission is to rid you of your knots. Nice note: in December 2011 they donated over $4,800 to aid the flood victims in Thailand.
Best for… traditional Thai massage
The perfect place to unwind with sensual massages such as holistic, pregnancy, Arabian and even a Hawaiian massage (Lomi Lomi). Staff come from various areas, such as physiotherapy, beauty and healing arts – and there's the option of them coming to you. Plus you’ll come out smelling like a coconut. Winning.
Best for… massages during pregnancy
Avoid the commute home with these specialised therapists that will come to you wherever you are in the Melbourne CBD or Mornington Peninsula area. Bush 2 Bay offer many varieties, including Swedish, prenatal and pregnancy, and are one of the few practitioners who use the ancient Chinese cupping therapy.
Best for… convenience
The perfect St Kilda or CBD go-to for sports-related aches and pains, or simply a remedial massage. You can be assured to be looked after professionally as all workers have Diplomas of Remedial and Relaxation Massage, and are members of AAMT and ANTA. There are many treatment options available such as deep tissue massages and myotherapy, however Stable has gone one step further and features dry needling – great for musculoskeletal complaints.
Best for… sports injuries
This Japanese lounge and spa provides something for everyone. We'd opt for a signature Japanese massage such as Shiatsu or Seitei, or you could further delve into their services and experience kinesiology, a session that helps heal your mind, body and soul.
Best for… traditional Japanese massages
One of the few massage joints that offer a special lymphatic drainage massage. Although it sounds peculiar, it works to help bloating, swelling, fluid retention, toxic build up and sports injuries. They also feature a specific stone massage that uses only selectively customised stones created from Australian Daintree granite and marble for the customers at Bayside Body Therapy.
Best for… detoxifying your muscles
Milk and Honey have the right idea: merging regular massage with therapeutic healing techniques. Next time a few aches and pains emerge, consider this relaxation option rather than something more vigorous. Not only can it benefit you physiologically with sports injury prevention and treatment, but will also aid you psychologically through increasing your concentration and quality of zs.
Best for… the best of both worlds