26 Nov 2018
Defrost this winter and enjoy the de-stressing and detoxifying benefits of the traditional Japanese ritual, known as Sento. At The Japanese Bathhouse [59 Cromwell Street, Collingwood], a bath of 45-degree bliss awaits, ready for you to relax, unwind and leave your worries behind. In line with tradition, no clothing or bathers are allowed in the bath (yes folks, that means nudity), however the bathhouse is divided into male and female sections. Situated in Collingwood, just a short stroll from North Richmond Station, it’s a fantastic way to escape the CBD for a few hours and let time disappear. If you want to delve deeper into traditional Japanese wellness, follow up your bath with a shiatsu massage.
Within one of Melbourne’s most luxurious hotels, The Langham Melbourne [1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank], is Chuan Spa, a place of indulgence that certainly lives up to the Langham name. A great treat for those who enjoy the finer things in life, the relaxation treatments here, inspired by Eastern traditions to realign mind, body and spirt, are performed using only the highest quality products.
It is said salt therapy, or halotherapy, assists with sleeping problems, as well as various chronic conditions including skin and respiratory issues, and it’s trending in the health and wellbeing world right now. Just a stone’s throw away from the CBD, you’ll find Salts of the Earth [89 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park]. A session here entails taking a seat in a comfortable recliner chair in an ambient salt room and relaxing. Meanwhile, a contraption known as a Halogenerator grinds pharmaceutical grade salt into tiny particles. These become airborne and disperse throughout the room.
Coming to town with the girls? Sakura Lounge [8-10 Warburton Lane, Melbourne] is the place to have a pamper session with all of your friends. The Sakura Spa room caters for groups of up to seven, making it the perfect spot to have a hens party, celebrate a birthday, or get your friends together just because! Enjoy having a whole level of the spa all to yourselves then, once your treatments are done, tuck in to lunch platters and champagne.
Situated in the heart of the city is the award-winning day spa Miss Fox [Levels 1-3, 285 Little Collins Street, Melbourne] frequented and recommended by local and international celebs, from Zoe Foster Blake to Geordie Shore’s Charlotte Crosbie. There are three categories of services available – the Salon, for external beautification; the Spa, for your wellbeing; and the Clinic, for more permanent treatments – so it’s the go-to spot for pampering your every inch. A full range of treatments is offered, from massages to facials, manicures to lash lifting, blow waves to professional makeup and beyond.
Do you struggle to switch off? The everyday stresses of life get to everyone occasionally, but nothing unwinds and recharges quite like floating weightless in what seems like another world. At Gravity Floatation Centre [559 High Street, Northcote] your experience begins when you lower yourself into a bath-pod hybrid that’s both sound- and waterproof, and filled with skin temperature water and Epsom salts. Sound a bit strange? Well, the concentration of salts in the water creates buoyancy, so you float without effort. It’s the perfect way to truly unwind for an hour (or two) and, in addition, the salt is said to aid with skin issues while being weightless releases musculoskeletal tension.
If you’re looking for longer term benefits from a massage, or have specific injuries or issues that you would like tended to, then Milk and Honey [295 Victoria Street, West Melbourne] is a great place to go for high-quality service and professional advice. Remedial massage customised to the individual needs of each client is offered and you’ll leave feeling light as a feather. Did we mention that at Milk and Honey, the remedial massage is topped off with a scalp massage to relieve deep-seated tension? Bliss!
Situated in a three storey, refurbished hosiery mill, Body Freedom Urban Spa Retreat [392 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne] exudes charm before you even set foot in the door. Melding the 1850s character of the building — featuring rooms with cosy open fireplaces — with modern, luxurious touches, this really is a day spa with a difference. Go all out and try the Detox Scrub, Wrap with Massage package, which includes an invigorating coffee and sea kelp scrub, a relaxing body wrap and a rain shower, topped off by a massage and mini facial. The retreat also offers a selection of spa and beauty products so you can continue the pampering when you return home from your visit to Melbourne.