While most of us don’t necessarily engage in hard, physical labour on a daily basis, sitting at our desks and typing away at our keyboards can result in some tension knots forming in our shoulders and backs.
We’re sure you’ve experienced it in one form or another before, and have appreciated how much a good massage helps in loosening all those tense muscles. We round up five massage places that will certainly provide the ambience and the quality massage you need for a good break from all the stress.
1. Refresh Bodyworks
The Refresh Group was established more than 10 years ago in 2005, started with foot reflexology and body massages. Today, they own five different brands and 19 outlets! It’s not hard to see why when we consider that Refresh’s brand vision is to bring quality health treatments and solutions to all. They only use FDA-approved equipment and provide only clinically tested treatments, and they aim to keep their prices reasonable and affordable, so that everyone can enjoy the health benefits of traditional Chinese medicine.
Try: 60-minute TCM massage with Cupping for SGD 98. According to traditional Chinese medical theories, knotted muscles block the flow of Qi, considered essential to our overall well-being, and this may cause you to feel tired more easily.
Your therapist will knead deeply and selectively at the most knotted of your muscles to ease the tension first, then cupping is done on areas that commonly have stiff muscles, such as the shoulders and the lower back. Your therapist may also do techniques with the cup such as flashing, moving or resting in order to stimulate and promote blood circulation, further relaxing those knotted muscles. All Refresh therapists are trained professionally by their TCM physicians, have ITEC qualifications and have been in the industry for at least three years.
Refresh also uses their own in-house blended aroma massage oil, infused with pure plant-based essential oil extracts, which promotes internal harmony and psychological well-being. This oil is miscible in water, so that it’s easily absorbed into the body and will not leave that greasy residue on your skin after the massage, nor will it come off on your clothes!
Because the cupping technique as well as the TCM massage is considered rather heavy, you may experience some mild aches for the first two days after the massage, but your body should feel energised and re-invigorated by the third day onwards. Refresh recommends leaving a seven to ten days interval between each massage session.
- Changi City Point, #B1-04
5 Changi Business Park Central 1, Singapore 486038 (nearest MRT: Expo)
- Lot One, #02-02
21 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, Singapore 689812 (nearest MRT: Choa Chu Kang)
- Sun Plaza, #03-24
30 Sembawang Drive, Singapore 757713 (nearest MRT: Sembawang)
- Thomson Plaza, #02-10A
301 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574408 (nearest MRT: Marymount)
- The Star Vista, #B1-32
1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617 (nearest MRT: Buona Vista)
- White Sands, #04-11
1 Pasir Ris Central Street 3, #01-13, White Sands, 518457 (nearest MRT: Pasir Ris)
- Tampines Mall, #B1-03
4 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529510 (nearest MRT: Tampines)
Refresh Day Spa
- Plaza Singapura, #03-47/48
68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839 (nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut)
Yong Kang TCM Clinics by Refresh
- Jubilee Square, #01-04
61 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, Singapore 569814 (nearest MRT: Ang Mo Kio)
- Bedok Central Blk 211 #01-755A (nearest MRT: Bedok)
- YewTee Point, #01-29
21 Choa Chu Kang North 6, Singapore 689578 (neareset MRT: Yew Tee)
- Jurong Point (Medical Centre), #B1A-20C
1 Jurong West Central 2, Singapore 648886 (nearest MRT: Boon Lay)
- Sun Plaza, #B1-21
30 Sembawang Drive, Singapore 757713 (nearest MRT: Sembawang)
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm daily
2. Massage Master
Massage Master places great importance on using all-natural ingredients in their aromatherapy oils, and using these products to provide a relaxing sensory spa experience. They offer both foot reflexology and body massages, and you can even add-on certain treatments such as therapeutic cupping, gua sha treatment, ear candling and body scrubs.
Try: 30-minute foot reflexology and 60-minute body massage package for SGD 82. This will give you the best of both worlds at an affordable price.
Address: 341 Bedok Road, Singapore 469522
Opening hours: 11am to 3am daily (including public holidays)
3. Vedure Spa
Vedure Spa was established by a team consisting of skin specialists and beauty industry leaders, who aimed to bridge the gap between traditional spas, medical clinics and beauty salons. The massage treatments they offer range from the classic types (such as Thai-Yoga, Javanese and Swedish Fusion) to those utilising more exotic ingredients (such as Peruvian Chocolate, Moroccan Dates and Vanilla & Pumpkin).
Try: 120-minute Signature Experience Massage. It offers a 30-minute body scrub to cleanse the skin, then a 30-minute body mask to soothe your body into a relaxed state, finishing 60-minute massage of your preferred Vedure variant.
Address: Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road, #04-06, Singapore 238880
Telephone: +65-6732-6448 / +65-9687-0022
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11am to 8pm / Sat 10am to 7pm / Sun 10am to 6pm
4. The Outcall Spa
Home is where the heart is, and that’s why the folks behind The Outcall Spa believe that your own house is the most ideal location for you to enjoy a relaxing massage. You don’t need to do the legwork and go to them; they will come to you instead. You can choose from a wide variety of massages, ranging from Swedish massages to Tui Na. They even provide pre- and post-natal massages!
Try: Sense-sational Deep Tissue Massage (90 minutes for SGD 198; 120 minutes for SGD 268). Their specially trained masseuses will personalise this massage according to your body’s tension spots and knots, so you know you’re really getting the most effective massage possible.
The Outcall Spa
5. A&A Wellness Spa
A&A Wellness Spa aims to give you a really de-stressing experience that’s going to rejuvenate not only your mind, but your body as well. Using products containing active ingredients as well as the gentle stimulation of their various massages, the top layer of dead skin cells is removed and your skin barrier is fortified, keeping in all that good hydration and moisture for soft and supple skin all over. They cater to pregnant ladies too!
Try: Hot Stone Body Massage (SGD 108). This massage features heated, smooth stones placed on certain points on the body to loosen tight muscles. The therapist may also hold the hot stone and apply gentle pressure with them. This technique is suitable for those who have knotted and tense muscles, but prefer a lighter massage.
A&A Wellness Spa
Address: 233B Victoria Street, Singapore 188026
Opening hours: 11am to 10.30pm daily