Under $50: Ancient Dynasty Spa Deep Tissue Oil Massage, $48 for 60 minutes
Ideal for those with chronic aches and tension, this deep tissue massage uses firm and long strokes to loosen stiff muscles. Depending on your problem areas, your skilled masseuse kneads at your shoulders, back, thighs and arms. This improves your body’s circulation and is also linked to the production of happy hormones, which further help to lower stress levels in the body. While the place isn’t fancy, it is clean and the therapists here are well-skilled so you can expect to feel energised post-massage. You can also request for add-on remedies like hot stones, cupping or a body scrub at an additional fee. With such affordable prices (promotion ends on Dec 31), it’s an ideal place for a fuss-free fix whenever you’re feeling tense. Available at 13 Upper East Coast Road, tel: 6636 3777; 5 Thong Soon Avenue, tel: 6458 4948.
Under $80: Healthland Traditional Thai Massage, $60 for 60 minutes
This is unlike most massage techniques where your masseuse basically does all the work. Traditional Thai massage also comprises stretching movements that involve the customer, which not only alleviates tension and boosts vitality, but also helps restore flexibility and mobility to stiff joints. Performed dry and without the use of massage oils or balms, Thai massage is a combination of deep tissue techniques and assisted stretching where the customer is dressed in loose, comfortable clothing. Staffed with experienced therapists, you can ascertain how popular this place is as the reception area is constantly shuffling with activity as customers come and go. You’ll be led to a room lined with mattresses and pillows, and after you get changed, all you have to do is lie back and feel your tension melt away as your therapist works on your muscles, kneading and stretching them to restore energy flow. Available at 252A South Bridge Road, tel: 6221 3376.
Under $150: COMO Shambhala Massage, $150 for 60 minutes
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Orchard Road shopping belt, Como Shambhala is easily accessible but yet makes you feel like you’ve entered an urban retreat. In addition to massages, the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape also offers yoga, pilates, life coaching and naturopathy classes, as well as a retail space, making it your go-to wellness destination. For a holistic experience, opt for the COMO Shambhala Massage, a fully customisable treatment protocol to meet all your well-being needs. According to your areas of concern, the therapist combines various massage techniques to realign your body and restore a sense of calm to your mind. Plus, only COMO Shambhala’s signature blended massage oils are used to further soothe your senses. Available at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, #06-01/02 Delfi Orchard, tel: 6304 3552.
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