Massage & Spa in Singapore
Singapore is known for its fast-paced, “hustle and bustle” lifestyle. But you’d be surprised to know how easy it is to unplug, relax, and unwind while you’re there. Step into one of Singapore’s many spas and pamper yourself with a relaxing massage, refreshing aromatherapy treatment or a dip into a steaming Jacuzzi, Here is where you can get a manicure or pedicure, a facial, a massage, a body scrub, or a body wrap all in one place.
While you’re busy sightseeing in Singapore, do remember to pamper yourself with many spa and wellness centers that offer rejuvenating therapies.
Splurge and purge: 4 Singapore massages to eliminate the ache
The selections include treatments such as shiatsu, Swedish massage and acupressure. But choice can be limiting. After all, where’s a good spot to massage away specific pains and needs? So with the interests of over-worked city dwellers in mind, we shifted into massage-seeking mode and dug out the best places that can knead away your aches, sprains and pains.
Disclaimer: No “special” massages were undertaken during our research.
Body, realign thyself
Shiatsu is a Japanese derivation of acupressure, where the therapist presses into acupuncture points on the body with their thumbs. This is meant to heal problems within your body. In the past, it was utilized as a preventive measure against illness by rich feudal landlords.
What’s cool: It’s quite gentle. Therapist Terry Liew leans towards realigning the body to heal itself: “I’ll realign your body first to promote healing. Then I’ll work on the affected areas. I don’t actually spend a lot of time working on the affected area. It’s usually symptomatic of a bigger underlying problem.”
Costs: S$150 per hour.
The Shiatsu School, 2nd flr 280 River Valley Road Singapore 238321. Tel: +65 6836 1231. Website: theshiatsuschool.com
Soak, scrub, and rub
What: Wine treatments
In this hidey-hole, wine isn’t just for drinking. They use wine essences in their baths, scrubs, and wraps. Business development manager Jean Chua says, “Wine contains polyphenol which heals skin damage and improves small vessel circulation. It also reduces damage caused by free radicals, and strengthens and repairs tissue.”
What’s cool: We’re not sure about the effects of soaking in wine. But a hot soak, followed by a body scrub, and firm massage certainly hit the spot. Their signature massage is a blend of Swedish and deep tissue that unknots muscles and ligaments. Perfect after a day out of walking through Kampong Glam.
Costs: S$120 for 50 minute massage; S$80 for 25 minute body scrub. Check their website for current promotions.
Spa Sauvignon. 71 Bussorah Street Singapore 199484. Tel: +65 6296 0980. Website: www.spasauvignon.com.sg
Before: walking stiff. After: dancing queen
What: Tui Na with a dash of black pepper
This spa has a wide range of quirky treatments that use all sorts of oils in their massages. We liked their House Proud massage which uses Tui Na (Chinese acupressure) to unknot and straighten cramped muscles — the common afflictions of office workers.
What’s cool: Our China-imported therapist, Andrew, prodded, elbowed, and rolled each strand of muscle into sprightliness. That’s just half of it; the other half is being in one of the whacky rooms that boast unusual furniture, such as Louis Vuitton cabinets, and tall windows that look out to the massive, unkempt garden. Don’t worry, window blinds are included.
Costs: S$120 for 60 minutes.
Beauty Emporium at Dempsey House, 8D Dempsey Road Singapore 249672. Tel: +65 475 7375. Website: www.dempseyhouse.com
Different strokes for similar folks
Unlike acupressure-type massages where the therapist presses down on your sore spots, Javanese massages are characterized by long, flowing strokes to de-tense your muscles. This gentle massage would appeal to the ladies who don’t like getting battered into relaxation.
What’s cool: It’s a winner as we were sighing during the massage. Their tummy rub is something that has to be experienced. The Indonesian therapist rubs your stomach in a circular motion that helped us in our digestion and left us purring in satisfaction.
Costs: S$50 for 60 minutes.
House of Traditional Javanese Massage, 783 Bukit Timah Road Singapore 269760. Tel: +65 6468 7855. Website: www.javanesemassage.com
3 luxury spas in Singapore to help you unwind
Too much work or shopping along Orchard Road can be stressful on the legs, and the mind. If you need a quick refresher after a long day, try out these top three luxury spas in Singapore for a little TLC.
If you long for an escape from the city bustle, then head down to Spa Botanica, located at the Sentosa Resort and Spa. This Singapore Tourism Award winner has a wide range of treatments that come in ala carte selections or packages, each conveniently comes with a single or couple price. Their range includes the very lush Botanical Refresh, a whole day package (from S$650) of a pebble foot bath, vichy rain shower, aromatherapy body booster, massage, two-course lunch, premium organic facial and spa pedicure. They also have other facilities available to patrons– their outdoor mud pool and royal bath included– all in the lush surroundings of their green garden.
2 Bukit Manis Road Sentosa, tel +65 6371 1318
Amrita Spa and Wellness
Amrita Spa and Wellness, part of Swissotel Merchant Court, is slightly different– a city spa, the cosy resort-style facility is located in the heart of Singapore. They are host to different massages, including the famous Ayurveda therapy, which comes in three different programs– Purva Karma, Abhyanga and Shirodhara.
2 Stamford Road, tel +65 6239 1780
If you’ve dedicated the weekend to shopping along Orchard Road and want a little comfort to spell the end of your weekend, Estheva Spa is smack in the middle of town for mid-city treatments. Located at the Palais Renaissance, Estheva is charming, with its grand interior and impressive facilities. What’s most interesting about this facility is its bridal spa packages, counting down to the wedding. For example, six months before the wedding, the bride will go through a eye, face and neck treatment, including a citrus salt body mask, thermal green wrap and massage. This goes on each month, until the week before the wedding, where the bride will be treated to a facial, collagen body polish, seaweed wrap, oil bath and body massage. Of course, Estheva Spa also has other rejuvenating and relaxing spa packages.