We all deserve some me-time every now and then, and while you can go all out with indulging in a luxurious spa treatment, it’s nice knowing we’re blessed with plenty of affordable options in the city, too. Here are our top seven picks for value-for-money massages – most of them coming in at below $150 – that are worth trying.
Deep Tissue Massage, $150 for 60 minutes
If you have chronic aches like sore shoulders (like me) or muscle soreness from intense workouts, the therapeutic deep tissue massage would be perfect for you. Over the years of desk-bound work, I’ve come to realise that my shoulders become super stiff especially if I don’t do ample stretching. Spa Infinity’s deep tissue massage has made me a massage convert! Although it was painful in certain areas like my shoulders and neck, I could feel the tension dissipate as my therapist smoothened out the knots with her expert hands, using long and slow strokes, coupled with a firm pressure.
Post-massage, you can unwind at the waiting lounge while sipping on hot tea and nibbling on complimentary bites. It also helps that the spa is in a central location, so you can easily drop by during lunchtime before heading back to the office, or pop in for a quick fix after a shopping sesh.
Spa Infinity is under the Elements Wellness Group, which was founded by a former Olympian who developed an appreciation for muscle manipulation work during his competition days. They’ve been in the massage business for 18 years, so you can be assured that you’re in good hands!
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Trimmings Salon & Spa
Foot Reflexology, $75 for 60 minutes
You can choose to have your massage in a big armchair in the nail spa, which sits alongside the hair salon, or for more privacy and peace (yes, please), in a private treatment room. Specify your preference when you’re booking an appointment, as I think the armchair is the default! I took the latter option, complete with whale music, candles and low lights.
Jennifer, my therapist, was detailed in explaining the steps involved and also asked about the degree of pressure I’d like. I go for reflexologies quite frequently, so I know exactly the degree of pressure to ask for, and what to expect during this type of massage – sometimes a little pain or discomfort is par for the course. The feet and leg rub-down commenced and I totally zoned out – it was that good! It was truly a relaxing one hour of me-time. I highly recommend for you to do this at least once a month at this friendly, relaxed and experienced salon and spa.
I was presented with a cup of their signature homemade ginger tea and went on my way. There’s a seat outside the treatment room or outside the salon itself, but no actual wind-down area per se.
– Emi Finch
The Tamarind Spa
Balinese Massage, $80 for 60 minutes
I instantly felt relaxed from the moment I stepped into the spa. Lights were perfectly dimmed and soothing music was playing, which I must say, was a great complement to sipping my cup of hot red-date tea. I opted for the Balinese massage to release the tension in my body and I chose the lemongrass oil to help in detoxification. Lida, my masseuse, applied medium pressure and slow strokes, alongside deep finger pressure on specific areas where my muscles were tight and knotted – specifically my shoulders, back and legs. I found the massage so relaxing and pleasurable that I fell asleep!
When I woke up after the massage, I felt refreshed; my usually tense and heavy shoulders were lifted, and even my legs felt light when I walked out of the spa. I would definitely love to get this massage again.
Psst… There’s also a variety of wallet-friendly body scrubs ($45 for 30 minutes) to choose from, including coffee, blackberry, lavender and lemongrass.
– Grace Bantaran
Body (60 minutes) and foot massage (30 minutes) combo, $93
Tucked in the quiet end of Tiong Bahru, this boutique spa is set in container-style interiors with cosy décor. With a total of six rooms – couple’s rooms are available, too – Nimble Knead offers Balinese, Thai, Swedish and Chinese massages at affordable prices ($76 for 60 minutes). Body scrubs, body masks and facials are available, too.
I had my massage in one of the couple’s rooms, which was rather spacious and fitted with a separate shower room. The session started with a quick foot-salt bath, before the full body massage commenced. Using fast, long strokes, my masseuse kneaded into my legs first, then moved to my back and arms. It was an utterly relaxing session without any real pain or discomfort – I actually dozed off a couple times! After the full body massage, she moved on to the foot rub. While I would have preferred a fraction more pressure, it was overall a pleasant experience.
Post-treatment, I enjoyed my cup of hot ginger tea in the reception area. It was a rejuvenating session and I’m definitely keen on returning to try one of their body masks ($69 for 45 minutes).
– Anthia Chng