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 wallet-friendly options in the city, too. Here are five affordable massages under $150.
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 in the waiting lounge while sipping on hot tea and nibbling on complimentary bites. It also helps that the spa is in a central location. It means 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; it 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!” – Anthia Chng
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Trimmings Salon & Spa
Chakra Balancing Body Massage, $95 for 60 minutes
“After months of staying at home during the Circuit Breaker, my back was stiff and sore. I had a headache at the end of each day and could feel my shoulders slumped forward like a cartoon character.
Normally when I go for a massage, I’d tell the therapist I want them to focus on my back, and not to worry too much about the arms and legs. They’d usually smile politely and then proceed to do their standard massage, maybe with a bit of extra pressure on the neck and shoulders. But not Janey from Trimmings. After washing my feet and doing some diagonal Thai-style back stretching beneath a towel, she worked her way up and down my back with a beautiful Aveda anti-stress oil blend using her elbows, forearms and knuckles. She had a cunning knack of finding every knot and popping muscle I had.
Within the hour-long massage, she took around 10 minutes at the end to make sure my arms and legs didn’t feel neglected. She said I would hurt that evening and I did, but I felt fantastic the next day! I had more of a therapeutic massage, but you can ask for an aromatherapy version instead if you just want to relax.” – Danielle Rossetti
Chez Moi De Beaute
Full body massage, $85 for 60 minutes
“Located in Far East Plaza, this beauty salon has been in the business for a whopping 30 years! Led by a mother-daughter duo, Chez Moi De Beaute is popular for its affordable beauty treatments, such as facials and slimming treatments. I’ve been to the salon on a couple of occasions, and each time I go I’m impressed by how clean and cosy they keep the space. The warm and professional service is another big draw for regulars who frequent the spot.
Originally from the land of massages, Thailand, my therapist Nok executed long and deep strokes starting with my stiff shoulders and back. She focused on the areas of tension, kneading away the built-up knots with the perfect amount of pressure. There wasn’t a point in time when I had to request for a change in pressure – it was spot on! One word to sum up the hour-long session: bliss.
The next time I return, I might just sign up for the package ($480, seven sessions), which works out to be an even better deal! But if you’re strapped for time, consider popping in for a 30-minute back massage ($48) as a quick fix.” – Anthia Chng
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 – 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 lemongrass oil to help with 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… On top of affordable massages, 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 away 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 affordable massages in Balinese, Thai, Swedish and Chinese styles ($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 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-massage, 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
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