A Spa-Lovers Guide to Massage in Manchester
Can you think of another treatment for stress reduction, pain and muscle tension that doesn't require medication? Enter: massages. The list of options gives you a lot to consider and include Swedish, deep, Thai, sports and more - here are some of the best spas offering massage in Manchester.
City Spa Escapes
Located in Old Granada Studios suitable for those who dwell near Deansgate, City Spa Escapes acknowledge that modern-day schedules are demanding and pride themselves on treatments that work around you; before work, lunch-time fixes and late-evening indulgence. Their massages cater to both men and women and use a huge range of organic products, their signature offering being the Mindful Massage (60 minutes for £65). Completely unique to them, this intuitive treatment is tailored to suit your needs and focuses on tension relief in the mind, body and soul. The process brings together ancient Thai and Indonesian techniques including aromatherapy, trigger point, holistic and even lymphatic drainage elements. Also on offer is their hot lava shell relax body massage that works on tension areas to work away those knots and stress points, as well as other therapeutic options.
The Midland Hotel Spa
The height of luxury in Manchester, The Midland Hotel not only houses Manchester's most exclusive gym but also unique treatments that include sleep therapy. Again focusing on allowing customers with frantic lifestyles to slow down and get back to their natural rhythm, this spa was voted one of the best spas in the Good Spa Guide 2015. Customers can choose from a range of five massages to suit their wants; the Swedish and deep muscle massage coming in at £65 for 55 minutes - affordable prices for a luxury service. A personal consultation is offered before their aromatherapy massage to ensure your treatment is tailored to you, and uses a blend of individually of chosen oils. Their hot stone and back, face and scalp massages makes use of hot stones to alleviate those deep muscle tensions.
Bali Health Lounge
Seeing massage as a way of living, the Bali Health Lounge is a calm within the storm that is China Town. Among the boisterous activity below, this urban day spa encapsulates an ancient East Asian philosophy where regular massages dictate a healthier lifestyle. An impressive nine treatments are on offer, borrowing the Swedish technique to alleviate stress with Bali's signature oils that have been professionally designed and blended using the finest luxury essential oils, and also an ancient Chinese method in the form of reflexology. Other highlights include their Indian head massages and pregnancy-safe massages for expectant mothers. Kitted out in tranquil Asian-inspired furnishings, this is a stand-out.
Not far from the Castlefield hub of Dukes 92 and The Wharf, Y Club pride themselves in their non-intimidating environment and offer a over 70 classes as well as their gym, but they are also home to Impact Sports Rehabilitation which provide extensive sports injury and massage services that are suited to your needs. You can have the utmost confidence that Y Club will get you to optimum fitness as soon as possible with their sports, Swedish and deep tissue massages, postural education and sports injury and exercise rehabilitation treatments. Their offering stands out with their symptom reduction and postural corrective Rocktape™ taping, a high-quality service thanks to Sean Devlin with a BSc Honours Degree in Sports Rehabilitation who has had experience with the Bolton Wanders FC.
Located in Manchester's creative hub, the Northern Quarter, Spa Satori is a holistic city retreat that offers a huge variety of treatments including reviber plate sessions (these will help you tone up), detoxing and holistic treatments, physiotherapy and sports services and 17 massage treatments! Some of their more unique offerings include muscles being rolled over by a cane with their bamboo massage, hot coconut oil massage to help treat skin conditions by allowing your body to soak up the healing and nourishing benefits, and also The Zen Chi machine which uses a Shiatsu massage technique to loosen your back tension. Spa Satori isn't one to miss if you want some distinctive treatments.
Hectic lifestyle or not, you deserve a spa session (or three!) at one of these top Manchester massage providers.
By Edwina Chan, Manchester Wire.
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Ruth has been writing about Manchester's cultural scene for the last 10 years, specialising in off-the-beaten track destinations and hidden gems. She's the editor of Manchester's award-winning what's on guide.