Why not indulge in a nice pamper session while spending time in Auckland? New Zealand’s largest city is known for taking care of its locals and visitors, with plenty of spas and wellness centres to suit your reinvigorating needs. Here are the best places to get a massage that is guaranteed to soothe your senses.
Bliss Reflexology and Massage has been caring for the wellness of its Auckland clients since 2003. With three branches located in the city centre, Takapuna and Newmarket, this spa specialises in Chinese massage and reflexology methods devised to help the body regain its natural balance. The parlour also offers a small selection of hot stone Swedish massage and press point treatments.
With an array of spa and massage treatments to suit all wishes, Massage Me Day Spa will help you regain a full sense of bliss. Its treatment selection includes deep tissue, hot stone, pressure point, pregnancy-focused, aromatherapy, Swedish, Thai, and Balinese massages, all performed by trained therapists with an extensive knowledge of their specialist methods. This establishment enjoys a handy downtown location, making it the ideal getaway spot after you’ve experienced the hustle and bustle of the city.
Located in the Stanford Plaza, right at the heart of the city, Auckland Thai Massage offers the perfect retreat for those seeking a blissful treat to complement a day of retail therapy. As its name suggests, a Thai massage is the relaxation method of choice here. You can choose between a full body pamper, neck and shoulder massages or a relaxing foot treatment.
Aroma Massage is a downtown sanctuary that incorporates its very own essential oil blends in its classic, aromatherapy-based massage methods. Treatment options include relaxing Swedish massages, personalised deep tissue treatments geared towards healing those sore or tender muscles, body scrubs as well as Thai and hot stone massages. As a bonus, Aroma Massage treats newcomers and regular clients alike with a monthly selection of special promotions.
Located in the hip suburb of Ponsonby, Body Matters offers more than your typical relaxation session: this is a place to go to for remedial, sports, trigger point therapy, among various other therapeutic massage techniques focused on releasing stress and preventing pain or injury. The centre has proven so popular that it recently expanded to include a second location just across the road, inside the Vision Personal Training gym — a great go-to for those wanting to de-stress after an intense workout.
Nestled among the buzzing boutiques and eateries in Chancery Square, Ai Massage offers a wide range of holistic treatments like acupuncture, reflexology and traditional Chinese cupping therapies. The parlour is also open late on weekday evenings to cater to those in desperate need of an after-work pamper session. Relaxation massages range from whole body treatments to area-specific options for sciatica (i.e. massaging the lower body and legs), the back, legs, as well as the neck and shoulders.
Ai Massage, Chancery Square, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand, +64 9-307 2040
The Bhodi Tree relies on its team of Bangkok-trained practitioners to deliver some the most authentic traditional Thai massage therapies around. Besides offering Thai and hot stone massages, the clinic also specialises in aromatherapy, foot reflexology and assorted spa treatments like herbal body scrubs, waxing, manicures and pedicures. The Bhodi Tree is located in Epsom and is open seven days a week.
The Rub is a no-frills establishment in Newmarket. Drop in at your leisure, choose your massage style and get ready to have all your troubles rubbed away. If you just need a quick pick-me-up, the parlour offers sit-down sessions focused on the shoulders, neck, head or arms. For those wanting something deeper, there are whole body therapies as well as sciatica and reflexology treatments.