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The Best Massages in Canberra

By Emily Morris - 22 August 2017 29

Best Canberra Massages
This has been updated for August 2017

Whether you’ve got a specific injury, general muscle pain, or are just feeling stressed out, a massage can do a world of good. The best massage therapists will relieve tension, reduce discomfort, and help you relax and unwind.

That being said, not all massages are positive experiences. In fact, some can be absolutely awful.

If you’re on the lookout for a fantastic massage therapist in the Canberra region, you’re in the right place. After reading through our commenters’ feedback, we’ve put together a list of the top 3 massages in Canberra.

Without further ado, let’s get right into it.

What Makes a Great Massage Therapist

What do the best massage therapists have in common?

Here’s the traits we believe separate the average massage therapists from the amazing.

  • Experience. Whether you have a specific injury that needs massaging or just want to relax, you want a massage therapist with experience and expertise. You should feel better after your massage – not worse!
  • Confidence. The best massage therapists are not afraid to apply the necessary pressure to relieve tight muscles. While your massage shouldn’t be painful, it shouldn’t be too gentle either.
  • Friendly attitude. Good massage therapists are friendly and personable. They make you feel comfortable and at ease during your treatment.
  • Pleasant environment. There’s nothing worse than showing up for a relaxing massage to find yourself in a small, hospital-like room. The treatment room should be calm and pleasant.
  • Well-priced. Massages aren’t cheap, but they shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg either.

If you have had experience with a massage therapist in Canberra that ticks all of these boxes, please let us know in the comments below. Your feedback will help fellow Canberra residents find the best massage in town.

The Top 3 Canberra Massages According to You

We’ve read through your recommendations and put together this list of the top 3 massages in the Canberra region.

Siam Senses Thai Massage

Since opening in 2009, Siam Senses has provided the Canberra region with quality Thai massage therapy and other luxurious spa treatments. Customer satisfaction is their number one priority – you’re bound to feel stress-free and relaxed when you leave.

Siam Senses uses only the finest organic products. Their many massage treatments are given pressure level ratings between one and five, so you know exactly what to expect.

What’s more, Siam Senses is an accredited massage provider with an ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society) registration. Their treatments are accepted by most Health Fund providers, and HiCAPS machines are available for a convenient and fuss-free payment process.

One of our commenters, Overheard, had a fantastic experience at Siam Senses. “Siam Senses in the Jolimont Centre have really done it for me the couple times I’ve been there,” they wrote. “I was doing Gene Kelly impersonations from ‘Singing In The Rain’ afterwards. Literally. The rain and the dance routines. With umbrella up Northbourne Avenue.”

Another commenter, Madam Cholet, had this to say: “I have just visited Siam Senses down by the Jolimont Centre. First of all, great massage. I tend to measure mine on how much discomfort I’m in when I go in, how much the massage causes me discomfort and the level of comfort when I leave. High scores on all.”

Clinic 88

Eliminate aches and pains with a massage at Clinic 88 in Canberra. Clinic 88 is a multidisciplinary clinic offering physiotherapy, remedial massage, personal training, sports massage, and rehabilitation, among other treatments.

If you suffer from ongoing discomforts (such as back pain, neck pain, or tendonitis), their trained and experienced remedial massage therapists can help. All remedial massage therapies are registered for health insurance rebates.

In addition to remedial massages, Clinic 88 offers sports massage. Whether you’d like a pre-event warm up, a post-event cool down, or an injury prevention massage, Clinic 88 can tailor your massage to the type of sport, the nature of your injury, and your personal goals.

Commenter Krankin raved about Clinic 88 in our comments section, writing, “Clinic 88 are the bomb. I have been to all three sites across Canberra. Very professional. both injury stuff or sports/remedial. Very comforting knowing that they are all top qualified as I’m very sure a few I have seen are pretty dodgy.”

FootandThai

FootandThai comes recommended by two of our commenters. This Thai Massage clinic offers a range of treatments in a convenient location just outside of Canberra.

One commenter, Ben_Dover, is a repeat customer who loves the post-massage bliss. “Highly recommended, I go once every couple of months. Always come away feeling half a foot taller and as blissed out as a hippy on dope.”

Your experience with a Canberra based massage therapist

Which massage therapist in Canberra keeps you coming back for more? Which therapist has helped you tackle a stubborn injury? What was your worst massage experience ever?

Let us know in the comments below.

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The Best Massages in Canberra
Overheard 6:12 am 29 Sep 12

Siam Senses in the Jolimont Centre have really done it for me the couple times I’ve been there. The first one I had was in 2010 and while it was uncomfortable as all get out during (I chose the deep tissue massage and asked her not to let on the six occasions she asked if I was alright), I was doing Gene Kelly impersonations from ‘Singing In The Rain’ afterwards. Literally. The rain and the dance routines. With umbrella up Northbourne Avenue.

There’s one in Gordon Street more or less opposite Xchange on London that is dear to my heart. Good massage and she spent five minutes pedicuring the bejebus out of my in-grown toenail. Fixed in a jiff what drugs and a cupboard full of bandages couldn’t.

far_northact 6:31 pm 28 Sep 12

I like Tim. Now mobile: healing hut. Mob: 0408867060. Very efficient!

staria 1:12 pm 28 Sep 12

Is there anywhere you can get a “walking on your back” massage in Canberra?

…Apart from falling over in a busy crowd that is!

poetix 12:54 pm 28 Sep 12

carnardly said :

http://the-riotact.com/ladies-are-you-up-for-romantic-adventure-in-turner/54202 maybe this person can help….

🙂

Romance was never my thing….(-:

Thank you all for the suggestions so far. Lots to chase up. I love #8 Mr Waffle’s too lazy for a massage!

Therapy Masters seems popular.

carnardly 12:29 pm 28 Sep 12
Gismondo 12:23 pm 28 Sep 12

MrMagoo said :

Massage for Health at Sinslie shops, (which is owned by one of my lecturers at CIT), Compass Health at Florey Shops.

Sinslie Shops – awesome freudian slip there Magoo!

MrMagoo 11:59 am 28 Sep 12

Ok, I’ll preface this by saying I am studying to be a Remedial Massage Therapist at CIT. I would avoid the Chinese places as you don’t know about the level of qualification or not of the ‘therapist’. Ensure you get a Therapist who is aligned to one of the professional associations, has insurance and health fund status. In saying that, Therapy Masters in the City, Massage for Health at Sinslie shops, (which is owned by one of my lecturers at CIT), Compass Health at Florey Shops.

Mr Waffle 11:56 am 28 Sep 12

Genie said :

FootandThai in Weeden close, Belconnen

http://www.footandthai.com

I’m not really a massage-y person (I enjoy them but too lazy to actively go out for them) but the one time I did go here, it was absolutely fantastic.

JazzyJess 11:26 am 28 Sep 12

I’d suggest you try Therapy Masters above King O’Malley’s pub in Civic.

Madam Cholet 11:18 am 28 Sep 12

TheDancingDjinn said :

Madam Cholet said :

If I can get away from work for a bit in the city I go to Wangs .

The teenager inside me giggled at the thought of a “massage at Wangs” *insert Bevis and Butthead laugh here*

I did think of that too, but too late to change any of my text! And on reading your comment I did actually laugh like Bevis and Butthead.

Genie 11:08 am 28 Sep 12

FootandThai in Weeden close, Belconnen

http://www.footandthai.com

TheDancingDjinn 10:58 am 28 Sep 12

Madam Cholet said :

If I can get away from work for a bit in the city I go to Wangs .

The teenager inside me giggled at the thought of a “massage at Wangs” *insert Bevis and Butthead laugh here*

bundah 10:49 am 28 Sep 12

I’d recommend the Griffith Massage Centre.

astrojax 10:30 am 28 Sep 12

the masseuses above the iga in ainslie are apparently the bomb – he seems very nice from my interactions with him at mutual children’s activities and i have had independent reviews speak highly. happy to give them a plug – not sure of their business name.

Madam Cholet 10:15 am 28 Sep 12

If I can get away from work for a bit in the city I go to Wangs on the outside of the Canberra Centre. Always been pretty good and just seem to have a knack of finding the sorest spots without even being told! Nearer home I use Miracle Therapy who generally set up in shopping centres – I know there is now one at Majura Park but haven’t tried this specific one. Again, in using these guys have had pretty good results.

I tend to use the Chinese places as they don’t charge the “warm and fuzzy” fee that the day spa’s do. Usually about $50-$80 depending on how long etc.

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