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The Best Massages in Canberra

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Best Canberra Massages

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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Sjl 2:45 pm 08 Jul 18

I have had “a lot” of massages, most of them Chinese, as I like that they target muscle groups rather than just generally rub you all over. I cant recommend one place over another because most places have constant staff rotations (mostly because of visa restrictions).
All masseuse have a unique “style” so it might take a few different masseuse (even in the same shop) before you find one you like. Dont be afraid to guide them. Always appreciate their efforts.
If you want a better massage, go during the week and in the morning/early afternoon, when they are less tired/overworked.
A harder massage means you will get more benefit from it a day or two later, rather than straight away, so tailor the massage to suit.
If you dont like the massage, talk to the masseuse, or say something when you pay, as they know bad opinions mean less income. There are some very average masseuse out there so make sure you dont put up with a bad massage.

DaniiW86 9:34 pm 02 Sep 16

I went in for a massage tonight and the guy that was massaging me was clearly preoccupied- I could tell he was distracted as he kept stopping every few seconds. Later on I discovered a bad smell lingering (if you get what I mean). He had let one rip.. I also could feel him tapping and clicking on his phone which he had placed on my back and was reading while he was doing a half a**ed job. I have never had such a poor massage in my life. When the massage had finished I saw a sign that said if they read their phones while massaging ask for another therapist and start the clock again. I wish I had seen this prior to the massage. I had previously had a good massage in there in the past but I am never going back, oh,… Did I mention they also charged me full price for this kind of service?! I do not reccommend!

muscledude_oz 9:16 pm 24 Feb 13

Krankin said :

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.
They also will suggest a particular therapist if you ring and ask what you are after. I love that bit.

Southern Cross Health Club sends members with sports injuries to Clinic 88. There have been no complaints, in fact they are regarded very highly among the bodybuilding/fitness elite in Canberra.

LSWCHP 8:29 pm 24 Feb 13

JimCharles said :

Krankin said :

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.
They also will suggest a particular therapist if you ring and ask what you are after. I love that bit.

It’s always a chore working out who’s qualified…the classic Thai way is to frame a certificate saying the practitioner was trained at Wat Po temple (blind masseurs working by touch sense only), but by that score they must have trained millions….you can’t tell so just have to go and try them out. When you find one you like, stick with them.
I’ve tried two in Canberra..Siam Senses and another one in Braddon. One girl at Siam Senses was marvellous…built like a prop, knees, thumbs and elbows, lots of clicking and crunching. Unfortunately “she move Sydneee” and i had a real rubbish one last time.

I’ve always had to pay in advance as well at SS.
Also a bit of a trial paying about $60 an hour instead of $6….a bit more business and competition could bring the price down a little.

My wife and I went to Bali over summer. We had some tremendous deep tissues massages and my wife speaks Indonesian, so she chatted to one of the girls afterwards . We paid 120000 rupiah for a one hour massage, which is about $12 AUD. My wife told me that of this, the masseuse received 6000 rupiah, or 60 cents, for her hours work.

We gave the girls large tips, because while Canberra massage prices seems excessive, 60 cents an hour is simply wrong.

JimCharles 5:06 pm 24 Feb 13

Krankin said :

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.
They also will suggest a particular therapist if you ring and ask what you are after. I love that bit.

It’s always a chore working out who’s qualified…the classic Thai way is to frame a certificate saying the practitioner was trained at Wat Po temple (blind masseurs working by touch sense only), but by that score they must have trained millions….you can’t tell so just have to go and try them out. When you find one you like, stick with them.
I’ve tried two in Canberra..Siam Senses and another one in Braddon. One girl at Siam Senses was marvellous…built like a prop, knees, thumbs and elbows, lots of clicking and crunching. Unfortunately “she move Sydneee” and i had a real rubbish one last time. I’ve always had to pay in advance as well at SS.
Also a bit of a trial paying about $60 an hour instead of $6….a bit more business and competition could bring the price down a little.

Ben_Dover 3:15 pm 24 Feb 13

Genie said :

FootandThai in Weeden close, Belconnen

http://www.footandthai.com

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.

Krankin 2:29 pm 24 Feb 13

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.
They also will suggest a particular therapist if you ring and ask what you are after. I love that bit.

astrojax 1:22 pm 17 Dec 12

BimboGeek said :

Am I the only one who doesn’t want to be touched by strangers?

yes. the stranger the better, non? 🙂

BimboGeek 12:02 pm 17 Dec 12

Am I the only one who doesn’t want to be touched by strangers?

Madam Cholet 9:12 am 17 Dec 12

Short update to the massage thread, in case anyone wants to pre-empt Christmas stress and get another hour of relaxation in before family ‘frivolities’ begin.

Suffering very sore muscles and a shocking run of related headaches I nipped across one Friday lunch to Thai Bliss in the new buildings on University Avenue. Chose the hour long Thai massage. And what a good choice it was. When the masseur started by sticking her knee in my back, I knew we were off to a good start! When you rock up for one of these massages they give you a pair of loose pants to put on – which I realised are to save your modesty due to limbs being manipulated this way and that!

The description of the massage advised that it would leave me feeling energised and peaceful. That and more I can tell you. Having to return to the office for a conference call was not exactly thrilling at that point as I was not sure that any words would come out of my mouth I was so relaxed! Suffice to say, I would not get in a car and drive after one of those massages.

I think it’s the best one I have ever had. Ever.

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