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The Best Massages in London

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Stiff back from your makeshift WFH desk? Feeling stressed? Or just fancy a bit of TLC? We’ve rounded up the best massages in London to book now.

The Best Massages in London

Lymphatic Drainage, Flavia Morellato

If you’re after a functional massage, Flavia Morellato is the name to know. The Brazilian physiotherapist – whose clientele includes everyone from Ellie Goulding to Mille Mackintosh – uses a unique method called lymphatic drainage, designed to de-bloat and reduce water retention. Instead of the usual kneading and de-knotting you might expect from a massage, Flavia uses long, rhythmic strokes, designed to stimulate the lymph glands and guide the flow back to the circulatory system, helping to flush out water and excess toxins. After spending some time on one leg, Flavia asks you to lift it up and compare it with the other – you’ll notice a significant difference between the two, with one feeling far lighter. Though Flavia recommends going often to see long-term results, after just one session you’ll feel lighter – and with a noticeably flatter midline. flaviamorellato.co.uk

ESPA Life at The Corinthia, SW1A

ESPA Life

Whether you want your muscles worked out, your energy balanced or your skin scrubbed, ESPA Life at The Corinthia Hotel offers dreamy luxury treatments that will leave you floating on a cloud of relaxation which remains long after you leave. Each therapist is an absolute expert and this, combined with the high quality and gorgeous smells of ESPA products, makes for a brilliant massage experience, whichever you pick. espalifeatcorinthia.com

W London, W1D

W London, W1D

The Away Spa, found inside the W London Leicester Square hotel, has collaborated with NEOM Organics to offer a new massage treatment to hotel guests and the public too. Combining the different therapies of cranio, Thai massage, meditation, shiatsu, trigger point and reflexology, choose between a 30, 60 or 90 minute treatment and be lavished in the the 100% natural fragrances of NEOM by the experts. The spa itself is a haven inside the glamorous hotel and has such an invitingly soothing interior that you’ll soon forget the fact you’re right off the high street in the heart of bustling central London. The 30 minute massage is such a treat after a long day at work; the fragrances used, touch of the massage therapist and noises and energy will leave you in a state of uplifting relaxation ready for a good night’s sleep and a productive following day. Alternatively, head here for a pre-hen do indulge – the waiting area is a stylish space to sit before a treatment with a chilled glass of champagne and a (quiet) gossip with the girls. awayspalondon.com

Masaj, EC2A

Masaj, E2

Designed to create positive experiences that even out the negative stresses of daily life, Masaj was brought to London from Barcelona and resides on Charlotte Road in Shoreditch. The unconventional massage parlour practices sustainability by using organic, natural skincare brands and other eco friendly lifestyle products. Choose from their menu which features six different massages spanning relaxation, flexibility, pre- and post-natal and more. masaj.me

St Pancras Spa, NW1

St Pancras Spa, NW1

Step out of the busy station and into the calming oasis that is the St Pancras Spa. Boasting nine different types of massage including hot stone, muscle release, de-stress and a tonifying indian ayurvedic session, this is the perfect option for a relaxing pit stop on the way home. stpancraslondon.com

Radio King’s Cross, N1C

Radio King's Cross, N1C

Radio Hair Salon’s King’s Cross branch is buzzing and a wonderful treat for a Saturday spa treatment. Book yourself in for the 90 minute full body massage. It’s tried and tested and is known to be one of the best in the whole of London. radiohairsalon.com

The Landmark London, NW1

The Landmark London, NW1

The best option for back pain. Book the Deeply Warming Back Neck & Scalp massage, using Germaine de Capuccini products, which relieves tension, soreness and stretches out the problem areas. Plus, the scalp massage really is quite heavenly. landmarklondon.co.uk

Facegym, NW8

Facegym, NW8

Sitting on the stylish St John’s Wood high street, Facegym is a massage for your face. Carried out by their Face Trainers, the treatment includes warm ups, cool downs, sculpting and muscle manipulation. Why should your face miss out on all the massage fun? nw8stjohnswood.com

Cloud Twelve, W11

Cloud Twelve Spa

Cloud Twelve is no stranger to Country & Town House spa round-ups with its sustainable ethos, first-class beauticians, and of course, heavenly skilled masseuses. The spa which is situated in the most charming of mewses in Notting Hill embodies serenity; behind glass doors you’ll find yourself enveloped by an air of calm – one simply cannot help but exhale the day’s stresses away. Gentle spa music – and not the annoying kind – together with an enchanting fragrance help chase away any remaining tensions. Like any spa worth its (Himalayan) salt, Cloud Twelve’s massage offering is long and hard to choose from, ranging from Ayurveda massages to more Western  options like an invigorating Swedish or balancing aromatherapy one. But if we’re hard pressed to choose just one it’d have to be the Holistic Deep Tissue one, where an expert therapist works out your knots, ease your aches and declutter your mind – you’ll leave walking on air. cloudtwelve.co.uk

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