If the day to day grunge has you in need of a day of self-pampering, you’re in luck! We talked to the top local spas to get the scoop on their best massages to beat the stress. After all, nothing soothes the mind and body like a good massage. Not only does it provide significant physical benefits, but massage therapy is essential in maintaining emotional wellness, too, by alleviating tension. To help you make it through the holidays or to dangle the carrot at the finish line, here are 11 of the best massages in Nashville, in alphabetical order by spa name.
Nashville’s Best Massages
Apropos Day Spa
4525 Harding Pike, #104, Nashville, TN 37205 • (615) 297-0087
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
GO FOR: The Rain Drop Therapy Massage
Length & cost: 60 minutes for $90
The Rain Drop Therapy Massage is one of the most popular massage therapy services at Apropos. Ideal for those suffering from chronic pain or illnesses, it utilizes healing essential oils, which are dropped along the spine and gently worked into the skin and tissue. This technique originated in the 1950s as a way to treat scoliosis. Not only is this process aromatic and therapeutic, but it is highly restorative, as well, alleviating inflammation and stress. The experts at Apropos explain, “The Rain Drop Therapy Massage brings balance, harmony and structural alignment back to the body.” And who doesn’t need that?!
4231 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205 • (615) 678-4598
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
GO FOR: Hand Massage
Length & cost: 30 minutes for $35; 60 minutes for $60
Bucca Reflexology specializes in treating headaches, soreness, stiffness and stress tension. Their certified Chinese therapists curate the most relaxing environment, complete with plush pillows, soothing eye masks, herbal tea and zen music. The hand massage alleviates arthritis and stiff joint pain, and while this targeted treatment may seem superfluous, you will be amazed at how dramatically it affects your overall wellness.
Center of Symmetry
212 Louise Ave., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 321-4040
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.
GO FOR: Migun Thermal Message
Length & cost:$1 per minute, but they also have packages that include 5-30 minute sessions–$125, 10-30 minute sessions–$200, 5-60 minute sessions–$250, 10-60 minute sessions–$400
Now known as part of Coco Greens Vegan Cafe, the former Center of Symmetry is a wellness center focused on a nature-based approach to everyday living. Its holistic system combines a healthy market and cafe with a med-spa. Services range from energy work to traditional massage therapy, but the Migun Thermal Massage table is a great option for those who want a quick and effective massage, or those who may not feel comfortable with a massage therapist. The Migun table combines acupressure and infrared heat, enhancing the spine’s flexibility and promoting circulation and healing. Worth noting: The Migun Thermal Massage is not advised for those who are pregnant, those with pacemakers or those with severe osteoporosis.
Escape Day Spa + Salon
6000 Hwy. 100, Nashville, TN 37205 • (615) 352-3545
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
GO FOR: Indian Head Massage
Length & cost: 40 minutes for $70
If you spend your days hunched over a computer screen, then the Indian Head Massage at Escape is what you need! Based on ancient techniques, this restorative session works wonders on your neck and shoulders, allowing physical and emotional tension to drift away. By stimulating the scalp, the Indian Head Massage improves circulation, alleviates headaches and eye strain, and helps concentration. Our friends at Escape explain, “This massage is really beneficial for women who naturally have weaker necks and tend to have a lot of tension there. It’s also really great for those who suffer with migraines, as it works the pressure points at the base of the neck to increase blood flow to the head.” Sold!
2817 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 686-8433
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
GO FOR: The Signature Spa Massage
Length & cost: 60 minutes for $90; 90 minutes for $130
250 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 761-3600
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
GO FOR: Prenatal Massage
Length & cost: Monday through Thursday, 50 minutes for $120; Friday through Sunday, 50 minutes for $130
For those of us facing the season’s stresses with a bun in the oven, we haven’t forgotten about you! The prenatal massage from Mokara Spa, located in the downtown Omni Hotel, is designed specifically for the needs of pregnant women in their second and third trimesters. They use only all-natural, chemical-free shea butter to make your skin feel super soft and ensure it’s receptive to the massage’s restorative and relaxing techniques. Mom and baby will be two happy campers! “We have special wedge pillows that enable pregnant women to lie on their stomachs, which provides immediate relief and allows them to fully enjoy every minute of the Swedish massage,” say the pros at Mokara.
O.liv Body Bar
922 Main St., East Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 750-3701
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
GO FOR: Hot O.Liv Massage on the Rocks
Length & cost: 30 minutes for $50; 45 minutes for $70; 60 minutes for $90; 75 minutes for $105; 90 minutes for $125
Known for their marvelous massage services, O.liv Body Bar in East Nashville is a boutique spa with gorgeous amenities. Their signature Hot Massage on the Rocks utilizes extra-virgin olive oil infused with essential oils and herbs from their own body bar. The massage is customized to meet each individual’s needs and target problem areas. “This massage is great for people who are sensitive to deep tissue massages,” explain the folks at O.liv Body Bar. “The rocks heat the muscles, which allows every movement that the therapist performs to be really penetrating, but not the least bit painful.”
4009 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 292-8606
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (open late Thursday until 7 p.m.); Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
GO FOR: Pre-natal massage
Length & cost: 60 minutes for $90
While Private Edition offers several fabulous massages, we know that the aching back and legs of pregnancy need a massage and not all massage boutiques offer prenatal massages; happily Private Edition does! You’ll enter through the cosmetics boutique of Private Edition and make your way to the back, where all their aesthetic services are preformed. While you are just mere feet from Hillsboro Road, you are a world away! Come pamper your pregnant body!
Skin MB Med Spa
2225 Bandywood Drive, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 891-2881
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
GO FOR: Cloud 9 Foot and Leg treatment
Length & cost: 30 minutes for $35
When your lower half aches from all the racing around you’ve been doing to tie up loose holiday ends, and if you’ve been wearing heels no less, the Cloud 9 Foot and Leg Treatment from Skin MB will get you back on track. It starts with an aromatherapy soak while you get to relax in one of their massage chairs. Then you’ll receive an exfoliating foot scrub, followed by an intensive foot and calf massage, which alleviates any additional minor aches and pains.
3202 Belmont Blvd., Ste. E, Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 378-7226
Hours: Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
GO FOR: Sports Therapy Massage
Length & cost: 60 minutes for $100; 75 minutes for $115; 90 minutes for $130
For gym rats (or future gym rats with the start of the new year) or those who are doing the holiday hustle, the sports therapy massage from Urban Oasis is amazing. Using stretching and compression, this option promotes flexibility in tight areas. It’s also ideal for people with chronic pain or past injuries, as this type of massage allows you to target parts that need special attention. According to the folks at Urban Oasis, “The Sports Therapy Massage is not just for athletes. It’s beneficial for anyone who wants to stretch deeply and target sore muscles.” Yes, please!
Woodhouse Day Spa
1175 Meridian Blvd.. Suite 100, Franklin, Tennessee 37067
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
GO FOR: Signature Four-Handed Massage
Length & cost: 80 minutes for $265
If you’re looking for an indulgent way to unwind, treat yourself (or a friend who really needs it!) to an 80 minute massage with two massage therapists. It’s the ultimate way to relieve stress. With a full body massage, reflexology, and a hypnotic scalp massage, it’s impossible to leave feeling any bit of tension.
Cheers! And here’s to living a life with sanity — and body — intact!