Hands down: A guide to the best massage therapists in Auckland

With the modern day mantra ‘work hard, play hard’ habitually leaving us physically and emotionally exhausted, a holistic, healing experience can be found in regular massages. With no time to waste, we’ve rounded up the best hands in the business so that each massage is as good as the next.

1. For a classic treatment: Kadek at Spring Spa Ponsonby
Having recently touched down at Ponsonby’s Spring Spa following a stint at the award-winning Canggu outlet in Bali, Kadek Muliawan is something of a hero walking in our midst. With an uncanny ability to read what your body needs, it’s no wonder he is the on-site trainer as well as senior massage therapist. We suggest you sign up for a ‘signature massage’ and pinpoint any sore spots. As an elite spa therapist with 10 years experience (in five-star international locations) under his belt, you can rest assured you’re in good hands.

2. For a sports massage: Graham at Move to Live
Renowned amongst Auckland’s fitness fanatics as the place to go if you’ve ‘gone too far’ with your training, the entire team at Move to Live is comprised of meticulously trained physiotherapists able to restore normal movement and function through a combination of deep tissue massage, stretching and mobility exercises. Walking out of this clinic is like walking on air.

3. For Balinese therapy: Agung at East Day Spa
Agung is East Day Spa’s most senior massage therapist and spa trainer, having worked the acclaimed SKYCITY refuge for 12 years. Her time at East was preceded by a decade in luxury spas in her native Bali, including the prestigious role of Spa Trainer at The Ritz-Carlton. With a forte in traditional Balinese massage as well as vast experience across all massage disciplines, a session with Agung is at once healing and relaxing; defined by her energy and holistic technique.

4. For utter relaxation: Catherine at The Facialist
The kind of massage that you could quite easily fall asleep to, prepare to enter a bona fide state of zen. Catherine specialises in a gentle lymphatic massage using repetitive strokes, this is less about the physical outcome and more about achieving a sense of spiritual reprieve by way of pure relaxation. You. Are. Welcome.

5. For deep tissue bliss: Esther at Forme Spa Mt Eden
Having travelled extensively through South East Asia honing her skills as a therapist, Esther taps into Asian massage techniques and uses her arms and legs to give your muscles a firm work over and much needed stretch. Her deep tissue ‘Rock Me’ massage will see her use hot basalt stones to deliver the warm relaxation and leave you feeling decidedly unwound.

6. For a Japanese touch: Aisha at So Spa
Let So Spa senior beauty therapist Aisha, take you on a journey using a nourishing body ritual inspired by Japanese traditions. Her speciality, the Hanakasumi Body Treatment, includes a full body exfoliation and a back massage using scents of cherry blossom and Asian essences. It’s the next best thing if the Land of the Rising Sun isn’t on your travel agenda.

7. For a traditional Thai massage: Pim from Golden Fingers
Tough but effective, the traditional Thai massage at Golden Fingers is just the ticket if you’re after something a little more hard-hitting. Pim works hard to ensure she leaves a serious result: often using her hands, feet, knees and elbows to truly massage the patient thoroughly.


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