detox massages singapore

5 Kinds of Detox Massages (and the Singapore Spas that Offer Them)

Categories : Spa Tips, Spas

Some massages relieve muscle tension and shoo away bad vibes with aromatherapy oils. However, there’s another kind of spa treatment that most people forget to do: the body detox.

Detox Treatments Vs. The Usual Spa Experience

Detoxing treatments aim to boost circulation and drain toxins from your body. Most of them use gentle, wave-like movements or use heat to encourage you to sweat. If you’re used to strong massages or feeling relaxed and comfortable, you may wonder, “What is happening?” You may even feel uncomfortable and frustrated, especially if you’re not fond of sticky or heavy products.

“The first time I did a body wrap I wanted to start screaming after the first 5 minutes. It felt really warm!” said Sharon. But once the detox treatment was done, she felt lighter and more energetic. “The relaxed feeling comes after the massage. I felt I sweated out a week’s worth of instant ramen, pizza, and stress. Now, I am totally hooked. I can endure an hour of discomfort knowing that my body has been purged of all the stuff that weighs me down.”

Here are some types of detox massages offered by Singapore spas. Book one today!

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Your lymph nodes trap toxins so they don’t wreak havoc on your body. Ideally, your body flushes them out. But sometimes they get stuck there, like the ex-boyfriend who still manages to upset you with one text.

Lympathic massage uses light pressure with gentle strokes and pumping movements in the main lymph nodes (neck, armpits, and groin).

Regular lymphatic massage can boost your immune system and lower water retention. This is good if you have swollen feet or hands, or are going through belly bloat. It can also reduce cellulite, because it boosts blood flow to the areas and break down toxin that causes that not-so-cute dimples on your thighs and buttocks.

Where to get Lymphatic Drainage Massage in Singapore

LifeSpa is an award-winning Singapore spa. Its one-hour Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage is $200 and helps expel excess fluids and reduce cellulite.

LifeSpa has branches in Level 11, Orchard Gateway @ Emerald (call 6737 6766) and Carlton Hotel (6339 6966 / 6337 6339). Visit their website at for more information.

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Seaweed or Salt Bath

Seaweed and salt baths draw out toxins and nourish your skin with vitamins and minerals. Seaweeds contain iodine, calcium, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamins A, C, D and E. They can help treat both facial and body acne, bloat, and conditions like psoriasis.

Where to get Salt Bath Treatments in Singapore

Look for Singapore spas that offer Onsen or hot Japanese baths. If you don’t want a public bath, try Palm Ave Float Club. It offers 60 and 90 minute sessions in a private room with a float pod and shower.

Palm Ave Float Club is located at 66 Kampong Bugis, #05-01, Singapore 338987. Call them at +65 9151 6004.

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Salt Scrub

We’re familiar with exfoliating body scrubs, but salt scrubs don’t just get rid of dead skin cells. Many salts contain minerals that can stop inflammation and nourish dry, dull skin. And since salt has natural anti-bacterial properties, it can fight foot fungal infections and other skin conditions.

Where to get Salt Scrub Body Treatments in Singapore

 Many Singapore spas offer salt scrub body treatments. You can check out Healing Touch Spa, which actually offers three: a ginger salt body scrub that can simultaneously relax aching muscles, a rose sea salt body scrub that moisturizes your skin, and a herbal citrus salt scrub that can help clear your head and wake up your senses.

Healing Touch Spa has several locations in Singapore. Check out their website to find the nearest branch near you.

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Gua Sha

This ancient Chinese massage technique us over 2,000 years old and aims to remove stagnant inergy (or chi) that causes inflammation, low energy and disease.

Your massage therapist will apply a body oil and then use a smooth gua sha massage tool (traditionally a smooth block of jade, but any smooth object will do) to stroke your body and stimulate microcirculation in your tissue.

Gua Sha massages are generally done on your back, buttocks, neck and limbs. It can also be done on your face, but with milder pressure.

This detox treatment is recommended for people who experience chronic joint and muscle pain, either from exercise or conditions like arthritis, gout, and neck or back pain. It’s also said to help detox the liver and reduce migraine headaches. Some moms also get gua sha massages to relieve beast engorgement while breastfeeding.

Where to get Gua Sha Therapy in Singapore

Several Singapore spas offer gua sha therapy. But for an authentic Chinese massage, try going to Chinese Medical Centre — Singapore’s first integrated Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and healthcare centre.

Find them at Blk 701A, Yishun Ave 5, #02-01, Singapore 761701. Call them at
+65 6756-7662 for more information.

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Body Wraps

Body wraps can eliminate toxins, stimulate circulation, and soften and smooth your skin. Singapore spas offer different kinds of wraps – slimming, anti-ageing, whitening – but if you want to purge your skin of toxins and chemicals, look for one that really aims to detox.

Most detox body wraps use  algae, seaweed, mud, clay, or gel. These will help clear out pores (which is perfect for people with body acne) and help minimize cellulite. You may be given a body scrub first, and your body wrap may be done in a heated room. Sometimes, you’ll also be wrapped in a blanket to further encourage sweating.

Where to get Body Wrap Treatments in Singapore

For a totally luxe and holistic treatment, go to the Willow Stream Spa. Their detox body wrap uses marine algae paste, slathered generously over your body before you’re cocooned in cling film and heavy towels. As you “marinate” in this body wrap, you get a facial. The treatment ends with a lympathic massage and a chance to bathe in their high-tech hydrobath.

Visit Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road. Call them at 6431 5600 for more information.

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