If a full-blown massage at a fancy hotel is out of reach for now, these spas and massage places in KL offer affordable facials and massages for less than RM100. From deep tissue techniques that relieve tension to effective booster facials, these reasonably-priced treatments should help you in your hour of knead.
With branches in major shopping malls throughout KL and PJ, Thai Odyssey is the most convenient option for a fussfree massage. The outlets’ interiors are calm, dimly lit and decked out in your usual Thai flourishes, but more importantly, service is dependably good and consistent.
For the desk-bound execs working on computers all day, get the 30-minute half body massage (RM58+), which uses deep tissue techniques to relieve tension in your head, neck and shoulders. It’s very relaxing and could help you sleep better as well. Otherwise, go for the traditional foot massage; you have a choice of 30 minutes (RM58+), 45 minutes (RM68+), or an hour (RM73+). Do note that Thai Odyssey outlets get quite full over the weekends, so reservations are highly recommended.
Facials are a forte at Herbaline, and you’ll be happy to know that their ‘Relaxing Facial’ (RM73.10; one hour) is gentle enough that you can still adjourn to dinner or a date without any sign of redness afterwards. The quick but effective treatment consists of a face massage, a Nano Herbal Mask Facial Treatment, an anti-sensitive ampoule and an Oriental & Western shoulder massage, sans the dreaded black heads extraction.
Most of the facials here will leave you plumped and refreshed, but if a full body massage is what you’re after, Herbaline’s 75-minute rubdown (RM88) will create a deep sense of relaxation by freeing the knots and strains from your muscles.
Reborn has attracted a legion of loyal customers ever since it opened its flagship outlet at Sri Petaling in 2000. It’s no surprise then that the foot reflexology and Tui Na expert extends its repertoire to include Thai-style massage. You may be familiar with their foot massage, where pressing specific metatarsal pressure points correspond to the blood circulation of certain organs and glands in the body, but their new outlets – Thai Best by Reborn – promote traditional Thai massages which include the usual pulling, stretching and folding.
Make sure you drop by during their happy hours: the Thai Best by Reborn outlet in Sri Petaling is offering RM80 for a two-hour body massage from 10.30am to 1pm, and RM98 from 1pm to 3pm daily. If a Thai massage sounds too daunting and vigorous to you, you can always opt for the gentler Tui Na body massage at just RM83 for one hour.
While you can get a 30-minute Swedish massage at RM80, we recommend the simple but effective booster facial instead at this luxurious men’s only barbershop and grooming salon. The 30-minute facial (RM80) is perfect as an instant refresh to help you look your best for any important event. Your therapist will pamper you with a quick round of cleansing, toning, soothing and hydrating your skin, and you’ll end up looking fresher with clearer, more radiant skin. You’ll be glad to know that there’s no painful extraction of black heads for this facial.
When you want to escape the crowds in the malls (specifically Nu Sentral and Avenue K), Erawan provides a brief respite. Within a calm interior decked out in standard Thai decor, you can get either a 30-minute head, neck and shoulder massage for RM58+, a one-hour foot massage for RM68+, or an hour-long Thai body massage for RM98+. The masseuses are friendly, well-trained and strong, though you can request for a softer pressure – but you really should just bite down on the slight pain if you want your tensed muscles all soothed out. Bonus points to them for using a citronella-scented heating balm when working on your stiff neck.