We'll let you in on a secret. St Kilda's Fitzroy Street is hiding one of the most relaxing spots in the bayside area. Nourish Spa and Skin Clinic, a day spa located on the second level of the Adina hotel, is an oasis in what can be a hectic part of St Kilda.
The day spa offers the complete pampering experience, from mani-pedis (bubbles optional), waxing and specialised facials to massages, spray tanning and IPL treatments. The pamper packages are where it's at if you're in need of a complete relaxation experience.
The Sensory Escape package ($185) does exactly what it says on the tin. On entering a dimly lit treatment room, you'll be asked to jump into a fluffy bathrobe and soak your feet in a bowl of warm water to prepare those toes for a foot scrub. Beware of any sudden movements if you're the ticklish kind, but the foot rub should prepare you for more relaxation to come.
The treatment is followed by a full body exfoliation with a dry body brushing – where the masseuse sweeps your skin with a dry, cactus bristled brush in long strokes going up towards your heart. This is supposed to improve your circulation as well as buff your skin to get rid of dead skin cells.
The main event is the super relaxing full body massage using a fragrant essential oil of your choosing. It's a totally luxurious experience, especially if you have sore muscles that need rubbing out. They'll even pop hot towels on pressure areas, which is a pretty luxurious feeling. The treatment finishes with a neck and scalp massage that will drain whatever tension you have left from your day.
All up, the Sensory Escape package at Nourish lasts 90 minutes. That's 90 minutes of pure bliss at the hands of the day spa's excellent staff and time well spent if you're after a thorough pampering.