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City Centre Calm 5 Best Massages at the Heart of Manchester

City Centre Calm: 5 Best Massages at the Heart of Manchester

  • Service - We assessed the quality and variety of massage therapies offered by each establishment.
  • Accessibility - We considered the accessibility of each massage service location, operating hours, and waiting time.
  • Pricing - We checked the cost of their services and compared it with other establishments in the area.
  • Customer Service - We also assessed the friendliness and professionalism of the staff, the efficiency of service, and overall customer satisfaction in their interactions with the establishment's team.

After a long day at work or a jam-packed vacation in Manchester, there’s nothing better than unwinding with a relaxing massage. You’ve spent hours on your feet, exploring the city’s vibrant streets and landmarks, or maybe you’re just dealing with the stress and fatigue of everyday life. 

Either way, your body is crying out for some serious TLC. The problem? Finding the perfect massage therapist who can melt away your stress and tension can be a challenge. 

That’s why we explored Manchester City Centre to find the top massage spots that promise to deliver ultimate relaxation and relief. Prepare to leave your worries behind and embrace a state of pure relaxation…read on.

1. Sarasin Spa

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Services: Massage, Wellness Treatment

Address: 4 Bradley St

Contact Details: +44 161 237 3673

Operating Hours:

  • Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 AM–8:00 PM

Website

Google Reviews Score 4.5/5
Facebook Reviews Score 4.7/5
Total Reviews4.3/5
Score Consistency 4/5
Service 5/5
  Quality5/5
  Variety5/5
Accessibility4.5/5
  Location4/5
  Operating Hours5/5
Pricing(A higher rating means better value)5/5
Customer Service5/5

Sarasin Spa stood out to us for offering a wide range of services. Here, they have offerings from traditional Thai massages to invigorating body scrubs and makeovers in their salon.

For this, we believe that they’re ideal for those seeking a one-stop destination for grooming and relaxation.

Furthermore, we particularly appreciate that they are open every day and even open earlier than other massage places in the area. This is perfect for those who want to indulge in some early morning pampering before starting their day.

They’re also conveniently located on Bradley Street – making them easy to find. However, parking can be an issue during peak times, so we suggest walking or using public transportation if you plan to visit.

They accept walk-in clients, but we opt to book an appointment ahead of time every time we visit. We give them props as their customer service was prompt and efficient which makes the booking process a breeze.

Whenever we visited, the staff were lovely and greeted us warmly upon arrival, which made us feel right at home. 

Lastly, with massage prices starting at only £37, we believe that they offer a reasonable and competitive rate. For this, we will definitely be coming back for more.

Pros

  • Wide range of services
  • Operational every day with early opening time
  • Accepts walk-ins
  • Smooth booking service
  • Warm staff members

Cons

  • Limited parking

Really knows that they’re doing

“Booked an hours’ Swedish massage at the last minute because of a stiff neck and restless sleep. I arrived in ample time and was warmly welcomed by reception. Tina introduced herself as my masseuse and proceeded to lead me to my massage room well ahead of time. She confirmed my massage request and I have to say, she really knows what she is doing because after my massage, the tension around my neck and shoulder was non existent, I felt more flexible and I had a restful sleep.”

Olivia Bussey, Google Review

Great place

Very friendly people, one of the best massages I‘ve had so far. I came here with a back pain and instantly felt great relief after the massage.Thanks!

Raz Haider, Google Review

2. NiniSpa

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Services: Massage, Facial, Skin Care Products

Address: Block 6, Spectrum, Blackfriars Rd

Contact Details: +44 7876 173254

Operating Hours: 

  • Sunday | Saturday: 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM–7:00 PM

Website

Google Reviews Score 4.9/5
Facebook Reviews Score 5/5
Total Reviews4.7/5
Score Consistency 4/5
Service 5/5
  Quality5/5
  Variety5/5
Accessibility4.5/5
  Location5/5
  Operating Hours4/5
Pricing(A higher rating means better value)4/5
Customer Service5/5

NiniSpa offers spa membership options that save up to 10% off on regular visits. For us, this makes them ideal for those who want to stick with one massage place and get a good deal.

Furthermore, these memberships are particularly useful as their services start at £70. We’re a bit iffy as this is quite expensive when compared to other establishments in the area.

Despite the cost, we believe they’re worth a try — thanks to their accessible location on Blackfriars Road. We’re able to easily reach them through public transportation and they also offer ample parking spots for those who drive.

Additionally, we appreciate that they’re open every day. Although it’s worth noting that they do close earlier during the weekdays. 

While they accept walk-in customers, we highly recommend booking in advance. Especially during the weekends when it’s their peak time. 

In line with this, we like that customers can book through their website or by calling — both of which are smooth and simple processes.

Finally, we can’t get enough of their talented therapists, who truly know how to provide a relaxing experience. We suggest trying their Nini Signature Massage, Relaxation Full Body Massage, or Hot Stone Massage for a truly indulgent treat.

Pros

  • Membership options 
  • Accessible location
  • Easy booking

Cons

  • Expensive services
  • Closes early on weekdays

Amazing

“One of the most, if not the most amazing massage I have ever experienced. First time I came here with my husband, we both left very happy with our experience so I came back with my friends and they had a brilliant time. Special thank you to Eve for looking after me and giving me a superb massage. The staff were so friendly and informative too. Definitely will be back again!”

Tangina Chowdhury, Google Review

100& recommended

“It was absolutely amazing… from the beginning to the ending of the ritual, Eve was extremely sweet and kind. She is perfect if you have a hard time to calm you down, she gave me my space to be relax, she make everything with a lot of love, you can tell this from her. I ended asking her if I could hug her because,she transmit to me the energy and the peace that I was looking for long time. 

100% it is recommended and at the end of the ritual even I was her last costumer she didn’t mind preparing me a nice tea with cookies. Everything was lovely, if you want to treat yourself, this is your place, definitely I will come back.”

Nuria Rial lorenzo, Google Review

3. Beauty and Bubbles

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Services: Massage, Wellness Treatment

Address: 47 Dale St

Contact Details: +44 161 228 3375

Operating Hours:

  • Sunday: 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Monday | Friday: 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Tuesday to Thursday: 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

Website

Google Reviews Score 4.7/5
Facebook Reviews Score 4.8/5
Total Reviews5/5
Score Consistency 4/5
Service 5/5
  Quality5/5
  Variety5/5
Accessibility4/5
  Location4/5
  Operating Hours4/5
Pricing(A higher rating means better value)5/5
Customer Service5/5

Beauty and Bubbles has been our staple since 2012. Although they’re primarily known for their nail services (that come with a free drink), we’re done gatekeeping that they also offer excellent massage services.

We also like that it’s easy to drop by since they are conveniently located on Dale Street. However, for those bringing their own car, be warned that they don’t have a dedicated parking spot.

We’re a bit iffy that the closest on-street parking (payable) is on Paton Street which is a couple of minutes walk away.

Additionally, their operating hours vary per day, which can be quite confusing. On the brighter side, we appreciate that booking an appointment is easy with their responsive staff over the phone and reliable website booking system.

Moving on, we keep coming back for their back massages that last only 25 minutes. This duration is shorter compared to other places in the area, but it’s also more affordable, starting at just £32 — making it ideal for those in a hurry or on a budget.

We also value that the staff members here are patient and friendly. In fact, we think that they’re ideal for first-timers who may be anxious about getting a massage since their staff are calming.

Pros

  • Wide range of services
  • Responsive customer service
  • Affordable services
  • Friendly staff members

Cons

  • No dedicated parking
  • Varying operating hours

Really nice

“Great experience visiting Beauty and Bubbles this morning, both the staff and atmosphere are really nice.”

Rosalee Crook, Google Review

Friendly and skilled

“All staff are friendly and skilled. Easy to book an appointment. I recommend.”

Luisa Lobina, Google Review

4. Zen Thai Spa

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Services: Massage, Wellness Treatment

Address: 10 Lever St

Contact Details: +44 161 956 2777

Operating Hours:

  • Sunday | Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 AM–8:00 PM

Website

Google Reviews Score 4.2/5
Facebook Reviews Score 4.7/5
Total Reviews4.3/5
Score Consistency 4/5
Service 5/5
  Quality5/5
  Variety5/5
Accessibility5/5
  Location5/5
  Operating Hours5/5
Pricing(A higher rating means better value)5/5
Customer Service4/5

For those seeking an authentic Thai massage without leaving Manchester, we believe that Zen Thai Spa is the place to be. Here, they have highly qualified massage therapists, some with decades of experience — ensuring a top-notch experience.

We come here specifically for their Zen Signature Thai Massage which is priced at £45 for one hour. This makes their rates one of the best in terms of cost-per-duration ratio.

Additionally, we like that they offer one of the most affordable couples and partners massage options in the area at £85 for 50 minutes. For us, this makes it an ideal choice for a shared relaxation experience without breaking the bank.

Booking is also smooth and easy as well, and we usually call them or book through their website. However, we must note that not everyone may have the same experience. 

According to the surveys we’ve conducted, some customers have complained about not being accommodated right away despite having an appointment—and waiting up to 20 minutes to speak to someone.

Nonetheless, we think Zen Thai Spa shines in terms of accessibility. We give them a thumbs up as they’re conveniently located on Lever Street. 

Along with this, they’re also open every day, giving their customers plenty of time to get a massage.

Pros

  • Experienced therapists
  • Affordable services
  • Smooth booking system
  • Accessible location
  • Operational everyday

Cons

  • Reports of late accommodation

Great service

“Went with my lover for a couples massage. Great service and friendly staff. The staff are stronger than they look and will provide a deep massage to relieve your body”

mark geary, Google Review

Definitely going again

“Had a brilliant couples massage, can’t recommend highly enough, we came out floating. We’ll definitely be going again. Thank you!!”

Fiona McAllister, Google Review

5. Nu U Therapy

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Services: Massage, Therapy Treatment

Address: 436- 4th floor Royal Exchange Offices Old Bank Street St Ann’s Square

Contact Details: 07384 324822

Operating Hours:

  • Sunday: 1:30 PM–6:30 PM
  • Monday: 2:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Wednesday | Friday: 9:00 AM–8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM–12:30 PM

Website

Google Reviews Score 5/5
Facebook Reviews Score 5/5
Total Reviews4.4/5
Score Consistency 4/5
Service 5/5
  Quality5/5
  Variety5/5
Accessibility4.5/5
  Location5/5
  Operating Hours4/5
Pricing(A higher rating means better value)5/5
Customer Service5/5

Nu U Therapy offers a wide range of services. We like that they promote holistic health through facials, vibration therapy, reiki, and, of course, massages. 

Furthermore, they also provide various types of massages such as Swedish, Indian, deep tissue, sports massage, and many more. For us, this makes them ideal for those who have specific massage preferences or needs.

We personally enjoy their Swedish back, neck and shoulder massage for 30 minutes. This option never fails to leave us feeling utterly relaxed and rejuvenated—a perfect escape from daily stress.

Their prices are also reasonable, starting at just £32 for 30 minutes. This affordability, combined with their high-quality services, makes them an excellent choice.

Moving on, they have three therapists here — each with their own specialities. Our go-to is Helen who is a certified integrative health practitioner.

The other staff members are also delightful. We appreciate that they address us by our names every time we visit and they’re also quick to address any concern that their customers may have.

Lastly, we appreciate their accessible location at St Ann’s Square, which includes free parking for those who will drive there. Just keep in mind that they operate strictly by appointment only and their operating hours vary each day.

Pros

  • Wide range of services
  • Certified therapists
  • Accessible location

Cons

  • Requires appointment
  • Varying operating hours

Felt so much better

“Sarah is amazing. I had a long drive and engaged in intensive sports recently, so I booked a one-hour Swedish massage session. The entire process was very smooth, and it was clear that Sarah is experienced in meridian therapy. After the session, I felt much better and will definitely book a session with her again.”

Vincent H, Google Review

You can feel the love and passion

“I booked a soothing massage & reiki healing which I had never done before and it was amazing. Sarah was so kind and welcoming, she explained everything so well and made me feel at ease, you can feel the love and passion she puts into her work! It was exactly what I needed and I walked out feeling light, relaxed and so happy. Will be returning soon and can’t wait! ”

Giulia Z, Google Review

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