Day 21: Bust that stress before Christmas

If you’re starting to feel frazzled this festive season, we’ve found some stress-busters that will have you sailing through Christmas with plenty of yuletide cheer.

YOU Day Spa
YOU Day Spa has been restoring balance and calm to the lives of busy Melburnians since 1979. Balinese massage, facials and manicures are just some of the relaxing options, but if you’re in need of serious pampering, we recommend the De-stress Aromatherapy Cocoon. Turn off your phone and exhale.

Stone statue

A visit to YOU Day Spa will leave you feeling calm all through the silly season

Mr Meditate at Lunchtime
Leave the Christmas shopping list behind and book in for a lunchtime meditation session at HUB Australia on Bourke Street. At 12pm 8 and 15 December and costing just $10, Mr Meditate at Lunchtime runs the most peaceful half hour you’ll have all week.

Sakura Lounge
Don’t be fooled by the unassuming entry on Warburton Lane; Sakura Lounge and Spa is an oasis of Japanese tranquillity. Treat yourself to a facial or hot stone massage or book into the shiatsu room for a treatment that will leave you de-stressed and soothed.

External shot of Sakura Lounge premises

Step inside the Sakura Lounge to experience the art of Japanese healing

Lunchtime Zen in the CBD
Head along to Lunchtime Zen in the CBD for a mindful, sitting meditation that anyone can master. It costs just $4 and is held at RMIT Building 46, 11 Lygon Street in Carlton. The last two sessions before Christmas are December 9 and 16 at 12.30pm. Bring a cushion!

One for Men
One for Men (formerly Man, What a fuss) is a stylish, chilled-out grooming destination for blokes who want a massage or makeover in time for Christmas. Try the ‘Perfect Man!’ package for $125, which includes a haircut, express facial, facial waxing and scalp massage.

Towels in a spa treatment room

Tired of standing up in the shower? Try the popular ‘vichy’ shower for the ultimate in body relaxation

Other city spots for pre-Christmas relaxation:

  • Onsen Ma – an authentic Japanese bathhouse in the CBD
  • Carlton Baths – book in for a Body Balance class on Tuesdays and Thursdays or unwind in the pool
  • Orchid Day Spa – be pampered in luxury at this day spa just off Hardware Lane

How will you be winding down in time for Christmas?