A gift of peace in the silly season

Christmas can be a frenzy of planning, partying, shopping, wrapping and cooking, so treat yourself to some ‘me time’ along the way. Here are some ways to relax, recharge or be pampered during the silly season.

Relaxation – with bells on!

Why not make your downtime extra special for the festive season? Like Yoga in the Sky special? Stretch out and meditate in a quiet, air-conditioned Melbourne Star Observation Wheel cabin under the guidance of a Roar Spirit yoga instructor. Don’t fancy perfecting your star pose high above the city? Giving a gift voucher for this 60-minute Vinyasa yoga experience could make you a star!

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Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Felines can show we humans a thing or two about relaxing, so get some tips at Australia’s first cat cafe. Fifteen rescue cats are ready for pats, play and snoozing on laps at Cat Cafe Melbourne, but bookings are essential. There are also drinks and treats for their two-legged friends, and a shop full of purrfect gifts for cat lovers.

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Cat Cafe

A Christmas pamper sampler

Getting your hair done for the party season? Turn a necessity into an indulgence at Terre a Mer, the laneway salon that specialises in repairing and rejuvenating hair. Their Christmas gift to you: a customised hot oil and steam essential treatment with any booking or product purchase.

Haircare for the discerning gentleman can be found at Alpha Barbers @ Flinders Lane. Add a hot-towel shave to the usual trim, and step out feeling refreshed and looking good. They also sell quality men’s grooming products that make perfect gifts for every lad in your life.

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Alpha Barbers at Flinders Lane

How about some party nails? Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure – or both! – at Nailist By Seepair, whose lovely elves specialise in artistic, freehand gel application. They have polishes and lacquers available in hundreds of colours, so even a simple manicure will have you shining in no time.

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Nailist by Seepair

For the ultimate in peaceful pampering, escape to V Hotel Spa, an oasis of calm far removed from the CBD’s Christmas chaos. From an hour-long hot-rock massage to a half-day package for total relaxation and rejuvenation, there’s a treatment just right for you. A free foot spa, tea and nibbles await with any holiday season massage or facial treatment. Or bliss out at Chuan Spa in Southbank with treatments designed restore balance and energy inspired by the principles of traditional Chinese medicine.

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Chuan Spa

Give peace a chance

Federation Square’s meditation classes are another lunchtime relaxation option worth trying – they’re free, so why not? On Tuesdays from 12.30 to 1pm, they are hosted by Buddhist monk Gen Dornying, a resident teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Melbourne.

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Free meditation at Federation Square

Looking for more ways to find peace during the silly season? Check out these recent posts: A guide to quiet places in the city, and Quiet places to find your zen in Melbourne.

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