7 soothing spas in Shanghai to treat your post-lockdown blues

Escape the stress of the city and prepare to drift into deep relaxation

Photograph: courtesy Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Life in Shanghai is changing rapidly with the lockdown being lifted. With many residents returning to their workplaces and being flooded with other obligations, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of big-city life.

Instead of letting yourself get overwhelmed, don’t forget to set aside time for some much-needed R&R. From deep tissue massages to entering the deepest reaches of your psyche in a pod filled with salt water, check out these relaxing spas to help remedy your post-lockdown blues.


Subconscious Day Spa

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Photograph: courtesy Subconscious Day Spa

With locations in Jingan, Xintiandi and Changning, Subconscious has been a mainstay in the Shanghai beauty and wellness industry for years. With a wide range of treatments, including nails, massages, lashes, waxes and facials, Subconscious will certify that you can feel as good as you look.

📍183 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu.
📍Room 02-03, B1, Xintiandi Plaza, 333 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Madang Lu.
📍Room 418-419, North Building, The Place, 150 Zunyi Lu, near Ziyun Lu.


Floatasian

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Have you ever wished you could have an hour completely alone with your thoughts in a relaxing environment? If yes, Floatasian is the spa for you. Their spa features futuristic looking pods filled with Epsom salt where you can float your troubles and worries away. Each tank gives the floater the option to keep the light on or off. Don’t feel like floating in silence? No problem. They offer a number of guided meditations and relaxing sounds to accompany you while you float. So, time to forget about the stresses of life outside your pod and drift into relaxation.

📍Unit A, Bldg 5, Second Floor, 288 Dagu Lu, near Chengdu Bei Lu.


Nature Spa

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Photograph: courtesy Nature Spa

Located in Hongqiao, Nature Spa offers a wide range of massage options for all of your knots and aches. Although it is a bit far from the center of the city, it is definitely worth the trip. Whether its a body scrub, hot stones, or a deep tissue oil massage, Nature Spa has exactly what your aching muscles need.

📍First Floor, Bldg C, 1126 Shenbin Nan Lu, near Zhouhong Lu.


SkinCity 5.5

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Facials, microdermabrasion, skin lifting, skin tightening, skin rejuvenation... they don’t call this spa SkinCity for nothing. A locally renowned spa and salon, SkinCity has two locations easily accessible to the people of Puxi and Pudong. While their specialty is indeed skin care, SkinCity offers a wide range of services, such as manicures, pedicures and hair removal. The highly qualified team of specialists are more than happy to give you a personalised experience addressing your specific needs. Think of it like Dr Phil for your skin.

📍476 Dagu Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu.
📍633 Biyun Lu, near Lantian Lu.


Mi Xun Spa

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Photograph: courtesy The Middle House

If you’re looking for something on the fancier side, Mi Xun Spa at the Middle House may be your cup of tea. Mi Xun Spa is the first of its kind in China, offering boutique treatments from an environmentally responsible French-Chinese cosmetics brand. Their body treatments feature a combination of traditional Chinese medicine with French beauty techniques ‘to re-harmonise energy flow and detoxify the skin’. So, if you’re looking for a spa treatment that’ll make you feel like a million bucks, this may be the place for you.

📍The Middle House, 366 Shimen Yi Lu, near Nanjing Xi Lu.


Dragonfly

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Dragonfly spa has been a patron favorite here in Shanghai for many years. With locations all over the city, the opportunity to treat yourself is never too far away. They offer a number of massage options ranging from their classic massage to others that use traditional Chinese medicine for a ‘deeper therapeutic touch’. In addition to massages, they offer a broad range of other beauty services such as nails, lashes, facials and more.

📍206 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu. Multiple locations around town.


Mandarin Oriental Hotel

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Photograph: courtesy Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Located in Pudong, the spa at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is currently accepting bookings for its massage treatments. Surrounded by relaxing scenery and attended by caring staff, this massage will leave you feeling renewed and restored. Treat yourself to a 90-minute massage that will help you escape from all the noise and clutter of Shanghai life.

📍111 Pudong Nan Lu, near Yicheng Lu, Pudong.

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