Updated March 2023
In the UK, massage is often considered a luxury that's reserved for special occasions. However, you don't have to break the bank to experience the significant physical and mental health benefits of massage.
With a bit of careful planning, you can enjoy a top-quality therapeutic massage in the comfort of your own home, for considerably less money than you might think.
The cost of your massage will depend on various factors such as the type and duration of the treatment, as well as whether you visit a dedicated spa or have it delivered to you.
Professional massages in the UK cost from as little as £5 (a quick neck & shoulder treatment at shopping centre booths) to a couple of hundred (an extended full body treatment at a luxury spa hotel).
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It is also possible to enjoy a massage for almost no cost. To get a massage for next to nothing follow this simple guide on how to give yourself a foot massage or ask a willing friend. Keep in mind, however, that you'll still need to budget for things like oils, sheets, and possibly even a dedicated table, all of which can be quite expensive.
To learn more about how to get the best quality massage for your money, as well as tips for saving money on massage, keep reading below.
To get a massage in the UK, you have various options, including visiting a dedicated establishment like a hotel spa, high street beauty salon, or local gym, or choosing to receive a mobile massage in the comfort of your own home.
The cost of your massage will depend on factors like the treatment type, provider, and location. We've calculated the average cost of a one-hour massage in the UK based on these different options.
For a therapeutic massage at a dedicated salon or spa, the average cost is £69.50 per hour, not including any additional charges for specialist products.
If you opt for a mobile massage, the average cost is £60 per hour, and you may also need to budget for travel or parking fees charged by the provider. At The Massage Rooms, a 60-minute massage costs £59, which includes travel to zones 1, 2, and 3 of London, as well as massage oils.
When it comes to getting a massage, your choice of provider will impact not only the cost but also the quality, setting, and reliability of your experience.
If you go for a massage at a London hotel spa, be prepared to pay well above the average cost, with prices for a one-hour treatment hovering around £100. However, you can also expect to receive a high level of service, including complimentary refreshments and access to other spa facilities like a sauna or swimming pool.
On the other hand, you can find independent therapists who advertise on free classifieds boards. Some of these offer the lowest-priced massages, but there's a risk that the quality of the treatment, products used, hygiene, and reliability may not meet your expectations.
For a balanced option, consider choosing one of the highly experienced mobile therapists who have been extensively trained and independently quality tested. At The Massage Rooms, you can select a trusted masseuse from a wide range of options and tailor the massage to focus on specific areas of your body.
If you're looking to save as much money as possible, then massaging yourself or asking a friend is the cheapest option for relaxation therapy!
Together with treatments from a professionally trained massage therapist, DIY massages can be a really effective way over reducing the overall cost of maintaining good mental and physical health through regular massage therapy.
If you are interested in learning more about how to massage, it is important to follow the correct techniques and to be aware of any risks, such as contraindications to massage.
It's also important to note that if you plan on doing massages long-term, including on others, you may want to consider taking a course on how to become a massage therapist.
While some courses can be expensive, with careful research, you can find an affordable and worthwhile option.
Over the past 10 years on-demand mobile massage services have become increasingly more popular, especially in busy cities like London.
The Massage Rooms was the first provider to offer online booking for on-demand massages through its “Massage Me Now” service since 2009.
Traditionally, people would book a massage several days in advance. As the urban environment and major cities in particular have become increasingly hectic, customers have shifted towards booking their treatments at the very last minute.
This approach, whilst more demanding on the service provider, does have the benefit of a much reduced cancellations rate. When customers used to schedule a massage several days in advance, plans often changed and they would find themselves often needing to cancel or rearrange the treatment. On the other hand, if you are booking for a massage to take place as soon as possible, it is much less likely that you will need to cancel.
The Massage Rooms has been offering a wide range of home and hotel visiting massage treatments, delivered to your doorstep in as little as an hour, with some of the most popular listed below:
Deep Tissue Massage – This service is best for those looking for a more intensive treatment which can help restore and rejuvenate overworked or exhausted muscles. With professionally trained masseuses available to visit you from just £59, there are not many more economical ways to protect, maintain and restore your health and wellness.
Couples Spa Day At Home – This is best for couples or a pair friends who are looking to relax and detox in the tranquillity of their own home with some professional therapy. Book wisely and you could both enjoy a full body therapeutic massage for a total cost of as little as £100, working out at just £50 per person per hour.
Therapeutic Full Body Massage – Sometimes we need a full body massage to recover from head to toe but are not so sure which providers nearby offer genuinely therapeutic services. Book through a reputable and established platform to ensure that you not only get a good value service but a genuinely therapeutic one too.
At £59 for an hour of high quality professional massage delivered to your home or hotel room, that is over 35% cheaper than the average cost of a massage in a luxury hotel spa. And that’s before you add any cost and inconvenience of having to travel to the spa and back home.
You can now book one of the best value massages online in as little as 60 seconds.
Use one of the widely publicised online discount codes and you could be treating yourself and a partner or friend to an hour of massage each for as little as £50 per hour. That’s even less than the national average price of a massage – yet delivered to the comfort of your own home or hotel room in one of the world’s most expensive cities.
It is fair to say that probably the most indulgent setting for massage therapy is most often found in top-end hotel spas.
But at what cost? And are you really getting good value for money?
Most luxury hotels in London charge between £85 - £110 for a 1 hour massage, with the cost increasing even higher if you want the treatment as an in-room massage session.
Hotels have to recoup the often huge capital investments they have made in the building, high rents and rates (especially in cities like London) and the cost of employing professional therapists to be available full time waiting at the hotel premises. All of this adds up to a high quality but expensive massage for the customer.
If you plan in advance, you can get the same quality of therapist (often even better) and massage treatment for a fraction of the price. Simply prepare your room in advance so that it feels like a spa haven and book your experienced therapist as little as an hour beforehand.
30-minute massages are usually only offered on site at beauty salons or in pop up stalls as part of an add-on treatment. The treatment will only focus on certain selected body areas, such as neck, shoulders and back as it is not possible to do a proper full body massage in such a short time. The average cost of a 30-minute massage treatment is £30 - £40.
The cheapest way to get a massage is to perform it on yourself at home.
It is generally accepted that for a good quality remedial full body massage, you should allocate at least 90 minutes. The average cost of a 90-minute massage is £70 - £95. At The Massage Rooms you can get a 90-minute massage, delivered to the comfort of your own home, for just £70 if you book online using a promotional discount code.
As we all know tipping culture varies from country to country. This can become quite confusing in a culturally rich and diverse city such as London that boasts both talented therapists and visiting customers from all around the world.
The massage price analysis above excludes the costs of tipping as in the UK this is completely discretionary. If you are minded to reward your therapist for above average service, then follow our tips on tipping for some helpful direction on the most appropriate amount of money.
If you would like to get a massage for the first time but still feel unsure, we have helped thousands of such people become regulars. Check out our helpful Frequently Asked Questions or read about some of the embarrassing questions about massage others have asked for more guidance.
We hope you will agree, once you have found the ideal therapist and treatment for you, that massage is worth its weight in gold!