When you step into Body Freedom Urban Spa Retreat, it really does live up to it’s title. Body Freedom is a sanctuary in a bustling busy city that successfully pampers and de-stresses it’s clients with in a just a couple of hours. Like a mini holiday without having to go far!

Built in 1850 it has only had 3 owners and that stability has left it with a gorgeous feeling.

The original features make the building welcoming that leaves you with a feeling of warmth and relaxation.

The Retreat is an inner city escape from the demands of modern life. A wonderful urban spa experience combined with highly skilled therapists and the expertise to tailor treatments specifically to each guest for every visit.

The Retreat’s experienced team of trained therapists cover many specialisations for women and men including relaxation and remedial massage, pregnancy massage, men and women’s skincare and more.

Founder and head therapist Jacqueline Johnston first became interested in the health benefits of touch and more importantly the adverse outcomes where therapeutic touch was absent while studying nursing in 1986.

A research project into the effect of loving touch on babies and the development rates, mentally and physically of babies who are held and touched and those that aren’t sparked a life-long interest in holistic health management and wellbeing.

This philosophy is now at the heart of Body Freedom’s culture and is nurtured each and every day to ensure all guests receive the full benefit of their Body Freedom experience – the chance to slow down, escape the pressures of modern life and reconnect with their minds and bodies.

Jacqueline’s partner Sue Homewood joined the business in 2000 and the pair looked to expand into an urban location that was quintessentially Melbourne. The pair travelled extensively to benchmark the best spa and wellness offerings around the globe and identified a clear gap in the wellness market. A destination that was an immersive experience for the mind, body, and soul where the physical environment and the professional treatment left guests feeling genuinely transformed from their visit.

The refurbished hosiery mill on Clarendon Street is just that. Each treatment room is designed to optimise relaxation, comfort and tranquillity with open fireplaces, warm tones and luxurious fabrics.

Discussing their signature treatment with Jacqueline I can tell it is the most well thought out treatment I have seen (and I’ve seen a lot!). ‘The Melt’ is the signature 2 hour urban retreat that aims to make you melt your stress away.

Beginning with an opening ritual to help the guest into a state of relaxation out of the urban environment. Gentle rocking and holding helps to center the therapist and the guest. The guest is invited to take deep breath, incorporating a charkra sweep over the body 3 times. Elements of reiki, meditation and yoga like moves are incorporated so the guest and therapist can be totally present for the time of the treatment.

It begins with a body brush to prepare your skin for absorbing softening oils during your full body massage. Using slow massage moves and a sizel mitt this encourages circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system.

Slip into a botanical facial using Australia organic product Uspa, then calm the mind with a head and scalp treatment. A warm neem seed conditioning treatment provides protein for healthy hair and scalp finishing with the head wrapped in warm towel.

Balenese body palming is performed to the feet where they are wrapped in towels before unleashing a wickedly good foot exfoliation with organic wild thyme foot scrub. The final indulgence, feet are lathered in a hydrating warm mud mask, then any last fragments of tension are relieved with a mint butter foot massage.

Finally a closing ritual is performed – body palming down each side of the body, 2 full body chakra sweeps,
connection with charkra heart and crown, gentle breaths, and finally gentle stretching. You will gently awaken feeling relaxed and restored with all your stress melted away.

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Body Freedom consists of 11 treatment rooms and a team of 16 experienced professionals ensuring every guest, every visit, is cared for based on their needs. Specialised treatments and personalised experiences that care for the whole person leave the Retreat’s guests feeling nurtured, cared for and most importantly, like they’ve had a very special respite from the pace and noise of modern day life.

Body Freedom is a true unisex spa treating men and women. Their expertise in treating pregnancy clients have had local celebrities like Rebecca Judd and Megan Gale raving about their treatments!

Key Services:

·       Pregnancy massage·       Remedial massage
·       Relaxation massage·       Facials & Skin Treatments
·       Scrubs and wraps·       Spa Packages


U Spa

The U brand range of products includes organic ingredients from plants and herbs which leave your skin feeling great and healthy. The U brand offers the best in skin care for all skin types especially for sensitive skin types.

The U brand of skin care products also offer hair care solutions and are suitable for both men and women.




Est Australia is a Melbourne, Australia based range of all-natural products. Started in 1998 by Carolyn Imlach, the EST range has been recommended by skin specialists and doctors alike.

Carolyn has created her body products using only the highest quality ingredients including certified organic products wherever possible.




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