Escape to Enmasse

The founders of enmasse launched the concept in South Africa with the aim of creating a walk in massage experience like no other in the Western world. By elevating and reinventing the positive aspects of oil-free, hygienic and fully clothed Thai massage, enmasse offers regular de-stressing from the modern world.

Our experience:

When walking into enmasse you immediately know that you are in for a relaxing treat. Upon arrival you check in your belongings (bye bye social media) and substitute your work attire for white linen robes. Your therapist leads you up the stairs to a large room filled with the comfiest mattresses, divided by screens enclosing you in a cocoon of your own.

The massage pressure depends on the therapist and of course so does your individual experience. If you like your pressure hard like we do (yes we like it hard!), then we suggest you opt for one of the male therapists who don’t hold back.

An hour session is just not long enough – it is that good! After your massage you are so snug wrapped in your blankie, that you can easily fall asleep (and drooling may occur).

To top off the experience, you can unwind in their soothing tea area and choose one of 40 different exotic tea’s from the enmasse menu – we were secretly hoping for a wine list!?

Although we are absolute fans, enmasse might not appeal to everyone. Some would prefer the traditional oil massage and not having someone contort your body into unusual positions (which could always be re-enacted in the bedroom – yes please).


You can purchase a membership with a friend or partner and split the sessions so that you end up paying cheaper per massage. Due to the set-up not feeling as formal as a Spa, you feel comfortable popping in after work or during lunchtime for a quick time out. The enmasse tea is available to purchase along with beautiful teacups and teapots. They are open till 10pm!

Price: Massages start from R395, package deals available
Location: Gardens, Cape Town (Branch reviewed) and Illovo, Joburg
Contact: Cape Town 021 461 5650
Joburg 011 880 3020
Social media: Facebook: enmassect
Twitter: @enmassemassage

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