Relax for Less With the Cheapest Laureles Massages

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I started my Laureles massage tour with the goal of finding the absolute cheapest massage in la comuna. I’m pretty sure I succeeded since I haven’t found a less expensive massage yet, but what I’m more confident of is that I found the best massage in Laureles. Interestingly, it’s the same masseuse. 

Along the way, I tried numerous different Laureles massage providers and found several that I liked for different reasons in addition to my favorite overall. I also learned a lot of quirks of the Medellin massage industry, which are worth knowing going in.

The Many Manias of Medellín Massages

It’s Not Up to You

Probably the weirdest thing about most massages in Medellin is that the masseuses usually tell you what you should get. It doesn’t matter what you want, say a simple relaxing back massage. If it looks like your hamstrings need work, that’s what they’ll give you.

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In many cases, you don’t even have the option of buying basic stand-alone massages. Instead, there are only various treatment packages available.

Avoiding the “Medellin Masseuse”

In Colombia, masajista paisa, or “Medellín Masseuse,” refers to an entirely different profession. The world’s oldest, to be precise.

As it happens, these types of massages are indeed pretty easy to come by in Medellin, so if that’s not what you want, you need to be careful. Luckily, these types of massage parlors usually aren’t that discreet about it, and names like “Happy Ending Massages” let you know to keep away.

If you want to be really sure, though, only patronize Laureles massage establishments that provide waivers. Most professional masseuses will ask for you to sign a form beforehand, and this will often include an explicit understanding that sexual favors are not involved in the massage and cannot be solicited. 

If that’s still not enough for you, you can always just ask.

Picky Payment

It seems like every massage provider in Laureles has a specific way they accept payment that’s different from all the others. While some accept credit cards, others only want cash. Others have a specific payment portal that may or may not work with international credit cards and is more likely geared toward the Bancocolombia QR code bank transfers. Even if you plan to pay with a card, it’s a good idea to take enough cash just in case.

Favorite Overall: Ashanti Massage

Cheapest package: COP 95,000 (about USD $25)

Bookings: Visit ashanti-medellin-masaje.appointlet.com or text +57 315 6075533 on WhatsApp.

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Trudy, who operates Ashanti Massage out of her home on the Laureles-Belén border, gave me the best massage that I got in Medellin. I prefer a deep massage that borders on the unbearably painful, and that’s frustratingly hard to find. But Trudy got me to wince working on my IT band, which I have a lot of problems with from running.

Of course, she doesn’t just offer intense physical therapy, but relaxing massages and sports massages as well. Originally from Belgium, you shouldn’t have any problem letting her know where you need extra attention because she speaks Spanish, English, French and Dutch.

On top of being the best masseuse in Laureles, though, Ashanti Massage is the cheapest I’ve found. A basic relaxing massage is just COP$95,000 for an hour which is less than USD$25.

Best Spa: Inntu Hotel Spa 

Cheapest package: COP 139,900 (about USD $36)

Bookings: Text or call +57 315 4449028 via WhatsApp.

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Inntu is a full service spa that offers just about any treatment you can think of from cocoa therapy to the Turkish bath. The frustrating thing about Inntu, though, is that you can only buy specific “plans,” none of which are just a simple massage. These are things like Plan #1 that lasts a total of four hours and includes a facial, time in the spa pool and sauna, and even wine in addition to the massage.

The most basic plan you can get is #5, which is just an hour and 40 minutes and includes an hour-long massage with cocoa therapy and volcanic rocks plus a 20-minute Turkish bath and 20-minute sauna for just COP$139,900. That’s a bit more than other Laureles massages, but still only about USD$36. It’s actually a really good deal if you book it for two, in which case it’s just COP$159.580 plus tax, which will come out to around USD$50.

Plus, if you really don’t want the sauna or Turkish bath, just let them know—firmly—and you can leave after the massage. However, if you do want to take advantage of these parts of the pack, don’t forget your bathing suit and flip flops.

I do want to mention payment. When you reserve the plan over WhatsApp, you’ll be asked to pay a 50% deposit. You have to go to their payment portal on the website and calculate half of the price yourself and send it through, then send them a photo of the confirmation over WhatsApp.

Frankly, it’s probably easier to just pay the full price through the portal. This will make check-out faster as well.

Best for Chiropractic or Physical Therapy: IVY Laureles

Cheapest package: COP 150,000 (about USD $39)

Bookings: Check availability at ivylaureles.com/contact or text +57 350 220 3051 on WhatsApp.

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Located right next to Primer Parque de Laureles and many of the neighborhood’s most popular bars and restaurants, IVY is like the Laureles all in one. I actually went there to take advantage of its coworking and get a day of writing in, but it was hard not to pass up the idea to finish up my eight hours with a massage right in the same building.

IVY’s massages are a bit pricier at COP$150,00, but that’s less than USD$40, better than you’ll find in the States, especially for a massage of this therapeutic quality. When I mentioned to my masseuse that I had IT band problems, he recommended dedicating some of the massage to some exercises and stretching that really helped me feel more stable. Then he spent the other 40 minutes just helping me relax.

Best for Couples: Amatsu Spa

Cheapest package: COP 100,000 (about USD $26)

Bookings: Text or call +57 318 650 65 37 via WhatsApp.

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Amatsu is another inexpensive option with an hour relaxing massage costing just COP$100,000 or USD$25. They have tons of other packages, though, including foreign massages like Shiatsu and couples massages. In general, I’d say the spa is geared towards couples since there were two tables in the room, and it had a somewhat romantic mood.

Altogether, I had one of my most relaxing massages at Amatsu and almost fell asleep during the last few minutes when the masseuse left me in the room with hot stones on my back. You book over WhatsApp, and I definitely recommend asking for details about all the different massages offered. This is one of the best spas for trying out different massage styles.

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