How old do you have to be to get a massage?

Part of Family Spa Guide

How old do you have to be to get a massage?

As with facials, there’s no specific age restriction on having a massage, but generally spas don’t offer treatments other than simple manicures and pedicures to children under the age of 16 years old. That said, massage in itself can be used at any age to help relax and enhance wellbeing.

However, with so many different types of massage available, at different times in our lives, such as being a teenager, some are more suitable or beneficial than others, especially if it’s your first spa massage experience. Whilst we all know about the physical benefits of massage, such as relieving aches and pains. Finding the right experience for you is something that you can speak to a spa therapist or a spa consultant at about.

The benefits of massage extend way beyond simply soothing muscles and relieving tension. For an hour or more we are totally switching off. It’s the one time when we truly disconnect from the Internet and the world around us. We focus simply on the here and now.

Massage provides a vast range of health benefits. Lowering blood pressure and relieving stress are just two of the physiological changes that can occur. It is a physical treatment and thanks to the potent power of touch, it can be transformative.

Massage is touch therapy in action. It connects with our innate sense of being and it can be helpful for retaining a sense of connection with others. It makes you feel connected, wanted and happier as well as more self accepting. Touch is one of the neglected senses and massage therapy provides that bridge. It is even credited with helping to ease depression.

As teenagers, for example, we go through so much physical and emotional change, it can be overwhelming at times. Learning to be comfortable in these ‘new’ bodies of ours, learning to take care of our skin, dealing with growing pains and the unending challenge of body confidence as we get older is hard. Massage is a wonderful way to help us come to terms with it all in a very positive and healing way.

Our bodies and mind will need different things at different times of your life. It’s not all about going deep and kneading the knots from your neck and shoulders. Gentle movement and muscle manipulation with stretch and breathing can be as connected and deeply soothing as an elbow in your ears.

At we have worked closely with a selection of trusted destinations to try to support spas in creating experiences that offer meaningful wellbeing, complete with beautiful spa treatments that are the perfect introduction to spas and self care. For example, Brooklands Spa Hotel in Surrey offers a Little Miss Piece of Heaven spa day using the Little Miss product range for teenagers aged 13 to 17 years, while The Ickworth even offers an Adult and Child Time Together with a 15-minute mini treatment suitable for children aged eight to 16 years old.

However, it’s important to note that children and teenagers do always have to be accompanied by an adult when visiting a spa, but that just means it’s a perfect excuse for quality time together.