Chanoyu Natural Beauty & Spa

by Glenn Reynolds

Day Spa Review

Finding my way
The way to Chanoyu is a meander through little Japan. Entering a darkened entrance to no. 94, I wove my way through the Japanese restaurant on the ground level, Wabi Sabi Salon, all the way to the back of the building… past the bustling waitstaff to a wooden staircase that leads to Chanoyu. Drifting through wonderful aromas from the kitchen, eyeing the chef preparing food and then ascending to the landing above created an interesting bustle adjacent to the calm that is Chanoyu.

Japanese oasis
Anne, the therapist, greets me with a very friendly smile and welcome, inviting me to remove my shoes and sit cross-legged at the little table for some refreshing Green Tea. Classical Japanese features decorate the studio, including paper screen doors, bamboo features, soft green decorations and calligraphic art on the walls. Origami sculptures and handmade paper add a crafty touch. I was to have the Green Tea Foot Ritual followed by the Men’s Herbal Facial. Beginning with a good soak in warm Green Tea, the ritual included a Green Tea scrub and comprehensive massage to the feet and lower legs. Green Tea is a powerful antioxidant, repairing and deodorizing the feet at the same time. I love a good foot massage, and Anne provides a sensational treatment, comprehensive and relaxing.

The half-hour Foot Ritual was a superb way to immerse myself into the Japanese ambience created at Chanoyu. Only 3 months old, this Spa has created a great niche for itself, tucked away in cosmopolitan Collingwood, a short tram ride outside the centre of Melbourne. The quiet warmth of the studio was enhanced by the soft flute music with rainforest accents, reminiscent of a natural wilderness experience. The occasional hubbub from the restaurant billowed up from below, but without endangering the relaxing atmosphere of Chanoyu.

The Men’s Herbal Facial lasts for 45min. Anne very skilfully applied the various creams, lotions and pastes in the process, as well as adding a few patterns of massage and pressure point technique to enhance the experience. Chanoyu prefers a couple of suppliers for their spa products. In this case it was Victoria’s Essentials, who make all-natural products, avoiding chemicals, additives, fillers and preservatives. Freshly ground spices, herbs, botanicals and oils form the base powder for the therapist to use. Anne then mixes the powder with various ingredients to form specific pastes for use, after determining the skin type of the client. In my treatment, she used ingredients made from Green Tea, Ginger, Lemongrass, Sweet Orange and Black Pepper. Kaolin Clay can be used as a detoxifying, purifying agent. To these she adds moisturisers, aloe vera and essential oils. The experience was completely delicious! Using all shades of texture and temperature, the process is nuturing and relaxing. I found myself completely drifting off under Anne’s care.

Concluding Remarks
It was a great spa experience. I found the staff friendly and efficient, and Chanoyu has a great ambience with a distinctly Japanese feel. It is a fairly small space, and the spa specialises in facials, hand and feet treatments, massage and a limited range of body treatments. There are no water treatments currently available at Chanoyu. They have chosen to limit the range of options to do all of their repertoire very well indeed.

Bonuses at Chanoyu
Clients will receive a $20 voucher on their birthday which is redeemable on any of the treatment services.

Therapy: Green Tea Foot Ritual and Men’s Herbal Facial
$45 + $70 for 75min or $45 + $95 for 1hr 45min

Pros: Great Japanese feel
Intimate space for specialised treatments
Highly trained professional staff

Cons: No wet treatments
Location a little hard to find

17/20 “Petite Japanese Oasis”

Have you been to Chanoyu? What did you think?


Chanoyu Natural Beauty & Spa

Opening hours:
Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm (Appointment Only)

94 Smith St, Collingwood
(upstairs above Wabi Sabi Salon [Japanese Restaurant Cafe])

Tel: 1300 969 877

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*Please Note: This treatment was provided to us at no cost by Chanoyu Natural Beauty Spa for the purposes of review. Although complimentary, this is no way affected the outcome of the review. Our policy is to inform readers of any services provided free of charge.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous February 26, 2010 at 10:22 am

I just had the western geisha packaged at Chanoyu. It was relaxing, revitalizing and the service was very professional. I loved the natural products, the Japanese ambiance, and the friendly staff. It was fantastically priced and they have a great rewards system! On the downside, the location was a bit tricky to find (upstairs from a restaurant), the scalp massage was a bit delicate (although better after my request for more pressure), and after 2.5 hours of the same CD (on repeat) of ‘zen world music’ I was looking for something else, anything else! If you get the chance definitely visit the toilet afterwards (through the kitchen and out the back) – it’s a quirky design with geisha feel. I spent longer in there than I meant to! I agree with the 4 stars! Jill


Glenn February 26, 2010 at 11:07 am

Hi Jill,

Thanks for your comments. Sounds like it was a wonderful experience. Quite a balanced comment, too. I note your remark about the reward system… it is pretty good, you are right. I think they have a referral bonus, reward points and birthday special as well as other temporary promotions.


san y ser July 28, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I went to Chanoyu just for a facial but I got a lot more… a total relaxing pumpering experience from the very first step into the place. Totally recommend it!!!


Glenn July 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Hi Sandra,

So glad you enjoyed your time at Chanoyu! It's a great little spa/studio. Thanks for leaving your thoughts.


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