Welcome to Ma Saj, a New Euphoria-Inducing, Design-Led Wellness Space in Carlton North

Unwind in style at Ma Saj, Carlton North's new wellness oasis, blending charming warm 70s decor with the comforts of modern massage therapy.
David Allegretti
November 13, 2023

Stepping into Ma Saj, Melbourne's newest wellness studio in Carlton North, feels like entering a realm where time slows down, and the noise of the outside world fades away. It doesn't feel sterile and clinical — it has a welcoming warmth, thanks to Founders Kate Cawley and Sonya Galenson, who have ditched the typical clean, white-surfaced spa vibe for something more akin to a cosy wine bar or a chic 70s lounge room.

In collaboration with Ineke Hutter of Studio Co & Co (known for projects like Brunswick's The Sporting Club and Fitzroy's Rocco's Bologna Discoteca), Ma Saj stands out in its approach to design. The space features a soothing palette of neutrals and cool mauve and moss, accented by carefully chosen 70s furniture — notably the Kilimanjaro Table Lamp by Sergio Asti, a vintage piece from 1978 which lights the foyer, setting the mood alongside works from local ceramicists like Cassie Hansen and Hilary Green.

Ma Saj Melbourne

"We knew that design was crucial to the client experience and that a physical space can make you feel good (or bad) instantly and wanted to curate a space that was minimal, yet warm and intentionally evoked a sense of calm, introspection and silence," says Co-founder, Kate Cawley.

This vision materialised through attention to colour, sound, texture and scent. Every detail, from the aromatherapy to the curated playlists, is designed to transport visitors to a state of calm and introspection.

Kate and Sonya, with 30 combined years of experience in natural medicine and osteopathy, ensure that their massages are more than just relaxing. The treatment menu ranges from the 'Euphoria' relaxation massage, blending reiki and meridian therapy, to the more targeted 'Deep Remedy' remedial massage. For expecting mums, the 'Babe' pregnancy massage offers a blend of euphoria and therapeutic touch. Soon, they'll also introduce a facial massage service.

If life is feeling a like a lot at the moment, a visit to Ma Saj might just be the perfect rejuvenating break your body and mind have been craving.

Ma Saj Melbourne

Ma Saj Melbourne

Ma Saj Melbourne

Find Ma Saj at 635 Nicholson St, Carlton North. It's open Monday, 2pm–8.15pm; Wednesday 3.30pm–8.15 pm; Thursday 2pm–8.15 pm; Friday 10am–6.30 pm; and Saturday 10am–3pm.

Published on November 13, 2023 by David Allegretti
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