Men Head to the Spa for Manicures, Pedicures, and Massage - FOX 32 News Chicago

Men Head to the Spa for Manicures, Pedicures, and Massage


If a day at the spa sounds like it's for women only, perhaps you need to kick back, grab a beer and watch TV at Chicago's Sir Spa.

Semi truck salesman Christopher Mau has gotten a pedicure, eyebrow wax and a massage there. "It's just a real nice atmosphere to come and relax," he said.

More than 90 percent of the clients at Sir Spa are men; at Spa Space in the West Loop, they account for 30 percent.

"It's really common place. We're not surprised to see a man walk in the doors at spa space," said Spa Space owner Natalie Tessler. "We don't ask what their alibi is when they're here." Brian Brundage works in the recycling industry, wears steel-toe boots and does mixed martial arts. He also goes to Spa Space and gets a pedicure at least once a month.

"Its not about how manly it is or isn't, its really about taking care of yourself," he said. The International Spa Association said that 30 percent of spa customers are men. The most popular treatment for both men and women is massage. has these tips for men who are interested in but leery of going to the spa:

  • Ask if the spa has men's amenities; i.e. a separate mens lockers room.
  • There are no rules about disrobing; feel free to disrobe to your own comfort level.
  • Inquire about a private area, if you feel you'll be more comfortable in a secluded environment.


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