Riverview Sauna Spa and Massage Therapy

Contact Information
158 Pork Point Road
Darcy Thirwall
About Us

Here on nine acres of gardens and woods, we have created a healing sanctuary where you can relax, rejuvenate and unwind your tight muscles and stressed mind.


Come with a friend or two (eight at most) and spend time moving between the sauna, hot tub and the comfortable sitting room. Your experience is private, you and your party will be the only guests. You have the choice of using the sauna, hot tub, receiving a massage or any combination of the three. Darcy and Ray are licensed massage therapists who specialize in deep tissue massage techniques blended with classic Swedish massage, and Reiki as needed.

October 2007 Bowdoinham News Story:

Riverview Sauna Spa and Massage Therapy

By Tony Cox
Riverview Sauna Spa and Massage Therapy is located on the Pork Point Road overlooking Merrymeeting Bay. They offer a wood fired Finnish sauna, hot tub and deep tissue massage.
Co-owner Darcy Thirlwall came to Bowdoinham in 1983 with her former husband when they were searching for a house and good agricultural land. What they purchased is the oldest house in Bowdoinham dated to the late 1780’s out of which they ran a landscaping and cut flower business during the 80s.
Ray Hall is the other massage therapist and has a background in healthcare and is a highly trained massage therapist who specializes in treating injuries. Darcy and Ray both attended the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro. Darcy received her license in 1991, Ray in 2002.
When you walk toward the spa building you begin to feel a sense of well being. On the path to the entrance you pass a small Japanese inspired waterfall and pool with fish swimming among the rocks. When asked how it all started, Thirlwall replied: “We built the sauna originally for our own and friends’ use. Eventually, so many people said that we should add the sauna to our business, that we did just that. We built a stone terrace just outside the door and put in a large round hot tub, sitting under an arbor covered with vines in the summer, overlooking a garden filled with flowers.”
Riverview has evolved into a private spa for one to six people for massage therapy, sauna, and hot tub use. You may choose any combination of the three modes—heat really softens and loosens the muscles in preparation for deep massage. The style of massage is basically Swedish, but not light or superficial—special attention is paid to origins and insertions of muscles. Darcy and Ray are trained to work with injuries and chronic conditions like sciatica, low back pain, shoulder, neck, and knee pain, headaches (including migraines), as well as preventative, general relaxation massage. Reiki healing is often part of a session.
Sauna is an ancient cleansing and detoxifying mode healing modality. It produces an artificial fever, while the copious sweating flushes out heavy metals and muscle by-products. The sauna is spacious, with cedar benches, a cold shower and buckets of water for rinsing. Alternating heating and cooling is the best way to sauna—you can sit on the terrace outside to cool off. A typical visit starts with a half hour of heating in the sauna and hot tub, then an hour massage, ending with another half hour of heating and cool down. About half of their customers come in pairs, enjoying the company of a friend or spouse while warming up, separating for the massage, then meeting up again. In the winter, sitting in the hot tub under the stars and moonlight is a truly extraordinary experience.
Ed McCarton a client from Brunswick makes the trip weekly to Riverview for many reasons: “It is the healthiest thing I do with my life right now, the prices are very reasonable and the quality of the service is very high” stated McCarton in a recent phone interview. “Every time I leave, my body says thank you”. I simply love the atmosphere, the setting and the environmental consciousness of the spa.”
A 90 minute hot tub or sauna starts at only $20, a half hour massage $35, or one can get the most popular package, which consists of an one hour massage, and an hour of a hot tub and sauna for $75.
Currently Ray and Darcy are offering a special price discount for frequent visits. They would also consider trading services for dry firewood. Call 666-3254 for more information or to make any appointment or visit www.riverviewsaunaspa.com to learn more about this great get-away located right here in Bowdoinham.
Darcy Thirlwall Owner- Riverview Sauna and Massage