Thursday, 19 July 2007

My Ultimate "THE SPA" Experience

My 2007 birthday was a blast! I thought the hectic schedule of the IQA in the morning would spoil it but later at lunch things started to pick up. We were treated to a hearty lunch at North Park by our new boss in honor of my birthday. I had my share of findings in the afternoon audit and at last I’m off for the day. I’m so excited going to The Spa Alabang. Wendy already briefed us on what to expect so Cecille and I were kinda prepared. I was glad I was able to convince Ces to go with me so I have someone to talk to while doing the hours at The Spa. Ces was already there when I arrived at around 3:15pm. The lobby of The Spa in Alabang is very inviting. You could already smell the aromatherapy oils from the door and the Balinese interiors, soft lights and rippling water added to the relaxing ambience. We confirmed our reservations and paid using the GC. We were then given keys and were led to the locker area. An attendant would welcome you as you enter and give you a towel, robe and slipper set. We change into our two piece after locking our other stuff. I’m really glad I didn’t bring the one-piece boyleg swimsuit I was thinking of wearing when the lady I spoke on the phone reminded me the swimwear for the wet floors. If I did, I’d either become the laughing stock or become a member of the Nude Club. To the left of the locker area is where the wet floors are located. As we enter, we immediately see the Jacuzzi and cold pool. Wet and Dry Sauna is located on the opposite side and the other side are the shower rooms each with its own liquid soap/shampoo/conditioner. This is already wow for me. I think this is what sets it apart from the other spas. All the massage services include unlimited use of the wet floors and so we enjoyed the one hour stay. We first took a dip at the Jacuzzi after taking a shower and stayed there (and enjoyed the view) for 15 minutes. Women, young and old, topless, bottomless, hairless, all shapes and all races come and go. I was shocked but then Wendy already said that this scene is normal here. Next we entered the wet sauna and stayed there for 15 minutes. This little corner is heaven. I like it better than the dry sauna I experience at David’s Salon and Day Spa. As Wendy instructed, we used this time to put on bath oils or scrubs because this is when the pores open and the aromatic effect in the enclosed steam room is just what I (and my fats) needed. I’m glad I drank water first before entering because you’ll feel dehydrated inside. After 15 minutes (I could stay a little longer but max is only 20 minutes) I took a hot shower again and then took a dip at the Jacuzzi and stayed on for another 10 minutes. Our last stop was a quick dip at the cool/contrast pool which is very cold to close the pores. Ang Sarap!

The fun doesn’t end there. We were then led to the right of the locker area called Lounge and were asked to sit, relax, read mags and drink tea (they have hot and cold- also unlimited) while waiting for the attendant and the private/couples room being prepared for us. That’s the beauty of the executive package we got, we were led into a private room which only Ces and I share. The Deluxe package share a common room up to 8 persons. I got the Aromatherapy massage because that’s what it says in the GC and Ces got the basic/Deluxe massage (the lowest price at P780) where mineral oil was used which was also upgraded because it’s also her birthday month. We now descended to the bed and the one hour massage started. It was so relaxing, soothing and calming. (triple redundant words bec the effect is really triple) Ang Sarap! Top to toe talaga and not only tha back is massaged but in all sides! This massage at The Spa is also what makes it different because you only expect to be massaged lying/facing down. I was kinda shy when the attendant asked me to turn over hahaha. Of course, there are blankets and towels used to cover my private parts silly! It’s just my first time to be massaged this way. I was told by Ces who is also a Spa therapist back in Palau that the massage is a combination of Shiatsu, Swedish and Thai. I enjoyed the kneading, stretching and pressure she used on my tired muscles. Galing Talaga! I also loved the scent of the aromatherapy oil used it lingers and made my skin soft and smooth, The experience really made me feel younger – rejuvenated NAKS! The one hour massage ended and I felt my old skin and fats shed off. To cool down we stayed for another 10 minutes at the Lounge to sip on hot ginger tea before we finally left The Spa. We took pictures outside as evidence. My birthday was not finished yet. Lito fetched me and we had dinner at Rai Rai Ken (Japanese) and I had Kani Salad. The rest of the night was just perfect. Thanks to my ultimate “The Spa” experience. It’s worth repeating over and over again….

1 comment:

Raadika said...

Hey thanks for sharing your experience.....I am planning go to "The Spa"..and yeah this is my first experience to a SPA. Also, this is my first visit to Manila.