T R A V E L S T O P O V E R
I got invited yesterday to test a 2-hour (Yes. 2-hour.) massage package in Tomas Morato-Quezon City. I figured that aside from having the natural high of enjoying local tourism, it's also good for one's health to have travel stopovers for snacking and, as I experienced yesterday, wellness.
I normally have my body massaged at a certain spa every 2-3 months. I had one recently during and after my 5-day Ilocos Region vacation. What made this recent one interesting was the spa's emphasis on being the only organic spa in Quezon City. I found out the gravity of this fact when the receptionist further emphasized that the treatment would be done by therapists. I guess there was no tossing of the words masseuse and masseur anywhere in Soneva Organic Spa.
I read somewhere that the real kick-starting goodness of a massage only happens on the 40th minute. The time that precedes it is, well, all ritual-oriented. This means that the first few instances of touch won't really be soothing. Forty minutes after a round of those and something stellar inside is sure to stir you.
|The therapist assigned to me.|
The 2-Hour Massage Test
I tagged kid-rearing blogger Jay (a.k.a. Daddy Kuri) of the Domesticated Daddy Diaries blog to accompany me for this 2-hour massage at Soneva Organic Spa. We chose the package with Body Mud-Jade Head Massage-and Soneva Signature Massage package (P2,050 for two people).
We were requested not to shower first because our respective therapists had to apply the moderately cold and aromatic white-colored mud on our bodies using a mud brush. The ritual was like how a chicken is marinated first, I guess, before being cooked. I was thinking, we must be good stuff or the good stuff was sure coming! I was told by my assigned therapist that the mud is a signature blend of various herbs and scents. Under low light, my companion and I actually looked like mud people at a trance disco.
|The hallway to the reception area|
We were served hot tea after and I was hoping to nap but I had to scram to see a movie with neighbors.
If you're in Tomas Morato, Quezon City, you can spot Soneva Organic Spa at the 4th floor of The Forum Building next to the newly-opened Mesa Restaurant. For more information, visit the Soneva Spa Life blog.
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