Spa-ing

I have always wanted to visit a spa and pamper myself but never really got the chance to. Obviously, finance (or rather the lack of it) is a huge contributing factor and I don’t quite trust those places which offer full body massages at ridiculously cheap prices. So, when an email came promoting services by Mandara Spa just for Sunway Group employees, I booked two slots for their ultimate pampering.

One of Mandara’s branch is located in Sunway Resort Hotel, which is just 10 minutes walk from the place I work. It is one of the upscale spas and most of their treatments cost more than RM200 for just a mere 50 minutes. To enjoy their massages longer, you’d pay more, of course. Very pricey, yes, and that was why I wouldn’t have gone if they weren’t having a promotion. The cost of one treatment? RM50. Yes, only RM50 if you are a Sunway Group employee.

The first treatment that I went for was their Balinese massage. The road leading into the spa was very small and obscured and can easily be missed. If you are driving a huge car, you may be wondering if the road is meant for you to drive through. There aren’t many spaces for parking and I guess the spa isn’t very popular on normal days. Perhaps the only customers were their hotel guests. But then again, looking at their prices…

The ambience of the place, I would say is tranquil. Enclosed deep away from the main road and surrounded by lush greenery, the spa sends the visitor into a relaxation mode automatically.

The reception isn’t really big. As soon as I entered, I was greeted by their staff and ushered to take a seat at a waiting area. The whole room was filled with an aromatherapy scent. There was a distant sound of water flowing and a view of the greenery outside through the glass windows and doors while seated.

After registering myself, one of the staff came with some ginger tea and a cold towel. I hate ginger, actually, but since it was served, I just took a few sips to try. The tea is cold and sweet and it reminds me of the broth that came with the Tong Yuen we Chinese usually eat during the Winter Solstice Festival.

A while later, the staff returned with a platter of massage oils for me to choose from. She placed a bit of each onto my arms and explained the ‘remedies’ the individual oils were supposed to do. Well, I can’t remember what they are now but I chose the ‘Tranquility’ one which was supposed to relieve stress (I think).

The ‘package’ that was offered include only a massage with aromatherapy oil and not body scrub, so, I could not say anything here on how their scrubbing techniques are. However, sitting just next to where these massage oils are placed were the scrubs:

After selecting the type of massage oil I wanted, I was then ushered into the massage room. The room is quite large, surprisingly and had just one single bed. Like all other spas, you are provided with disposable undies and a sarong to put on. Soft music playing and dimmed lights contributed to the relaxation.

Note to self: Leave all jewelleries at home when going for massages.

The massage was quite good, albeit just 50 minutes. To me, it was alright since I wouldn’t be able to afford a longer session anyway. The therapist is courteous and strong for a petite girl her size. The massage was not painful and it did relax me at the end of it.

I particularly liked the parts where my calves, arms and back were massaged, probably because these were where I ached most. Towards the end, the therapist wiped off the oil using a warm towel and thus, my body didn’t end up feeling like an oil slick.

I felt refreshed and my body a ‘lil bit lighter. My skin, after the shower back home felt soft. No wonder ladies who frequent the spa had such delicate skin. Ah, well, the power of money!

I went back to them one week later for another appointment and this time , I tried their facial instead. Although their facial was equally good, the massage was, in my opinion,  more worthwhile.

There was no steaming nor extraction and the whole process includes just cleansing, toning, scrub, mask and massage of the face, shoulders, decollete and head. The massage was, of course, good, especially the one done on the head. The facial was just so-so, since I can do most of the cleansing and scrubbing myself at home.

It was, however, quite effective as my colleague commented that I looked fresher and brighter once I walked out of the room. And this was my complexion sans make-up!

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