A Touch of Chi­nese

If you like the strong, tar­geted strokes used in Asian mas­sages but want some­thing more re­lax­ing than a visit to the TCM doc, try these.

L'officiel Singapore - - Contents - BY PEARLYN THAM

SPA ESPRIT TUI NA MAS­SAGE

Our tester, who’s a green­horn when it comes to spa treat­ments, was happy to learn that this doesn’t use oil and that he could re­main fully clothed (he was given a T-shirt and fish­er­man-style pants to change into) dur­ing the ses­sion. The ther­a­pist took into con­sid­er­a­tion his re­quests for gen­tler strokes, and al­though there was just a lit­tle pain in­volved, it wasn’t un­bear­able. In fact, our tester felt re­laxed enough to doze off, thanks to the ther­a­pist’s bal­anced way of tar­get­ing his acu­pres­sure points in a firm, com­fort­able but never painful way. Af­ter the mas­sage, the tight knots in his neck and back were loos­ened and he felt de-stressed. One of his gripes: the air-con­di­tioned room felt a lit­tle hu­mid and the spa room was a tad run-down but the sur­round­ing views of the scenic Dempsey green­ery made up for these.

Price & place: $128.40 for 60mins. At 8 Dempsey Road, #01-03. Tel: 6479-0070

CALLA SPA ORI­EN­TAL MAS­SAGE

One of the new­est spas to be launched in Sin­ga­pore, this is what our tester dubbed a five-star ex­pe­ri­ence, thanks to su­per clean chang­ing rooms and treat­ment rooms. You can spend the whole day here since the spa fa­cil­i­ties, which in­clude the steam room, sauna and heated Jacuzzi, are at your dis­posal (be­fore and af­ter your mas­sage). Our tester started his ses­sion with all the symp­toms of “text neck” but the male ther­a­pist’s firm strokes soon light­ened the imag­i­nary load on our tester’s shoul­ders and neck. The ther­a­pist even re­laxed our tester’s back enough to pro­duce that sat­is­fac­tory “bone-crack­ing” sen­sa­tion. Post-treat­ment, you can pro­ceed to the din­ing area for free-flow appes­tis­ers (pas­tas, soups, sal­ads and desserts), and a one-time or­der of a main dish.

Price & place: $198 for 60mins. At Sun­tec City Mall Tower 2, North Wing, 3 Te­masek Blvd #01-500-504. Tel: 6336-2552

Our tester got the full pre-treat­ment works: she was given a wet face towel and some gin­ger and lemon­grass tea. Then the ther­a­pist got her to soak her feet in warm wa­ter laced with salt and es­sen­tial oil. Be­fore the treat­ment on a heated bed, the ther­a­pist de­scribed the mas­sage gels and body oils used, ex­plain­ing that black pep­per – an in­gre­di­ent in one of these – helps to warm the body and en­hance cir­cu­la­tion. Our tester, who had just got off a long flight from New York, ap­pre­ci­ated the at­ten­tion paid to her neck, shoul­ders and swollen feet. The best part: the head mas­sage dur­ing which the tester’s hair was stroked and tugged gen­tly to re­lease ten­sion from the scalp. Af­ter the treat­ment, a plat­ter of red dates, nuts and dried berries was served at the lounge area.

Price & place: $240++ for 90mins. At The Fuller­ton Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore, 1 Fuller­ton Square. Tel: 6877-8182/3

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