5 Must-Try Massages in Makati

After a hard day at work, treat yourself to a massage at these excellent spas to recharge and relax without leaving the concrete jungle of Makati. By Shai Lagarde

While you’re tied up with various commitments, your muscles are probably in knots too. Well, inspired living means staying in balance even as you work hard! Treat yourself to a massage at these excellent spas near One Antonio to recharge and relax without leaving the concrete jungle that is Makati.

Signature Massage (90 mins), Aramesh Spa & Wellness

Aramesh is a Persian female name that means “serenity,” and that’s the priority in the first Persian spa in the country. It was initially started by two Filipina-Persian dentists next door to their clinic as an alternative to their waiting area, but its elaborate Persian-inspired interiors and authentic traditional Persian healing practices eventually drew in a clientele beyond their patients.

For the full experience, treat yourself to the Aramesh Signature Massage, a combination of Shiatsu and oil massage that accesses deeper layers of soft tissue. This age-old Persian technique intends to remove “energy blockages” and promote healing by improving circulation.

Aramesh is at 601 Heart Tower, 108 Valero Street, Salcedo Village. Open Mon-Sat 1 pm-12 mn. Contact +63 2 478-7738, +63 917 509-2010, or +63 917 820-7827. Visit www.fashionsmile.ph/aramesh

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Mind and Body Flow treatment (90 mins), The Spa

The Spa is no stranger to the pampering needs of the cosmopolitan city-dweller, having pioneered the local spa industry 20 years ago. They have a well-rounded service menu that includes Swedish, Shiatsu, deep-tissue, Thai, reflexology, and hilot massages, as well as treatments from head to toe: scalp and shoulder care, body scrubs, facials, hand and foot therapy—standard for any luxury spa worth its bath salt.

If you’re craving for some peace of mind, however, it’s the Mind and Body Flow massage you’ll want. It combines a little bit of all these. It’s a classic full-body therapy highlighting a blissfully relaxing head massage plus the aromatherapy of warm rosemary essential oils. This treatment promises to release tension, help with mental clarity, and ease insomnia.

The Spa is at G/F Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas, open Mon-Thurs 12nn-10pm (last call 8:30pm) and Fri-Sun 12nn-11pm (last call 9:30pm). Call 632-840-1325/1326 or 0928-550-4890 or visit www.thespa.com.ph

Executive Recharge package (90 mins), Willow Stream

Willow Stream

One of the most luxurious spa chains in the world owned by one of the most upscale hotels in the world, Willow Stream by Fairmont is a popular sanctuary for the Metro’s elite. The spa emphasizes on helping guests renew their energy, “to flow, rather than fight, through life.” Facilities include a lounge, a eucalyptus steam room, a gym and stretching area overlooking Makati Avenue, and an outdoor pool with a bar.

Try the Executive Recharge, a full-body healing experience designed specifically for—you guessed it—executives to recharge after (or amidst) a long day. Maximum comfort is ensured with Willow Stream’s warm, fluffy towels, robes, and adjustable massage beds covered in soft duvets. Other treatments range from deep cleansing and anti-aging facials to scrubs to massage packages called Stress Relief and Jet Lag.

Willow Stream is at Fairmont Makati, 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, open for treatments daily 10am-11pm. Appointment booking and use of spa facilities open 8am. Call 632-795-1822 or email willowstream.makati@fairmont.com

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AP Special treatment (120 mins), KARADA

KARADA is a unique concept. It’s neither a spa nor a chiropractic clinic, but the treatments are a hybrid of techniques from both with a bit of yoga somehow. Brought to Manila from Japan in 2012, KARADA focuses on revitalizing mind and body by restoring inner and physical balance. After an in-depth consultation, the therapists assess the cause of your chronic pain, stiffness, or discomfort to recommend a treatment.

AP Balance involves stretching and aligning your limbs to restore your atlas (neck-shoulders) and pelvis to their natural position. Body Treatment is a deep-tissue massage to reduce stiffness. Foot Treatment penetrates every nook and cranny to soothe tired muscles. They provide after-care advice so you don’t fall back into the habits that caused your complaint. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a combination of all three? Indeed, that’s what the AP Special is. Its effects are felt immediately, and for days afterward.

Karada is at 3/L The New Glorietta Mall, open daily 10 am-9 pm. Call +63 2 553-8731 or +63 917 820-3063. Another branch is G/F Commercial-B, Greenbelt Radissons, 107 Aguirre Street, Legaspi Village open daily 12 nn-9 pm. Call 632-843-7425 or 0905-529-0205. Visit www.karada.com.ph

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Volcanic Rock Massage (90 mins), Island Spa

Chinese reflexology involves targeting key pressure points corresponding to different organs of the body to stimulate the nerves and improve blood circulation. At Island Spa, therapists are taught in reflexology by certified Chinese trainers to ensure they’re applying pressure properly and accurately for optimum results. Massages last from 30 minutes to two hours, focusing mostly on the feet and back. Among the full-body massages, try the Volcanic Rock Massage. It employs hot and cold stones on various points to target muscle pain and tension, combined with the spa’s signature reflexology techniques.

Island Spa is at 136-138 Jupiter Street, open daily 12:30nn-12:30mn. Call 632-899-1234 or 751-8296. Another Makati branch is 5/L Rustans Ayala Avenue open Sun-Thurs 10am-9pm. Call 632-710-8588. Visit www.islandspa.ph

Prices across the board range from P1,450 to P8,400 and may vary depending on several factors such as duration, available rooms (regular, private, VIP), package promos, member discounts, or the therapist you choose. It’s best to call and inquire to get an answer specific to your needs. Enjoy your “me” time!