Sunday, September 4, 2011

T-House Massage

Over the long weekend, Person A and I treated one of our best friends to a massage for her birthday. After scouring the numerous deals, we settled on a 60-minute full body massage for two at T-House, Tagaytay.   It was originally valued at PhP 1560 but I got it from Deal Grocer for PhP 940. Not a huge discount but still a decent slash down.

I reserved the appointment a day before to make sure that we can have our massage when we show up. It is always a good decision to get a reservation whenever you dine or get treatments. 

To kick-start our relaxing, girl’s day-out, we (more of Kat) drove ourselves to Tagaytay early Monday morning.  The traffic wasn’t bad yet. Had brunch at CafĂ© Breton, Cliffhouse before our 11:30AM massage appointment.


Going inside the T-house compound transports you to a quiet zone with white and brown buildings. 

It is marketed as a tranquil bed and breakfast hideaway, designed to let you forget your worries and stress behind. They plan to deliver this with clean, modern architecture, rooms with fire, earth and water theme and a selection of spa treatments. 

After a quick check in the reception area, 

We were ushered to the T-spa.

Here’s the Spa’s reception area. 

It has a very relaxing ambience albeit I do not love the dark lighting. It’s too dark for my taste. To be fair, it’s consistent with the earth theme and indeed very relaxing.

Here’s the massage room.  

Again, I am not a fan of the sheets but I am now nit-picking. Numerous soft towels are provided to strip down into. The therapist leaves to let you settle down in the room.

The Massage

I called the therapist and lied face down. There’s a nice bowl of water with rose petals to look down on.

I like to close my eyes and snooze when I get a massage. The therapist pipes in a relaxing sound of running water and bamboo leaves swishing… I loved it.

The massage that I availed is a combination of Shiatsu and Swedish. Shiatsu technique refers to the use of fingers and palm of one's hand to apply pressure to particular sections (nervous system) on the surface of the body for the purpose of correcting the imbalances of the body, and for maintaining and promoting health. Swedish, on the other hand, uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various strokes that warm up and work the muscle tissue, releasing tension and breaking up muscle "knots" or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, eases muscle tension and creates other health benefits.

The massage was more of a Swedish rather than Shiatsu. The therapist used mineral oil with a slight hint of lavender. The therapist started off massaging the pressure points in my foot using Shiatsu technique. Switched to Swedish on my legs then a combination of Shiatsu and Swedish on my back. That’s for a good 30-minutes then you have to flip over so that the front side can get the same treatment.

The massage was extremely good and very relaxing. The type that makes you sad once the therapist massages your head because you know the treatment has ended. I am definitely coming back for this massage, probably a 2-hour session would be in order.

Tarragon tea is served after the massage. 

Tarragon (dragon’s wort) is an aromatic herb widely-used in French cooking. It is also used as flavoring for carbonated drinks in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. The tea is slightly aromatic version of green tea. It has a licorice-like flavor. Tarragon tea helps in detoxification, fight fatigue and calm the nerves, and may help fight intestinal worms. Combantrine substitute?

In Summary

1. I find the T-house massage very relaxing and value for money. I don’t have good comparison because I am kinda new to massage-spa treatments but among those that I’ve tried, this is really good. You might want to avail a 2-hour treatment, a 60-minute massage is bitin.

2. The massage is best enjoyed with a one-on-one bonding time with the special someone, a friend, or your Mom/Dad.

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