I personally enjoy a good massage. It helps me calm down on hectic days at work. While indulging once in a while in luxurious spas are great, it’s the underrated massage places that really take the cake when I'm super busy. If you're game, you may want to visit those on this list, but don’t expect Jacuzzis and steam rooms and free tea after your session—these places are often simple and cheap, but they’re great in alleviating pent-up office-related tensions and giving you that boost you need.
Here are four that I’ve tried. If there’s a branch near you and you’ve had a heavy breakfast, you can opt to make your quick escape during lunch break and come back to your cubicle feeling refreshed.
1. Vibes Massage
“Vibes” stands for Visually-Impaired’s Brotherhood for Excellent Services. All their therapists are properly trained, very professional, and can seriously give you an awesome massage, whether you choose to have a 30-minute half-body or a one-hour whole body session. They offer Swedish and Shiatsu, but they’re best with Pinoy Hilot.
Location/s: Robinsons Forum, Robinsons Metro East, Robinsons Otis, SM City Bicutan, SM City Calamba, SM City Lucena, and other malls nationwide
Approximate Rate/s: P200-300 for half-hour; P400 to P500 for 1 hour
2. Beijing Foot Spa
Beijing Foot Spa doesn’t only offer foot massage, though it’s definitely their forte. Some of their packages include head, hand, arm, and shoulder massage, which makes them really sulit. If you often wear heels, this is definitely the place to go to. Just don’t be surprised when your therapist pulls out a pair of rubber hammers: they’re said to relax your muscles after a pressure point massage, but if you’re uncomfortable with the service, you can request to forgo it.
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Location/s: Greenhills Shopping Center, Il Terazzo Tomas Morato, Lucky China Town Mall, Silver City Frontera Verde, Robinsons Metro East, Cherry Shaw, #47th Barangay San Roque
Approximate Rate/s: P350 for half-hour back massage; P500 for a one-hour-and-fifteen-minute foot massage (inclusive of head, hands, arms, shoulders and a quick back massage)
3. Bali Bliss Day and Nail Spa
If you’re into Balinese massage, then visit one of the many Bali Bliss Spas within and outside Metro Manila. You get the whole deal—a great massage, plus a bit of aroma therapy, and a really relaxing environment—for prices that won’t bust your budget.
Location/s: C. Raymundo; Greenwoods; Rosario, Manggahan; Kapitolyo, Pasig; Vista Verde, Cainta; Poblacion; UP Village QC; Lilac St., Marikina
Approximate Rate/s: P120-P170 for a 30-mintue whole body massage; P270-400 for one-hour whole body massage
4. Nisce Skin 'N Face
Their Dead Sea Salt Scrub w/ Massage is pretty good, but that’ll take you more than hour to finish (since you’ll need to take a shower after the salt scrub), so the next best thing is their Tranquility Massage, which mixes both Shiatsu and Swedish techniques. It’s a great reward especially after a long meeting or an intense client presentation.
Location/s: SM Megamall, Mandaluyong
Approximate Rate/s: P499 for full-body Shiatsu/Swedish/Tranquility Massage for one hour