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March 11, 2018

The Thai Café & Spa, Bangkok…the most amazing feeling

If you liked to be pulled, punched and stepped on, this is the place for you. You’re there to be worked on. And walked on. Your treatment will be half-ecstasy, half-exorcism, and if you’re into that sort of thing, it’s pretty great.

Khun Pop (#53) will gouge with knuckles and knead with fists, contort limbs and lean into elbows to loosen tendons and ligaments. It’s a kind of deep-tissue bodywork that can be so intense that some jokingly liken it to masochism.

The reward is you feel such a relief when you leave that it’s just the most amazing feeling. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 25, 2018

Reborn, Petaling Jaya…will revive even the most jaded execs

Filed under: Activities, Malaysia, Massage, tui na — Tags: , , , , — PEr @ 2:33 pm

I’m very happy I chose this tui na therapeutic massage place on a whim.

The masseur gave me the longest, deepest massage I’ve ever had with the perfect amount of force and leaving me sighing with pleasure instead of writhing in pain. She exerted long, firm strokes, crisscrossing my rigid lower back with her powerful forearms and softening my tension-locked shoulders. She worked silently and efficiently; I’d tell you the details, but I fell asleep 20 minutes into it. The only unbearable part of my massage came when it was time to leave.

Friendly, inexpensive, and my back doesn’t hurt anymore = yay! I’m a fan. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 31, 2017

Jasmine Thai Massage, Bangkok…a restorative rubdown

Filed under: Massage, Thailand — Tags: , , — PEr @ 9:03 pm

Some people believe a massage shouldn’t involve anything more strenuous than flipping from stomach to back. Khun Neena isn’t one of them.

Khun Neena proceeded to drill into my tightest knots…she stretched, rubbed, twisted, and bent my limbs, fixing my alignment. At one point, she even placed her feet against my lower back and lifted me in the air in a weightless arch that loosened every knot along my spine. Admittedly, this athletic form of massage isn’t for those who want to doze through a session, but the looser, more limber muscles and restored equilibrium are well worth the workout.

I slept like a dormouse afterwards and the next day the pain in my lower back and neck had gone. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 18, 2017

Hogushi, Tokyo…I’ve had better massages

Filed under: Activities, Japan, Massage, traditional, wellness — Tags: , , , — PEr @ 1:27 pm

It’s no secret that Singaporeans are stressed, but when it comes to unwinding, we’re pretty competitive about that too—that’s where shiatsu massage in Tokyo come in.

Hogushi was recommended by the hotel concierge as a traditional shiatsu joint offering services with modest price tags. Privacy is precarious here, and the curtain separating the beds mean the moans and groans you hear may not be your own. Maybe it’s my high expectations but it was nothing special and nothing horrible. No matter how strong he was, the didn’t have the right technique no pressed the right spots. I left feeling like no work had been done on me.

If you want a real good deep massage, this place is not for you. I’ve had better massages. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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September 24, 2017

Dao Spa, Shanghai…head back to your room and take a nap instead

Filed under: Activities, China, Massage, spa, Travel — Tags: , , , , — PEr @ 3:20 pm

We’ve all been there. Going into a spa with great anticipation, only to find that the massage room is falling apart or the masseur has brute strength but zero technique. Yes, a bad spa can ruin anyone’s mood, but when you are aching all over looking forward to a good rub-down, the stakes are even higher.

If your body is aching after a long day, and the nearest spa to you is Dao Spa, you might just want to head back to your room and take a nap instead.

Another option: Have a friend rub your shoulders. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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September 17, 2017

Dragon Hill Spa, Seoul…get naked with the locals

Sauna culture is common around the world — including the Japanese onsen and Turkish hammam — but the South Korean variety, a jjimjilbang, is an entire industry unto itself. These 24-hour spas are everywhere in Seoul – like starbucks.

You pay a flat fee for entrance and given a jjimjilbang uniform and a bracelet with your locker keys. But calling the jjimjilbang a bathhouse hardly begins to describe its attractions. Sure, you can take a bath and a sauna. You can sit in a steam room or in or around large, sex-segregated baths filled with extremely hot water. There are professional body scrubbers and masseurs. You can lie on a heated floor (a feature of traditional houses). You can also eat, sleep, date, watch television, read, play computer games.

For all kinds of good, clean fun. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 9, 2017

Urban Retreat, Bangkok…Save your money and go elsewhere

Thai massage isn’t for everyone, especially when it’s done traditionally (read: aggressively). You’re not there to be pampered. You’re there to be worked on. And walked on.

Smack dab a stone’s throw from the Asok BTS station, this urban oasis offers a full menu of spa services from massages and body scrubs to body mask and waxing. Sadly, their traditional massage here was  no-ecstasy, all-exorcism. The masseur – Khun Waew – resorted to simply ‘brute’ strength more than correct technique. She ignored everything I asked for, which was to focus on my lower back. I really think this woman has no clue on the proper technique of Thai massage and started making things up.

Save your money and go elsewhere. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 31, 2016

Palm Spring Spa, Zhuhai….hands down the best massage of my life

I’ve always enjoyed going to a spa, sit back, relax and forget the world, for a few hours at least.

Today’s spa aficionados can choose from a bewildering array of treatments. The choice can be overwhelming, but here in Palm Spring Spa, the TCM massage is an exceptional, effective treatment which provide welcome comfort and rapid relief. The massuer is capable of intuitively picking up on what I need – a damn-good kneading – and she tailored the massage accordingly. Her knowledge of musculature is generally great, as she tackles each overlapping muscle within my lower back, shoulder blades, neck, and traps using different strokes in different directions. I’ve had countlessmassages in my life, and this one stands out.  The experience was defined by strong hands, focused pressure, precision, and a keen understanding of the human body.

If I was based in Zhuhai, I would make this a weekly or biweekly happening. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 30, 2016

Jinshui Zunting, Shanghai…a stress-melting tui na massage

Filed under: Activities, China, Massage, spa — Tags: , , , , , , , — PEr @ 3:23 pm

According to the tenets of traditional Chinese medicine, massage can help the body’s qi, or energy, flow freely and remain in balance.

This is an amazing place to go if you have any aches and pains that need sorting out. I’ve been to a plenty of tui na’s across China with my problem back from all my travels. This place is as good and traditional as it gets. The massuer recognised that I also had quite a lot of pain in my shoulders and neck, and worked hard at them to decrease the pressure I was feeling.

I’ve paid for professional physio and sports massages but Jin Shui Zun Ting… Jin Shui Zun Ting has my heart now. I’m very happy I chose this place on a whim. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 27, 2015

Let’s Relax Spa, Bangkok…disappointing at best

Facing another day of marathon shopping, BTS trains, traffic jams, food and more food, your family and/or friends may have reached the point where a mutiny is being whispered around the breakfast table. We’ve all been there. Fortunately, Bangkok offers plenty of diverse choices to sooth your body, recharge your batteries and to reconnect with yourself.

Let’s Relax is a luxurious day spa which offers a wide variety of spa packages such as Thai-style massages, herbal body wraps, foot and hand reflexology, and facial relaxation treatments. This place is more expensive than every where else I have been so far in Thailand. But I don’t mind paying to get a good massage.  This was a MEH massage. This place is HORRIBLY overpriced for a Thai traditional massage and the masseur does not work on my problem areas.

To put it bluntly this was not my scene. The lemongrass drink before the massage, the mango sticky rice after the massage–the whole thing was not my jam. Maybe it’s yours? If so, enjoy the THB900 Thai massage that is strong but lack technique. I’ll be elsewhere.This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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