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…



October 30, 2016

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

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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…



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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April 21, 2015

Shanana, Hangzhou…felt better but not “in heavens”

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Like many Asian countries it is quite easy to find a massage in China. I had no clue what to expect at this place (which was recommended by the hotel concierge), but it turned out cleaner and more professional than I expected. This tranquil retreat was legit, not a hint of anything improper.

As for the massage itself, I’d rate it a B. I was looking for Chinese massage- Tuina – but didn’t get that. If you are expecting something like a chiropractic massage, then this is not for you. The pressure is perfect. Hard enough to feel like it’s doing some good but not so hard that I need something to bite on to stop myself from crying out. But try as she might, she couldn’t zoom into the knots in my lower back and thus failed to loosen them. I definitely felt better after the massage, but not “in heavens”.

The best thing – their English is not very good so you never run the chance of getting a CHATTY massage therapist (my pet peeve).This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 6, 2014

Health Land Spa & Massage, Bangkok…production line massage

One of the saddest places on earth is the departure terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. I have experienced this  melancholy several times when, after checking in, passing through immigration and then security, it hits you all at once: you are leaving this wonderful piece of the planet. Gone are the great food and the traditional Thai massages.

From the outside Health Land looks like a retro mansion and inside it’s a little like Grand Central Station. The moment I walked in, it was far from a tranquil environment. Though well decorated, I felt like I was in a factory production line. Until you get to your treatment room, you’re just a number (or rather name). They’ll call your name (through a microphone) and you’ll be escorted from the waiting room to an area with benches where you’ll exchange your shoes for slippers and greet your therapist. Then you’ll be led to the elevator and on to your room. I felt like I was going for a ride in a theme park.

The staff at the reception desk may not be the friendliest welcome team around but once you get are enjoying your Thai massage you will soon forget about this.The massage was amazing! I’ve been to other places where they just hurt you. The masseur here uses her hands, arms, elbows, knees and feet apply firm, rhythmic pressure to various parts of the body along with the masseuese taking a casual stroll up and down the length of the back. My lower back got more attention as I’d requested and the pain significantly reduced. She is a true Thai massage master. She’s strong and has big thick arms and hands. She was built for giving massages. Thank GOD for her.

The price is really worth what you get!!!! THB500 for 2hours

The omnipresent “new age spa music”  and the generic herbal scent wafting the air might seem clichéd, but what Health Land lacks in personalized service, they make up for in value for money. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 6, 2013

Asia Herb Association Herbal Massage and Spa, Bangkok…..That was as close to heaven as I’ve been

Wow is all I can say.

I’m a self-proclaimed massage addict and have been getting regular massages for the last 20+ years and have had been worked on by dozens of therapists all over the world. The two traditional Thai masseurs at Asia Herb Association in Thonglor, were as professional and skilled as I’ve experienced. Number 621 (Khun Dow) was strong and energetic… the massage was something like a combination deep-tissue and manipulation session. She used elbows, fists and feet and bent, pulled, kneaded, stretched and flexed me into a pretzel, to work out deep knots in my muscles in particular, my lower back. I just loved it when she walked on my back.  It bordered on exquisitely painful at times, but the sense of looseness and relaxation when the session is done was truly amazing. On my second visit, masseur number 47 had incredible brute strength, and her technique was very direct. She did a lot of detailed work on the problem areas in my back, and the relief was dramatic. Made me feel like a million bucks.

Love the fact that they are open from 9am to 2am and the staff are really nice. The interiors are done up in an opulent Thai decor which made the ambience very calming, and at just THB400 for an hour, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better massage value in Bangkok. BARGAIN  of the century!

Huge stack of “damn that feels amazing!” That was as close to heaven as I’ve been.  This is the true truth as I say it as it is…



August 9, 2013

Huangcheng International Spa Club, Shenzhen…the massage was ordinary

I was debating between 3 or 4 stars, but I decided on 3 stars based on the fact that the main event of the visit – the massage – was average.

The atmosphere is nice and relaxing, in fact bordering on luxurious. The locker room was very clean, safe, and well stocked (e.g., hair dryers, shampoo, lotion, etc.), the attendant polite, friendly and very eager to serve. Heck they even send a chaffeur and car to pick you up from the hotel and send you back – for free. While the facility is nice I was totally disappointed with the services.   The massage was truly ordinary.  A total blah. The “International” in the name of this club doesn’t mean they cater to the international traveller. English is not spoken here too much.

Overall facility is very nice, folks were polite and felt that it was way cheaper than it should’ve been for what I got but my experiences here have been nothing outstanding.  And, I’m sure if I looked around Shenzhen, I could find a better massage. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…


October 28, 2012

Nurture Spa Village, Tagaytay City…2 hours drive for an average massage.

Situated in Tagaytay City, Nurture Spa Village is a 2-hour drive from Manila. It was named as one  of the 28 Most Relaxing Spas in Asia by CNN Go (June 2010), and one of the Top Seven Spas of the Philippines by Asia Spa Magazine (May-June 2010 issue).

The ambience and environment – in their strategic location in the midst of well-tended gardens and the province’s natural tropical forest – is definitely a haven of rest.

Before a treatment, there’s a foot wash “ritual” using a corn scrub and floral-scented water. My therapist was professional and warm and was explaining each step of the treatment to me. After some time, I find that a tad annoying as I would prefer to have peace and quiet. Before the massage, you will be asked to fill a short customer information sheet and treatment sheet about which areas you feel sore and want more focus on. I don’t think the therapist ever read them.

I enjoyed the environment and the cooler temperature at Nurture Spa Village, but I would not drive 2 hours (each way) for an average massage. This is the true truthas I say it as it is…

April 4, 2011

Heart Springs Spa, Singapore…I left feeling like a new person

Nothing can beat the tiredness of a hard’s day’s work more than a massage that will soothe your muscles and relax your body. This spa in City Square Mall appears nice. It is a clean and comfortable no frills setting.

Siew Wei,  the therapist was super friendly,personable and addressed my particular problem areas.  Her strong strokes relieved the pressure on the middle of my lower back and shoulders in particular. The massage was great! The therapeutic was pretty intense and painful, but she was able to release a ton of the tension and knots. I left feeling like a new person.

Considering the value for money I would say this place is ok.  Afterwards I felt completely calm and all I wanted to do was get home asap so I could fall sleep! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

January 29, 2011

Champei Spa & Salon, Phnom Penh…best spa experience in Phnom Penh

I can honestly say this is the best spa experience in Phnom Penh. The spa is fantastic quality polish and cheap (US$8 for an hour’s traditional Khmer massage).  It’s wonderfully designed to make you instantly feel at home and relaxed. Campei offers a full menu of body treatments for men and women.

Srey Py is a star masseure who is incredibly skilled, very strong and professional, although her English is not so good.  I absolutely enjoyed both the Khmer and oil massages she gave me.

Take the 1 or 2 hours there and relax! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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