Sometimes there’s nothing like a relaxing massage or facial to get you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, but with so many spas in town and treatments on offer, how do you find the one for you? This month, our lucky editors test-drive five top treatments and report back.
What: Personalised Facial (90 Minutes, $380)
“I love this spa’s tranquil, nature-inspired atmosphere – contemporary-chic wooden panelling with stone surfaces throughout, and glass walls that give an indoor-outdoor feel. It’s such a beautiful treatment room that I almost felt guilty lying there with my eyes closed!
After choosing my preferred facial oils and enjoying a quick foot bath, we started with a gentle cleanse; then, my therapist used a UV light machine to analyse my skin condition (dry, with an oilier T-zone) to determine the line-up of luxurious ESPA and Intraceuticals skincare products to follow. We continued with more cleansing, a scrub and a steam, then some much-needed extraction before a facial massage and mask application. Of course, I thoroughly enjoyed the shoulder, neck and scalp massages while the mask went to work!
What sets this facial apart from others is the oxygen infusion that pushes a special serum with hyaluronic acid into the skin – not just on its surface. The infusion was sprayed onto my face, then the oxygen was delivered via a wand-like instrument; it just felt like blasts of air and wasn’t uncomfortable at all. The next day, I noticed my skin was still super soft and hydrated.” – AMY GREENBURG
Until 31 December, enjoy 30 percent off all weekday body and facial treatments, and 20 percent off all weekend treatments at Damai, plus all day access to the pool and spa facilities, and four hours of complimentary parking when you quote “DamaiEL” when making a reservation. Want more? Check out their new Spa Afternoon Tea, which comes with an afternoon tea experience at 10 Scotts with free-flowing champagne.
What: Scalp Tension Relief Massage ($85, 30 minutes)
“With 17 years of experience in the beauty scene, Diana King has a loyal clientele who frequent her cosy boutique salon in Sin Ming Centre. After a packed day of meetings, my head was all over the place, so a quality massage was very much welcomed.
Because I was heading out for another appointment right after the massage, Diana chose a mix of rose and jasmine since both are pretty neutral scents. Using a technique learnt from her grandmother, she applied medium pressure on specific points on my scalp, head and upper neck. Within 10 minutes, I felt myself drifting into a semi-conscious state – like I was in a deep sleep but, strangely, could still hear the music playing in the background! Sounds odd, but it worked; I woke up feeling completely rejuvenated.
The whole experience was a first for me; I’ve never been in this kind of state – completely relaxed and seemingly asleep, yet aware of my surroundings at the same time. If you’re feeling stressed out or frequently suffering from headaches, try going for a scalp tension relief massage once in a while. The 30 minutes of bliss did wonders!” – ANTHIA CHNG
Trimmings Salon & Spa
What: Aveda Chakra Balancing Massage ($95, 60 minutes)
“Located in a black-and-white bungalow on leafy Loewen Road, this salon and spa is the perfect setting for a relaxing massage. The treatment rooms are simple but comfortable and well equipped, with a shower if needed.
This treatment combines the therapeutic benefits of essential oils with a massage to release any blockages in the body’s energy or “chakra” system. It focuses on the seven energy centres (chakras) of the body from root (base of the spine) to the crown of the head, each one relating to a different aspect of life. My therapist Kim got me to pick my favourite scent from the seven Aveda oils addressing each of the chakras. I chose bergamot corresponding with the solar plexus chakra to release pent-up emotions and soothe anxiety – quite apt after three weeks hosting family in Singapore!
The treatment began with gentle chimes to promote relaxation, then continued with a combination of deep tissue massage to release knots and tension and warm towel treatment to relieve soreness – starting from the lower back and ending with a head massage. Combined with the soft background music and soothing fragrance in the air, this was one of the most relaxing massages I’ve ever had.” – JULIET KEYS
La Source Spa
What: La Aroma Indulgence ($138, 60 minutes)
“La Source Spa is an award-winning one-stop spot for busy folks who need a pick-me-up. The gold and cream furnishings give the spacious spot a luxurious vibe, while the warm and friendly service immediately puts you at ease.
For the ultimate stress-buster, I’d recommend the aromatherapy full body massage. This treatment uses aroma oil blends from the spa’s in-house skincare line, INNI by La Source. You get to choose from five pure essential oil blends; I opted for “Calm”, an uplifting mix of geranium, lavender and bergamot. Then, after a cup of ginger tea, I was led to the treatment room where the pampering started.
It began with me inhaling deep breaths of the chosen scent, which turned out to be one of my favourite parts of the treatment as my mind felt clearer and more relaxed. Using light strokes (you can request for stronger pressure if you prefer), my therapist started from the legs, then moved up to my back and shoulders. Even though I opted for light pressure, it was absolute bliss and I even managed to doze off for a bit. Laying on the heated bed was the icing on top – it makes all the difference, I promise.” – ANTHIA CHNG
Whether you’re prepping for a big event or want to switch up your hairdo, you can get your tresses fixed at La Source Hair, a premium salon tucked inside the spa area.
What: Esse Signature Sensitive Facial (120 minutes, $400)
“This organic salon offers the right mix of natural skincare with technology. As I had dry patches and red areas on my face, I opted for a treatment suited for sensitive skin. This signature facial, which uses the Esse Probiotic Skincare line from South Africa, is designed to restore a barrier to the skin, so it’s perfect for my current skin condition.
The two hours of pampering included a face, neck and head massage, which I really enjoyed. I slept through the mask and the LED light therapy, so the treatment didn’t feel too long. It costs $400 but for all the right reasons: the products used are organic, and are carefully selected and imported; plus, if you sign up for a package, it reduces the price dramatically. If you liked the effects of your facial, you can shop the products on display, which are mainly organic and non-comedogenic. What sets them apart from other off-the-shelf products is the scent – they all smell earthy and lovely!” – REBECCA BISSET
Snare a massive 30 percent discount on facials when you sign up for a package; this brings the price of the Esse Signature Sensitive Facial from $400 down to $280.
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