Tuesday, June 5, 2012

2.5 hours at the Neo Day Spa at the Fort

There I was staring at my computer at work today when I suddenly realized I could have 2.5 hours in the afternoon all to myself. The magazine was basically done (our fantastic June-July 2012 issue will be on the newsstands on June 15) and my next appointment had just been canceled.

This doesn’t usually happen, by the way, that I have a couple of free hours unplanned. In fact, this morning a friend of mine asked me to dinner tonight – one of those really nice spur-of-the-moment things that I’d ordinarily happily accept. But I already had something booked for tonight so I had to say no. It’s a good thing that he’s a good sport about it. He messaged back: “No problem. Let’s get together when you’re free.” I guess he meant next week.


I quickly checked my phone calendar and my next free evening is actually July 3, almost one month away. That’s how scheduled my life is, although sometimes I’ll happily drop or switch something around if the reason is right.

But usually, even my free time on weekends needs to be planned because I want to do everything possible in this world and there’s just not enough hours in a day, and days in a year, to do everything I want. So today, gifted with this rare present of time, I decided to treat myself to a spa package at the Neo Day Spa at the Fort.

If you follow this blog, you'll know that I go to spas a lot when I travel so you might say I’m a spa junkie; but here in Manila, the Neo Day Spa is getting to be one of my favorite urban escapes.


What's so great about it?

First, it’s got a simple layout. You get down from your car and the entrance is right in front of you, and the treatment rooms are all one staircase up. It’s nothing luxurious -- meaning no spa villas or waterlily ponds by the massage table here -- but it’s spotlessly clean. I’m extremely finicky about public facilities, and so far I’ve not found anything to point out to the management at the Neo Day Spa.

Second, their treatments don’t involve machines or complicated processes, but they use very good products and basic sound techniques for very good results. Again, I go to spas a lot, but I notice that when I get a treatment done here, I always get compliments afterwards.

Third, the therapists are all good. I haven't met a therapist I didn't like, but I was especially lucky today to get a lady named Aisa who pounded and kneaded every sore point in my back until it was like ice cream. What an amazing massage. If you ever find yourself at the Neo Day Spa, make sure to ask for Aisa if you want a great massage.

The last few weeks have been very busy and rather stressful, so I opted for Neo Spa’s Spa Package, which is a 2.5 hour treatment that involves a thorough body scrub using a special detox scrub imported from Europe and then a really wonderful 90-minute aroma massage with an oil of your choice. This is how I got that amazing massage courtesy of Aisa.

What I did today:

Green Tea Body Scrub (60 minutes)
A Neo Day Spa signature body treatment that offers full body exfoliation
using ingredients with pure essential oils

followed by a Swedish Aromatherapy Massage (90 minutes)


This treatment literally melted the stress away, and now I feel I can have the competition for breakfast. I can always have the competition for breakfast, actually, especially if all they do is copy our layouts and marketing styles, but without our real passion for travel and culture; but right now, I feel I can have them for merienda as well.

Just an unusually relaxed afternoon in a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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