Tired, tense and aching all over? Try these super-relaxing massages.
Warm Jade Stone Massage
Where: Remede Spa at The St. Regis Singapore, tel: 6506-6896 Price: $290
How: There are jade stones everywhere – I lie on heated ones to loosen tight back muscles, and they’re pressed against my body in strong but fluid up-down motions to further relax tired muscles and knots. This also supposedly boosts detoxification. The 90-minute treatment ends with a fast, up-and down rubdown with cold jade stones to improve microcirculation and refresh the senses.
Verdict: This is so relaxing that it’s hard to stay awake during the treatment. While the stones are very hot, I am not scalded in any way. My favourite part is the finale as it makes me feel lighter and energised, and gives skin a nice pinkish glow.
For: Aching muscles Where: Damai Spa at Grand Hyatt Singapore, tel: 6416-7156 Price: $156
How: Inspired by the Indian Ayurvedic oil massage therapy for healing and detoxifying, this 75-minute treatment uses a custom-blended “healing oil” made of lemongrass, cinnamon and lavender oil to supposedly help remove toxins from the body. The therapist uses a mix of deep tissue strokes and pressing motions on acupuncture points to stimulate lymphatic drainage, and finishes with a head massage.
Verdict: This is so shiok that I kept nodding off throughout the massage. My body feels lighter and fresher immediately after, and muscles feel more relaxed for the entire week.
Where: Heavenly Spa by Westin at The Westin Singapore, tel: 6922-6977 Price: $220
How: A unique 90-minute massage that uses three different techniques to “rebalance the body’s energy” and relax tense muscles. It starts with Gun Fa (a Chinese rolling technique) to supposedly stimulate and correct energy flow. Next, the abdomen is treated with a Malay massage – pressing and kneading – to reportedly eliminate toxins and improve digestion. Finally, an Indian foot massage based on Ayurvedic tradition that promises to dispel “heatiness” and boost energy level. Instead of massage oil, the therapist uses an orchid balm.
Verdict: This gets rid of all my muscle kinks with zero discomfort, and my stomach appears to be less bloated. My face even has a nice rosy glow, which I attribute to improved circulation.