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With home massage services mushrooming all over Metro Manila, everyone's need to be kneaded is just a phone call away. SPOT.ph asked beauty editors, writers, and massage regulars which ones they have on speed dial and narrowed down the choices to the 10 most talked-about services in the city. For this test, we chose to try the standard Swedish massage. Check out this list when you want a quick session to get the kinks out of your tired bodies (listed in no particular order):
Phone Numbers: 633-5880, (0917) 531-3531
Areas serviced: Most parts of Alabang, Quezon City, San Juan, and Makati (1 p.m. to 12 midnight daily)
The lowdown: According to the information on their website, the "Spaholics Massage" combines Swedish massage techniques with "the traditional Filipino remedy called hilot, renowned for its healing benefits." They are also known for their Hotstone Massage (P650/hour), a big favorite among Spaholics regulars, according to the receptionist.
Spaholics' bookings are done efficiently: the receptionist calls if the inquiry is sent through an SMS message, asks for the home address and confirms the appointment. The therapists, who come in Oriental-inspired mint green uniforms with their hair pulled back into neat buns or headbands, aren't chatty. They bring their own custom-built massage beds, which only takes them less than ten minutes to set up. The therapists also ask if the pressure is too much or too little. Their massage oils also come in two scents: lavender and eucalyptus.
Thumbs up for: Spaholics' extras turn the normal home massage routine into a serene experience. They bring their own CD player for mood music, pack fresh towels with them and offer ginger tea after the treatment. They even bring their own hot water in Thermoses placed inside uniform black bags.
2. Orange Home Spa
Phone Numbers: Makati, Madaluyong or Pasay: 517-5564 or (0919) 624-1181; Pasig, Quezon City or San Juan: 996-2615 or (0919) 624-1181; BF Homes, Paranaque and Alabang: 996-6257 or (0923) 930-3522.
Areas covered: Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City, San Juan, BF Homes Paranaque, and Alabang (Monday to Saturday: 2 p.m. to 12 midnight, Sunday: 1 p.m. to 12 midnight)
Price: P300/hour or P500 for 2 hours
The lowdown: The therapists, wearing outfits that make them look like nurses in scrubs, are transported to different parts of town using scooters. They also inform you, sans textspeak, if they are running a bit late. Orange Spa's therapists exert serious force and showed above average massage techniques. But be sure to choose a comfy bed, they do not bring massage beds nor towels.
Thumbs-up for: The impressive calf and back technique of Orange Spa's therapists makes up for their 15-minute tardiness during our massage test.