10 Places to Go to Get a Quick Treatment on Your Lunch Break
Need an express massage or haircut, stat?
(SPOT.ph) Some days are a little more tiring than others. Maybe you were up all night binge-watching a series you were supposed to save for the weekend or maybe you’ve been busy catching up on deadlines. Sometimes, the only respite you get from a long day is that one free hour in the middle of the day. While that may seem like a brief moment, it’s actually more than enough time to pamper yourself. We’ve put together a list of 10 treatments that are only 30 minutes or less that won’t make you late for your afternoon meetings.
Feel well-rested after Aramesh Wellness’s Ventusa massage (P400 for Deluxe; P600 for Premier). The cupping therapy relieves pain and expels toxins from the body, leaving you quite refreshed. You can also indulge in their Back/Leg/Head Massage (P450) that’s just as pleasurable. If you believe in “no pain, no gain,” then their Paraffin Therapy (P300) is for you, which uses warm oil-based wax to make your hands feel as soft as ever. Relax like a goddess with the Aramesh Milk Bath (P1,000), with its protein base that contains amino acids, minerals, and vitamins, and you'll feel revitalized and squeaky clean in no time.
Aramesh Wellness is at 601 6th Floor, Heart Tower, 108 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information, contact 0917-509-2010 or log on to their Facebook page.
The Basic Diva Manicure/Pedicure Combo (P650) is specially made for divas-on-the-run. Their manicure includes everything from nail shaping and cuticle treatment to a moisturizing massage. They know you’re in a rush so they protect your freshly painted nails with a “Flash Dry” finish to make them chip-proof. You can expect the same level of thoroughness from their pedicure. Plus, you can even match your nails and toes! They start with a relaxing soak and make your feet as smooth as possible with their Sugar Glow scrub. And if that’s not soothing enough, they top it off with a massage for your lower legs.
See a list of Dashing Diva branches.
Neo Day Spa
A fan favorite at Neo Day Spa is their signature Zen Body Treatments which exfoliate and moisturize your entire body. Over at their BGC branch, they have the Nori Seaweed Bath (P1,050), which eliminates the toxins in your body with the help of detoxifying algae in a whirlpool bath. They cap it off with a calming five-minute back massage that might just put you to sleep (just make sure you set that alarm).
Neo Spa is at G/F Net One Center, 26th Street corner 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, contact 815-8233, 815-6948, 0921-477-9999, or visit their website.
YSA Skin Care Center
Just stepping outside in the middle of the city often feels like being slapped in the face with smog and polluted air. So what better way to feel clean and flawless than a facial? YSA offers a good selection of treatments like Body Bleaching (P2,128), which makes blemishes less noticeable and gives you a more even skin tone. The Chemo Peel (P3,500 minimum) is ideal for those who want to reduce fine lines, scars, and discoloration from sun damage. The rejuvenating Intense Diamond Peel (P1,000) gives you a natural-looking glow in 15 minutes, plus it's non-invasive so it's not going to hurt you. Instead, your dead skin cells will be exfoliated off your face. Don't be fooled by the short five minutes of the Ultra Mask (P336) as it packs a painless punch while using laser energy to remove the layers of skin damaged by the sun. If you find yourself in the middle of a breakout, fear not. The Acne Light (P250 minimum) helps clear the inflammation of acne in just 30 minutes while the Bella Mask (P1,000) works on photodamage, wrinkles, and acne.
See a list of YSA Skin Care Center branches.
Big Apple Express Spa
Reenergize yourself with Big Apple’s Bangkok Foot Therapy (P399) that puts pressure onto key points in your sole. If your feet are sore and you’ve been experiencing fatigue, try their Oriental Foot Relax (P299). It naturally softens and smoothens your feet by using oil and finger techniques that soothe leg muscles that usually hurt when you’ve been walking too much. A unique option at Big Apple would be their Make Your Own Massage (prices start at P49) option. You can customize it according to your liking. Just tell them what you want to have massaged and for how long, and you’re good to go.
See a list of Big Apple Express Spa branches.
The Mandara Spa
Your lunch break can go a long way at The Mandara Spa because they offer multiple treatments that are only 30 minutes long. They have the Scrub Ritual (P700) that removes dead skin through their Body Brush. An aromatic body scrub then exfoliates your body, ready for the soothing butter that keeps your skin baby soft. The Mandara Signature Scrub (P800) follows the same process, but adds in dead sea salt and a blend of their signature oils. The Masque and Wrap Ritual (P700) is the Scrub Ritual’s counterpart for those with dry skin. It uses a 15-minute wrap to let the skin absorb the hydration from the mask in addition to other essential oils. Mandara specially crafts their luxury Signature Treats using organic oils that have healing benefits. The Mandara Signature Masque and Wrap (P800) also hydrates your skin with dead sea mud. Other 30-minute treatments include the Hands and Arms Massage (P400) and Xiamen Foot Massage (P400).
The Mandara Spa is at McKinley Park Residences, Unit 318, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit their website.
Switch up your look and let everyone know what a total difference a few minutes can make. Get yourself a stylish haircut (P150) at Kaizen for only 10 minutes. Yup, you read that right! You’ll be done before your lunch order is even served. After the quick snip, you’ll also be treated to the “Zen wash technique” that replaces the typical salon blow-dryer with a vacuum to make your hair bouncy and sleek while also cleaning up after your trimmings.
Kaizen is at 5th Floor, SM City Manila. For more information, log on to their Facebook page.
Bench Skin Expert
Perfect for the person always on the go, Bench Skin Expert offers the Express Facial (P250) that targets visible blemishes on your skin in under 30 minutes. That means you can schedule an appointment right before an important event! As for those who don’t have the time in their packed schedule for cleansing, exfoliating, extraction, and moisturizing, the Express Facial Plus (P350) is tailor-fit to your skincare needs.
See a list of Bench Skin Expert branches.
Thai Temple Spa
You’ll have more than enough left from your lunch allowance for Thai Temple Spa’s 30-minute massage treatments. Their Head Massage (P150) uses soft and gentle pressure to improve your circulation around your upper neck, forehead, and scalp, while the Back Massage (P150) eases the tension in your back, shoulders, and neck muscles. The Foot Massage (P150) uses firm pressure on specific points on your feet that correspond to particular organs, muscles, glands, and tissues in your body. The serene atmosphere of the place will have you squeezing in a short but sweet siesta before heading back to work.
Thai Temple Spa is at J. Abad Santos Street corner Lopez Jaena Street, Little Baguio, San Juan City. For more information, contact 576-7043 or visit their Facebook page.
Manos Nail Lounge
There’s nothing like a fast but full mani-pedi that will have you in and out of the door in no time. The Manos Express (P220/pedicure; P200/manicure; P380/combo) gives you a fast clean and buffing for only 30 minutes. After having your nails done, you can have an Extended Massage (P240/15 minutes; P380/30 minutes) for your arms or your legs and let their manos help you unwind. If your back needs some loosening up, you can also try their Back Dry Massage (P240/15 minutes; P380/30 minutes). Manos spoils you even more with their refreshments that include Red or White Wine (P160/glass, P550/bottle) and cocktails like Whiskey Ginger, Cuba Libre, and the Manos Sangria (P120/glass).
Manos is at Unit 2-I Crescent Park Residences, 30th Street corner 2nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, contact 478-4057, 0917-317-6627, or visit their website.