Appeared as ' Cheeky Chai Detox Massage’ (Time Out Singapore May 2009)
Charlene Fang tries out Spa Esprit at House’s three-step detox treatment to ‘give my body a brand new feel with its recuperative and healing prowess’. But does it work?
First published on 6 Aug 2009.
‘I am a candle… I am a human candle…’ This inane thought entered my mind 70 minutes into my detox massage. How did I allow three layers of warm (think bikini wax temperature) paraffin mud wax be slathered all over my body, without a set of hard pectorals or a buff six-pack in sight? This is what happens when you’re a spa slut. While I’ve always been more of a sports massage/tui na, (Chinese massage) type of girl, I was curious: how could a three-step treatment ‘give my body a brand new feel with its recuperative and healing prowess’?
The therapist started by explaining that the special three Cs (cardamom, cinnamon and clove) massage oil was specially concocted to assist in breaking down my body’s fatty acids. However this also meant that at some point of the hour-long massage, things could get a tad warm. Knuckling down, she began by using long massage strokes to ‘decongest and expel harmful toxins’ from my body. I wish I could tell you more, but ten minutes of her forearms moving firmly up and down my back, and I was asleep.
Waking me to commence the second part of the treatment, I’d be lying if I said the word ‘kinky’ didn’t come to mind as she painted on the first layer of wax. Reality struck when I looked down: having lavendercoloured sludge all over your body is not exactly sexy. Thankfully, this lasted less than ten minutes, and then it was time for the wrap. This portion was only slated for 15 minutes, but something about being encased in clingfilm made me feel very claustrophobic, so I was very relieved to find the wrap consisted only of a thermal blanket topped off by a thick fluffy towel. And just to ensure I wasn’t obsessing about being ‘encased’, the therapist distracted me with a wonderful head massage. 3, 2, 1…and I was out again.
Post-treatment, as I stood by the bay window admiring the sunset, I lightly ran my fingers over my skin. ‘Brand new feel’: check. ‘Recuperative and healing prowess’: check. I guess it wasn’t so bad making like a candlestick wick.
Costs: $235 (105 minutes)
Where: Spa Esprit at House, 8D Dempsey Road (Tel: 6476 0070)