The business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in Cebu may have contributed much to the local economy, but it has also resulted in an increasing number of stressed-out BPO employees. While companies have set up programs to help their personnel manage stress, sometimes the unwinding needs to be done outside—away from the workplace.
One of the quickest getaways for city dwellers to spend some time for relaxation
is their friendly neighborhood spa. A spa is a place where the health and appearance of customers are enhanced through exercise and relaxation. Cebu has seen an increasing number of massage and spa shops opening all over the island. The following are some of the newest massage and spa shops in Metro Cebu.
Health always comes first at Serendipity Spa
The guest area of Serendipity Spa evokes luxury and elegance.
The guest area of Serendipity Spa is luxurious and the ambience of the place is relaxing. And health comes first here. A staff member checks the blood pressure of each guest before starting any treatment. For example, if the blood pressure of the guest is high, the treatment will be postponed until they have rested enough and their blood pressure has normalized. Any medication taken by the customer in the last 24 hours is also considered.
There’s nothing more refreshing than a good facial massage.
Serendipity Spa offers Shiatsu, Ventosa, and Swedish massages. It also provides the Filipino hilot (ancient Filipino art of healing; a type of massage) to customers looking for this traditional touch therapy. Other treatments offered by the spa include foot massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, and hot oil massage. Facial cleansing, aromatherapy, body scrubs
, and foot spa are also available.
The rates for the massage treatments at Serendipity Spa are between PhP200, for the foot massage, and PhP450, for the hot stone massage and Filipino hilot. The foot spa and facial cleansing are priced at PhP250 and PhP450, respectively. Meanwhile, the aromatherapy and body scrub costs PhP450. Serendipity Spa is located at the second floor of Jaden Center . They accept walk-ins and reservations.
CEBU HEALING POINT MASSAGE
First massage shop in Cebu to offer anti-cellulite body massage using coffee bean oil
Cebu Healing Point Massage is located at The Greenery in Mabolo, Cebu City.
Cebu Healing Point Massage is the only massage shop in the Queen City of the South to use pure essential oils from Arabica coffee beans for an anti-cellulite body massage. A number of studies have shown evidence of the anti-cellulite properties of caffeine. Incorporating essential oils of coffee beans into a massage treatment is a good way to relax the body while keeping the fats away.
The massage area at the Cebu Healing Point Massage
In addition to the anti-cellulite body massage, Cebu Healing Point Massage also offers Shiatsu, Swedish, hot stone, and foot massages. They offer foot scrub and aromatherapy services as well.
The Cebu Healing Point Massage offers home or hotel services within the Mabolo, Lahug, Banilad, and Subangdaku areas. The shop is located at The Greenery in Mabolo, Cebu City.
Massage rates at the shop are from PhP240, for a one-hour foot massage, to PhP800, for a one-and-a-half hour hot stone massage. Foot scrub and aromatherapy treatments cost PhP280 and PhP450, respectively. Home service rates start at PhP600, plus transportation expenses. There is a happy hour (Monday to Friday, 1:00 – 6:00 PM) when discounts are offered for selected massage treatments.
POSH NAILS SM SEASIDE
Pampering ladies as well as little girls for over a decade
Pink colors everywhere at Posh Nails SM Seaside City
Posh Nails is among the first shops to offer natural nail care in the country. In addition to nail care services, the shop also offers reflexology, foot spa, foot scrub, hand spa, and arm scrub. Guests can also have a try on their paraffin and waxing services.
The newly opened branch of Posh Nails at SM Seaside City is their second in Cebu. The first one is located at SM City Consolacion.
Pink, lilac, and white are the colors that greet the ladies and the little girls that enter the shop. These colors, complemented with large comfy couches, soft pillows, and beaded curtains, create the ambiance of that of a girl’s dreamy and fancy bedroom. And then, the entire feel is completed with some chill music in the background.
Little girls are also pampered at Posh Nails SM Seaside City.
Among the most popular services at Posh Nails are the hand and arm scrub, hand spa, reflexology, paraffin dip, nail art, waxing, and foot spa.
Rates for the massage services of Posh Nails at SM Seaside City range from PhP220 to PhP600. Hand and foot massages come in at the lower end of the range while the 3-in-1 combination of hand, back, and leg massages comes in at the higher end. Nail care services are between PhP150, for a manicure, and PhP1,200, for a crystal tip nail extension.
Stress from the fast pace of life can really take its toll on the health of anyone living in the big city. There is a need to unwind. These newly opened massage and spa shops provide residents of Cebu City the opportunity to take some time off without having to travel far.
Photos are from the official Facebook pages of featured establishments.
Prices may change without prior notice.