'Knead' A Break? 5 Places You Can Call For A Relaxing Home Massage
Because we need to take care of ourselves too!
Since the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in March last year, we have learned to do everything at home. The usual takeaway lunch was replaced by homecooked meals, movie dates turned into Netflix movie marathons, and our offices moved to our very own living rooms.
While we are grateful to be spending more time with our families and avoiding the long commute, the work-from-home setup can be equally draining. Usually, our home is where we rest and unwind, but this new setup has blurred work-life boundaries. In between the hustle and never-ending Zoom meetings, we want a day off, too!
So how can we get some R&R without leaving the house? Answer: We bring the spa to us. Here are some home service massage centers you can call.
- Miramax Home Service Spa and Massage
If you’re from the metro, you can check out this Quezon City-based massage center that caters to clients in Manila, Quezon City, Pasig, Marikina, San Mateo, San Juan, and Mandaluyong.
They take pride in their Shiatsu massage, which alleviates migraines by relaxing the body and increasing blood flow and circulation. It is also a non-invasive therapy that helps reduce stress, tension, anxiety, and depression.
- Apple Tree Home Service Spa
For only Php 300 an hour, you can treat yourself to a relaxing Swedish massage. Their therapists aim to deliver a professional and hygienic treatment experience to every customer. Clients from Quezon City, Marikina, and Angeles, Pampanga are in for a treat!
- Massage MNL
Famous among celebrities like Kylie Padilla, Cristine Reyes, and Andi Eigenmann, Massage MNL offers a wide range of services and caters to areas in Metro Manila, Rizal, Paranaque, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, and CAMANAVA (South Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela).
If you’re a new mom feeling overwhelmed by all the changes in your routine, get a well-deserved break with their Lactation Massage. As stated on their website, a lactation massage is a “specified type of massage designed for nursing/breastfeeding women. Therapists apply smooth and gentle pressure to specific contact points on the breast to stimulate glands for a healthy, continuous flow of breast milk.”
- Wellnest PH
With Wellnest PH, you don’t have to worry about risking your safety. All of their tools are guaranteed to be sanitized after each service, and their therapists are regularly tested every two to three weeks.
Aside from their superb safety procedures, Wellnest PH also offers nail and lash services for those who are looking for a little more glam!
- Calmia Home Service Massage and Nail Spa
Calmia Spa helps you pamper yourself in the comforts of your home. TV personalities like Ina Feleoand Bugoy Cariño have enjoyed the different treatments this mobile spa has to offer: mani-pedis, foot reflexology, regular back massages, and more!
Did you know that a massage is not a simple indulgence, but a therapeutic exercise? Here are three benefits of massage therapy that you’ll surely love!
- Massage reduces stress.
Working from home makes us spend most of the day sitting in front of our desks, which may cause postural stress. Aaron Tanason, a registered massage therapist, says that this often manifests in the shoulders and neck. Luckily for us, massage therapy can counter the imbalance from sitting all day!
- Massage improves sleep.
Who doesn’t want a good night’s sleep? According to registered massage therapist Lisa Marie de Miranda, even babies can benefit from a good massage too. “Most RMTs can do infant massage,” she says. A massage may help improve infants’ sleep and reduce colic.
- Massage soothes anxiety and depression.
As we are trudging through difficult times, it is not unusual to feel anxious and depressed at times. The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that after a massage, patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happier.
Safety is a priority
We were surely overwhelmed by the changes that took place in the last year, and neither was it easy for those in the wellness business like spas and massage centers. Most of them halted their operations for a couple of months after the ECQ, and it was not until recently that they were allowed to resume operations.
Ms. Arnie Catapang, owner of Wellnest Philippines, decided to re-open the spa in August 2020, but with a few necessary precautions for the safety of her staff and clients.
“We ensure that our staff and clients sign an agreement that both are to follow our protocols. Signing of health declaration forms is required before booking and making sure not to service clients with symptoms.”
They also observe proper and regular sanitation by requiring their therapists to change their entire uniform for each household. “[They] regularly [undergo] Swab Antigen [tests] every 14 days, and our payment process is strictly cashless.”
As clients, we need to do our part as well! Make sure to take a shower before your appointment and change your bed linens right after each massage session. Even if your therapist is wearing gloves and face masks, it is best to practice safety measures from our end as well. Take note of these guidelines before booking your next appointment to ensure a safe and relaxing spa day!