EarthLife Wellness Spa: Cebu’s Untapped Wellness Gem
It’s been ages since I last had a relaxing massage so I devoted my entire schedule today to spoil myself for some “me-time” pampering.
I was mildly disappointed to find out that the first spa I went to in F. Ramos Street was closed (that’s weird, why would they close on a Sunday, of all days?). I didn’t want to kill the vibe so I opted to just look somewhere else.
That was when I discovered EarthLife Wellness Spa located at the second floor of Gran Prix Hotel & Suites right across Robinson’s Place.
East Meets West
I decided to go for a 1-hour Aroma Hilot Massage which costs P300.00. As explained by the receptionist, it is a fusion between Hilot and a Swedish massage.
For those who have never tried Hilot before, it is a traditional Filipino folk healing technique widely practiced in rural areas (and some in urban communities) commonly done by a manghihilot (hilot practitioner).
Since health services from medical doctors in the Philippines can be tad pricey, most Filipinos turn to manghihilot for an affordable healing alternative. Hilot does not only involve a massage. It also offers herbal medication and chiropractic methods to improve the physical and mental well being of the patron.
Swedish massage, on the other hand, is the most popular type of massage that uses gentle and slow massage strokes to help release tensions from the body. It is based on the Western concept of human anatomy rather than the energy-focused modality typical among Asian massage techniques.
An Aromatic Massage Experience
My masseuse asked me to lie face down and worked on my back with long gliding strokes and firm tapping with the help of a fragrant peppermint oil. She then firmly applied pressure on muscle knots on my legs, arms, all the way up to my neck and head.
It was soothing to the point that I almost fell asleep and barely heard her when she offered to have an Ear Spa afterwards. I could only mutter a soft “no, thanks”. Then it was back to business until we were through.
EarthLife Wellness Spa – An Unexplored Territory
EarthLife Wellness Spa has all the amenities and services offered by most budget spas that littered around the metropolis but is largely unheard of. And that’s the beauty there. You don’t have to be well-known to be great.
I must say the massage was pleasantly exquisite and for the price I paid, the service was more than adequate. In fact, I’m thinking of booking another one in the near future. Probably to get an Ear Spa which sounds like an interesting thing to try.
If you have never had a massage before or don’t get one that often, their Aroma Hilot Massage or a regular Swedish massage would be perfect for you. But of course, you should always consult your doctor to ensure that it’s safe to engage in any massage.
If you would like to try them, you may want to take note of their contact details:
EarthLife Wellness Spa
2/F Gran Prix Hotel
Coast Pacific Bldg.,
Tel. no. 511-7141
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