My Thoughts on Nuat Thai Aromatherapy Massage
Today I went to Parkmall to indulge myself in another delightful massage, my favorite hedonistic pleasure that I enjoy very much.
On the second floor, each side has several options for that quick massage fix but I picked Nuat Thai because it seems like an easy choice; It’s a brand almost everyone is familiar with.
You see, Nuat Thai is as ubiquitous as Jollibee. Yes, that simply means they’re EVERYWHERE.
It’s hard to miss this purple-and-yellow massage franchise since they are in almost every cities and towns in Cebu and other provinces.
Sometimes when I don’t know what to choose, I just go with someone familiar just to get it over and done with.
Aromatherapy Massage with Thai Herbal balls
Once inside Nuat Thai, your nostrils will be engulfed with that unmistakable peppermint smell that surrounds the entire place. I can’t help but feel like everyone is sniffing Vicks here. Haha.
The front desk lady greeted me with the usual Filipino courtesy and handed me their menu of services.
This time I’m trying out their aromatherapy massage which includes Thai herbal balls (interesting!) and waited for couple of minutes before starting because I just had dinner and I don’t want to spoil the mood by barfing all over the place.
Afterwards, my massage therapist told me that she’s going to prepare my feet which I’m expecting would be a quick foot soak that’s usually done in most spas before the massage.
I waited for her to come with a foot spa tub but to my surprise, she just sprayed my feet with water from a spray bottle and spread it all over.
Boy, is this spa lazy! To cut corners like this is…just plain weird.
The smell of eucalyptus oil is just perfect
I loved it when she used eucalyptus essential oil for the aromatherapy massage because it actually reminded of my childhood.
Those days when I’m sick and my mother would slather that vapor rub on my chest. Priceless. It’s really ironic though that today I have to pay someone to relive those memories.
You will love the Thai herbal ball
If you haven’t tried it yet. You should. I absolutely love how the warm Thai herbal balls feels cozy on my body. It somehow rejuvenated my tired and sore muscles and calmed my nerves.
Just make sure to inform your therapist if it’s too hot because they might not realize that it was warmed a little too strongly than what your skin can handle. There are risks involved and getting your skin burned is one of them.
Please shut up!
While I’m trying to luxuriate myself in aromatherapy bliss, I heard these subdued chitchat, I’m assuming from the spa staff.
Obviously some employees just don’t care that I can hear them otherwise they would have shut up and do their personal business outside while waiting for their customers.
I should probably get used to this because clearly this is prevalent in most cheap spas that I go to. But no I won’t.
Consumers should never tolerate these blatant mindlessness because these folks are paid to work and not make vacant cubicles their breakout session.
It’s our right to demand professionalism in every spas here in our country because it’s part of what we paid for. The only way we can encourage more people to patronize our spas and thereby uplift our God-forsaken economy is when these people know what they’re doing.
My final Impression of Nuat Thai
The 1 ½ hour aromatherapy massage was awesome. My therapists hit all the right spots and feel revitalized going home. For P380, it’s okay.
But would I come back and book myself another massage with Nuat Thai? Probably not.
Don’t get me wrong. I like how my massage therapist had done her part but Nuat Thai as a spa can do so much better.
Just like any other spas, they should learn that they don’t just exist to recoup their capitalistic ventures but to satisfy their customers–the very reason why they have survived all these years.
Some of their spa therapists are too complacent to even care. They forgot that some customers remember every detail of their experience and some blogs about it (like me).
I know, it’s hard to generalize a brand with the mistake of one bad egg. Of course, not everyone is like that. But you have to understand, it’s a franchise. They operate on the same brand regardless of the location and owner.
Cebu is littered with thousands of spas like mushrooms sprouting out of nowhere. My experience today had me convinced to try them out first rather than come back at Nuat Thai and endure another major letdown.
DISCLAIMER: The unbiased opinions expressed in this blog post are entirely my own and drawn from my personal experience. If you have any questions or clarifications, contact me.
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