Well, let’s just say before I can publish what I’ve written in those posts, I needed to walk the talk first. As you’ve figured out, Part 4 deals with taking care of myself as a stay-home mom.
I’ve emphasised time and again that taking care of myself isn’t being selfish – it’s what keeps me going. If I’m not happy with my role in life, then no one around me can possibly be happy.
Anyway, I don’t pamper myself all that often, but I’m glad that my hubby is willing to take care of the kids for a few hours after work just so I can head off to check out what Passage New York had to offer.
And so I took off for a few hours on two Monday evenings for a massage and a facial (I had to split the appointments because my hubby couldn’t get back early enough for me to be gone for that long).
Passage New York’s shopfront isn’t new to me. In fact, it’s caught my eye some time back with its highly classy appearance. But usually those times I was in the car and my hubby was driving so I had no idea where exactly it was that day when I alighted at Raffles Place MRT station. It took me some time to finally find my way there (it’s at most 10minutes walk if you don’t get lost) but the massage was well worth it!
The spa facilities are actually not on level 1 so I was greeted by clothes and very pretty bags first. With the high ceiling and choice of lights, it actually looked like a miniature hotel lobby.
I was led up the flight of stairs which had an impressive chandelier
And at the top of the steps, there was a quaint looking front desk which I liked very much. The entire place made me feel very comfortable and with such thought put into the elaborate decor, I was looking forward to the actual service I’d be receiving and wondering at the same time, if the massage would feel as good as the vibes I was getting from just being there.
This is the cozy waiting area (obviously I didn’t need to wait as I was barely on time) –
After placing my belongings in the locker, I was whisked to the washroom before my treatment and again, I was impressed that everything was taken into consideration to make their clients feel pampered.
A typical massage room looks like this:
Basically, you don’t need to step out of the room until you’re done with your massage (unless of course if you suddenly need to use the washroom again) because there’s a private shower area in the room.
The bathtub is not a normal bath tub so unless you’ve chosen the hydrobath option, all showers are taken in the standing shower area.
Before my treatment I filled in some forms and was asked for my preferences – if I preferred a stronger/gentler touch, if I am open to using hot stones, shiatsu treatment etc. I actually liked that I was asked because many times when I go for massage, I’m just randomly allocated a masseuse and that person may not have enough strength to massage my tired and stiff shoulders and back.
So we proceeded with a body scrub followed by a massage. While I was left to clean off the scrub, I couldn’t resist the temptation of taking a photo of the place to capture the relaxing atmosphere.
I eventually loved the massage because (1) the masseuse had sufficient strength to work on my body; (2) she was very professional and took the initiative to suggest using hot stones as she felt that I would benefit from it (even though in the earlier interview I didn’t ask for hot stones), and she was right of course. It was so, so good.
For the facial treatment, again I filled in a form and conveyed some of my concerns. Of course, the actual treatment I would receive would be decided by the therapist after she’d assessed my skin condition.
Similar to the concept of the massage room, the facial room is fully equipped. This means that the therapist doesn’t have to leave the room to take any equipment or serums or masks. That equates to more time spent on clients! The only time I was left alone to rest was after the application of the mask.
I eventually didn’t get to do the Diamond Peel treatment which they are famous for because of my skin condition. Nevertheless, I got what I asked for – remove the impurities, hydrate the skin and achieve a more even skin tone.
The extraction was a tad painful because I haven’t gone for a facial in a few months and there are some stubborn blackheads. The actual details of the facial are their trade secret so I shan’t mention them.
What I thought was really special overall was this jacuzzi pool which clients can utilise before/ after the treatment (I was told that most of the time, people preferred using this prior to treatment).
As you’ve guessed, I didn’t have the chance to utilise this as I probably was the last client of the evening.
Nevertheless, here’s a wonderful promotional offer!
P.S. I’ve seen the bag and it looks really awesome – I didn’t get to touch it or look inside though. I feel tempted to get this offer myself… but I can already hear my man nagging at having another bag in the house. Hopefully you have better luck in your household 😀 *just kidding*
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