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I have been meaning to get some pampering done and today, even when it is just the second day of the new year, seems like the perfect time to do just that. Why, you’d ask? Because my sister, Cel, is still off from work and she can look after the little man whilst this mum gets a well-deserved break! :D

It was also serendipitous that I was able to purchase this voucher to Ahavia Spa {I got a 70% discount on  a P2296-regular rate massage for 2 people} a few days before 2012 ends and managed to reserved for today’s 2pm session. So after an unceremonious goodbye to the little man, who was rather occupied with his toys to fuss about mum’s departure, anyway, I was headed to Manila to meet-up with Jared’s dad who was to accompany me for this venture.

Ahavia Spa was located in Greenhills and it was a good thing Jared’s dad was rather familiar with the place and we did not have a hard time looking for it. It was located in a rather laid-back section of the city and I simply love the spa’s facade. After waiting for a few minutes, and choosing a sea shell massage with a western blend for her and a volcanic stone massage with oriental ritual for him, we were ushered onto a VIP room where we will get our 2-hour massage. Yeah, we will be kneaded like breads for two hours so I was anxious and excited with anticipation at the same time, as I’ve never really experienced getting a 2-hour massage before. I would’ve loved to have my nails done, too, unfortunately the nail technician is not available.

I love the quite and relaxing ambiance of their VIP rooms. I also love the wall design and now that I think about it, I should’ve taken photos of it.  I also surveyed the bathroom and I love its simple yet elegant design and the bathroom vanity is even equipped with cotton buds, can you believe that?

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The lady attendants were both accommodating and were really dedicated in their crafts, they were even mindful to ask every too often if the massage is just fine or if we’d prefer it harder. It was the first time I tried sea shell for a massage and I rather enjoyed it, it was quite fun guessing whether the spa attendant was using her palms or the sea shells! I particularly loved what she did on my neck, back and shoulders. All the knots on my shoulders are gone and my neck and back felt so relax. I also love the stretching part of my massage. It immediately made me miss my time on the mat.

You’d think two hours will be such a drag, but since I was groggy and very much relaxed, I was even surprised when my attendant told me that we’re done! It was one of the most delightful experience and I would love to do it again! The ladies even remind us not to take a bath after the massage and brought us hot towels, together with two cups of hot tea!

Ahavia Spa was a pleasant experience I would really love to try again. Even Jared’s dad is saying that his shoulders, which were almost always tense from driving, felt relaxed. And even when the volcanic stones were too hot to bear at some point, he also enjoyed the new experience. If only I do not plan to save a lot this year, buying another voucher is really quite a tempting idea. I want another massage on my birthday! :D

The deal is still up on Beeconomic, so if you are rather on a spending mode and in the mood for a relaxing massage, I recommend you get one for you and your better half.

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Oh and by the way, I was wearing something new that day, too, since I won’t be out with my little man, I managed to accessorize a bit and wear this lovely owl necklace, a gift from my sister for Christmas. Isn’t it lovely? ;)

Oh well, I hope you’re having the most relaxing day, too!

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Ahavia Spa
579 Mariano Marcos St.
San Juan City 1500

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is a 30-something work-at-home mum who blogs in between home chores + child-minding. i love coffee, books + reading, collecting lovely postcards, + spending loads of time outdoors with my little man.