I had never been much into professional massages. I felt that having a massage would be an exercise in futility since I would lose whatever relaxation I would feel with all the traffic, heat, pollution, and congestion when going home from the spa. So although there were tons of promos on massages, I never availed one.
Until I saw Excellent Massage and Mobile Spa's promo in CashCashPinoy. Theirs was a home service massage, longer than most massage offers I had seen (you could choose either 90mins or 120mins) yet very affordable (P190 instead of P375 for the 90min massage and P250 instead of P500 for the 120min massage). Scheduling was flexible, since they operated 24/7 and the offer was valid anywhere in Metro Manila. I bought four vouchers - one for me, three for an elderly relative who had been complaining of muscle and joint aches.
We had three appointments last month. Communication was good. On all three appointments, I got a text message several hours before, reminding me that I would be seeing their masseuse later that day. The masseuses were on time during the first and third appointments. On the second appointment, the masseuse was a bit late but I was informed beforehand by their office.
On the first visit, a girl named Ivy was the masseuse. She was skinny and fragile-looking but she was able to give firm massages and did not even look exhausted after giving back-to-back 90min massages. She was also very shy. We had to force her to eat some snacks after the first massage.
My only complaint was that the offer advertised the massage as a Swedish, Shiatsu, and Thai combination massage. One of the reasons why I got a voucher was that I didn't know how those kinds of massage differed from one another and I was hoping to get educated during my massage, but when I asked Ivy, she said that they hadn't been trained to do Thai massage yet. Anyway, no big deal for me. (If you're particular with the kind of massage that you want, better specify that when setting your appointment.)
The following day, the shoulder area near the base of my neck was sore. I should have told Ivy to ease up on the pressure there. Do not commit the same mistake as I did. Be more vocal about your preferences, especially about pressure or body parts that you don't feel comfortable being touched by others. If you have injuries or other medical conditions, better let them know before or during the massage so that they could customize the massage for you. My relative had high blood pressure and pains on her upper arm, so Ivy did not massage her nape but gave more attention to the arm and to the shoulder in order to improve the flexibility and circulation in those areas.
On the second appointment, the name of the masseuse was Annie and in the third, it was Kris. After three sessions, my relative was quite satisfied and claimed that the massages really helped in easing the discomfort she was feeling and she could now move her arm more. According to her, all three masseuses were also nice and polite.
Excellent Massage & Mobile Spa
3650 Davila Street
Makati, Metro Manila