Having a massage is always in my list of things to do whenever I go somewhere. I have had a massage in Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Cambodia, as well as in countless domestic destinations.
When I arrived in General Santos City on January 6, therefore, I made it a point to look for a place where I can have this favorite wellness activity.
The tale of how I found one is quite long (and a separate blog post), but in the end, I ended up having a one-hour Indian Oil Massage (the Tulasi Body Massage) for PhP200 at Ayurveda Spa:
Magsaysay St. in front of Tradex
General Santos City
Telephone No.: 304-9465
I didn’t find anything new in the Indian massage. It does use warm oil, differentiating it from Swedish, but the strokes are almost the same.
My masseuse also happened to have bony hands, so it was not a completely satisfying experience.
Still, I was happy with it, given that the other options I had were more expensive and of doubtful quality.
In the salon beside Ayurveda Spa, for example, I asked what kind of massage they do, and the gay beautician said that it was just a simple body massage.
Obviously, they had not been trained enough to identify whether what they were doing was Swedish, Shiatzu, Thai, Indian, Java, or a hundred other variations; probably because they were not doing these things.
Aside from the numerous “massage clinics” in Pioneer Avenue which hid a more nefarious activity, I found these places in my aimless wanderings through the city. Regretfully, I haven’t had the chance to try them myself:
Magsaysay St. (beside Ayurveda Spa)
Body Massage: P350
OroDERM Facial Spa
Telephone No.: 301-2656
ACC Iridology & Wellness Center
Amadeo Bldg., Magsaysay Avenue
Telephone No.: +63928.317.9620
Swedish: P250 (Receptionist: “We can still give you a discount.” So make sure to haggle!)
If you know of more CLEAN massage parlors in Gensan, do write it in the comments. If you are only familiar with barbershop and nightclub “health massages,” please skip the recommendations!
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Aleah Taboclaon is a freelance writer and editor. She likes running (completed one marathon, training for the next!), diving (PADI open water diver), and traveling with her Kindle. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. You can also email her; she would love to hear from you!