If you are residing in Quezon City and a frequent passerby along Timog Avenue, then you could have probably noticed this newly-opened wellness center that offers traditional Ilocano treatment for massage and facials which make use of herbs like tea tree, mint and coffee. The name Spaoay was coined from the words Spa and an Ilocos town, Paoay; owned and managed by a full-blooded Ilocano, chef Danny de la Cuesta and his four close friends and business partners. Yes they are the very owners of Comida Ilocandia, the neighboring restaurant and it was nice to know that their concerted dreams of having a venture like these finally came true even if they came from different discipline.
I've tried assorted kinds of wellness spa here in Manila since I learned how to give importance to my well-being, and I bet this is one place that promises to have a regional thematic set-up. In Spaoay, they proudly offer time-honored therapies from the Ilocos region that has a strong belief of healing touch. In that case the owners only employ professionally trained and TESDA accredited staff to be able to perform wellness therapies that have a distinguished past.
Mr. de la Cuesta toured us in his three-floor spa building that send out homey and ultra comfortable sensation. Facilities are new and boast of being large and uniquely set up. In every corner you'll see some hand-carved kamagong figurine and some classic displays from cloth to lighting fixtures.
Once inside make sure to indulge in wellness rituals like Spaoay Traditional Massage Therapies, which I experienced for 1 and a half hour; other choices or packages include Spaoay Body Wash Therapies, Spaoay Brazilian Way, Spaoay Deep Facial Cleansing Therapy, Spaoay Innovation Fusion Therapies, Spaoay Full Body Polish Treatment Package and Spaoay Body Bliss Therapy which is perfect for men and women.
More massage rooms upstairs
Body Scrub Room
Before subjecting myself into full body massage, I was led into a Foot Spa Area for some foot cleaning, scrub and massage. I want to contain myself into this session as I felt totally relaxed already. Outside it was raining heavily and most parts of Metro Manila were kind of submerged into flood already, yet there I was in a secluded room pampering myself with the rest of co-bloggers. It was a 10-minute foot spa and after which the moment I have been waiting for - a combination of Swedish and Shiatsu massage for like one and a half hour. My masseuese used peppermint essential oil that is not that fragrant but manageable enough for me. I was expecting it to be really strong and powerful but since it is all-natural, I can't help but approve of it ^_^
The said traditional massage healed and soothed my tired muscles and I fall asleep big time, which goes to show how much I enjoyed the hands of masseuese which rubbed and kneaded my entire body to improve my blood circulation. The only fault I can give is the intermittent pause and play of spa background music which in a way affected my concentration. Generally, I could say that it was totally relaxing and I felt rejuvenated and younger after the state of being meditated.
This is one of the loveliest part of the spa and wellness center that I liked most. Very mysterious and squeaky clean.
Right after the massage, I was offered to have a homemade ginger tea for some more relaxing time as you think deeply about something. You may opt to have a glass of water instead of tea, by the way. I did not finish my cup of piping hot tea as the ginger extract was so strong and quite spicy for my taste buds. Overall, it was a refreshing and restoring experience. Spaoay is actually accessible to me and I will try to bring my friends in here and experience some traditional Ilocano treatments.
Spaoay is open daily to give alternative and natural healing. It also provide exclusive hotel and home services. Come and experience the fusion of innovation and spa tradition.
33-D Timog Ave., Quezon City
(02)9947596 / 09189256603