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It’s the weekend, but as you look down on your seemingly endless-to-do-list, you contemplate on whether to start working early on your deadlines and just reschedule your Saturday-night plans. There’s just a little problem: as you start to work on the tasks ahead of you, you suddenly feel like you’re either going to throw up or burst into tears—maybe both. It’s a dilemma that almost every career-driven millennial face so taking time out of their busy lives can seem like an overreaching task.

However, research (legit studies ‘to friend, swear) shows that pampering yourself on occasion can help you de-stress and keep you in the right state of mind to help get through your workload. So ease up, bes! It’s the weekend after all, and you still have a couple of hours to get the self-spoiling you need. While you’re at it, here is a list of spa treatments you should definitely check out:

Perk Me Up Treatment

Perk Me Up Treatment, P750

Perk Me Up is a 30-minute non-invasive facial massage by Tokyo-based wellness company, Miss Esthe Facial Salon and Skincare. They recently opened their first clinic in the Philippines located in Uptown Place Mall and it’s where you will get a non-tiis beauty treatment for your #stressedt skin. Miss Esthe’s estheticians are also trained to follow strict Japanese guidelines to facial care so you know you’re in safe hands. After your treatment, pwede ka na ulit um-aura kay crush with your makinis face, bes!

Hanakasumi Nourishing Ritual

Hanakasumi Nourishing Ritual, P3, 250

Inspired by Japanese traditions from the Kamakura era, the Hanakasumi Nourishing Ritual by Neo Day Spa in BGC purifies your skin through a brushing ritual focused on the lymph nodes. A warm cherry blossom rice powder scrub is applied to your whole body while you are also treated to a foot massage. The treatment ends with a relaxing body massage using body butter with Asian essences.

Foot spa with hot stone

Foot Spa with hot Stone, P600

Both simple foot massage and reflexology can offer a surprising number of health and beauty benefits like improved metabolism and supple and healthy skin. Luckily for those living in the busy corners of the metro, foot spas are basically everywhere. For one, the Teceruma Spa in Ortigas offers a relaxing 30-minute foot spa treatment that contains soaking, scrubbing and using of warm volcanic stone soaked in a special oil to massage the foot. While you’re there, you might also want to check out their chocolate honey scrub treatment. Yum, right?

 AP Balance

AP Balance, P945

Karada is a wellness centre specializing in Japanese body therapy. Generally, normal massage/spa salons just relax the stiff muscles of the body so the relief is temporary. On the other hand, Karada aims to address the source of body pains to prevent them from occurring again. One of their signature treatments is the AP Balance, where in less than 45 minutes, a special massage technique aligns your atlas or the vertebra of the spine with your pelvis or the base of the upper body. This treatment results to better posture and prevents body pain.


Hydrafacial, P8,000

When skin is well-hydrated; it is more plump and resilient. Not to mention that it will also prevent acne breakouts na mas annoying pa kesa sa bes mo na sinabi na otw na siya pero di pa talaga naliligo (Just kidding, we know you love your bes!) Anyway, this multi-step treatment by the Belo Medical Group lifts away dead skin cells and extracts impurities by using a patented, disposable vacuum-based skin abrasion tip. It also bathes healthy, underlying skin with active serums that cleanse, hydrate, and provide residual antioxidant protection.


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