One of the best things we can reward ourselves with is a massage to work out the stresses we tend to accumulate on a daily basis. I’m a big advocate for self-care so when the opportunity arises to have a spa treatment, I don’t hesitate to grab it with both hands.
My lovely friend Ulpha (over at Single Mom in the City) arranged a wonderful women’s day event this past Saturday at Kengsakon Spa. The package included a Thai Neck, Back & Shoulder Massage, an express manicure and some delicious treats to eat.
I told my cousin Salaamah about it, knowing she’s a super mom who deserves to treat herself too. She readily agreed to be my spa buddy for that day.
We were massaged in a room with two beds. There are very few people I’d share a massage room with but Salaamah and I grew up like sisters so she definitely makes that list.
Having never been for a Thai massage before I had no idea what to expect. Boy, was I in for a treat and a half. All the massages I’d been for prior to this one were Swedish or aromatherapy massages. All good and all work out the kinks. But a Thai massage includes pulling your body from pillar to post, cracking parts of you that you didn’t know were able to crack. And it’s freaking glorious.
I got an initial shock when the masseuse, Zainab started to climb on my legs and apply such pressure to my back that the air whooshed out of me for a bit but then it started to feel really good really quickly. I opted for medium pressure and it was the perfect way to get the knots out of my back without getting too sore.
At one point she asked me to hold her hands and she she lifted me into a sort of Superman yoga pose and I was thinking “wow this girl is strong”. To end off, I had to sit up and she sat behind, wrapped her legs around my waist, put her arms under mine while I had to lock my hands behind my neck. Off I swung to the left as she stretched me. And then to the right. Then my body went up, up, up and away. I was confused but so happy because it was the perfect way to end off a lovely massage. As an added bonus she noticed that Salaamah’s masseuse had not stretched her so she volunteered to do so for her. Zainab should get some kind of award for excellent service.
Salaamah says of her treatment: “I enjoyed it, the service was very good they friendly I would definitely go there again in spite of my masseuse but Zainab was excellent.”
After our gloriously delectable massages we had our express manicures. The afternoon ended with some girl talk and snacks and the strong desire to go back really soon.
Thank you for a great afternoon, Kengsakon Spa.
Location: Portswood Square, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001 (next to Scratch Patch and diagonally opposite the Aquarium)
Cost: You can find the treatment prices here. Keep a lookout on their social media pages for specials.