MARCH! Where on earth did January and February go? And so in this heightened state of stress, I bring you a moment of relaxation. So come with me and unwind at the Energy Day Spa.
I was invited to pay the Energy Day Spa a visit, which I eventually did after much to-ing and fro-ing, some time early this year. I took a friend with me (paid) to get another independent opinion 😉 I’ve since decided to book a return visit because these tight shoulder muscles need some loosening, and I “knead” a good massage. Ha. Ha. 😛
I visited the Energy Day Spa at Great Eastern Mall, Kuala Lumpur. They have a branch at Mont Kiara too if that’s more convenient for you and they serve both men and women. The one at Great Eastern Mall in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur is surprisingly large for a spa located within a mall.
The waiting area is comfortable, and you are required to fill up a questionnaire if you’re new. Basic questions about medical conditions and whether you’d prefer your masseuse to use a softer or firmer touch. The male and female changing rooms are kept separate as is the relaxation lounge.
Ahh… the lounge! (and a special offer below!)
That was one of the first things that grabbed my attention. There are 2 relaxation lounges. One for females only and another which is mixed. After changing into your robe, you are led to the lounge where you can sit back, relax on the day beds and sip on hot red date tea (ask for second helpings – its delish!). I took great delight in lounging around watching the traffic below me. Ahh… relaxed me almost immediately to know I was cocooned in an oasis of relaxation instead of in a hot little car down below! 😛
The female only relaxation lounge is narrower than the general one, so if you don’t mind that there might be other people around, opt for the general lounge which is larger and brighter. But go for it only if no one has gotten to the loungers 😛
If you go with a friend (male or female) you can opt for a couple treatment room but otherwise, its a single room that is kept dimly lit and fragranced with aromatherapy oils. I always prefer having a room to myself – its much more relaxing.
The other happy surprise I had was when I climbed onto the bed. Its a heated bed! Now you’d think there’s no difference, but there is, because firstly the warm “just nice” heat relaxes your muscles and makes you feel lovely and comfortable and secondly, it helps lull you into a light doze. Its the perfect heat level for me.
And the masseuse I had (Fiza) was amazing too. I prefer a firm touch and she was good at her job. 1 hour later, I was feeling thoroughly relaxed. I will return for a 2 hour session next time though. 60 minutes wasn’t enough. I think it’ll be more relaxing and I can get more of the knots in my shoulders kneaded out.
My friend also liked the massage especially because the masseuse took special trouble to work out the knots in the shoulders. The red date tea too was a hit.
I learnt that the Energy Day Spa trains their masseuse in-house and they actually have a section where they hold classes (with certification) for those who’d like to learn the art of body massage. So if you have a partner, my suggestion is to enrol him/her in a class so you can have lovely massages in the comfort of your own home 😛
You get another cup of red date tea in the lounge where you can stay as long as you like, before hitting the changing room or the showers.
Being a day spa, the Energy Day Spa has more than just basic massage packages. There are a whole host of treatments they do from body massages, to facials and body scrubs. They also do alternative therapy like reiki, ear candling and acupuncture. There is also a pilates studio with classes (was very interested but I couldn’t stomach having to battle traffic getting to Ampang)
If there’s one thing I might suggest a change to, its the reception area. Presently, it all looks a little clinical and more like a store (they sell some products too) then the reception area of a spa. There aren’t comfy couches around as I’m used to, only some high bar stool type chairs at a high table, so your relaxation really starts only after you have “checked in”. I like my experience to start right at the doorstep.
Another thing I’d note is that there was no place for me to put the damp towel once I’d had my shower. A basket in the changing room would be a good start. In my case, a cleaning lady came in, saw me looking bewildered and took it from me. My friend observed that the male showers had no shower head (it was a rain shower) so that spoilt the experience. We were later told it was undergoing repairs so I hope that has been rectified because he was pissed about that 😛
A full body massage goes for between RM90-278 depending on the duration ranging from 30-120 minutes. They also do packages if you’re looking to get away and be pampered for a few hours. But I think I’ll just go back for the massage 🙂
Pros: Good firm massage, Lovely quiet environment, Comfortable relaxation lounge, Warmed massage bed makes it more comfortable, Masseuse uses warmed oils
Cons: Reception area could look more inviting, No place to place used towels in changing room, Male changing room was under repair when I was there
I’d known about the existence of the Energy Day Spa for a while, ever since I read about it in the papers once a few years back. I never paid them a visit because of the location – Ampang isn’t very traffic friendly 😛 So the next time, I might try the one at Mont Kiara instead… if I figure out where that is.
15% off any Ala Carte treatments at Energy Day Spa! Valid to 1 May 2011
Just print out this post and take it with you to be entitled for the discount. Valid for first trial only. Prior reservation is required. Not applicable with any other promotions, packages, pilates or alternative clinics.
I wonder if they’d let me take advantage of my own promo. Hmm… 😉
More information about the Energy Day Spa at their website where you can check out the prices and treatments on offer. Energy Day Spa Ampang, Lot 4, Level 4, Great Eastern Mall, 303 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur Tel :. 603 – 4256 – 8833 / Energy Day Spa Mont Kiara, Level 1, Damai Sari, Mont’ Kiara Damai, Jalan Kiara 2, 50480 Kuala Lumpur Tel: 603 – 6201 – 7833