The Reluctant Stylista

I am in love with Qi Wellness, let me tell you.  But I think the hook for me here is how conveniently located it is.  I am always in Salcedo, Makati, and I’ve grown fond of Picasso Suites–the fairly new art hotel along Leviste St, right beside Goethe Institut where I once, fondly, held an art exhibit. Almost everywhere in the busy corporate district of Makati is walking distance, and it’s situated in the less busy and more residential part of it, in Salcedo Village.

(I’ve worked in other cities in Metro Manila, and to this day, only Ayala and the nearby avenues of it in Makati are the only ones I can endure long walking.  Road planning is so much better here and there are lots of shade).

Qi Wellness is beside Brasserie Boheme (also a favorite restaurant of mine) and a stone’s throw away from Salcedo Park.  If you time it right, you might be able to schedule your spa treatment and massage before you dig in on a Saturday’s Salcedo Market…or right after, whichever you choose.

The first thing that greeted me is the clean and cool white interiors.  I don’t usually like white interiors, but I like how minimalist theirs feel while still managing to look relaxing to the eye.  It’s also different from the usual bamboo and stone design of other spas.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness: Massage + Reflexology

Qi Wellness - Customer's Lounge

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness

I waited by the customer’s lounge area for Ken Tuazon.  Upon his arrival, he welcomed me and then proceeded to explain the various massages and treatments.  I was immediately drawn to the first on the list, QiTranquility:

“This embodies various relaxing and lympathic drainage massage techniques well-known for their ability to facilitateblood and lympathic circulation, alleviating both emotional and physical stresses, and inducing a deeper sense of calm and well-being.  This is one of the most relaxing massages you are every likely to experience.”

Alleviates motional and physical stresses?  I’m in!  Ken went on to explain that the pressure for this massage is usually light to medium so that it allows the body to fully relax.  He asked me when was the last time I got a massage, and I replied that it’s been far too long, like months!  He explained that here is usually a healing crisis for massages like this, that while ridding your body of toxins, it gets worse before it gets better.  It doesn’t happen to everyone, though.  People have different reactions to it.  I know that whenever my sister comes home from a massage, it’s always like she’s getting a fever after and I don’t know why.  Apparently, this happens when you are overly stressed and go rarely for massages.  I’ve never encountered the sort, and though I thought I’m already pretty stressed nowadays, I’ve gone home from Qi Wellness’ quite happy and well.  I got the treatment yesterday and I’m okay.

QiTranquility is also said to be a couple of hours’ worth of sleep, and I thought I really needed that so it’s the one I picked. Or the body treatment package (P1,680) for it, actually, which combines a 30-minute scrub of mineral Dead Sea salt + jasmine flowers with a 90-minute massage. Total time for treatment: 120- minutes.

While waiting for my masseuse to get prepared, I was served some tea.  Perfect.

Qi Wellness - tea

After some time, I was led to a room where the scrubbing and massaging would commence.  I like that I was provided with a disposable shower cap and underwear.  A towel, extra disposable underwear, shampoo, soap, lotion and extra covers are also available in the individual shower rooms.  I hardly noticed the shower room in the corner; I thought it was just a wall.  Pretty clever use of space and true to form, minimalist.

Qi Wellness

You can also adjust the lighting of the room.  The ambient sounds set the mood and makes me feel like I’m in an Ang Lee movie.  I like it–it’s relaxing and not distracting.

The scrub is done with salt, so be careful of open wounds and other abrasions on your skin especially if you are newly waxed or plucked.  Otherwise, enjoy the scrub thoroughly!  The scent is not overpowering, and I really love the gentle exfoliating.  When I washed it off with a hot shower, I felt smooth all over.

But ah, the massage is my favorite.  I’ve been told that people usually doze off during this massage, and I know a lot of people do that in spas on a normal basis.  I want to, but I never seem to manage to fall asleep during massages.  In this instance, I did.  It was for maybe 10 or 15 minutes, but still!  That alone testifies to how relaxing this really is, and I love that it’s 90-minutes long.  All my stress knots were gone when we were through.

I would definitely go to Qi Wellness again, because I’m quite excited to try their other massage, the QiVitality (P980 for 90m–a harder massage involving acupressure and deep tissue massage techniques that are recommended for those living an active, sporty lifestyle) and their Bamboo Charcoal scrub (P1180, 60m).  Other massages include: Hot Stone Massage, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Deep Tissu Massage, Swedish Massage, Shiatsu Acupressure Massaage, Combination Massage (all for P780), Spot Massage (P380, 20m), Prenatal Massage (P780, 60m / P980, 90m).  There are many other treatments you should also check out, and once I try them, I will definitely review them for you.

For inquiries and reservations:

Landline: 556 1818 / 836 3688
Mobile:  + 63 (916) 793-6666

Qi Wellness Massage + Reflexology is located in:

Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences
119 L.P. Leviste St, Salcedo Village
Makati City, Philippines 1220

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