Soothing away aches at Thé Spa

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Once when I went to the gym at The Manor, the luxury apartment tower in Ho Chi Minh City's Binh Thanh District, Thé Spa on the same floor caught my eyes. A soothing fragrance as I passed it aroused my curiosity.

Last weekend a friend and I decided to check it out.

The inside is plush with silk curtains and purple velvet sofas. On the wall are photos of some of its famous customers like action movie star Johnny Tri Nguyen.

The French manager of Thé Spa recommended a hot stone body massage and foot massage which are believed to soothe tense muscles, sore joints, stressful minds, and weary spirits. But I preferred something gentler, and she suggested an aromatherapy massage using oil from natural products.

We started with the foot massage. It was relaxing to rest on the velvet massage sofa and soak my tired feet in the hot water bowl. After 10 minutes, a therapist began to massage my feet for 60 minutes, pressing certain points to assuage the tension and aches.

We then entered a massage room where there is a private jacuzzi for customers to relax in warm water before the body massage.

When I got on the massage table, the masseuse started with my back. She clearly understood my body well and said: "There is some tension in your shoulders. The right side is a bit stiff."

Then, at my request, she focused on my shoulders and back more than other parts, helping the muscles relax.

Sixty minutes seemed to go in a jiffy and when I woke up my body, especially back and shoulders, felt incredibly light.

If your choice runs to something more exotic, Thé Spa also has chocolate body scrub and wrap, natural body silky touch (using sesame and aloe vera), anti oxidant green tea body treatment, aromatic salt scrubbing (from US$25-50), and waxing and facial treatment.

For men it has various deals like the refreshing package, detox package, energizing package, relaxing and pampering package ($35-75).

At the moment there is a special

50 percent discount on the body therapy package.

THÉ SPA

Level 1, The Manor, 91 Nguyen Huu Canh Street, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Tel: (08) 3 514 0290

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