Spa Hoppin’

As a rule, I save up for luxuriating body care and massage treatments. Our scheduled climb to Mt. Palemlem in Adams later this week has put me in a panic mode. A rather crazy idea, to prepare myself for the extreme trek, I hied off to my urban hideaways for detoxification and pampering.

Spa # 1: Toelicious

Toelicious has moved to a new location, the second level of the Alcid Building across the PLDT office along Gov. Primo Lazaro Ave. I go there quite often for nail care and full body massages. Right after a polishing foot spa, for the first time, I tried their foot reflexology.

The 199-peso foot spa started with a foot bath in a warm pink solution, after which 2 different kinds of scrubs were done. The first, with pumice, and the second, with salt applied in massaging strokes. Loved the tingling effect of the gritty salt.

After another foot rinse, a reviving peppermint foot mask was painted on the feet and left on for sometime. Somewhat distracting was Kris’ voice in Pilipinas Got Talent on TV. I would have preferred just the spa music, which was playing at the same time.

Costing me 350 pesos more is a foot reflexology massage. A scentless massage balm was spread on the feet and legs before the masseuse used a wooden stick to stimulate the pressure points. At that point, the Azkals’ Younghusband  brothers were singing on TV.  I also swooned over James’ short rendition of Can’t Take My Eyes Over You and Phil’s melodic Ewan, a good thing all at once. I totally enjoyed the melting foot massage.

Spa #2: Erika Frances

My second time to go to Erika Frances day spa for a healing  ear candling. Indian ear candles, made of organic fabric and  natural beeswax are inserted into the superficial ear canal, and then lighted and allowed to burn up to a certain point. The whole procedure takes about 15 minutes for both ears. The candles are supposed to work as a vacuum for anything undesirable inside the ear canal, thereby promoting a good sense of balance. After my initial ear candling last month, my itchy throat and runny nose were relieved. The effects could not be felt right away. It takes a couple days before you’d believe the procedure is real. The next session was more pleasurable. The first time, I was jittery and squirming on the bed. LOL, it felt like something was frying inside my ear. 250 pesos for the thermal-auricular therapy. I also like their massages and facials. Erika Frances is on the third floor of the Cristina Bldg. II along Gen.Luna St..

Spa #3:  Ellitoes

Only recently, I discovered Ellitoes’ wonderful combination massage, which I ended up trying before a nail art session, the actual reason I visited the new hand and foot care center. I was craving for the same massage by Joyce, but Ericke and our friend, Jo, were already seated in the comfortable spa chairs before I even arrived. Joyce was busy with Jo’s foot spa treatment, while Ericke was about to be prepped by another staff for her pedicure.

The best thing about Ellitoes, their tools are sterilized before use.

We shared my new Orly Green Apple.

Though Ellitoes has a wide array of nail lacquers, Jo brought along her whole Orly “spumoni” collection for fun and cute nail art.

I don’t know what they mean, but the moles on the soles are something Ericke and I also share.

Just a manicure to perk up my overworked hands. I scheduled the massage treatment for the next day. Basic manicure or pedicure is 80 pesos. Imported  nail color costs an additional 50 pesos. 200 pesos for either manicure or pedicure with nail art. Ellitoes is within the restaurant strip along west Rizal St.

*All spas are located in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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8 thoughts on “Spa Hoppin’

  1. my friend and i wanted to do these ..a day in the spa to pamper ourselves but it just did not happen.there is not much you can do in a day when dining was priority and no wheels to boot..hehehe

  2. Ms Tina, you should also try Life Essentials Spa. It’s located at the 2nd floor of Bueno bldg. (across RCJ Trans). So far, they give the best massages and foot spa in the province… I swear! I have yet to try their body scrub. According to a friend, the staff have been trained by a professional, kaya pala hindi basta basta massage lang. They really know what they are doing. 🙂 Also, their hot tea is the best! . They are open until midnight, i think. 🙂

  3. My husband & I are came here in Laoag to unwind from Olongapo! Last night at around 915pm I called up Toelicious to ask if they close at what time. I even checked via internet its contact number. I was told through the phone that they close at 11pm with last call at 1030pm.
    So my husband & I prepared and went to Toelicious at 945pm. We were told by a therepist (short-haired w/ streaks) to come back after an hour since 2 clients just entered ahead of us for massage. She asked if we will stay or just come back. We opted to come back but with an agreement with her that she will reserve the slot for us.

    Soon after 45 minutes, we came back and confirmed the reservation that we are already next for massage. One therapist (long-haired) informed me that

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