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.
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.
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