Oct 28 2010

The Orange Tree Studio, Breach Candy- Review

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I’d been wanting to go for a spa since more than 2 months now and was waiting till I thought I could afford to go for one soon. Luck is always by my side *touches wood* and this time, it came in the form of SnapDeal. In short, it’s a site that has some pretty awesome deals for kick ass prices! The deal I chose was to get a Deep Tissue Body Massage at The Orange Tree Studio at Breach Candy.

The Process– Ok first of all, this massage is only for women. You’re given a green tube dress to change into. Once on the bed, the masseuse applies powder all over your body and gives you a dry massage. Once that is done, you get a hot olive oil massage all over your body. The pressure applied was just perfect.  Steam is what comes next. Now I had a problem with that. They had a small steam machine instead of a steam room. If a person is to get steam after a massage, on the whole body, it is but obvious that a small machine which needs to be moved around wont do justice. Also, after the steam, they had hot wet towels to wipe off the oil from the body. I’d have liked a shower room but I guess it was ok.

The Experience–   The Orange Tree Studio is not a dimly lit place exclusively for spas. It is a studio with multiple services. You’ll find clean white walls with olive green salon chairs as you enter. They do everything from haircuts to styling to massages and what not. So it’s a bright happy place and there is a separate massage/ waxing room where I had to go. The room had 2 beds and a curtain in the middle. No dim lights again. For the massage though, they switched off the lights and kept just one white light on. (Thank god!) Also, there was no soothing background music or candles. The massage was great though! Good pressure. Nice and relaxing but too short. I think it was less than 45 mins. I just didn’t get why it was called the “deep tissue massage” because to me it was a regular body massage. So experience-wise it was alright.

Cost & Duration– The Deep Tissue Body Massage actually costs Rs. 1300 for 45 mins, but thanks to Snap Deal it cost me only Rs. 349.

Verdict– The Orange Tree Studio is a nice place and the massage is decent. With a few changes in the ambience for their spas/massages, it would be frequented more often for sure!

Website http://www.theorangetreestudio.in/

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Jun 26 2010

Head (dead) massage at Hong Kong Beauty Parlour, Colaba

Roochster

I can’t decide if it was a head massage or if the female was making halwa on my head! I entered the place thinking I’ll get a cheap head massage ‘cause the name itself sounds like the cost won’t be too much. But the lady said its 300 bucks for my length of hair (shoulder length) for an hour’s massage. I thought it was too much for the place but agreed anyway.

The female giving me the head massage must’ve put like 10 drops of oil and was hardly even pressing it. I had to ask her to put some pressure and oil and only then she started putting in some effort. Luckily I was handed a magazine to read otherwise I would’ve lost it! For the first time, I didn’t close my eyes and enjoy it… I was wide awake and reading! That’s not how massages are supposed to be! Anyway, so she tried pressing my head for about 45 minutes and thankfully the pressing was over. The next thing was steam for the hair. Ok. So I imagined a normal steam machine to put on my head for about 10 minutes. What I see instead is a hot towel! Now that’s the last thing I expected from a beauty parlour, that too in Colaba! How can they not have a steam machine!  So after steaming my head 5 times with the hot towel, it was finally over!

The funny part in the end was that the lady who owns the place comes to me and asks me if my hair falls a lot. So I tell her no no not much… so she tells me I should not condition my hair! Can you believe it? This is the first time I heard something so ridiculous from a lady who owns a beauty parlour!

Anyway, I guess she wanted me to come back to her beauty parlour again because she gave me a 50 rupees discount. So I ended up paying 250 which is still 50 bucks more than the other places I go to for a head massage!

Verdict– Ha! I’m so not going there again!

Cost & Duration – Rs. 300 for 1 hour.

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