Truth be told I’m not a fan of body massages. I don’t look for it. My body does not crave it. I actually feel bored when I’m in a spa, which is why I found it ironic that I was always the one being assigned to the spa beat back when I was writing for magazines. I almost always win spa vouchers when I’m in events too. Jeez. Talk about the universe conspiring against me. I do enjoy a good foot spa treatment though, lol.
So I was skeptical when I was invited to try out the newly opened Karada in Serendra a week or so ago. It’s located right above the restaurant Abe. Was it another spa? The fact that it’s a Japanese franchise attracted me.
Anyhow, Karada is not a spa. It’s a Japanese Seitai (literal translation is “properly ordered body”) Salon with over 150 branches in Japan. Think of going to Karada as visiting a chiropractor. They are there to help align your bones for better posture and overall wellness. The first thing you do after booking a session is change into slippers, a black shirt, and black pajamas.
Prior to treatment, you will be assessed by the therapist so your concerns can be addressed. I was told that my right upper back and shoulder was a lot more stiff and wound up than my left (probably because I’m right-handed) and that one leg was slightly longer than the other. My problems would be fixed right then and there.
After assessment, you jump right in to treatment which consists of kneading…
…twisting… yeah, the whole shebang to get your out-of-place bones into proper alignment. I did AP (Atlas & Pelvis) Balance and my session lasted 45 minutes. It costs P745. It relieves body pains and stress, improves posture and balance, and rejuvenates the skin among others. Before the treatment, the therapist pressed my right upper back and it felt painful, after the treatment she pressed the exact same spot again and there was no pain at all. After my session, I was led to a full-length mirror so I could see for myself how much straighter I was standing. Yes, I felt super light and relaxed afterwards. It was the best feeling ever. I don’t think I’ve ever felt like that after body massages in spas. I want to go for another session after a month. I think it’s going to be a habit. That’s a big deal coming from the person who doesn’t really like body massage, but let me repeat, this isn’t body massage. I really like how bright and clean the place is too.
Anyhow, they also have some original Karada Factory merchandise from Japan for sale at Karada, like this pair of Pelvic Support Leggings which retails for P1,900.
I highly recommend going for AP Balance at Karada at least once. You’ll really feel a big difference. In fact, I want to go again next month. Been bugging my hubby to try it out too. 🙂
For a complete list of branches, check out Karada Philippines on Facebook.
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