Enjoying a good massage at least once a month seems to be my new year’s resolution (I will try to break this one, promise). I’ve been searching around Cape Town to find new spas to try out. I happened to come across the Fresh Wellness Spa situated in the lush green surroundings of the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in Constantia. Just down Brommersvlei Road to be exact.
I happened to come across the Fresh Wellness Spa situated in the Cape Town Southern Suburbs. The Fresh Wellness Spa is in the lush green surroundings of the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in Constantia (just down Brommersvlei Road to be exact).
I called after reading an article about them online and booked for a Saturday. My sister happens to enjoy the finer things in life and opted to join me in experiencing a good old aromatherapy massage. There are loads of treatments on offer – including, facials (they use Dermalogica products), massages, waxing, manis and pedis. There’s a special package for about R1400 that allows you to choose 3 out of 5 treatments. Sounded good, but I opted to try a massage before investing in 3 treatments.
I booked a double room and indicated the type of pressure we enjoy during a massage. I always opt for soft massages – the softer the better. People generally ask me what’s the point of going then, but the same could be said for those who enjoy being pounded during massages.
Our day at the spa
We arrived at the spa 15 minutes before our appointment. I would say you should try and be there at least 30 minutes before as they make you fill out these completely irrelevant questionnaires. They also ask you to sign a disclaimer that basically protects them if something goes wrong during the treatment.
In the questionnaire, they asked basically everything including my doctor’s details but strangely, had no questions like “which areas should we concentrate on – lower back, arms, etc” .
Anyway, moving on from the questionnaire they walked us into a double room with 2 beds separated by a curtain. Upon asking where the bathroom was to change, they politely said that you need to change in the room. I was like, oh so no facilities then? Anyway, after changing into a robe and keeping on my underwear (they didn’t provide disposable underwear that spas usually provide so that you don’t spoil your underwear with oil etc) – but not this one. Even though their website stated: “Compulsory disposable undergarments will be provided for all body treatments.” (Err…. no it wasn’t!)
The toilet was outside the room and there was only one toilet…. very odd. We hopped on the bed, head down and waited for the massage.
Two young women entered and asked us our pressure of choice. I obviously said soft and my sister said medium. They started with a scalp massage with no oil (you can opt not to have this). They started from the back and worked their way down to the feet. So while she was massaging I was trying to relax and before I knew it I was sleeping…… I know this because it felt very quick before she asked me to turn over! Don’t you hate it when they ask you to turn
So while she was massaging me, I was trying to relax and before I knew it I was sleeping…… I know this because it felt very quick before she asked me to turn over! Don’t you hate it when they ask you to turn over? It interrupts your relaxation state. I wish they could create a bed that somehow flips you without you needing to wake up.
Anyway, after I turned on my back she placed a heated pillow around my neck (LOVE!) and then a fold over my eyes so that I was comfortable for the second part of the massage. She then massaged my arms, legs and feet. After they massage your back and feet, they wipe with a warm towel. Very nice. But I prefer the oils to stay on for a while so that it can moisturise my skin.
After the massage was done, I turned to my sister and she said that her massage was 10 out of 10. I was surprised as she is quite critical when it comes to spas. I gave my massage 10 out of 10 – reason being that I fell asleep. This never happens to me!
Coffee at The Conservatory
The Fresh Wellness Spa has no other facilities (like a sauna, jacuzzi or steam room) – it’s basically a come in, get your things done and leave. The one upside about the location is that it’s next to 2 restaurants (the Conservatory and the Greenroom). We walked to the Conservatory, ordered cappuccinos and watched the sunset. It was nice and relaxing. The tranquility of Constantia makes you feel like you’re on holiday with not a care in the world.
So, if you’re looking for a really good massage then go to this spa. But if you’re looking for a spa to spend the day at with your girlfriends then this is probably not the best place to go. I would definitely go back just for a massage.
In the wise words of John Lennon upon being asked by his teacher what he wants to be when he grows up, he wrote down the words…. “I want to be Happy”. When the teacher said he didn’t understand the assignment , he said…. you don’t understand life. So remember to be happy and take care of yourself.
Website : http://www.freshwellness.co.za/
Price list : available on website
Tell: (021) 794 2785
Address : 93 Brommersvlei Road,Constantia 7800
Photos : self taken
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