About two weeks ago, I was at Jentayu Spa (Zen Soul Spa). And now to another known as Chakras. Easily dwarfed by the high-rise buildings in Jalan Gelenggang, Damansara Heights. But it stands tall in offering a welcoming respite for the weary body and soul. It is one of the houses that’s behind and adjacent Menara John Hancock. You can turn into Jalan Semantan (Menara John Hancock would then be on your left) and follow the road. Turn left at the junction and it is one of the houses on the right. Look for number 13. It is also on the same row as the Shell petrol station.
The centre is rather unassuming, as opposed to the “jungle”/nature-inspired setting that I had envisioned. In short, it wasn't bungalow-spacious. As with all other spa centres, it is best to call for an appointment beforehand. It was going to be a scrub, wrap and massage for me. A total of 3.5 hours! Looking through their menu of services, it was down to Smoothing Marine Scrub (because sea-salt scrub can be slightly painful against the skin), Mineralising Dead Sea Mud Wrap (to detoxify and rejuvenate) and a Traditional Massage.
The scrub was pleasant and it didn't feel like anything grating into your skin. After a quick rinse, the wrap was next. It can be rather difficult to lie still and stew in the goodness the wrap has to offer. But do try to relax and let the detox/“sauna” begin. It proved to be a little too much for the restless soul in me and after 30 minutes, I bellowed a quick “Hello!” and the masseuse promptly came running in to unwrap me.
The Traditional Massage: there was no recollection of whether it was great because the masseuse’s constant burping (to the verge of sounding like vomiting) was extremely disconcerting. Every minute in the 1.5 hours of massage, she burped continuously. It is largely believed that that is how a masseuse extracts the “angin”/wind from the person he/she is massaging. For this health benefit, I endured the none-too-pleasant sounds.
The staffs are extremely amiable and my jovial masseuse (an Indonesian lady who has been in Malaysia since 1989) put in a decent effort. Be sure to call the centre to inquire about the latest promotions.
Chakras Aromatherapy Centre
No. 13, Jalan Gelenggang,
Bukit Damansara, 50490, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2093 2886
Open daily from 10.30am to 7.30pm