Saturday, February 20, 2010

Zen Soul Spa - Sri Hartamas

While I was in the Hartamas area yesterday, I happened catch the words “Zen Soul”, on a sign, above an incongruous stairway. Curious, I decided to check it out and was pleasantly surprised.

Located on the first floor, Zen Soul’s plain entrance didn’t prepare me for the tastefully furnished interior. Muted lighting and soft music is the norm with most spas but the space at Zen Soul, with its crimson walls and dark-coloured furniture, exuded a charming, distinctly Oriental flavour.

As I spoke to the polite lady, at the front desk, a smiling massage therapist discreetly placed a cup of hot tea next to me. This was a small but welcome gesture as almost every other spa, even the larger establishments, tends to offer drinks only after a treatment.
Zen Soul’s treatment menu lists the usual suspects such as full body aromatherapy and traditional massages as well as body scrubs, ear candling, manicures and pedicures. However there was one treatment that caught my eye – the Kid’s Massage. This is a one hour aromatherapy massage that is supposed to help relax hyper-active kids. I was told that little ones, as young as two, have experienced the Kids Massage. Other than helping to sooth overactive children, another benefit to this massage is that it’s supposed to enhance a child’s sense of touch and smell.

The massage therapists at Zen Soul are put through intensive training, by senior therapists, before they are allowed to serve customers.  Zen Soul welcomes both male and female customers. Prices range from RM15 for a 20 minute manicure for men to RM115 for a 120 minute aromatherapy massage. However, the spa often runs good value promotions during festive seasons and on other special days.

Zen Soul came into existence about 5 years ago when a group of spa enthusiasts decided to start their own therapy centre. Big fans of traditional massages, the group felt compelled to introduce as many people as possible to the delicious experience of traditional massage therapy and Zen Soul was born.

I was, unfortunately, short of time and unable to try even a quick manicure but based on the professionalism of the staff and the calming ambience, I’m definitely going back!

Address: No 7-1, Jalan 22/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas,
Tel: 03-62012777 or +6012 787 7105
Open daily between 11 am and 11pm
Advance booking is recommended

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By:  Ms Bliss

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