Recently I was invited to experience a unique massage treatment at enmasse Massage Concept, in Gardens, Cape Town. The massage experience is like no other in the Western world, by simply elevating and reinventing the positive aspects of oil-free, hygienic and fully clothed Thai massage, enmasse offers regular de-stressing from the modern world.
From Tai Chi to Chai tea, many aspects of the Orient have been assimilated into Western Culture over the last few decades. Now, a uniquely new type of venue called enmasse is about to change the notion of massage forever by combining the allure of authenticity with the familiarity of convenience, something never seen in the field of massage.
Upon arrival at enmasse I was welcomed and given the opportunity to lock away any of my valuables in a secure safe. Then I changed from my city clothing into white linen robes. Once kited out in my white ninja garb, I was led to the upstairs massage area, surrounded by dark walls and white massage mats – it was something quite surreal. The soothing music, a mix of house and lounge – rather different from the usual music played in spa’s, allows you to be drawn into a comforting and relaxing world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
I am always in need of a massage as I carry all my stress in my neck and back (all those hours in front of my computer), I opted for medium to firm pressure, my therapist explained that he would be using a technique called acupressure, which at times was fairly painful but very necessary to loosen all the tight bits! After my massage I was encouraged to relax under a warm covering and allow the relaxation to continue.
After allowing the massage to take its full effect I ventured down to the tea lounge, where you are spoilt for choice with a variety of herbal and black teas. I chose a Rooibos Chai tea, which is brewed in a glass tea-pot, while you sit back and page through a magazine of your choosing. This was really a treat, to just sit and do nothing! I was truly reluctant to have to change back into my clothing and face the real world but alas all good things must come to an end!
To contact enmasse and find out more about their massage menu and for contact details click over to their website here.
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