Ey Spa is a new authentic Thai spa in Dock Road just outside the V&A Waterfront. It employs a host of well-trained Thai therapists and offers an array of services that includes traditional Thai massages, foot massages, as well as more typical ‘Western’ spa treatments like Nimue facials, manis and pedis. They also have a relaxing Thai herbal steam tent on site (R250 for 30 minutes) as well as a little in-house cafe called Elixer.
Looks-wise, the spa is utterly gorgeous. A nice, clean, white, minimalistic space with elegant Thai-inspired decor touches. I’ve been to so many Thai spas (both locally and abroad) that are dark, dingy and, for lack of a better word, tacky. Ey Spa, however, is chic and inviting.
The massage rooms, however, are typical of all authentic Thai spas in that the massage bed is a towel covered mattress on the floor.
I was invited to experience a traditional Thai massage (R460 for 60 minutes) and boy was I impressed. Being a lucky girl, I’ve been able to visit Thailand twice (and can’t wait to go back) so I was able to compare all the massages I’ve had there with what Ey Spa is offering and you can trust me when I tell you that you really are getting the real deal. This is no watered down ‘Thai-inspired’ back rub with a little Tiger Balm thrown in – oh no – you’re getting an authentic Thai full body massage that’s performed on the floor, fully clothed and involves delicious yoga-like stretching, lots of ‘acupressure’ (pressure pointing) and heavenly reflexology. Unlike many other massage styles, Thai massage doesn’t involve any oil, so you’re able to put your clothes back and on and walk out the door without feeling like an oil slick.
Once I’d changed into loose linen pants and a top, I lay face down on the mattress while my energetic masseuse got on down to business. I’d requested medium to deep pressure and was impressed how such a petite li’l lady was able to give such a fabulously ‘hard’ massage and not lose steam towards the end. As is typical with Thai massage, she used almost her entire body; pushing her firsts into my heels and leaning her forearms into my glutes. Despite being a bit pummelled, it was the most relaxing, fabulous experience and by the time she was done I’d have totally drifted off into a coma of bliss if I hadn’t been asked to turn over every now and again.
After my massage, I got to get dressed and sip green tea in a little lounge area before setting off into the world a happier, less stressed out version of myself.
If you’re looking for an authentic Thai massage in a beautiful, serene setting I can’t recommend Ey Spa enough. I’d actually gone there just before my review visit with my sister who’d treated me to a foot massage (R420 for 60 minutes) and that was even more impressive. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I bought one as a birthday gift for my best friend. That in itself should speak volumes; Ey Spa is a little slice of heaven.
To learn more about Ey Spa and see their full treatment menu visit their website or call them on 021-421-888 to make an appointment. Opening hours are great; Monday to Friday 09h00 to 20h00, Saturdays 09h00 to 18h00 and Sundays and public holidays 10h00 to 17h00.
This article was first published on All4Women.co.za
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