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Spa Riviera’s Gayuma


The first time I heard the name ‘Spa Riviera’ was from a friend a few years back – it is an ‘experience’ that is compulsory after a long and hectic day or week. It was also amusing that even ‘tough-looking’ male friends are also addicted to a day treat at the spa. I can only imagine them toasting their teacups while having their feet scrubbed after a long body massage. What is it in a spa that has mystified these individuals?

According to Mayo Clinic: ‘massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.’ Moreover, some studies found massage may also be helpful for the following: anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia, myofascial pain syndrome, and soft tissue strains or injuries.

Massage is a treatment that involves rubbing or kneading the muscles, either for medical or therapeutic purposes, or as an aid to relaxation. And at Spa Riviera, relaxation is magnified ten times more with its Gayuma Packages. With Spa Riviera’s Gayuma Packages, you get to have:

Gayuma Massage paired with one of the following:

  • Maanyag and Aroma Facial Massage
  • Masinaw Body Massage
  • Kalipay Foot Massage

What is more inviting at Spa Riviera is that it has been recently renovated into a Bali-inspired abode. Bali is an island as well as a province of Indonesia. It is a popular tourist destination, renowned for its highly developed arts – sculpture, painting, leather, and metal works. Bali is also part of the Coral Triangle, an area with highest biodiversity of marine species. So, at the spa, expect an explosion of colors and unique artistry – dim lights, patterned fabric, interesting items straight from Bali, bamboo cabinets, and calming music that takes you away from the City of Love to a Balinese haven.

One more reason why Spa Riviera should be your spa destination is the hospitality of the staff – big smiles, very polite, and just deep down warm with their adorable tag line, ‘Maayong Gugma’. Expect an attendant to cater all your needs – from the reception area, to the lockers, during the service, after the service, and even asks you if you want a cup of relaxing tea while you lounge at the Bali-inspired sofa.

Now, the best reason why you should try out Spa Riviera is the service itself. The Gayuma Massage is an hour and a half long massage from head to toe. The best part, for me, were the hot stones strategically placed on prominent muscle areas at the back. It really helps ease muscle tension. The Maanyag and Aroma Facial Massage includes face, head, neck, and upper back massage with a facial treatment that removes dead skin cells and moisturizes skin. You would definitely feel the difference of your skin before and after the procedure. The Kalipay Foot Massage, moreover, is very interesting. It is an hour long massage from thighs to feet paired with hot compress at the back. To provide the much needed pressure to the aforementioned areas, a ‘kawayan’ (bamboo) is utilized.






Spa Riviera also offers irresistible packages for Card Holders – best for those who deserves a spa treat every now and then as a reward for all the hard work. After all, there are a number of Spa Riviera branches – in Jaro, in General Luna, and in Mandurriao. So accessibility is no question. Now, after the experience, I can’t help but fall in love with the service at Spa Riviera.


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