I’ve been really stressed out over work lately coz we are rushing a magazine deadline. Sleep hasn’t been good, and my shoulders ache from constantly lugging my heavy bag + camera around for events. Since I had some money saved up from last month, I thought of splurging on a good ol’ massage after work. Initially I stopped by Endah Parade in Seri Petaling coz that mall is kinda dead and I thought it would be cheap, but they tried to rip me off (RM150 for 90 mins, you kidding me?) so I went to one closer to my house instead.

Healthland Wellness has branches all over the Klang Valley, and I visited the one in Bandar Puteri Puchong. Apart from traditional foot massages ,they also have Thai massage, aromatherapy and more.

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Waiting area was nice, clean and filled with the soothing smells of herbs and perfume. Despite being a weekday, the place was busy and I had to wait for half an hour.

I requested for a male therapist.

Why? Haha. I got a male therapist from another place once and he was really good. Like, really, really good. I dreamt of beaches that night, that was how relaxing it was. :D

Asians can be quite shy, which is why the therapist asked me if I was okay with it since I had to be topless and all. I said I was fine. They are professionals after all and this isn’t some dodgy parlour.

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The therapist was Thai,  tall but soft spoken. Gave me some tea, washed my feet, then brought me upstairs to the rooms. It was too dark to take a pic, but the place was spacious and calming, with soothing music playing in the background.

I wouldn’t usually chat with my therapist coz I wanna chill (and most of them don’t speak English anyway), but I found him to be very friendly and knowledgeable. And he spoke good English. He talked about his family back in Thailand, and how he came here a few months ago to make a living. He was surprisingly observant.

“Did you go to the Europe or US before?” he asked.

Me: *amazed* Yeah, how did you know?

Him: the accent. haha (apparently I didn’t sound like a typical Malaysian lol).

He told me that sometimes they do get clients who grope them (wtf?). 

Me: So what do you do ? Does the management know?

Him: Yeah, they do. But it’s nothing serious so we bear with it. *sad smile*

 

It’s sad to see how they have to put up with stuff like this just to make a living. It wasn’t like he wasn’t educated – he spoke well and seemed to know a lot about current affairs. He was also really nice as he gave me some extra time after the session to teach me some massage techniques I could do at home.

Two hours flew by quickly – and the bill only came up to RM138 (take that you Endah-Parade massage parlour ripoff). Not bad for a relaxing massage session and chat.

I did end up with bruises for two days though coz obvi a male massage therapist uses more strength lol. But my shoulder pain is gone! :)

HEALTHLAND WELLNESS 

2, Jalan Puteri, 1/1, Bandar Puteri, Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

More info: http://www.healthland.com.my