Thursday, October 28, 2010

Vacation Day 1 - Qiwellness

On the first day of our mini break, MB spent a few hours nursing his migraine (if you don’t know what MB means, it’s Migraine Boy) in bed. I spent most of the afternoon unpacking and buying/waiting for lunch.

For the rest of the afternoon, well that’s another story. The very nice owners of Qiwellness, Mr. Ken and the lovely Ms. Rita invited us for an afternoon of relaxation and rejuvenation at Qiwellness down at Leviste St., right beside The Picasso.

Just a quick lesson on Qi. The literal translation of qi is life, breath or air. It is the animating force behind all life forms. It is the energy flow. As a martial artist and yoga practitioner, I know how important it is to maintain, balance and strengthen my Qi/Chi. Although I have to admit that I’ve been slacking lately.  Teehee.. That’s why I’m really grateful for this invitation.

Just to give you a quick background, Qi Wellness specializes in massages and reflexology. They have 3 major types of massages – Qitranquility, Qivitality and Qireflexology.

The Qitranquility is best for people who need to relax, sleep and just slow down. It includes various relaxing and lymphatic drainage massage techniques to facilitate blood and lymphatic circulation. This helps alleviate both emotional and physical stresses, inducing a deeper sense of calm and well-being.

The Qivitality incorporates deep-tissue massage and acupressure techniques that release muscular tension and promotes qi circulation. This also stimulates the body’s natural self-healing abilities. This is what MB and I got. We had the 90-minute massage.

The Qireflexology is done fully-clothed. The therapist applies pressure to specific reflex points in the feet and hands to improve circulation and enhance the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and tissues in the body. This is a deeply relaxing therapy that encourages physiological changes and promotes balance throughout the whole body.

You can also just get a deep tissue massage, a Swedish massage or Shiatsu and for your feet, the Tea Therapy Foot Treatment.

Here are photos of the place. Upon entering, the very pretty Bea will greet you:

bea at qi wellness, by bitsandtreats

Bea is very nice and very friendly. It’s very nice to see someone like Bea, who is always smiling, when you enter a spa to de-stress. She is also able to explain the treatments well with simple words. No confusing terms here.  I asked her what she would recommend for us and her recommendation hit the spot.

Here is the receiving area:

receiving area at qi, by bitsandtreats
I just love the clean, minimalist lines

the red seat at qi wellness, by bitsandtreats
Ze Red Seat…Love the contrast!

We waited in the lounge while our room is being prepared. We were offered tea to which we politely declined.

Ignore MB’s silly grin

qi wellness lounge 2, by bitsandtreats

carafe on table at qi, by bitsandtreats

While waiting, I took a tour of the place. Here’s the scrub room:

scrub room, by bitsandtreats

scrub room at qi, by bitsandtreats
It’s a bit small if you’re claustrophobic

sink at scrub room, by bitsandtreats
I love that sink too!

The whole minimalist, white/transparent theme is seen throughout the spa. The bathroom is lovely and is fully equipped with tissues, paper towels, mouthwash and disposable cups, soap, etc. I swear, their bathroom  is better than A. Venue’s!

I love the whole ambiance of the place. It gives a very relaxing vibe. At first you might think that the décor is intimidating. You might also think that this is an expensive place since it’s right next to The Picasso, but you’re wrong. Nothing is at Php1,000 and above and you get to choose between a 60 and 90-minute massage.

Next is the massage experience.


  1. Looks really relaxing, and so is the place too. :)

  2. It was really relaxing. I think they are going to have a promo soon. Will let you know.

  3. I see, well actually I hate massages, weird I know.

  4. Haha! That is really weird! Really???

  5. Yes, my back is sensitive, easily gets hurt, tried having massages before it was painful. I don't know why.



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