Now more than ever, we spent countless hours hunched or slouched in front of a computer – for work, study and play. While most of us know that we should move every 40 mins or so, the truth is sometimes we never do. We then end up with a whole list of complaints and aches from neck strains to migraines. It’s no surprise that there are so many spas about because the truth is.. we really do need them to just chill and relax.
Sabaai Sabaai Thai Massage sits on the banks of the Singapore River, along the Boat Quay stretch. It’s quite unassuming from the store-front itself, but a short climb up the petal lined stairs and you’ll find yourself in a very cozy space and warmly greeted by the staff. I really liked the ambience – it comes across genuinely warm and not one that tries too hard.
The massage area is partitioned by linen curtains and the mattresses are on the floor – which I prefer. It might be just me but lying down on the ground, instead of a raised massage table, just gives you that added sense of grounding and security. I realise i tend to relax much easier in that set-up. The mattress and the pillows and face cushion allowed me to easily find a comfortable position and just relax.
With the mattresses on the floor, it also allows the masseuse to be comfortable and move around during the massage much easier. Height no longer becomes a factor and the masseuse can properly get to work without being in an uncomfortable position, or worrying about their own safety when at times they might need to climb on as well. This then translates, and transfers, to the massage quality itself.
The massage itself was very well done. I chose a 60 minute, Aroma Oil Massage with an add-on for Ear Candling – Which came up to $108 ($68 + $10 +$30). The masseuse was very pleasant – but I knew that behind that smile lurked a highly trained professional, who I was to at the mercy of for the next 60mins so… one with the ability to inflict much pain through her knowledge of pressure points and twists, turns and stretches that is Thai massage.
What I appreciated was that before beginning she asked if I had any pains or injuries that she needed to know about and the amount of pressure I preferred (soft, medium or hard). This is something that I’ve found is not a standard practice among all the massage joints. All-in-all the massage was a really relaxing and refreshing experience. A couple of niggling knots were kneaded out from across my shoulder blades and my aching calves felt much better as well.
Considering it’s very convenient and central location and the reasonable pricing, Sabaai Sabaai is definitely a place that I recommend and return for seconds – maybe a herbal compress the next time. Kudos to Sabaai Sabaai and their staff for a job well done.