North Haven Spa

What’s a vacation without some R&R? Once we hit Baguio, we mapped out our entire schedule for the trip. We stayed in Baguio for just three days, two nights. We we had limited time to do everything we want. We decided to indulge ourselves with a little pampering during our first night. Moreover, I thought that we needed it as we had to travel all the way that our butts are hurting, especially H, who drove us to all our destinations.

I first encountered North Haven Spa 3 years ago, when H and I went there and was also looking for a nice massage place. We didn’t end up going to North Haven so this time, I suggested it to my friends.

We got different packages. The men got massages, the women got scrubs and massages. I personally got a body massage and a foot massage called Dagdagay. I’ll just talk about my experience.

Once we got to the place, I honestly forgot that I was a blogger and kept my camera inside my bag. Haha! I was sooo excited for my massage. I knew that I wanted a foot and body massage so I actually ended up getting two services.

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I was instructed to change into their very comfy robe and was escorted to the sauna. Inside the sauna, they have prepared a plastic cup of drinking water, product for my hair to condition it (just like hot oil), lime to be used to tone the face and a wet face towel. That was the first time I have experienced such a treatment. I was really impressed. Their sauna is a common sauna, so men and women can both stay inside the sauna together at the same time. This maybe a no-no for some people, but I didn’t mind since I was wearing a robe anyways.

After 15-20 minutes, I showered and they handed me a clean nice smelling towel and a disposable underwear which was very thoughtful of them. :) And the massage begins.

I instructed my therapist that I wanted a swedish massage and not much stretching. I wanted to relax, take a nap, so I didn’t want to be stretched ever so often. I liked that their massage bed had a smaller hole so that the only ones sticking out are my nose and mouth, and my eyes and forehead can rest on the bed. The massage was good. My therapist was strong that I didn’t need to tell her to make the pressure harder over and over again. After working my legs, as she proceeded to my back, I dozed off! Haha! I guess it was because I was also really tired. As she continued to my arms, it was heaven! I don’t even remember the sequence after that. She also put a cloth of some kind on my eyes when I turned over so I can keep sleeping and not be bothered with the dim lights. The massage was good, but nothing special. I just like the thought that they put to the room, the bed and even the small details like the cloth for my eyes and for my hair to keep it away from my body.

The next hour was for my foot massage. It’s called Dagdagay. It’s a traditional foot massage of the Mountain Province that uses "runo" sticks to stimulate the soles of the feet.

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I gotta admit Dagdagay actually hurts. :( Whenever the sticks tap the soles of my feet, they hurt. However, when the sticks are rolled in between the toes, they felt really good. I have never tried a service like this, so I didn’t know what to expect at first. So everytime the therapist was going to work on my soles, I wake up. But everytime she massages my feet with her hands or rolls or pokes the sticks to my toes, I fall asleep. It was a strange feeling. Haha!

Overall, I liked the experience. After my treatment, my therapist left me in the room for me to take a nap and rest for a short while.

When I met up with my friends, almost all of us fell asleep during our own treatments. We all had a very relaxing time and we all felt so good ready to sleep! Haha!

North Haven Spa
#21 Avelino Street, Ferguson Road, Baguio City
(074) 300-5022 or 0917-506-1349