I honestly had been accustomed to going to spas and also availing of home service massages courtesy of my parents as I grow up. However, when we got to try Karada in Forbes Town Center, it was an entirely different experience for me and Lloyd. We experienced so much more than just a relaxing massage.
After our hearty lunch at Locavore, we proceeded to Karada PH for our appointed session. Much have been said about Karada Philippines. Thus, in this post, I’m focusing on our experience with Karada.
the Karada Experience
STEP 1: Fill up client profile sheet.
Like any first time client in a spa, we had to fill out a profile sheet. This is not just to collect information from us, but also to serve as a reference for the consultation process with their therapist.
These are some of their questions that we answered:
- What is/ are your chief complaints?
- Have you had any experienced any serious illness/ injury?
- Have you undergone any surgery or operation?
- Are you taking any medications/ maintenance?
- Are you pregnant?
- Do you have a pacemaker?
- Are you wearing contact lens?
STEP 2: Drink warm water and change footwear.
We were then asked to drink warm water which I think makes our muscles a lot easier to massage. Afterward, we handed our footwear to them for storing as we wore the slippers they’ve provided.
STEP 3: Change into their provided outfit.
Changing into their provided all-black comfy outfit is dependent on the kind of service availed. For instance, if the service availed is only foot reflex. There will be no need to change. Likewise, it also applies if the outfit worn is already comfortable.
In our case, I was wearing a dress. Lloyd, on the other hand, was wearing a polo shirt and jeans. Therefore, we really had to change our outfits. We were handed separate baskets (the green baskets to be exact) to store our clothing and belongings.
Their shirts have a variety of sizes which were medium, large, extra large, and double extra large.
Meanwhile, as you can see in the photo above, their pants come in one size only. It’s super comfy and stretchable so there won’t be any problems.
STEP 4: Treatment.
Proceeding to the common area lit by daylight, the respective therapists assigned to us, who we learned underwent at least two months of training under a Japanese master trainer and have to pass an examination to qualify, immediately approached us. They reviewed what we wrote on the profile sheet and probed further on our chief complaints.
I don’t personally know what Lloyd’s complaints were, but, for me, I stated that I experience pain in my lower back previously and I recently had pain in my left foot. The therapist assessed that I experience such because of imbalance which I perhaps got from crossing my legs too often. Plus, she told me that I had stiff muscles from sitting too long in front of the computer. The consultation to the assessment was conducted professionally so I felt secured in whatever my therapist would do.
On having the treatment, I was surprised to hear popping and/or crackling sounds from my bone as the therapist did the treatment which I later found out was their signature technique, AP BALANCE/ ATLAS PELVIC BALANCE. It focused on readjusting segments of my spinal column to relieve me of my body pain.
I experienced kneading and extensive use of pressure afterward which reminded me of Shiatsu massage. Their BODY TREATMENT was distinct however since body weight was used for loosening my tight muscles. I felt short, quick tolerable pain from the pressure of the massage, but I assure you it is relieving.
Finally, to ensure that my spinal chord was realigned and I regained my body balance, I was escorted to the private room where their drop down table was and it was used on me.
Please note that the utilization of this is not for everyone. It is on a case to case basis. As my body needed it, they used it on me.
STEP 5: Experience relief.
After our treatments, we were amazed to see the difference in our body’s balance before and after treatment. Our bodies were once again physically stable. We are very thankful both to Karada and Megaworld Lifestyle Malls for letting us experience this. We were revitalized and was in shape for our event that night at Marriott Grand Ballroom.
*TIPS: For first timers like us, to get the full Karada experience, we recommend availing their combination of AP Balance and Body Treatment good for an hour (PhP 1, 495 or 31.87 USD). You can also get the same treatment done by a Japanese master trainer for PhP 2, 795 or 59.58 USD. After experiencing such, it was advised that ten (sessions) be done for the first three months to fully restore the bone’s original and optimum orientation. Eventually, only once to twice a month will be needed for the upkeep of the body’s balance.
And to those who missed our video of our experience at Forbes Town Center, you may enjoy this video.
2nd Floor, Eight Forbes Town Road, Burgos Circle, Taguig City.
Operating Hours: 11:00AM to 9PM daily (or mall hours)