Majority of our activities during our trip in Cambodia consisted of walking. We walked to the markets, walked around town, walked to temples and back, and walked to restaurants. W.A.L.K. was the daily word. Haha! With all the walking, walking, and walking we did in Angkor, Cambodia, our feet were just torn and tired, pleading for a massage. ( read up my Cambodian adventure here! )
I love, love, love my friend Katz for putting “massage” in the itinerary, for our last day of stay there. Goodness, as we did our last walking sprees, I was so excited to go to Lemongrass, a well-known spa as per Tripadvisor ( it’s a really good site to check when you’re travelling! )
Lemongrass isn’t a luxurious spa villa, as I was expecting. It was just a normal massage place within the city, just beside the night market and very near Pub Street. As we went in the place, we were welcomed with wet towels and tea.
We all decided to get the Healing Touch, priced at $15. It consists of a 30-minute Foot Massage and one hour healing Khmer Massage. Not bad, right? Well, we’ll have to see, if it’s worth it!
First, we were led to a room full sofa-like seats for our foot soak. Using Cambodia’s natural homegrown ingredients, our feet were soaked in herbs, namely turmeric, lemongrass, kaffiolim, and lime. Mineral salt was used to soften our feet. Blue ginger foot scrub was used for some good ‘ol exfoliation. Ahh. This is such a good start!
The second part proved to be more interesting. The Khmer Massage, as they call it. I wonder how good this is? They covered our eyes with some minty-feeling pads while the therapists started doing their magic. I felt that the therapist used both her hands and feet to do the massage.
First, some foot pressure. I felt a tool being pressed in our foot. Pressure points, I think? It felt really good, though a bit painful. In massage, pain is good. Haha! They started working on our feet, and our legs as I was either trying to suppress to shout from pain, or sigh in relief. Looks like I had really sore muscles from the walk because every single press on me incited a reaction! Haha!
After massaging our feet and legs, next were the upper parts of our body – our shoulders, or backs, and a head massage. I felt really nice, but didn’t want the massage to end that soon. To add, it was a dry touch massage, so no oil or products were used. I actually preferred something like that ( I don’t really like oil ) or something minty to be applied. I thought the massage was just a bit too quick, I thought the experience was okay, and after that, we sped off to our last dinner there.
The experience didn’t incite a “wow” from me until the day after. When I woke up, I immediately realized that the pain in my legs are all gone. Like, I didn’t feel like we walked a mile! It just..disappeared! I asked my other friends, and they confirmed the same thing. Oh wow, this was actually effective!
This is the first time that I actually felt this kind of effect – a so-so massage a day before, with amazing, disappearing-pain results the day after! With that, I am recommending this to those who are going to Cambodia for a travel. This would definitely save your feet!
Affordable, effective, and bliss to the soul. Even if it’s not a spa resort, Lemongrass Spa will definitely be on my return-to places when I go back there.
Address: 7 Sivatha Boulevard
Near Pub Street Siem Reap SR1 REP
Tel: 855 12 387 385