On the third floor of the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco Hotel lies a quiet space. Filled with purple and white phalaenopsis orchids, you’ll feel like you’re the only one using the spa – and you probably are.
When I exited the elevator Valerie was waiting for me at the spa’s entrance. She told me I was right on time and welcomed me in, exhaustion and all.
I was seated on a chair in the front area, and first asked some questions about my physical health. Then the front attendant, Valerie, began the spa’s first ritual: she brought out a tray with spa slippers, which she exchanged for my sneakers. My shoes were whisked away, and then Tomoko came out to bring me to the suite.
There are four treatment rooms, each with an en suite shower room. Tomoko led me to a chair and talked about our plans for the afternoon. I was there for their Red-Eye treatment, meant to help get you back on your feet after a flight. The treatment includes exfoliation in the form of “brisk dry body brushing,” a body massage, and serum. She explained how she would be using the brush, what massage techniques she would use on my aching body, discussed serum options, and if I’d like to rest after the treatment or use the shower, as I would have some free time after the session. (I chose to nap.)
Then she began to dry scrub with the brush in straight, short lines over small sections of my body, applying the serum to each area after she finished. Next, it was on to a body and scalp massage, where she tried her hardest to work the kinks out of my shoulders. She then placed a lavender eye pillow over my face and added a soothing warmed neck pillow, and continued the message. She even took warm towels to my aching feet. Massages can be great for the body and the overall health for a person, and finding the right places could help relax them. There are a lot of places to get a good relaxing massage if you are interested in finding out more about body massage you could click here to find out more.
After all that exfoliation and relaxation, I rested in the towels by myself for a few minutes in the calm room and soft music before Tomoko came to get me. She reminded me to stay hydrated post-massage, and left me in the tea lounge to drink some cucumber lemon water and brought a bottle of water for me to take home.
When I was ready, I went to the front, where my sneakers were solemnly returned to me, and the brush was given to me in a bag, wrapped in tissue. My arms and shoulders were still sore, but I had issues a physical therapist needed to address. It was still relaxing, and sometimes what you need most is a few minutes of calm.
Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco Hotel Spa
222 Sansome St
San Francisco, CA 94104