Sunday, September 16, 2012

Curvy Confidence: Korean Spa Days

One of my best friends turned 30 something the other day and we decided to brave the world of the Korean Spa.  We went back and forth between Spa Castle and King Sauna and finally decided on King Sauna mainly based on the price and overall rave reviews on Yelp.

King Sauna is a place for spa pros and not for the faint of heart!  However, I will say that I have never been more thoroughly scrubbed or massaged in my life.  One of the most daunting parts for most people, isn't the efficacy of the scrub (and believe me it's insanely efficient) its the nakedness.  At almost all times when you are in the woman's spa, you are naked.  Not only are you naked, other women are also there naked.  

For a curvy girl, a girl who has been for the most part taught to hide her body, this can be an "experience."   However, as a curvy girl, the experience is also liberating.  You see all shapes and size, no one has any place to hide anything.  You then begin to realize, it doesn't matter.  As you watch families, friends, scrubbing each other, and walking around unashamedly   You realize the way you look DOESN'T MATTER.  You are all here for the same purpose; and that purpose is to treat and love yourself.  

For $80 and a $25 tip you will be scrubbed by thorough and sweet korean woman with a loofah and soap.  Every part of your body will be buffed to perfection.  Then you are given a little face scrub, told to shower, sit in hot tub then finish off in steam sauna, you come back to a glorious multi techniqued wet massage.  You start off with a fresh cucumber mask and then the massage begins! Its a little traditional massage, a little hot stone and a little shiatsu, better yet, they STRETCH you out.  Hands down best massage, ever!  It ends with a nice shampoo/condition and you are a buffed moisturized goddess.

For the adventurous, you can try the Hip Bath, which is . . .

Well, basically you sit on a cushioned seat with a hole in the middle (think toilet seat) and under the whole is a steaming pot of tea to help rid your lady parts of disease and helps to clean and tighten the overall area.  It is in a word, intense.  However, I have to admit I have never felt so clean, down below.

Even with all the semi awkward moments as described above (nakedness evey where). The best thing about King Spa is that you can make a day of it!  King Spa is focused on sauna/dry heat so if you are looking for a wide variety of pools, jacuzzis, etc, this may not be the best place for you.  But, to my surprise the dry heat was quite wonderful and restorative.  Also, there are plenty of chances to have good Korean food or even catch a nap while watching Korean TV or the occasional football game.  This place (despite the nakedness) is also child and couple friendly.  I saw all ages here and everyone seemed to be throughly enjoying themselves.

Overall worth they $28 dollar admission (get the e-coupon!) and totally more than worth the price. I feel like this will soon become a part of my overall beauty regimen.

Take your friends, your boo or yourself and let go of how you feel.  

Curvy girl you are beautiful and don't ever forget it.

King Sauna & Fitness
321 Commercial Ave
Palisades Park, NJ 07650

Read my Yelp (and other reviews as well) here.

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