Good Grooming – Endota Spa

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I purposely walked from Elizabeth Bay to Paddington for my Endota facial and massage appointment because I was told that a foot spa and massage would be a part of my treatment, and I really wanted to sense the dichotomy of pain (the 30 minute walk, in brogues) versus the pleasure. I’d heard about Endota Spas before, and it’s no wonder since the brand is quite ubiquitous. Since opening their first spa in 2000, owners Belinda Fraser and Melanie Gleeson have expanded and now have spas in almost every Australian state and territory. Something must be going right.

The newest addition to the Endota family is their Paddington spa, situated in a two-storey terrace with seven spacious treatment rooms (three doubles, four singles), on the corner of Paddington Street and Jersey Road. The spa offers excellent ‘couples indulgence’ packages and even hen’s days for groups wanting a full room to themselves, getting spoilt with manicures and pedicures.

As the non-fairer of the sexes, looking at the menu, I was keen to see what the spa offered in terms of treatments for blokes. Indeed Endota has a full section devoted to men, which they dub “for guys who look after themselves… without looking up themselves”. There’s a one-hour facial that takes a man from rough to buff, using Dermalogica and Endota’s own brand of organic products. After a soothing ‘Billabong’ foot bath, the beauty therapist prepares you for a no-fuss-but-very-effective organic skin facial. In between applications of cleanser, exfoliant, toner and moisturiser, hot towels are placed over the face for full steam effect. Also in between, you’re treated to a scalp and foot massage, feel ethereal at head and toe point, and begging for the same sensation through the rest of the body.

That’s where the full body massage comes in. Endota’s muscle-melting menu includes remedial, relaxation, Hawaiian, hot stone, aromatherapy, and sports massage. You simply need to pick one and the therapist gets her hands to work.

Had I had more time, I’d have opted for the inviting ‘Hand-some Lad’ treatment which includes an invigorating hand scrub and soak, nail and cuticle maintenance and (yet another) stress-releasing massage. A good reason to come back soon, then.

For a map that shows you the nearest Endota Spa to you, simply go to www.endota.com.au. As an opening special, Endota Spa Paddington is offering a free 30-minute massage with any 60-minute facial (enquiries 02 9363 2483).