With the modern challenges of climbing the career ladder, looking great at every age and raising children, a woman’s gotta do what a woman’s gotta do to keep sane. The best and easiest way to do this is to make a spa appointment and treat yourself to an hour or two of decadence! Enter Jari Jari Spa — one of Sabah’s best known spa and wellness centre that specializes in traditional Borneo massage.

A well-known spa with many awards and accolades under its belt, Jari Jari Spa is mostly famous for its Dusun Lotud Inan therapy, which is a deep-tissue massage recommended to relieve body tension and invigorate the senses. For those who are in need of relaxation, there is the Palad therapy, which helps stimulate blood circulation and reduces stress. This massage is recommended for beginner massage enthusiasts as well as the elderly.

For the athletes and active people who are always on their feet, the Tanggara therapy is for you. A distinctive ‘mountain massage’ that incorporates firm thumb and palm pressure, this massage helps alleviate muscle tension and tiredness. This therapy also helps to calm and soothe body and mind. The Tanggara therapy starts from the legs and moves up toward the upper body. For each massage, you can opt to have it for either 60, 75, 90 or 120 minutes.

Each therapy begins with Floral Foot Soak and a warm layo tea (ginger tea) welcome drink.

After the foot soak, a professional therapist from Jari Jari will dry your feet and give them a brief massage before starting with your preferred treatment.

As a busy woman who is always running around, the Tanggara therapy is the one massage that I need in order to decompress and remove my muscle knots. When you book a massage with Jari Jari, you will have an option whether to have a male or female therapist to perform treatment.

Although most women would choose to have a female therapist and have reservations about choosing a male therapist, rest assured that the male therapists at Jari Jari are incredibly professional and just as sensitive to your needs as the lady therapists are. I was also informed that the European women tourists would normally prefer to have male therapists as their pressure are stronger and firmer.

If you are having soreness on your hips and legs after a jungle trekking activity or a marathon event, the Tanggara massage will surely help relieve the discomfort and get you up and running again in no time! All three signature massages uses their own aromatherapy oils, but if you are the ticklish type, do let your therapist know so that he or she can make the treatment oil-free.

After the massage, you can also opt for a herbal bath session (available only at the Palace Hotel and Tanjung Aru Plaza branches). In addition to massages, you can also book facials, an ear candling session, maternity treatment, hot stone treatment and many other treatment packages to suit your needs.

For more info, visit Jari Jari Spa’s website at www.jarijari.com.my. Guests who has tour bookings with Rustic Borneo will also receive special deals when booking a pampering session at Jari Jari Spa.