If you’re a big fan of massage and anything Japanese, then you’re going to love this great hidden spa gem called Ikeda.
Located in two places, Bukit Timah and Clarke Quay, Ikeda has been around since 2009 and draws its inspiration from Japanese culture and tradition. The moment you walk in, you instantly feel like you’re in Japan, thanks to the spa’s decor and ambience which is designed to resemble a typical Japanese ryokan, even though the spa is 100% Singaporean owned.
One of Ikeda’s signature treatments is the Sake bath. Yes, the same yummy kind you’d drink at a Japanese restaurant! Ikeda uses a sake concentrate and (very) warm water at 42.5 degree Celsius to fill up the traditional Japanese bamboo bathtub which you lie in for 25 minutes in total. You’re supposed to do two intervals of ten minutes each so your body doesn’t overheat.
Here’s a little interesting fact about sake, which you might not know. Japanese sake contains Kojic acid, which has the benefit of slowing down signs of aging. It also raises your body temperature by up to two degrees, which widen your blood vessels, stabilising blood pressure and improving circulation, which in turn helps brighten your complexion. More reasons to like sake!
Ikeda Spa uses the famous Kikumasamune in its sake bath. Kikumasamune has been making sake for 352 years and has since made a reputation for itself for producing the best dry sake in Japan due to its secrets of “Kimoto Tsukuri”, a complex brewing process that must be performed by hand.
So there you have it! Now that you know all those interesting facts about sake, you might be very tempted to have a little taste of your sake in your bath and as long as it’s only a little teeny tiny gulp, who’s judging?
The other signature treatment is the Nuka Hot Compress treatment, which is amazing for stiff muscles. Prior to your treatment, they will ask a series of questions, such as whether you’ve had surgery, health issues and specific trouble areas you want the masseuse to focus on. The more specific you are, the better the masseuse can target your key pressure points!
The most interesting part about the Nuka Hot Compress treatment is that the masseuse uses a ‘herbal ball’ which is contains rice bran and sesame densely packed and wrapped in a ball-shaped towel and heated before it’s applied to all the tense areas in your body. When applied to key pressure points, the heat from the compress also increases energy flow, relaxes muscles and treats chronic aches. The massage involves kneading techniques to target the pressure points. Just what a girl needs after walking around and being busy bees the whole day.
Price wise it’s definitely on the reasonable side, especially compared to the hotel spas! The sake bath will set you back SGD80 per session and a 60 minute massage costs SGD180, while the 90 minute massage costs SGD220.
It’s worth noting that both outlets have an Onsen (hot spring) just like the ones you’d find in Japan. So if you’re after a different spa experience, now you know where to go!