About This Spa Blog Owner

Eat, spa, relax!
Relaxing after a hot spring and massage in scenic Taiwan

Hi:
My name is Katherine Xie and I live in Singapore – a busy and bustling country in Asia. One of my favorite hobby is going for a spa, massage or reflexology session whenever I have the inclination and time. I really enjoy the peace and calm that a spa or massage session can bring to the body after a hard day’s work. In my opinion, nothing in life beats dipping into a bubbling hot tub or putting your body under the skilled and soothing hands of a well-trained masseur

I love spa and massage so much that whenever I travel for work or pleasure, I will try to weave a local country spa or massage session into my visit. I am lucky to be living in Asia – where spa and massages are relatively inexpensive, easily available and a time-honored traditional skill.

After years of visiting spas and massage boutiques, I have long realised that it is not how big or how well advertised a spa is for the quality of it’s service, masseurs or facilities. Oftentimes, the smaller or obscure spa may provide even better service and quality.

Hence, one of the purpose of my spa, massage and wellness blog is to discover the small and obscure spa and massage boutique palor as I make my way around discovering the best of Asia’s spa and massage experiences!

I also like to do research into the various forms of spas, massage, detox, fitness, therapeutic and wellness treatments and products and I will share my findings in this blog here as well.

All my articles are original (credited where not original) and I give my views and opinions as fairly as possible and will not hesitate to pass negative comments if I feel a service is not up to mark. Many spa reviews in magazines and websites are really advertorials – in other words, the spa owners paid the magazines or websites for a non-partisan review. I want my blog to reflect the real consumer angle stripped of any form of advertising.

You may want to contact me if you have comments or advice. You can also email me at: info(@)best-spa-massage.com – remember to take away the brackets.

Do join me as I share my experience and I really hope to hear from you wherever you may be in the world about your own spa and massage experiences as well!

Attention: Spa Owners looking for write-up or review

I will accept complimentary spa or massage treatments and I will write a review in this blog in return. However, I will be fair and neutral in my reviews. That means I will include negative remarks if I feel it is warranted.

If you cannot take a negative review, please do not bother to offer complimentary treatments. However, a long-term looking spa owner should certainly look forward to a fair review, warts and all, in order to improve further! Many reputable large companies will in fact pay mystery shoppers to get honest and none-bias reviews of their shops.

As you are sponsoring the review, you may choose to reject the review if you do not agree. However, you may not ask for any editing or changes if you decide to accept a review for publication. In this way, your business interest is protected and I maintain my editorial rights.

You may want to contact me for further discussions on a spa or massage review.

Attention: Corporate advertisers for health, wellness and spa treatments and products

I will accept advertisements on this blog. There are not many spa or massage blogs/websites on the internet. There are a few large spa websites but their attention is more towards spa owners than consumers. If you are interested in reaching hundreds of targeted spa and massage readers and consumers a day, please talk to me about advertising on this blog.

Advertisements on this blog will not be expensive but I do need to cover some expenses for my own spa and massage sessions. In turn, I can write even more reviews from these sessions which will attract even more readers for your advertisements!

Advertisement formats include: Banners, Link Images, text-links and video links.

Disclaimer to spa or massage palors that were reviewed:
All reviews in this blog are based on actual visits. All reviews are done in good faith and subjected to personal opinion. If you feel that your spa or palor did not received a fair review, you are welcomed to put in a good defence based on actual facts and I may put in an addendum if I have truly not been accurate or fair. Otherwise, I suggest that you read the review in good faith and spend time improving on weaknesses than getting into a debate with me.

Note to readers:
The spa and massage industry is in constant change. Spa reviewed in earlier years may have closed or change management. Please always call up before visiting any establishment reviewed in this blog. Do feedback to me if you are aware of any changes.

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12 Comments so far

  1. Rose Spinelli on October 23rd, 2007

    Hello,

    I stumbled on your site because I saw that you had stumbled on mine. I think it’s great. I’ll visit often. You have lots of informative tidbits and I will collect spa data for my next Asian visit. Yes, you are fortunate to live in a place where there are so many spa choices.

    See you around spa land.
    Rose

  2. floatingzen on October 24th, 2007

    Hi Rose:

    Thanks for your sweet note. Yes, we’ll visit each other often and I’ll be most glad to swap articles!

    Let me know your blog and if it’s spa and massage related, I’ll add you to my blogroll.

    Kat

  3. David on May 10th, 2008

    Hi Kat, I am very happy to come across your blog, to know someone who do appreciate foot reflexology, and actually researched and write about it.

    A little bit about myself, I fell in love with foot reflexology when I received my first treatment in 2006.

    There onwards, I took up a 2 days basic course at Rwo Shur Health Institute at Far East Plaza, and practised it on my family and friends.

    I continued to learn under an experienced reflexologist while pursuing my studies.

    Hope to read more interesting articles from you.

    Take care!

  4. floatingzen on May 11th, 2008

    Hi David:

    Glad you like my blog. Rwo Shur foot reflexology tends to be a bit painful and I prefer the more therapeutic Chinese version.

    Please feel free to contribute articles about your learning experience with reflexology.

    All best to your practice!

  5. simon chan on October 9th, 2008

    hi i was trying to contact you via link on the top about advertisement. However, the contact link seems to be broken. How should I go about contacting you via email?

    Simon

  6. floatingzen on October 10th, 2008

    Hi Simon:
    You are right. The link is broken but I wonder why? The last I checked it was working fine. Anyway, you can contact me at info(@)best-spa-massage.com directly – remember to take away the brackets.

    Thanks and have a nice day!

  7. Catherine Beattie on January 10th, 2010

    Hi Kat

    Enjoyed your interesting blog! Hope you are keeping up the good work. Went to Singapore briefly last year, and loved it!
    I’m a spa and travel writer based in the UK, and write reviews for magazines and websites. I set up my own website and blog last year, to offer ‘warts and all’ reviews and a reader forum, but had a busy year in 2009, so it’s been a bit slow establishing itself. Please take a look and leave a comment or feedback.
    Thanks and good luck
    Catherine

  8. floatingzen on January 10th, 2010

    Hi Catherine:

    I visited your website and certainly enjoyed it.

    It must be great to enjoy spas, write about it and get paid at the same time! How I wish I have the same privilege…

    I tried to leave comments but could not find an area that accepts comments. I’m sure it’s available but maybe it needs to be a little more prominent…

    Anyway, do keep in touch and I’ll certainly point my readers in the direction of your website. See you!

  9. Asian Massage Chicago on April 21st, 2010

    Loved the article. I love being a masseuse :) Kind Regards, Asian Massage Chicago.

  10. Mimosabreezy on July 29th, 2011

    Hi Katherine,

    I accidentally stumbled upon your site when trying to search for unbias reviews of spas in Singapore !

    I would like to compliment on your unbias reporting style and your sincere commitment in staying true to your belief even with the advertisers as well as the complimentary spa offers.

    Like any hardworking women out there, I often look forward to a good pampering spa session whenever time allows. However, in recent years there has been too many unethical spas that deliver medicore services and hard-selling tactics. Finding a spa that delivers genuine service without the hardsell is almost like finding a needle in a haystack nowadays.

    So thank you for keeping us up to date with your blog. Together, we will all make smarter choices from the spas we sign up to, to the kind of money that we are willing to part with in exchange for better services and less hard sell.

    Your site is now on my beauty bookmark list ! :)

  11. floatingzen on July 29th, 2011

    Hi:

    Thanks for your note.

    I abhor spas that try to up-sell or push packages. They won’t even get a review on this blog. Period.

    We go to a spa to relax, not get vexed up. When will these people ever learn…

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