We just celebrated my friend’s big 50th. I treated her to lunch and she treated me to a facial which she clearly felt I needed. Despite having spa packages all over the island, she purchased yet another one. For the great value, she insisted.
Slender Matrix is situated at Wheelock Place. Because she is already a customer, the pressure is off for me. I loath to subject myself to an hour of hard selling which thankfully I didn’t experience.
I was taken to a locker room, deposited my bags, changed into slippers and shown to a room. The room was small but cozy, with the bed against the wall. I was glad they used a quilt (with Ikea quilt cover) instead of a towering or fleece blanket.
My face was cleansed by a lovely girl from Pontianak, after which, the manager enters to diagnose. She offered me an oxygen facial with removal of six seeds (syringoma growth) for $88. It was reasonable but I reminded her that I was there for a treat given by my friend.
My facial consisted two machines. A scrubber, which felt like a blunt metallic blade vibrating at high speed (couldn’t feel) as it scraped across my face. The blade was rinsed in a small dish of water, which she later showed me – cloudy with my dead cells. This was followed by extraction, which I felt she did a really thorough job as compared to my usual spa.
Next, a cryo, which felt like a freezing metallic spoon was rubbed over my face together with an essence. Now, my eyes are covered with cotton pads so I didn’t really know what the instrument was. The rest of the essence was used for facial massage. My therapist had firm strokes which felt totally heavenly.
After the massage, she applied a thin layer of eye-mask for me, followed by a soft mask over a gauze for about twenty minutes. While my mask was on, she gave me a shoulder massage, which lured me to sleep.
Another therapist cleaned the mask off and finished me up. I could tell immediately it was a different woman from her very light, uncertain touch.
I left the spa, refreshed and radiant. Thanks, Michelle, for the experience. A treat is indeed special when it’s unexpected.