It was a rainy, miserable, gray and dreary day when I had my appointment at Eurospa, but the trek through the rain was necessary as I had waited almost a week and half for my appointment and was eagerly anticipating the removal of the knots in my shoulder.
Eurospa is located down the street from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. It’s inside the Europe House on floor -1. You wouldn’t think to look for a spa in the basement of a building because usually, they are situated on street levels with tranquility emanating out the windows enticing passerby’s to book appointments.
I walked into Eurospa’s pleasant and calming reception area and immediately greeted by the desk clerk. She was attending to other clients but invited me to have a seat and said she’d be right with me. I waited patiently and sifted through some magazines. I noticed immediately that although the room smelled nice, the incense was a bit over-powering. I’m also really sensitive to things like incense and scented candles so it’s always something I notice right away.
Fortunately I was seen soon. I couldn’t read the waiver because it was in Hebrew, but the front desk was able to translate for me into English. It was a pretty standard “Do you suffer from… “ questionnaire. I was pleased that they had this and also that when I called to schedule my appointment, I was asked if I had a gender preference for my massage therapist.
I was scheduled for a 60-minute combination massage (NIS 295) and was taken to the changing room. I was given a key for my locker and instructed to change and wait for Yael, my therapist. I didn’t have to wait long because they were quite prompt and were running on schedule.
Yael and I chatted briefly about any trouble areas and then she got to work on my back. From my limited vantage point, I believe I was given a combination shiatsu, hot stone, lumi lumi, and aromatherapy massage. It was perfect. Yael found the knots and knew just how to work them out. I remember at one point hoping she would use hot stones and within 5 minutes I heard ”This is a hot stone” and was pleased that my instincts for what I needed were spot on. She was very good about checking my reactions and asking if she needed to push harder or softer. And fortunately for me, the treatment room was not as heavily scented as the reception area and the oils and lotions Yael used were soothing and not bothersome.
After my massage I was instructed to drink a glass of water (which as any spa regular knows is important to helping remove the broken-up lactic acid from your muscles) and invited to use the dry sauna or Jacuzzi if I wanted to continue to relax. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time and quickly showered off all the oils and began to trudge back home.
I really liked my experience at Eurospa. I liked that their staff was bi-lingual and that they had the same standards (cleanliness, professionalism, pre-treatment questionnaire) that I was used to at my spas in the US. There seemed to be a lot of people there for couple’s massages as I spotted at several couples going in to rooms for treatments. With the courthouse nearby, Eurospa has a steady clientele of lawyers and other business types. They also offer facials, bachelor and bachelorette spa parties, mani/pedi’s, and alternative medicine treatments. My only wish would have been that they had a full price list and menu of treatment options in English. However, Google translate worked pretty well on the website and that’s where I was able to glean most of my information. Massages start at NIS 260 for 45 minutes and go up from there.
Shaul Hamelech Avenue 37, Hakiriya Quarter
Sun-Thurs: 9:00 – 21:00
Fri: 9:00 – 18:00
English-speaking staff: YES
English list of services: NO