Some say its wearing pink, some say it’s rescuing kittens from burning trees and others think it’s wearing overalls and the ability to crush cans with your forehead. No one can quite agree on what makes a real man, but most admit that it involves looking and feeling good. Get that man’s man feeling without needing a trip to the emergency room and pay R165 for a men’s full-body massage and a facial at The Fine Gentleman’s Grooming Club.
A throw-back to old-school barber-shops, it has all the vintage charm though no spinning candy-striped pole outside the door. Though, with all the modern conveniences you’d expect from a premium spa and expertly trained therapists, you won’t have to worry about being treated with antiques and that musty smell that says we’ve been here forever.
Even if you’re not imitating Atlas and holding the weight of the whole world on your shoulders, sometimes just holding your head up during a boring business meeting can put more stress on your muscles than they feel like they can deal with. With smooth strokes and the application of just the right amount of pressure, the maven muscle-manipulators at TFGGC can have those hidden bits of tension running faster than a V8 engine after an injection of nitro. Besides the fact that the deep pressure and skilled fingers will have your muscles feeling better than they would after a holiday in Maui, the relief of all that built up tension will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised. Similar to that awesome feeling when a noise you didn’t even know you were hearing suddenly stops, once your muscles are looser and more relaxed than you’ll ever remember them feeling, you’ll find a spring in your step you didn’t even know was possible.
Once your muscles are more pliable than cake-batter, make sure your face shows that glowing, refreshed feeling the rest of your body is party to. Exfoliation to get rid of the clingy dead-skin cells that turn your skin-tone the dull and hard tone of a two-watt light-bulb and deep-pore cleansing will already leave your face feeling shiny and new. Follow it up with a steaming and toning for a tonal overhaul and a moisturising treatment, and your face will all but be shouting hallelujahs by the time they get around to the follow-up face and neck massage.
Macho Fact: An avant-garde barber shop in Philadelphia specialises in what the term “Manly Treatments”, some of which include the powdered-glass facial and Rattlesnake-Wrestling Deep-tissue Massage.