Review: Nuru Massage Manila — Manila, Philippines

The Japanese practice of nuru massage seems to have taken men around the world by storm. I tend to think its spread has a lot to do with the portrayals of nuru massage in Japanese porn. For whatever reason the service has certainly spread with places now offering nuru massage in locations as distant from Tokyo as Bangkok, Manila, Singapore and even New York City.

Nuru nuru is a Japanese onomatopoeia reflected a wet rubbing together. It’s a fitting term then for nuru massage which involves a woman covered in slippery gel rubbing her body up against a customer. This is often but not always followed by sexual services. In Japan the service can be sold legally as long as it does not end with vaginal intercourse. In other countries laws vary. I’m not an attorney or legal expert of any kind. I can only report.

Manila Nuru Massage has been operating in the capital city of the Philippines for years. At one point the business operated a couple of shops. I don’t know if that is still the case but if it is they do not publicly advertise them. The focus now seems to be on an outcall service which sends masseuses to private rooms and hotels. Unlike a lot of shops in the Philippines the place maintains a website which seems to have to been renovated recently. This is a prudent business move in the age of the internet especially when a large part of their business involves finding clients who do not pass by or stop in to their central location.

There are many ways for customers to book sessions with Manila Nuru Massage. The phone is an obvious method though bookings can also be made through a live chat service on the shop’s website. Smartphone apps like Whatsapp are also an option. Sessions cost 3000 Pesos ($65 USD) for 90 minutes though if customers chose to pay in US currency they are charge $70. Ninety minute sessions with two service providers cost 5000 Pesos ($108 USD).

The people booking sessions for the company can accurately be described as curt. With little in the way of customer service the booking people demand the names of customers and their hotels or condos early on in any conversation.

Perhaps this is a result of people playing games on their online chat interface. It would be easy enough to imagine some immature sex starved guys in the middle of Nebraska trying it on with a chat operator once in a while. I don’t know for sure but this would match with what I have been told by numerous people in the industry over the years.

Once the identifying information is given things proceed a little more smoothly. Customers are asked to select an appointment time and a masseuse from a list of those available. Apparently there is now an option for guys to give the massage as well as women so this expands the number of available service providers.

There are photographs of the men and women on staff on the company’s website. They have been edited to some extent though they do seem to be reasonably accurate. Most of the women working at Manila Nuru are in their twenties and reasonable attractive. Most also seem to have children though this is not out of the norm for the Philippines where teen pregnancy rates are the highest in all of Asia.

Even when customers book online they are immediately called by phone to confirm. Again this is probably a result of people flaking out or playing games thanks to the anonymity they enjoy online so it is understandable.

To their credit the women working at Manila Nuru often show up early to appointments. This is almost unheard of in the severely traffic-ridden city of Manila where even serious business people often show up late to important meetings. Perhaps the Japanese influence has extended beyond the style of massage.

The women who work at Manila Nuru get down to business quickly. This involved spreading a large plastic mat down on the bed and making other preparations. Once everything is set up both the service providers and the customers head to the bath to clean up. This is done in a rather professional manner that some would probably describe as mechanical.

Once customers and providers are cleansed they return to the prepared massage area. The customers then lie down as the service providers cover them with a smattering of nuru massage gel. The service providers then slide all over their front and backs in an exercise that is meant to be erotic but in a professional and precise form would also be described by some as mechanical. In some instances it could be described as erratic. Some providers are overly shy. Some are very focused on doing things correctly. Some are all over the place. A few are informal. This is the kind of thing that comes with any large and varied staff with the possible exception of a place like Tokyo where a certain training and mode of operating is ingrained.

Customers are not shorted time at Manila Nuru. The clock is watched but only to prevent overages. There is no rush and customers do receive what they pay for. Nuru massage sessions last as long as they are supposed to and typically conclude with hand service. Some providers in some instances may offer covered full service for an addition fee of around 5000 Pesos ($108 USD).

After sessions complete the service providers clean things up and leave quarters for the most part spotless. A few hairs or similar bits may remain but for the most part is not obvious that wet body-to-body slides have just taken place.

There are many massage shops in Manila. Manila Nuru Massage is the main outfit offering nuru massage in the city. They deliver what they promise even if they aren’t capable of accurately recreating the kind of service that is given in Japan. As the Philippines is not Japan so this is not something really shocking. I give the place an average score of two-and-a-half stars.

Manila Nuru Massage. Open seven days a week, noon to 3:00 AM. Phone: Phone: +63 999-673-1868 Website: http://www.nurumassage.ph/

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