So It’s Monday and I think to make this week more bearable, you should go ahead and book a massage. I’ll do it too! I feel like every time I book a massage it is coincidentally on a Monday and I’m sure that’s why – to have something to look forward to during the week. They are definitely one of my “treat yo self” items and have been for years. I know that it can seem like a lot of money, but I have some things I swear by to get the absolute most out of my massages so there is no guilt involved. Take a look at my tips below.
Book your massage at a true spa. This means somewhere that has amenities like a sauna, or jacuzzi. Heck, even a nice relaxation room with tea, cookies, and warm neck wraps will do.
I love booking my massages when I have nothing to do afterward. So a lot of times they will be on a weeknight at 6:00 or 7:00pm. This way you can take your time getting home and stay in the relaxed state longer.
Get there as early as possible. I love getting there at least 45 minutes to an hour early so that I have some time to take advantage of the above mentioned amenities and to just get in the right head space. You need some transition time between the stress of your day and the massage.
Get your massage in the buff…no underwear, jewelry, anything. Those are all distractions. Just woman-up and get rid of them before you get on the table.
Wear something flowing and comfortable. There is noting worse then getting all rubbed down, then putting back on your regular work clothes…or anything constricting for that matter.
Let your Masseuse know that you are strictly there for relaxation and stress relief. I find that’s a great way to get the point across that you do not want to chit chat. If they still try and talk with you during, I always make sure to nip that in the bud and say something like “this feels great, I am going to be quiet and really relax now.”
Though I highly recommend you talk as little as possible during your massage, you need to be very vocal when it comes to your comfort. I will make sure to tell the Masseuse if the pressure is too light or too hard, if the bed is too warm, or if the music is too loud. You are paying good money and the Masseuse would rather you be comfortable and get a nice tip, then you half-way enjoy it and they don’t get a returning customer.
I find massages are a great time to meditate. What I mean by that is completely remove any outside thoughts you have….whether they are about your day, your kids, what you have to do tomorrow, just don’t. You will have time for all that later. Really focus on how great you feel in this moment.
Lastly, treat yourself to something sweet after. I will typically stop and grab something like a milkshake or smoothie on the way home. It’s a great send off and just extends the luxury experience even longer.
So that’s it! Getting a massage is good for you physically and mentally, so take some time to get yourself right! If you live in Charleston, one of my favorite places is Simply Your Spa. All the Masseuses are very talented and the prices are really reasonable. Also, though I have yet to go, Victoria raves about The Mom Spa. I would love to hear any places you recommend as well. Post in the comments!