What’s your self-care routine? What do you do on a regular basis to show yourself some love? And no, eating a pint of ice cream or drinking 3 glasses of wine on ABC’s TGIT doesn’t count. I don’t think Shonda would object to some ice cream and wine, but that can’t be your only self-care routine. You need more than that. You need to say YES to yourself in others ways. I think Shonda would agree.
Do you know what I’ve been dreaming about for months? A massage. In my opinion, it’s self-care wrapped up in a pretty red bow. Whenever I get a massage, something in me shifts. I walk away feeling calm, relaxed, and rested. Nothing beats that feeling.
Are massages a part of your self-care routine? If not, maybe you should consider getting one soon.
I recently had the great pleasure of getting a full body massage and a facial at Massage Envy in Westminster, Maryland. It was amazing. I said goodbye to my husband and kids, jumped in the car, rolled down the windows, and headed to Massage Envy. I lucked out big time because 65-degree weather isn’t typical for February in Maryland, but I guess my massage was meant to happen on a gorgeous day.
When I arrived, I was greeted by a nice group of people and a nice young man helped me check in right away. I didn’t even have to take a seat first. I hate waiting so that definitely made me smile. After completing some paperwork, I was taken to my massage room by my lovely massage therapist, Jill. She asked a few more questions before she stepped out so I could get ready. I typically hate lots of questions, but I actually appreciate all the questions she asked. It made me feel like she wanted to meet my needs by making this a positive experience. I can’t complain about that at all.
So how did I feel after my massage?
I felt like I got my life back–like a weight was lifted from my shoulders–literally and figuratively.
I carry A LOT of tension in my shoulders and back. Some of it is a result of the day-to-day stress life throws my while and some of it is probably from they heavy bag that always ends up on my shoulders. I would blame my kids for that, but my handbags were pretty heavy before I started having kids. It’s a problem.
Jill did an excellent job giving me a massage session that was in alignment with what I said I wanted. She gave my whole body a massage, but paid special attention to my shoulders and back. I am so grateful for that because I needed it so much. I could feel the tension melting away during the massage. It was incredible.
I also received a facial after my massage and it was amazing. It felt so good I fell asleep right in the middle of it. I hope I didn’t freak out my esthetician Sam because there is a small chance I snored a little (don’t judge me). If you got a relaxing facial after an incredible 1-hour massage, you would fall asleep, too.
Take a look at the pic below. I took it in the car as soon as I left. Does my skin look amazing or what? I haven’t seen a glow like that since I was pregnant (and trust me, I am NOT pregnant).
After my massage and facial, Sam showed me the different Murad products I could purchase for my skin if I was interested, She wasn’t pushy about it at all. She also wrote them down. I thought that was great since I might decide to get the products later on. Jill also left notes that I received when I checked out. In the notes, she mentions what she found (reduced range of motion in my shoulders), and what she focused on. She also left me with recommendations for my next visit. Sweet.
Massage Envy offers relaxation massages (what I received), sports massages, deep muscle massages, pre-natal massages, and much more. There are also ways to enhance your massage experience by adding on things like hot stones or aroma therapy. And you can’t take care of your body and forget about your face, right? That’s why they offer a number of Murad Healthy Skin Facials. I received the anti-aging facial because I am trying to keep this youthful appearance for as long as I can…LOL. Last week by 3-year-old said she thought I was 4 while my son said I was 200. Dag, son! He started laughing after he said it so I am hoping it was just for comedic effect.
If you live in the Westminister area, I definitely recommend visiting the location I visited. I was really pleased. If you live elsewhere, visit the website to find a Massage Envy near you. Whether you want a one-time massage, or you are looking for a massage routine by getting one monthly (you can save TONS with a membership if this is what meets your needs), I think Massage Envy is worth a try. You won’t know how you’ll feel or whether or not you will love it unless you give it a try.
So whether you have the funds to get massages monthly, or twice a year is what you can swing, I definitely think we can all benefit from getting them in whenever we can. It’s relaxing, soothing and a great way to restore mental and physical health.
Life is way too short for us to put off routines that make us feel renewed and happy. We have to stop saying “some day” and start doing things that make us feel good TODAY. As Massage Envy says on their site, It Feels Good to Feel Good.
I think I am going to get another massage next month with a good friend to celebrate her birthday. I can’t wait.
Drop me a note in the comments section and let me know if you plan on getting a massage soon.
I received a complimentary massage and facial from Massage Envy to write this review. As always, all opinions shared are my own.