I try to take a few minutes out of each day for myself- whether that means sitting down for breakfast, or spending a few minutes reading before bed. Of course, this doesn’t always happen, but it’s wonderful when in does. Sometimes, however, I need more than a few minutes, so I decided to give myself half of a day to do some more serious self-care.
There’s something I find especially relaxing about treating myself to a massage at a nice spa or wellness center. A few weeks ago Cameron surprised me with an awesome gift for my birthday- a massage at The Lotus Room in East Nashville. I’d been hinting for months that this would be an amazing present, at times subtly, but probably mostly not at all. I was so excited- I couldn’t wait to book it; Unfortunately my schedule had other plans.
It was difficult finding a chunk of time to actually schedule my massage (work, doctor’s appointments, and life kept getting in the way), but I finally did it! I arrived early and so was reading until it was time. Jenna, the masseuse and owner, greeted me warmly, and after speaking briefly, my massage began. It’s been a while since I last had a massage, but I think I can safely say this one was one of the best I’ve ever had. The whole experience was extremely calming- the soft music and a bit of burning sage were instantly relaxing, and the geranium and spearmint essential oils at the end of the massage left me feeling refreshed and ready for the rest of the day. I definitely plan on going back again soon, and highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area and in need of some relaxation.
All in all, I would say my half day of relaxation was a success, well, mostly. I’ve always found it hard not to feel at all guilty when taking some personal time- my tendency to make lists always tries to creep in and remind me of all the things I’m not doing that still need to be done. I find the best thing to do in this case is to take a breath, and to remind myself that this is important too.