my favourite spa.

my favourite activity when i enter a new spa is to check out the decor. there is always such a simple and zen approach to the space that automatically makes me feel at ease.

health spa decor

it is often quite similar to that of my favourite yoga studios: lots of sunlight, bright and inspiring artwork, fresh cut flowers, and delicious infused water.

spa cucumber water and they somehow always have my favourite flowers and great books on the nightstand.

health span flowers

wait. what?

i guess that only happens when the spa is actually my apartment. thanks to Your Health Span, my apartment became a spa on Monday.

my massage therapist, Erin, arrived shortly before 7 p.m., shook my hand, changed into her indoor shoes and asked where to set up the table. my living room is a bit of a dance hall, so there was plenty of room for her to get settled there. i offered Erin a glass of water, but she had brought her own not wanting me to go to any trouble – i was supposed to be relaxing, not working.

we discussed the type of massage that would be most beneficial for me and where i needed focus. my shoulders, neck and upper back had been bugging me (desk job pains for life) and wanted all upper body attention.

health span massage

after the table was dressed in clean sheets, Erin gave me three choices of oil – i picked chamomile citrus – and set up her ipad with relaxing instrumental music.

as she excused herself to wash her hands in my bathroom, i undressed and slipped under the sheets facedown on the table.

for the next hour Erin went to work on my back, shoulder, and neck applying medium pressure until i jumped at sensitive spots. she pulled back the intensity working out my knots with ease. she’d occasionally ask if the pressure was too much, and if i was okay.

when i asked questions she would answer, and when i wanted to be quiet she would follow suit. Erin was very respectful of me during the entire process and i felt very relaxed with her. i don’t know about you, but calm and relaxed are not usual feelings when there is a stranger in my house and i’m half naked. …that makes it sound like it’s happened before…just me?

at 8 p.m. Erin excused herself again and allowed me some time to relax, get up and get changed. she explained to me that i may feel a bit sore the following day due to blood following to parts of the muscle that were previously not receiving it, suggested i drink some water and be more diligent on booking massages.

health span njoy lifein a flash Erin had packed up her table and my living room was back to normal.

this happy, relaxed, and knot-free girl dressed in her baggy sweat pants drank a few glasses of cucumber infused water, and curled up on the couch with a book. talk about an amazing Monday night!

i would recommend a Your Health Span in-home massage to anyone in Calgary, and the best part (besides the massage) is they can directly bill your health benefits company. to make an appointment, visit the Your Health Span website.

do you go for massages? have you ever tried one in-home?

thanks to Sweat Guru and Your Health Span for the evening of pampering.