At Harrison Hot Springs we were celebrating our anniversary and so what better way to relax and be romantic than a couples massage. We had been in the hot pools ‘softening up’ for the experience.
Once at the spa (a few steps from the hot pools) we were led to another room – soft music and lighting – with 2 massage tables set-up and we each had our own massuese – very experienced with one of us wanting a deep tisssue massage and me a relaxation massage. What a great experience, to be in each other’s energy while deeply relaxing and surrendering our bodies to the massaging hands.
It certainly was a unique event and romantic – we finished up an hour later and put our bath robes back on and wandered to the lobby for a lite dinner. Although robes are fine in the lobby they are not ok in the lobby lounge. So luckily we brought some clothes, got changed and had a slow and enjoyable dinner before retiring for the evening.
Had a marvellous sleep that night, our second night and final night. Two nights makes all the difference – so much space and time to relax into with no other agenda.
I hope we can make this get away a tradition for our anniversary – such lovely memories and not stress!! I can certainly understand how this state of bliss could lead to a youthful outlook, even the lines of life were receding from my face.
I really must talk about this more as it was such a treat and i think a very healthy time away. relaxing in the hot pools 2 to 3 x per day for 3 days was so therapeutic. even my mind is clearer and my energy is calmer all round. We went to Harrison Hot Springs Resort see yesterdays post for the link.
I am noticing that my skin all over is much softer and my face brighter. Being a spa kind of place i thought i would bring my own mini spa supplies – french clay masque, shea body butter, sloughing lather and pumice stone. After a couple of my hot pools i showered and used the supplies and then the shea body butter mmm… feels so good.
Also had massage. Very experienced staff and thought the massage was excellent.
We had a couples massage – 2 massueses in 1 room with us each on our own masage tables – very intimate…sort of…not sure what to make of the experience…it certainly was something new to enjoy together. Would do it again for a romantic occassion.
Our massage was at 6pm so after we put on some clothes and went to the lobby bar for a relaxing drink and very light supper….excellent salad and presentation.
Speaking of the lobby, many people would wander the lobby in ther robes. Every room has robes that all where back and forth to the hot pools. Very relaxing to stop in the lobby by the fireplace in the big comfy chairs on the way top the pools.
So bliss it was for 2 nights and 3 days….trying to keep the feeling alive with meditation and yoga in the morning now. But my oh my i hope to do that again within 6 months or next year for our anniversary again. Sounds like a tradition in the making.
Tags: IQ, massage, relaxation, workplace
Just last week there was a link on this blog about the relationship between IQ and relaxation. Here is more evidence: (from Globe and Mail newspaper Oct 27 online edition). In the study below, massaged workers, solved math problems in half the time with half the errors after the 15 minute massage!!!
Stress is known to be affecting the productivity of the workplace - “More than 78 per cent of Canadian employers identified work-related stress as the biggest threat to their employees’ well-being in a survey by Buffett & Co. Workplace Wellness Ltd. last year. And that isn’t good for business: Work stress costs Canadian employers billions a year, from problems with absenteeism and turnover to payments for benefits and services.
One 1996 study by the Touch Research Group at the University of Miami put 26 employees in the chair for 15-minute massages twice a week and another group of 24 who were just asked to close their eyes and relax in the massage chair.
They were monitored with an electroencephalograph machine, completed depression and anxiety tests and provided saliva samples. The results: those who were massaged reduced their stress more and improved performance more than the control group.
Not only that: The massaged workers completed math problems in half the time and with half the errors they had before they were massaged. The math skills in the control group did not improve.”