IN SEARCH OF THAT ELUSIVE BALANCE OF BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT.
Time to take the final plunge, the leap of faith of course referring to finally finding the courage to pick up the phone, make the appointment and commit to time to indulge the self – letting go of my penchant for procrastination when it comes to putting myself on my to do list.
I am prepared to put money on the fact that you, dear reader, like me, are so bogged down by the sheer intensity of going through the motions of life, that you seldom have the strength to allow yourself to be pampered. After dragging the children across the countryside, paying the bills, ticking everything off the ever-growing shopping and to do lists, dealing with whatever it is that you wake up to do e very day and running a home and family, you are simply too tired and stressed to contemplate the notion of putting ‘own–time‘ on your list. It feels as though that too is just another demand on your already thinly stretched time.
I’m here to tell you though, that it is for these very reasons that you need to commit to this own-time, make a date with yourself and allow for a spot on indulgence every so often. It need not be anything extravagant, as many of us have tightened our belts and closed our wallets given the current economic climate.
I was reminded, as I always am when finally allowing myself a bit of luxury, that this is an absolute essential in fact. I had a quiet chuckle at and with myself [when I was conscious, in between floating into that relaxed place whilst being massaged and pummeled], because I was having the whole internal conversation of: “ remind me again, why have I not done this for so long? How long has it been? What’s wrong with you woman? I am definitely doing this at least once a month from now on! A jumble of Questions and thoughts in my now, very relaxed, mind.
Today spas are of course a combination of ancient traditions and modern-day wonders.
There are two theories about where the word spa comes from. Some say that it come from the Latin phrase – ‘ salus per aqua’ meaning, ‘ health or healing through water.’ Others believe it came from the Belgian town of Spa, which was known from Roman times, for its baths. Travelers would come to ‘take the waters and restore their health.’
These days, we go to spas for a variety of reasons. We could be interested in fitness, stress management, peace of mind, pampering and pleasure or just plain and simple health and wellness.
There are so many things on offer: Swedish, Japanese Shiatsu or Thai massage, facials, acupuncture, Dead Sea salt scrubs, mud wraps, reiki, aura imaging, watsu, rasul, hypnotherapy, meditation, yoga and Tai-Chi – much for us to explore together. And exploring is exactly what we will be doing together!
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