I’m probably the only person who brings work to a spa—but hey, I got in two days of R&R, and loads of work done, in a place where the two terms are virtually nonexistent. Getaways like these don’t occur as often as I’d like them to, but when they do I make sure to take full advantage of them.
One of my favorite forms of self-care and “me” time, is getting in entire spa days. Usually, it’s just one glorious day—this time, I was blessed to have two! I always make sure to first get in my workout like any other day. Nowadays, this is made even easier and better, because I can bring my “soulmate” workout with me—Turbo Fire—and it hardly takes up any space in my luggage (just my discs and resistance bands). After my workout, I go straight to the spa, get in my robe, and have an apple and a cup of water before I hit the dry sauna. Ever since a not so fun fainting incident, I always make sure I’m extra hydrated and have some nutrients in me before I go into the sauna.
The dry sauna is my favorite—I absolutely love it. The smell of the cedar, and the feel of it on my skin, feels like I’m lying on a ginormous branch, way up high in the midst of an enormous and thick forest—it’s like a getaway heaven. I close my eyes, and let all my worries melt away. When it starts to get too hot I take a dip in the cold plunge, if there is one, or stand under a cold shower for a few seconds—there’s always something cold nearby—and then I go back into the sauna. I do this on repeat for as long as I like, and in between rounds I sometimes take an extended break to rehydrate and get a snack. When I finally feel like I’ve had enough for the day, I take a shower, get in my robe, and lounge on a comfy sofa where I do whatever work it is that I’ve brought for myself to do.
It really is wonderful, and I swear I sometimes do my best writing or get my best ideas in the sauna. After anywhere from 5-7 hours, I finally leave and go for a light dinner. This time around I had the most amazing ceviche from Julian Serrano after day one, and after day two I had a most scrumptious turkey croissant sandwich from Jean Philippe.
When I re-enter the chaos of the real world, I feel lighter, calmer, more collected, refreshed and reborn, my skin is soft as a baby’s bottom, and my face fresh as spring morning.
I’m always telling people how important it is to squeeze in some self-care. We all need time to let go and recollect, and we all have our own ways to do that. I’d love to have an entire spa day every week, but that’s just not plausible. Before this getaway, the last time I had a spa day was at least a year and a half ago. So, every week I find some time to just be. Sometimes that time for me is during mass on Sunday mornings, sometimes it’s writing, sometimes it’s an extended stretch after my workout, sometimes it is my workout, and sometimes it’s sitting at the piano or slipping on my ballet shoes for a few minutes. Whatever it is I end up doing, I make sure to close out the rest of the world—even if it’s just for ten or fifteen minutes.
So, if you haven’t yet taken some “me” time this week, do. Escape for a little bit. You don’t even have to go anywhere, and it doesn’t have to be long. Just escape. You’ll feel much happier and better able to tackle your responsibilities afterwards, I promise .
What kinds of things help you let go and recollect?
BIG LOVE & BIG HUGS.
Quick tips for the spas:
1). Don’t be afraid to go about your spa activities in the nude. There’s a reason why the women’s spa and the men’s spa are segregated. When I was a teenager, I was weirded out by the whole naked in front of other people thing, too. But, one day I decided to let go—I’m here for me, and no on else exists. Trust me, you won’t really and fully know relaxation, until you can completely let go. Of course, where your robe when you walk around though .
2). My favorite spa is the one that the Palazzo and The Venetian, in Sin City, share. They have a lot of really neat features in their spa and the most amazingly comfortable couches.