I had a hair appointment today – nothing special, just a trim. But yesterday, as I was thinking about today’s hair appointment, I got the urge to call to see if I could get in for a massage as well. Lo and behold, there was an appointment available. It was apparently my lucky day!
So, today I went for my massage. The salon/day spa I go to is really nice (at least in my opinion – I’m sure there are fancier ones out there, but this is plenty nice for me!) and they really give you the full pampering treatment. So, when I arrived they had me change into a comfy robe and slippers and then rest in the Tranquility Room for a few minutes before my appointment. (This is a nice, dimly-lit room with soft music playing, candles, chaise lounges, blankets, and a fire in the fireplace. Perfect ambiance for relaxation.)
My massage was heavenly. I had some good knots worked up in my neck and shoulders (where I, like everyone else, tend to have tension build up), and the massage therapist did a good job of working them out. One thing I like about spa treatments at this place is that they really pay attention to the little details – things like wrapping my feet in a warm towel after working on them, or the heated table, or the choice of music (and volume of it) in the background, and even the calm, quiet tone they use in talking with me. I loved the massage, and I felt so good afterward. I had an hour before my hair appointment, so I took a little rest back in the Tranquility Room and then got a bowl of soup and a salad at the place next door for lunch.
At this spa, after a massage, they put a little weighted, warm, aromatic thing around your neck. Now, I don’t get these types of treatments very often, but whenever I do, I think to myself how much I love that neck thingy. (It’s called a Neck Ease, I learned.) I found out that they sell them at the spa, but I found out that the price was around $50. No thanks. While I was having my lunch, I used my fancy little phone to see if I could get something like it for less money elsewhere. I got a couple of leads that I decided to look at later.
I mentioned this to my stylist, and she suggested that I inquire about my loyalty points when I checked out. I didn’t even know what she was talking about, but apparently I have been earning points (equal to dollars) each time I visit the salon. Some can only be used for merchandise/products, which I basically never buy there because they’re so expensive. So, I asked, and I had enough to make the neck thingy only $10. So I bought it.
Some might be wondering how going to a nice salon to get my hair cut and also splurging on a massage fits into our money-saving plan. It doesn’t. So don’t ask me about it! But I will say that I used a $100 debit card I received as a rebate from the purchase of my phone to (more than) cover my massage. So it felt like it was free. 😉
Anyway, I am feeling very relaxed and pampered today, and I really needed to feel this way. Craig is going to a concert tonight with a friend, so I have the evening to myself (which is a total waste of my good hair, oh well). I envision time with my Neck Ease, a glass of wine, some girly TV, and reading my latest book (Julie & Julia – I enjoyed the movie and I’m really enjoying the book so far) to continue my nice relaxing day.