Sunday, March 04, 2007

Chakra-lee, Chakra-laa...

As promised, I am following up on my amazing spa day. I have to say, I had a pretty good idea of how wonderful it would be, but I must give a shout out to the fine staff and designers of the Riverstone Spa. It was even more amazing than anticipated, and exactly what I needed.

The second you walk in to the reception area, your shoes and coat are taken, you're given slippers and told about beverages, comfy chairs and fireplaces to come...

And the change room! So lovely! It smelled wonderful, had products and showers, and plush robes and samples to use and steal. :) (For the record we did NOT steal a robe - neither of us had bags big enough!)

The you're led out to the "Quiet zone" with food and tea and a wall with water flowing down, and you can order food and wine...

We didn't even have time to get impatient before our hotstone masseuses and chakra balancers arrived...we chose our crystals (mine represented the heart, solar plexus and throat - something to do with self-esteem, communication and some other stuff which is escaping me right now...)

If you've never had a hot stone massage before- go get one. Right now. Me and this blog will wait for you to get back...SO amazing...

Then we moved on to the pedicures, where we had lunch served to us, and watched some other women go pretty hard at it with the wine. Then my person had a facial while I got my manicure.

"French" mani & pedi for me - why not spend the extra while I'm there? Cause I'm made of money right?
Then another relaxing half hour by the fireplace and we were ready to go. I honestly didn't expect to get so much out of that day. I wanted to reward myself for a ridiculously long, crazy, over-worked few months, but it was so much more than that. I think I'm going to petition the Canadian government for mandatory spa days for all employees. I actually feel like I can handle the next month or so until I'm able to take a holiday...(Maybe there's even something more to my newly balanced chakras than I realized...)
Anyhoo- thank you Rivestone Spa. And special thanks to my person for coming along with me yesterday.
I am SOOO relaxed and zen now...

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Rock the Chakra!

This Saturday my person and I are spending a lovely girly day at the spa.
(For those of you who don't watch Grey's Anatomy- your "person" is the one whose name you write down when you're filling out forms and they ask "who should we call in case of...." or perhaps the person you call when you get hauled off to the drunk-tank...for those of you who are dying to meet my person, as you all should be, feel free to check out my "Stop the Insanity" link)
Anyhoo...we have a fabulous full day planned. Manicures, facials, massages, pedicures, food and sitting around in robes just generally feeling pampered.
I've worked a LOT of overtime in the past few months, and have essentially turned into a quivering pile of goo (or "stress package" as one of my co-workers has lovingly nicknamed me). So, I took this year's bonus and instead of responsibly investing it into an RRSP or fixing my car, or upgrading my computer, I decided that I should spend it on my me and my person's emotional well-being. There perhaps won't be any tangible evidence of it being money well-spent, but there will be many fond memories, and less goo when I go back to work on Monday.
Aside from all the pampering that I've already listed, the thing that I'm most curious about is the part of the day that we booked completely on a whim. One thing on the spa list was "Chakra Balancing." We have no idea what that means, but we're both convinced that we absolutely need it. I've never balanced my chakras before, so it stands to reason that they probably need it.
I even tried asking the girl that I booked all our other services with what it meant. She had no idea.
I hope it doesn't involve anything too strenuous...
If anyone has any idea what it might entail, feel free to give us the heads up! Otherwise, stay tuned- I'll tell you all about it on Sunday.

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