Ah, a spa day! Sounds so relaxing, right? And who doesn’t deserve a little pampering these days? My mom treated me to a spa day as my birthday gift this year, and thanks to a special that the spa was running, I got to choose three services for a flat fee. I am seriously a low maintenance girl — I wear a little make-up and earrings, but this world of massages, manicures, facials and waxing was a whole other world. Not wanting to go too far outside my comfort zone, I opted for massage, shellac manicure, and eyebrow wax.
The massage was awesome. I’ve only had about 4 massages in my life, but that’s enough to realize that a good massage therapist can really make a difference. This gal really got in and dug around on my tight muscles, which left me sore for days. I’m sure it’s personal preference, but I also prefer a massage therapist who is just a bit of a talker. She was caught off guard when I asked her what all the hot things she was putting on my back, she didn’t answer me. Then I felt something I was sure was metal so I asked again this time a little louder and more persistent. She finally answered by saying gua sha tools stainless steel, not that I had any idea what that was. Laying there in complete silence while a stranger rubs oil on you is just awkward. So we talked about running and kids and new restaurants in town. You know, the normal stuff you talk about while you’re naked. =)
Next up was the shellac manicure. I almost never paint my nails because (a) I can’t sit still long enough to let the paint dry and (b) I am not careful with them and inevitably they chip in a couple days. Not worth it. And how freaking annoying is it to pay for a manicure, then mess up the polish while you’re opening your car door as you leave the nail place? But I’d been told that shellac manicures are more durable, so I decided to give it a try. You guys… It’s so true. The polish is completely dry and hardened before you leave, and it lasted a week and a half weeks with no scratches, chips or anything. (It probably would have lasted longer but I went swimming one day and chlorine is evil.) They are a little more expensive than standard manicures, and I’m a bit of a cheapskate, so I doubt I’ll be getting these on a regular basis, but if I ever have a big event that I want my nails to look nice for, shellac is the way to go.
The eyebrow wax… Did I mention it was my very first waxing experience? It’s just always sounded SO painful. But actually, it wasn’t that bad — very similar to pulling off a band-aid. I guess I expected it to be more like a haircut where we would discuss ahead of time what I wanted (there are definitely eyebrow “styles,” right? I don’t want then super thin!) to have more of a discussion about what I wanted before she started slathering got wax between my eyebrows. I am a pretty committed tweezerer, and I think I’ll stay that way, but it was nice not to have to worry about it for a couple of weeks.
So, how about you – are you low maintenance or high maintenance? Do you think I’m a weirdo for trying some of this stuff for the first time at age 35? What’s your favorite spa treatment if money were no object?