The spa sounds like an indulgent and frivolous excursion for those who have money to burn. A place where you can pay inflated prices for services you could get elsewhere. Having had no real interest in beauty and bath products as a kid or grown-up, I’d say I’ve always been on the low maintenance end of the scale. But there’s one thing that rings clear when you’re in your 30s: you sure ain’t getting any younger. It’s now or never to take care of the body and skin I’m in and I can no longer take my health for granted.
My first trip to a spa was a short one: the service was comp’d and I was in and out without taking advantage of the amenities. Fast forward to a few years later where I found myself in Japan desperate for a soak in the onsen after snowboarding followed by a trip to Berlin where I learned the meaning of “textile-free”. I never understood nor did I believe that spas could contribute to your overall health and well-being but I was starting to believe there was some truth to it…
Then came the opportunity to visit the Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs. One of my closest friends told me the spa was a must and I have to say it did not disappoint! After ensuring my mom was booked for her treatment, I showed up with her that day and they were able to squeeze me in for a 60min massage - bonus! And my benefits were going to cover most of the visit - double bonus! Regardless, it was money well spent. Who doesn’t want to spend an entire day in nothing but a robe??
Between snoozing by the fire, swimming in the mineral bath, hot tubbing outside after a steam and sauna, I realized for the first time in a long time I had truly disconnected from the world. Better yet, I didn’t feel guilty about it. I was able to give myself permission to do nothing and it was okay. Sure, the massage was great after a couple of days on the mountain, and the steam, sauna and bath rejuvenated my skin, but it was the mental break that was of the most benefit to me. “Wasting time” has plagued me every since I could walk and talk (I can barely get through a movie without multi-tasking) but in order to deal with the stress and anxiety of everyday life (mostly from work) a break like this one is invaluable. Throughout the rest of the day, dinner and evening until I went to bed, I couldn’t stop talking about how happy I was.. Now if only I could bottle up that feeling to keep myself grounded, content and healthy… I guess I’d better schedule my next trip to the spa!
What do you think of a trip to the spa? Do you go on a regular basis or only for special occasions? Let me know in the comments below!