Day Seventeen Challenge – When was the last time you indulged yourself and how?
Indulging oneself is easy to do however justifying the necessity is rather difficult. Perhaps you don’t think you deserve to take the time for yourself or perhaps the cost deters you. I last indulged myself about two months ago at the spa. I usually go every month or couple of months depending on my budget. I usually have aqua therapy prior to massage which is 20 minutes in the private whirlpool. I particularly enjoy the soothing jets and aromatherapeutic scents of rosemary and clary sage as I drift off into a divine state of relaxation. The massage lasts 50 minutes, I prefer the classic Swedish massage. The treatment also includes these aromatherapy blends mixed in with the massage oil.
I started getting massages about eight years ago. I was apprehensive at first, I don’t like to be touched. I’m definitely not a “touchy feely” kinda person. However the massage brought to light how much tension I carry around on a daily basis. Jody Buzzell was the first person who encouraged me try a massage. Jody was the most talented massage therapist. She could work out every knot in your muscles any once of tension was gone. She had an aura about her, one of the kindest people you could ever meet. You felt so safe and loved around her, a truly beautiful soul. She was devoted to her family, especially her kids and grandchildren. Jody Buzzell’s life was ended too soon in a murder/suicide by her husband Mark Buzzell. Jody changed my ideas on the use of therapeutic massage from a medical stand-point and it’s beneficial qualities for the body such as relieving tension and improving circulation. I am forever grateful to her for her friendship, kindness, and encouragement to love thy self. Her husband robbed the world of such a beautiful soul.
On a more positive note indulging oneself doesn’t have to be at a spa. When my budget doesn’t allow for these expensive indulgences. I do my own aqua therapy at home. I fill the bathtub with foam bath and simply relax for twenty minutes. I discovered this one bath and shower gel called “Willow Song” by Noble Isle, it is divine with notes of rose, lily of the valley, water lilly, and willow bark. There’s no jets in my bathtub but it will suffice. I also use aromatherapy to indulge myself daily. I have a diffuser which runs all day when I’m home and not working. My favourite essential oil blend is by Neal’s Yard Remedies and is called “De-Stress”. There was a time when I thought essential oils were for “granolas and hippies” however I am convinced of its therapeutic use now. The “De-Stress” blend includes ylang ylang, neroli, and petitgrain oil. Ylang ylang oil is made from the flowers of the herb Cananga odorata genuina. Neroli oil is an essential oil produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree and Petitgrain oil is extracted from the leaves and green twigs of the bitter orange tree. This blend is particularly pleasing to me however any blend or essential oil on its own has therapeutic qualities.
Indulging oneself is a necessity for self love/self care…you may think it frivolous but I guarantee you will feel its benefits once you take the chance.
Artwork Credit – James Tissot “Reading the paper” and “Young women looking at Japanese articles”