It impacts our stress, our happiness, and our quality of life. We take women’s wellness very seriously at Girlfriendology – female friendship makes us healthier – and we want our friends to be healthy. Sometimes that health and happiness can come in the form of something as simple as an act of self-care – in this case, a massage!
When you treat your body with love and respect, she’ll love and respect you back. Alexis Meads
Girlfriends – we are one stressed-out gender! We suffer stress when others in our home experience stress. We juggle jobs and lives with little time for ourselves. A lot of us experience stress eating which can lead to more unhealthy issues. How do we take better care of ourselves?
Recently after returning from a busy and tiring trip, I scheduled some self-care – a massage at MassageEnvy (in Mason OH). I haven’t had a massage in years and rarely treat myself to any pampering. I’ve experienced some back strain due to exercise and thought a massage would help that too.
The environment is very soothing and spa-like! Every client is paired with a massage therapist or facial esthetician based on the client’s needs and the therapist’s skills. (For example, if you wanted a deep-tissue ‘sports massage,’ you would be matched with a massage therapist who specializes in that type of care.) I was paired with Jenn – a wonderful massage therapist who has done over 7000 massages in her eight-year experience with MassageEnvy! She explained everything to me in advance, then I was left to disrobe and get under the covers on the massage table.
Let’s just have a little girlfriend talk right here! I know one thing that stops some women from massages is the comfort level in having someone touching them and their degree of disrobing (aka: to wear underwear or go naked!). Jenn explained that I was to disrobe as much as I felt comfortable with – so it was very low stress! I figure she has seen it all so I was comfortable just wearing some panties – but I’ve gone without in the past if I felt like it! Also, touching is a very effective way of relieving stress – it actually releases stress-relieving hormones in our female bodies!
One of the treatment options, the one I chose, was aromatherapy. Like the quote above, I love lavender – it makes me happy! She had mixed up a scented lotion that helped me relax even further and enjoy the massage! (And, bonus! I got to take home the remaining lotion after the massage was over!) They do offer other treatment options and scents – everything is geared at making the experience relaxing and personalized to your preferences.
The massage I received was an hour and was wonderful! The entire staff was accommodating and the facility was clean and welcoming. It was a great treat for me, my stress (which disappeared!) and my healthy, pampered body!
I learned that MassageEnvy has memberships so you can have a regular massage or facial at a member rate. In addition, if you’re just interested in a treat without a commitment, you definitely can make an appoint without a membership. Also, I found out that you can use your HSA (health savings account)! That was a huge bonus – I have an HSA and will be back to MassageEnvy! They are a national chain and have over 1100 locations (and expanded into Australia recently).
A couple girlfriend options and ideas … some women come with their friends – one might have a massage while the other has a facial, and then both switch pampering treatments. MassageEnvy memberships or gift certificates make great girlfriend gifts (or Mother’s Day, Holiday gifts, etc. – wouldn’t it make a wonderful gift for a milestone birthday or as a special way to thank a friend for being there for you?!) Massage Envy does welcome men too and offer couples massages. (Check them out on Facebook!)
Are you stressed? Or is a girlfriend? Check-out MassageEnvy for locations near you. Be well, my friend!
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