I’ve never been to a spa before and quite frankly I couldn’t begin to imagine what was the big deal. The thought of someone, other than my husband, rhythmically massaging my body while I listened to calming music seemed… off; especially if it was a man… no especially if it was a woman. How about replenishing my skin with an anti-oxidant detoxifying mud masque? Ummm… no thanks! I played in the mud enough as a child. Maybe a manicure or pedicure was more up my alley. No, wait! Why bother polish or buff my nails when I can’t even type with them long and I’m happy cutting them myself. It just didn’t seem like my thing. Heck, I don’t even go to a hair salon more than once or twice ever 5 or so years. But after hearing about the journey to bliss that is a “spa day”, I thought I had to finally debunk my ideas about spas and give one a try for myself; and what better place to do that than Old Edwards Inn & Spa? They are known for their signature spa experiences and they have a full spectrum of wellness, rejuvenation, and natural beauty enhancement. I was sure there had to be one experience that would change my negative tone about spas.
Carefully reviewing a list of options, I choose an organic facial. Although I don’t wear make-up and I rarely use any chemicals or soaps on my face, I thought of it like a trip to the dentist. You always feel better when you’re teeth are cleaned at the dentist. Why would it be any different with your face after a facial?
Using only the finest organic ingredients, I enjoyed a deep cleanse, masque, and deeply relaxing facial massage created specifically for my skin needs. Then, I melted into luxury as the esthetician treated my hands, arms, and neck with a soothing massage. What I first thought was an apparatus designed by the gods, I realized was the esthetician’s knuckles gently kneading my hands. The hour was gone in a blink and I emerged stress-free, hydrated, and rejuvenated.
I also learned, first-hand, that going to a spa is about more than your hour on the table or in a chair; it’s about the overall experience from the time you walk in the door until hours after you leave. Draped in heavenly robs, surrounded by calming sights, and immersed in soothing sounds, the spa is a total body and senses journey. At 10 pm, 11 hours after my facial, I’m still in a state of relaxed, calm bliss. I keep rubbing my face with disbelief that the soft, moist, but not oily, skin that I’m touching is my own.
Now, I can officially say I was completely ignorant about the true sensory extravaganza of a spa treatment. Heavenly bliss would be the most appropriate statement about my hour at The Spa at Old Edwards Inn.
I’m revamping my bucket list tonight to include more spa experiences.