“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

3.04.2008

Spirit spa


I don't think the right kind of spas exist. I'm not talking about having your nails painted peony pink or having permanent eyeliner and lipstick tattooed onto yourself (not that there's anything wrong with that). I'm not talking about a meditation retreat (not that there's anything wrong with that). I'm talking about a spa for an exhausted, overworked, overstressed spirit. Where you could go and really, really relax. Where you wouldn't have to work at it. Where you'd be surrounded by soft colors & nature & where silence is as important as music.

Last night was my every-2-weeks magical massage session with Theresa, who, I swear, MUST mix her massage oils with tranquilizers, whose hands almost seem to glow with the heat of a healer's hands, who gives me chocolate Buddhas ("see the Buddha, eat the Buddha"), who puts warm stones between your toes if you want (how great is that?), whose attention leaves you needing a recovery room before attempting to drive home while under post-massage influence.

And THEN tomorrow night is a private Pilates session with the lovely lovely Katie, whose first questions are "How is your body feeling tonight? What is it saying?". And because she LISTENS to me, sometimes we just have that-which-we-call-Pilates (phrase courtesy of, yes, the ever-wonderful Michael). If I'm exhausted & really achy, she'll find a Yoga constructive rest pose which supports me, nestles me, cradles me - she'll put weights on my legs (soooo good) & cover me with a blanket, dim the lights. She teaches me to be aware of my body - to reeelaaxxxx . . . . .

So here, reeelaaxxx, have a bonbon, have a listen . . .

3 comments:

  1. Sounds heavenly! Sign me up. Maybe you've found your calling, we could open a "Spirit Spa B & B..
    Spirit work and healthy food amongst a relaxing atmosphere with massages, yoga sessions, etc.... By the way, your collages are beautiful so keep up the good art!

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  2. Maybe you should have a drink.

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  3. That's a whole different kind of "spirit"! But not a bad idea!

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