I once worked with a kindly older gentleman, who one day mentioned that every year for his wife’s birthday, he bought her 12 gift vouchers for massages.
“Really?” I said. “Every year?”
“Every year,” he said.
“She doesn’t get sick of that?” I asked.
“Well we’re getting older now and we don’t want as many things any more. So a few years ago she asked me for a year’s worth of massages and now that’s what I do,” he said.
Effing genius, I thought. I love being pampered at day spas and often for Valentine’s Day or our anniversary, Matt would surprise me with a voucher. My mother-in-law has also treated me to some visits over the years, and they’re always a pleaser.
Recently I spent a few hours at Beautiful You day spa in Redcliffe with a bunch of other bloggers and had ample time to figure out why I love it so. Here are my top 5 reasons you should ask for vouchers when someone says “what do you want for your birthday?” and you have no idea; or you are stuck getting something for someone you love.
How often do you get to lounge around in robes with people massaging your feet? A place where there are candles everywhere, everything smells good and you’re treated like royalty. Even if it’s just an hour, I need some fancy in my life. In a robe, you forget you showed up to the appointment with mashed pumpkin on your shirt and a matchbox car in your pocket.
It’s quiet, therefore relaxing.
Even if it takes you the entire hour to wind down, it’s a place where you’re forced to chill out. I know I need forcing at times! A bit of peace and quiet is pretty high on my list of priorities these days. I once went to a studio and not a day spa for a massage and the guy was nice, but his stomach rumbled the entire time. So much for tranquility! I’ve had other experiences with overly chatty pregnancy massage practitioners, and once I was in a room next to the waxing room…
It gives you a boost.
You walk out of there blissed to the eyeballs, shiny hair flowing in the breeze, perfect pins strutting the street. You want to immediately stop washing your hair in baby shampoo and expired conditioner and actually take care of your skin and various bits. You don’t want to eat any rubbish because it will be floating around in your now toxin-free body. How long this lasts is debatable, but I’m keen to try the one-a-month idea!
It’s not a physical item.
While I don’t mind a nice doohickey or whatsit from time to time (especially if it’s a book!), sometimes I just dont want anything. One more thing that needs dusting, or a spot found for it, or it’s not a vintage teacup so … yeah. This doesn’t need wrapping either, and could probably take the place of a card (although I quite like those), so for those doing the “less is more” approach to life, it’s perfect.
Experience > object
We are BIG on experiences here. You might forget that one vase you got for your birthday that one time, but if you get a weekend away or something you go and do, I find it so much more fun. This totally falls into that category – something to go and physically enjoy. Unless you get the stomach growler, then you just get a funny anecdote.
So there you have it. A bunch of reasons why day spas are at the top of my list at all times. I’m giving the mister a nice nudge for our upcoming anniversary…
Are you into day spas? Or are you someone who will kick a person in the face if they go anywhere near your feet?
*I was a guest thanks to Beautiful You Hair and Beauty Day Spa and Blog Power Events. I was treated to a Blue Lagoon Hydrotherapy Spa, Pure Fiji hand and body massage, Pureology shampoo and personalised hand treatment, Image Signature Peel face lift, and a mini spa pedicure. You bet your booties I felt a million dollars after all that!
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