Slow Down, You’re Going to Fast!

menu-body2I was so excited to have my first treatment as the Sego Lily Blogger that I fear I probably broke a few speeding laws to get there because I just couldn’t wait! I tried to envision myself getting pulled over for speeding and then asking the officer if he could please pose for a photo for my blog because it would add so much to the post. If that ever does happen, you can be rest assured that I will do that.

As I arrived (thankfully citation free), I rushed in the door at my usual rapid pace. But once inside the spa I felt like I had entered another realm and every part of me immediately soaked in the relaxing ambiance I was surrounded by. The peaceful atmosphere was like a magnet drawing all the hastening and hurrying out off my system. It was almost as if time stood still and I felt my mind and body slow down. I experienced an ahhh… moment. And that was even BEFORE the massage! Ahhhhhhhhh…

My body, mind, and soul were waiting with anticipation for some heavy duty pampering. On the menu for my first treatment was the Sego Lily Sampler 90 minute massage. It consists of a classic Swedish massage and my choice of reflexology, cranial sacral, or a rocky mountain stone massage. Now that sounded like a slice of heaven, or better yet, a slice of chocolate cake, (well… technically I guess that IS a slice of heaven, at least in my world). Surprisingly enough, I didn’t even think of chocolate once the whole time I was there. Now that is blog worthy… Who needs chocolate when you are getting something even better? Did I really say that?

Jeff was my massage therapist. I was told he has a reputation for getting many requests at the Layton spa where he works. I was ready to put him up to the test and see if he really deserved that reputation. I can honestly say, he more than passed the test. His experience and skill worked out so many kinks from my sore and knotimg_5324ted muscles (some I didn’t even know were muscles.) He searched and rescued them. No knot or kink escaped alive. He was so great to answer my questions and explain things to me. The massage was incredible! I was completely relaxed and not wanting it to ever end. The soothing and calming music in the background and the wonderful aromas of the lotions and oils took me away by themselves.

The description for this massage claims that long flowing strokes and kneading techniques will relieve muscle tension, improve circulation, and reduce stress. I would say this description is only fairly accurate. Only fairly because they left off the part that it will also make you completely oblivious to whiny children, spilled milk, piles of laundry, dirty dishes, and kid’s punching wars (at leasmassaget for several hours after), relieve your worry of what’s for dinner (that’s why they have carryout pizza), reduce your tendency to over react to the sound of firecrackers exploding in the backyard as you pull in the driveway, and improve your ability to tune out, “There’s nothing to eat around here”. After you just spent $200 at the grocery store. I think that would make it a bit more accurate.

After Jeff’s intensely wonderful massage, I was able to experience one of my new favorite luxuries. The Rocky Mountain Stone massage. Two words: It rocks! I have never felt anything so relaxing and so healing. I am a big fan of heat and the heat of those rocks penetrating deeply into my sore muscles was the most luxurious indescribable feeling. Oh wow! I wouldn’t have minded that part of the massage taking the full 90 minutes. It was the most comforting sensation….the silky smooth rocks, with the deep heat, all while working my tired muscles. Not a better combination to be found anywhere.

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Next on the list was the Cranial Sacral. It sounds like something a witch doctor would prescribe, but do not be fooled.  It did have it’s own sense of magic however.  The tension and stress magically disappeared. Technically I was only supposed to get one of the three side choices, but Jeff wanted me to be able to experience a little taste of all three and so he shortened each one so I could. The cranial sacral was amazing! I had a headache as I arrived at the spa earlier, but after this awesome head and neck massage, it was no where to be found. I felt all the tension and stress just slowly slip away.

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Last but not least, was the Reflexology massage. This is an Asian technique that applies pressure to the feet to stimulate reflex points that correspond to specific energy zones and organs of the body in order to restore balance and health. The feet! Oh yes! I am a huge fan of foot rubs. I will even pay my boys to give them to me because I love them so much (meaning the foot-rubs ~ I love my boys too, but they think I am torturing them when I ask for a foot rub!) They used to give them to me for free when they were younger and not as wise. Now, I have to take out a 2nd mortgage to get them to do it for me. Well, this one made up for it all. This was more than just a foot rub. It was more like a foot rub on steroids. I must have said, “Ahh…” more than 10 times during it. The wonderful aromas of the lotions once again made it all that much more enjoyable. I wanted it to last forever.

The entire experience was incredible.

There was one part of it that I was not particularly fond of however. That was when it was OVER and I had to return to REALITY. But even after that, I was welcome to stay and sit in the meditation room for as long as I wanted. Or take my time with a hot and steamy shower. Every single cell, nerve, and muscle in my body was in such slow motion by then, that if I had become any more relaxed, I’m afraid Sego Lily would’ve had to bury me.

I had finally slowed down.

My body, mind, and soul were thanking me for it and all three would be doing back handsprings if they weren’t so relaxed. Not even reality would be able to speed me back up to my normal pace. At least not immediately. I was so calm and serene, that there was no chance I was going to get pulled over for speeding on the way home. Possibly for going too slow… Okay, that’s never going to happen either. But, at least I was going the speed limit!

Thank you Sego Lily for slowing me down and pampering me up!