Nothing makes me feel more refreshed than a day at the spa. I have not been to the spa since I was about 7 months pregnant with Sophia. My mom surprised me with a maternity massage. If you never had one while pregnant I highly recommend them but consult your doctor prior to getting one.
About a month ago I scheduled a deep tissue massage with my masseuse Ellen and made a first time appointment for a facial as well. I was definitely counting down the days.
On Saturday I was practically running out the door, I was in dire need of a massage. Every since having Sophia my sciatic nerve bothers me, and it never did priory to pregnancy.
Ever since my massage my sciatic nerve has not bothered me at all. Which I am absolutely grateful for, because it is really uncomfortable when it does flair up.
My Advice for first timers getting a massage:
- Find a spa that fits your personal needs. Make sure it is clean, do your research, and read reviews.
- If something makes your feel uncomfortable & or hurts speak up.
- The day of your massage make sure you’re clean and have shaved your legs the night before.
- Wake up at least an hour and a half prior to the massage. I do not recommend drinking coffee. Eat something light.
- Wear clothes that are comfortable.
- Bring a water bottle or two with you. My masseuse recommends drinking a lot of water through out the day after a massage. *Did you know? – When you are getting a massage and your masseuse works a knot out of your muscle, that knot releases a chemical that can give you a headache if you don’t drink enough water. So, bring those water bottles and maybe some tylenol.*
- Put your phone on silent. If you have kids, give your babysitter the number to the spa. My spa will have the receptionist get me if there is a situation at home.
- Do not wear makeup, there is no need.
- Have your hair pulled back
- Relax and enjoy your “me time.”
After my massage came the facial….
Yes, it is a bit intimidating if you never had one before. All I could think was “Jesus what the hell did I get myself into.” Anita who did my facial was amazing. She was very comforting especially if she knew this is the first time you have ever gotten a facial before. I will admit the worst part about the facial with the blackhead extractions, but it was totally worth it. I learned more from her out of an hour session than I have going to a dermatologist on a monthly basis.
I have not had enough facials to “give advice,” but I can tell you…
What I have learned from my facial:
- Drink a lot of water through the day, that will help your skin stay moisturized.
- You have to exfoliate at least once a week, it helps take away dead skin cells, helps your skin breath. There is no point in moisturizing your face if don’t exfoliate.
- Not all exfoliations have to be rough, some are like lotion. That all depends on your skin. That would be determined by your facial appointment, under a UV light.
- Wear an SPF at all times, not the kind you use at the beach. The beach ones are actually to harsh for the skin on your face. (to wear everyday).
- Be prepared to shower when you get home, I was ultra oily afterwords, but my skin felt radiant.
I have scheduled another appointment October 1st, I can’t wait!
Have you ever gotten a facial? If so, what was your experience like?