Pamper Yourself


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:

  1. Find a spa that fits your personal needs. Make sure it is clean, do your research, and read reviews.
  2. If something makes your feel uncomfortable & or hurts speak up.
  3. The day of your massage make sure you’re clean and have shaved your legs the night before.
  4. Wake up at least an hour and a half prior to the massage. I do not recommend drinking coffee. Eat something light.
  5. Wear clothes that are comfortable.
  6. 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.*
  7. 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.
  8. Do not wear makeup, there is no need.
  9. Have your hair pulled back
  10. 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:

  1. Drink a lot of water through the day, that will help your skin stay moisturized.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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?