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I survived and thrived from my first Spa Day.
Benefiting from an impromptu stop at the Monterey Visitor’s Center, I found a coupon for the Vista Blue Spa at the Monterey Plaza. I got a complimentary 25-minute hydrotherapy treatment. Sweet!
A quick look at their brochure revealed this was a $60 deal. Even sweeter!
They had three different options: (1) a calming bath with seaweed extract, (2) a lavender rose and grape seed bath and (3) one with arnica, rosemary, and other oils for muscle tension relief.
Let’s fast-forward. I got none of that. My “private hydrotherapy ritual” was really just a bathtub with bubbles. I had a little tray with fresh fruit and some tea. I also had a good view of the bay. And jets. That was nice. But in NO WAY was that worth $60.
But it was free, which means that I’ll count it as a blessing.
Next on my spa agenda was a custom massage.
Considering it was my first-ever, I thought it best route instead of saying, give me the Deep Tissue. Oh, and I got a pineapple papaya exfoliation.
The results were POSITIVE! I wasn’t in intolerable pain. My back and neck survived. I didn’t have to hold my breath or breathe through the hurt. Though, there was one hiccup. My forearms. They hurt. Weird, right?
So, now that I’ve had a spa experience, I’m ready for another one. I want to be wrapped in something, ooh, or some hot stones. Who’s in?
PHOTOS: View of Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa on Cannery Row and their hydrotherapy room.
- Spa Day at Vista Blue in Monterey (Viva Me)
This morning I’m going to cross off the massage from my list of to-dos. I’ve never gotten one and the main reason is that I’m a wimp. Sure, my shoulders carry a lot of stress but just rubbing them out hurts so much. I squirm in massage chairs. I flinch every time my manicurist gives me a little arm massage.
Actually, she was the one who once said I was crazy. How would I be able handle full-body massage here? With a little liquid courage, maybe?? At 8 a.m.?
To be determined…