I really suck at taking time for myself. I usually ignore my own needs and focus on getting other things done, or I find myself concentrating on everyone else’s needs. This holiday season, I’m vowing to change that. An hour to myself – especially an hour spent on a massage table – is going to revive my holiday spirit. Or at least, when I book an appointment at Revival Massage and Bodyworks, I hope it will.
When I arrive for my treatment, I walk into a lovely waiting room and am immediately introduced to owners Jessica Lavoie and Morgan Woodard. Morgan asks me if I want to select a few upgrades for my massage. I choose the hot stone massage as well as an aromatherapy session, opting for lavender, a scent that I can’t seem to get enough of.
Morgan takes me into the room where my massage will be and asks me about what she should work on. I tell her that I carry my stress in my back, and, to make matters worse, I had slept wrong and had been in pain all morning. I get onto the massage table and take a deep breath. Morgan hasn’t even started the massage, and I find myself starting to relax. The room is just that calming. With dark colors on the walls juxtaposed with soft lighting, it’s easy to start getting into my comfort zone. I close my eyes as a soft music begins to fill the room. Then I’m hit with the smell of lavender, my aromatherapy add-on doing just the trick. I breathe in and out, letting the scent consume me.