27, 06, 2017
As someone such as myself who gets 4-5 workouts in during the week, while doing my best to eat healthier by bringing in more veggies and making it a huge point to cook more than eating outside, I sometimes forget that relaxation is a key factor too when it comes to our overall health and well-being. I’ve been into meditation for awhile, and as surprising as it may sound I haven’t further explored other methods of it or really ever thought of massage being a form of it as well. Getting massages regularly not only feel amazing, but they’re proven to alleviate stress, improve flexibility and circulation, lower blood pressure, strengthen your immune system, and help you get better sleep.
I was kindly invited over by Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa to experience their signature Hot Stone Massage at their Pickering location (they have 20 locations to choose from across Ontario). I was very nervous going in because I’ve only had two massages done in the past and both were unsatisfying — so unsatisfying that it took me many years and the courage to decide if I wanted to go through with another massage again. In general, the Hand & Stone’s website is very easy to navigate and informative that it gave me a sense of reassurance that this was a place I could trust. When I arrived at my appointment everyone was very welcoming and greeted me at the door. I always find it special when a business doesn’t treat you like a stranger or just another customer. Initially I was asked to be seated in their bright open-spaced waiting room to fill out a consent form. I’m kind of a slow person when it comes to filling out any form but the staff were patient and friendly when I had questions to ask.
The calm and warm ambiance of the massage room made it really pleasant to walk into. My certified RMT, Holly, lead the way and was absolutely amazing. She didn’t rush anything and took her time to give me a thorough consultation on the benefits of a hot stone massage. She also went though the procedure and what to expect, and asked where I usually experience any aches or pains so that she could target and focus more on those areas. I really didn’t know what to expect but hot stone massages are perfect for those who suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis or other chronic pain. Aside from Holly’s skills, I really admired how knowledgeable she was. Her obvious passion for her job shined and that’s exactly what I love to see in people, especially those who are going to give me an amazing massage! Perhaps “amazing” is an understatement because the massage I received was like no other.
I’ve never had the urge to fall asleep during a massage, but Holly worked her magic and I had a very hard time trying to stay awake! The feeling of the hot stones on my back was extremely smoothing and relaxing. The heat from the stones really penetrated deeply and just hit all the areas that needed some more attention. I find it really unfair that I can’t just have a hot stone massage done before I go to sleep every night and when I wake up every morning as well — a girl can dream! Afterwards, Holly asked me to flip over onto my back, and that’s when she really got into the nooks and crannies of my neck and shoulders area. I admit this part wasn’t all pleasant, and that’s only because I haven’t gotten massages regularly and had many knots to deal with from sitting at a chair for long periods of time (#bloggerlife). The massage was exactly what my body needed though.
When the massage was [sadly] over, every joint on my back was absolutely relaxed, and I felt my mind at ease as well. After my experience with Hand & Stone I’ve realized that I really need to make it a point to treat my body to amazing massages more often. On an everyday basis we are always pushing both our body and minds to limits, and I believe this is something that we should incorporate more into our lifestyle. If you would like to experience Hand & Stone they have promotions coming up in July. New customers can try out their Introductory Massage or Facial Services for $64.99 (regularly priced at $99.95). Be sure to check out their full list of services here as well. I definitely see myself making another appointment soon!
A big thanks goes out to Holly, Michael, and the rest of the Hand & Stone staff for such a pleasant experience there!