When was the last time your luxuriated all day in a bathrobe sipping tea or cucumber infused water?
When was the last time you stopped, filled your tub with water and essential oils, got out the candles collecting dust, and soaked for hours?
Spa-days and spa rituals are an important part of self-care and healing.
I am a big spa girl! I commit to spa days at least once per season, and have spa rituals: my birthday, New Year’s Eve and when I travel, especially to tropical destinations.
From Jamaica to Paris, I have relaxed in some pretty fancy spaces and along the way learned more about myself and experience healing lessons.
After two days lounging in the sun, I booked The Ultimate Glow Facial. Prior to my treatment, I lounged in the relaxation room, and took a dip in the hot whirlpools.
My facial consisted of the typical cleansing, exfoliation, mask and massage. The products used were from the French company Decleor.
At the end of the facial my esthetician handed me a mirror to take a look at my skin.
“OMG I’m beautiful” I replied and gave her a big hug.
I was glowing and in a way that I had not seen myself in a long time. Hindsight is always very clear, my glow was part the facial and spa experience and also the trip to Miami, which I booked after a bad break up. I was releasing negativity and despite the pain was in a happy zone.
This was a life changing experience. It was a time when I looked in a mirror sans makeup, hair all messy and saw my true God given beauty.
This was not the first time that I declared I was beautiful. I loved my beauty prior to this moment; however I was somehow always critical of it. I’d look in mirrors and see blemishes or imperfections like the tiny moles growing around my eyes and instead of focusing on my beauty, I focused on my flaws. This time I saw my raw beauty!
I snapped this picture shortly after leaving the spa. It’s one of my all-time favorite pictures. No makeup, just me happy, relaxed and glowing.
Negril Jamaica: Jackie’s on the Reef
My words can’t do the beauty and serenity of this holistic spa justice. It’s a must see bucket list for women who love the islands and healing retreats.
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I was in Jamaica to celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday. After a few days of partying a spa day was needed, so I booked Jackie’s Signature Treatment Body Scrub and a Massage.
Upon arrival I met Jackie. A striking beauty, she asked me a few questions about my life, goals and travel to Jamaica. She advised me to chill out at the resort after my treatments and to read the book “The Power of Now“. Her parting advice was to return home and keep focused on the NOW!
I only spent a day at Jackie’s on the Reef, but the healing I received was forever.
I discuss my experience at Jackie’s on the Reef and the healing Signature Body Scrub treatment that pushed me out of my comfort zones and helped me embrace being naked in from of others.
And also another spa experience while in one of my favorite cities:
Paris, France: Mosquee de Paris, a traditional Hammam (Turkish bath)
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Have you had any healing experiences during spa treatments? Please share in the comments. If you haven’t been to a spa lately, save some money and book a day to release, and enjoy the healing benefits of loving up on yourself!
With you on your journey,