Self-Care Challenge (Day 348): Relaxing at the Spa

Christmas Tree at The Salish Lodge in 2016

Yesterday morning I spent a couple of hours at the Salish Spa. It’s just a short drive from my house, making it a convenient destination for a spa treatment every once in a while. I’ve visited many spas over the years, some while vacationing and some in the various cities that I’ve lived, but only a few of them really stand out. What makes them distinct is the overall feeling of the place: the layout of the space, the decor, the location, the energy of the people who work there.

The Salish Spa is one of those places, and it certainly didn’t hurt that their holiday decorations were in full grandeur.

After a much-needed moisturizing facial, I headed over to the saltwater hot bath to soak and relax for a bit. As I sat there surrounded by steam, I peered out the windows at the snow-covered trees blowing in the distance. And I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

I could feel my tension dissipate, floating away with the circulating water. With no distractions left to steal my attention, I had to face the truth that most of my worries are self-created. Sometimes it’s moments like these that we find the most clarity and perspective.

Surprisingly, this little excursion wasn’t as expensive as you might thing. Early morning appointments during the week are much cheaper than evenings and weekends, which also means it’s less busy. (Being the only person in the sauna made my visit even more blissful.)

By simply trading in the cost of a $5 coffee every work-day, you could easily afford an experience like this every month.


How do you make time for relaxation?

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