Self-care is earning a very good name for itself, and even when visiting the Adirondacks, no one is immune to the necessity of such a rich practice.
Whether it be a yoga class, an outdoor adventure, a massage, a journaling session, a slow cup of tea or a few moments curled up with a good book, there are so many ways to practice self-care these days. As of recent, I have been prioritizing three self-care moments a day, no matter how brief, and let me tell you, it's made a world of difference. I not only feel more grounded, but I feel like I have much more to give to others in my home and work life.
Just a few weeks ago, on your average Wednesday, the highlight of my daily self-care moments was a Signature Ampersand Massage at the Ampersand Spa in Saranac Lake’s Hotel Saranac. I had never been, but judging from my experience, that streak is long finished.
Even though their showers and steam room are closed for safety of patrons and staff during these pandemic days, from the start I knew I was in for a moment of self-care to remember thanks to the sweet spa slippers and fuzzy robe on a chilly damp day. Once cozied up, I made my way to the lounge where I found the comfiest couch to curl up on while I awaited my masseuse; I thought to myself, "self-care moments have definitely looked worse."
When the massage therapist came to find me, I couldn't imagine having been met by a sweeter soul. Kenzie spoke sweetly and softly and together we made our way to the space where I'd be receiving my 80 minute Signature Ampersand Massage. The room was cozy and seemingly worlds away from any worries I had had prior to arriving just 15 minutes ago, and as soon as I slipped into the heated sheets, they drifted even further. And before long the Signature Ampersand Massage proved to be the definition of relaxation.
Maybe it was the cross-country ski I had taken earlier that day, or maybe it was the hinoki wood and aloe enrichment, but the foot ritual that marked the beginning of the massage was so soothing I felt near sleep within minutes. The massage itself flowed between the soothing of warmed towels and Kenzie's strong, but beautifully gentle, touch. My favorite part was the CBD neck and shoulder enhancement, needless to say, because who isn't sore from hunching over their virtual desk for the past 12 months? I felt my entire neck and shoulder crest relax in a way I haven't experienced in months.
I couldn't believe it had already been 80 minutes when Kenzie gently whispered "thank you for today's session, Anna," (honestly, I'm surprised I heard her, I thought for sure I was asleep), but I slowly wrapped into my robe and made my way back to the lounge where I enjoyed some tea and a few more moments of zen before releasing myself back into reality.
Although I could have sat there forever, day-dreaming into the fireplace in front of me, I knew the commitments were calling and it was time to go. Off I went to teach my weekly virtual yoga class, and you know what? That was one of the best yoga classes I have taught in months because I had taken time to fill my cup first.
Self-care isn't selfish. Be good to yourself. Prioritize self-care.
I am so thankful that I began the practice of prioritizing self-care each day, and I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to encourage you to do the same through yoga, and these types of testimonials that advocate for my favorite medicine: self-care.
If you’re in the Adirondacks this spring wanting a solo spa day, a girlfriend getaway, or even a bachelorette celebration or romantic weekend, don’t miss an opportunity for a self-care moment to remember. Choose from an entire menu of treatments on Ampersand Spa’s website here and take advantage of mud and twig season to stay serene despite the sogginess of the outdoors. Some of their treatments even partner with the delicious Campfire Grill just upstairs from their location.
Love yourself friends, I love you. xo