Thursday, April 20, 2006

Relax with me...

Have you ever had a massage? I know some people who would never consider letting a stranger touch their bare skin in such an intimate way. Personally, I love massages. A good massage therapist can practically send me to heaven on the table--or to sleep. I like chair massages, too. They're cheaper, often $1 per minute, and you can get them in the oddest places, like outdoors during a festival or in the middle of a mall. My favorite place to get chair massages is at the WRW Retreat in Harper's Ferry. I'm heading there next weekend and can't wait! They use this thing called a "Thumper" and it totally releases all the tension in my back.

I've been trying meditation lately, something I used to do in yoga class during college, but it's hard for me to completely relax by just lying still. I've got the meditation on my ipod and the music is great, but my body remains tense and I have to keep shooing my to-do list away.

A year or so ago, we put a Jacuzzi tub in our bathroom (along with tiles, new sink, etc). It's the most luxurious part of the house. Turn on those bubbles and turn off the world. I usually take a book in with me, but half the time don't read it. Just close my eyes and float in the water. Bliss. Then I think back to being in the hot tub with my hubby in Jamaica, just the two of us, overlooking the beach. Ahhh.

So I want you to tell me your most relaxing memory. Out of those of you who post comments, I'll pick a winner to give a copy of The Zodiac Series GEMINI. And have you heard that the entire Zodiac Series is coming out in trade paperback soon? GEMINI will be part of the Air anthology. I'll be checking back soon for your comments!

And don't forget to check out my revamped web site! You'll find my latest giveaway on the News Page.



Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

Our nephew lives in our shed (full bathroom, loft, appliances). He's a licensened massage therapist. Auntie Darragha shouts at the back door...oh, Jake! My shoulders hurt!

And a few mintues later...I get a massage! It works for me!

9:12 AM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

When I was younger and thinnner **gg** I ran marathons. Okay, I was slow but I did manage to finish. Anyway, after running a ½ marathon, which I was using for a training run, I enjoyed a free massage courtesy of a local massage therapist and it was heavenly! I didn't want to leave the table!


10:11 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Y. said...

I have never had a massage, but I did do a yoga class once in college. It was pretty relaxing. I need to relax more (I tend to get stressed easily and have migraines). I ususally relax by curling up in bed with a good book. I have always done this even as a kid and will probably always will. I don't really have a "most relaxing moment."

10:37 AM  
Blogger LISA WILLIAMS said...

My most relaxing moment was up at a friend's cottage. I sat outside on their deck with no kids around and just read a book quietly. AAAHHH peace and quiet.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Deborah Chan said...

I have to agree with you about massages. They are great and I try to have a massage every 3 months. It definitely helps me with stress.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Cherie said...

I have had massages before and they are a wonderful. What a great way to relax and feel all that tension ooze away. I am also a big fan of jacuzzi's. For our 5th wedding anniversary last year hubby and I went to a bed and breakfast for a few nights while my sister and mother watched our toddler son. The suite we were in had a jacuzzi tub for two. In the evenings we would soak together and we could feel the tension just leave our bodies. Those were some great nights! It was hard to leave.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Shuck Ying said...

I have tried a couple of different types of massage. I recommend to anyone to get the therapeutic/swedish massage..they do loose you up and relax you. A stone massage is a waste of time and money. Aroma masssage is basically a swedish massage with scented oils.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

my most relaxing moment...hmmmm, how about one of them?

we were on a family vacation and had arrived in glacier national park in montana mid morning. surrounded by majestic, snow capped mountains, eagles soaring overhead, i sat at the edge of a glacier fed lake.

my toes dangling in the sun warmed water at the surface. my skin kissed by a gentle breeze which rustled the reeds close by, creating a symphony of sounds, puncuated by the distance cry of a coyote.


at peace.

surrounded by nature at it's most beautiful, i spent several hours just being.


11:34 AM  
Blogger snowflake said...

I have to go with facials and body massage. I could go to sleep under the therapist's ministrations. LOL

12:13 PM  
Blogger Shara Lanel said...

Wow, I go away to grocery shop and come back to a bunch of messages--awesome!

Darragha, I envy you! I've tried to get the dh to take massage classes, but so far he won't hear of it--not that he's bad with the massage without the classes. *g*

Vanessa, So there is a great reward for running a 1/2 marathon, huh? I used to run 10Ks and would occasionally get trophies for being the youngest runner.

Jennifer, Yoga is great. I just need to lose some more weight before I'll feel comfortable doing some of the poses. A good book is perfect!


12:57 PM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

I'd love to get a massage. I was walking the strip (not working the strip!) in Vegas and came upon a large group of people getting outdoor massages.
My most relaxing moments are right after I have really good sex.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Shara Lanel said...

Eek, having problems with my little icon pic. Hopefully I've fixed.

Lisa, sitting on a deck with no kids sounds marvelous!

Deborah, I agree.

Cherie, a jacuzzi for two would be wonderful. My dh and I used to stuff ourselves into the bathtub together. After eleven years, the novelty seems to have worn off. *g*


1:03 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

I have never had a massage, but I do have a gift certificate for one. Guess I better get that appointment made! I have had a couple of reflexology appointments that were very relaxing.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Shara Lanel said...

Shuck, I have tried the aroma massage and didn't think the added scent was worth the added money. I also got a hot stone thing from hubby one year, but after a while it just seemed to complicated to bother with.

Michelle, Are you a writer by chance? ;-) Sounds excellent!

Jennybrat, I tried a facial last summer. It was fun until she determined that she needed to get rid of some blackheads. Ouch!

Mel, Yes, good sex tops the list. Not so-so sex, but GOOD sex!


1:07 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Y. said...

I just need to lose some more weight before I'll feel comfortable doing some of the poses.

Shana: That was my main problem with yoga...I was not comfortable doing some of the poses. I was too self-conscious which made relaxing completely a bit difficult.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Shara Lanel said...

Jodi, Reflexology, huh? They offer that at the place I get my massages at, but I haven't tried it. It's worth the money then? And yes, either set your appt or pass that gift cert. along to me ;-)


1:09 PM  
Blogger Shara Lanel said...

Jennifer, You could also try tai chi. I've taken classes in that a couple of times. First you have to get comfortable with the movements, then you work on flow. But it's all upright and slow, gentle movement. It's supposed to be awesome exercise too.


1:11 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Y. said...

We did Tai Chi in my World Religions class in college (my professor was really into it). It was kind of relaxing...hmm...might have to try it. My problem is I am too self-conscious to exercise with others.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Pamk said...

They used to give us free chair massages at our company picnic. I usually tried to go with they weren't busy and they would massage until someone else come up. Only supposed to be 10 min I usually got at least 20 minutes. lol It helped that I did their paychecks rofl

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yoga meditation. I can do it anywhere and I feel wonderful afterwards.

Little Lamb Lost

7:36 PM  

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