The Body Blitz – A Real Spa Experience

The Body Blitz – A Real Spa Experience
By Nancy Dail

What was it like to dwell in the time of the Roman era and partake in a real Roman Bath experience? Since I do not have a time machine, I might never have known if I had not partaken in the hydro experience at the women only, Body Blitz in Toronto, Canada this past week. Imagine if you will a sea salt water pool with multiple waterfalls spilling from a central flagstone structure and 24 water jets able to massage you underwater. The pool was the size of a regular swimming pool with a circular cold plunge pool on one end and a hot green tea pool on the other end. Lounge chairs lined the long length of the pool and showers headed one end and a water fountain and open lockers were at the other end. The experience included a suggestion for the Therapeutic Waters Circuit. It began with a 5-10 minute sea salt pool soak after, of course, a shower. From the sea salt pool one went into the steam room for 5-10 minutes if you can take the extreme wet heat. Don’t wear glasses as you will instantly not be able to see! The steam is followed by a rinsing shower to remove the toxins and a 1 minute cold plunge. It is recommended that you go in up to your neck to stimulate your thyroid; I would not do this slowly if I were you. It might be construed as torture! Following the cold plunge is relaxation time with rehydrating. It is important to continually replace the water you lose in the circuit. For a more in-depth detoxification, the infrared sauna awaits for roughly 10 minutes. Rinse again and enter the cold plunge pool for another pore seal. Next is the hot green tea pool immersion (for at least 5 minutes) for a further relaxation of muscles and a boost for the immune system. Rinse again and another cold plunge supposedly for a whole minute. Finish off with the sea salt pool for a final relaxation soak and to regain normal body temperature while absorbing minerals from the sea salt immersion. It is recommended that the whole experience be for an hour circuit with a maximum stay of 2 hours. We did complete a medical history prior to the hydro circuit that could have been also used for a massage or shiatsu treatment if we had been so inclined. Contraindications could include a cardiac or respiratory condition, high or low blood pressure, pregnancy, or any other health condition needing a physician’s approval. For additional cost, was a juice and/or tea bar that is available during the spa experience. The result? Ultimate relaxation. I slept really well that night. I can see me being a spa critic traveling from spa to spa – a girl can dream can’t she?

Graduation Speech for Massage Therapists

Graduation Speech Downeast School of Massage January 2011 Class

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money, then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

As a massage therapist then, I would say that we have our work cut out for us. When we advocate for man and woman we can present a reasonable positive perspective of prevention that includes holistic health, compassion, referral, and quality care. We can give our clients opportunity to change and/or relief from pain and stress. It is after all, their treatment, their time on the table, their choice in direction. Our responsibility lies in our representation of ourselves and our profession. Now as graduates, you represent the profession of massage therapy. This is now your vocation – as Thomas Moore says: “In a sense all work is a vocation, a calling from a place that is the source of meaning and identity, the roots of which lie beyond human intention and interpretation.”

We always ask perspective students why they want to come to massage school. Mostly students will say it is because they feel called to this service; they want to help people directly through touch and not just through paperwork. In a way touch releases the work and transcends it to a source of meaning and identity. But there are many paths that you can choose during and after massage school. DSM has provided the experiences to shape your future choices; we have given you a foundation to build on. Education is the concrete you needed – the foundation of your practice. The paths you choose back and forth to the foundation will be up to you.

Whatever path you choose make sure that your soul is involved in your choice.

Quote: Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul: “When the soul is involved, (or inner self), work is not carried out by the ego alone; it arises from a deeper place and therefore is not deprived of passion, spontaneity, and grace.”

If we can but help to reverse the direction of man we have to look at how we practice our work, that we are intentful and present with each client and represent passion and caring. We need to gently help clients to help themselves, reduce their stress so they can take time to assess life and its meaning. Reducing pain, stress, and discomfort is a noble path. Helping man and woman to recognize that they have a whole body, mind, and spirit is a calling.

What path will you take?

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Graduates, I hope that when you assess what you have accomplished at DSM that you have created your own experiences to reflect upon. Your bodies will always remember the hours of sincere intent you have each put into this course and the massage you have received as a result of your class work and each other’s skill. Your experiences in school will help you choose your path for your future and carry you forward to your aspired goals. Although the future is unpredictable, you are not alone. You have bonded with each other with your experiences here. You have a physical and energetic link to each other and to the school. You could no more separate yourself from your memories than a wave could separate itself from the ocean and still be a wave.

Treat your practice and therefore yourself like every day is the dawn of a new day. Let it continually revive your soul and inspire your heart. Anything less is beneath your capabilities. Trust yourselves, your skills and listen to your instincts. Listen to your inner truth that you have been cultivating here. Have confidence in your abilities, you have proven yourselves here. Experience will now be your teacher. I trust that should you need our support here at DSM, you will reach out to us. Graduation is a beginning, not an ending. It is time to share your gifts with others. Good luck. It has been a privilege to work with you. May the path you choose make all the difference.

Congratulations graduates!!
Nancy Dail
Director Downeast School of Massage