I don’t think these takeaways are going to be what you expected, but I 100% think they are worth sharing. And my hope is that you would be challenged to learn something from them. The verdict up front is that you need a wellness weekend at some point in your life, preferable near nature.
I knew nature was important to me, that it humbled me and that I need it in my life. But it really does leave me speechless. And I think this phenomenon is relaxing to me. It’s calming, and comforting, and keeps me in the present. All things that the wellness hotel couldn’t quite do. But that the cable car to the top of the mountain nailed on the head. It was a perfect accompaniment to our wellness weekend.
Human touch is powerful. Foam rolling and self myofascial release practices are great, but when someone else does body work on you, it allows you to practice relaxation. My body is tight, has knots, and needs massage therapy, probs on the regular. Which I intend to experience in Thailand.
This time around we both opted for sport massages. So they were on the more aggressive side. But even so, we left in an ooey gooey state and we headed to the mineral pools in hopes of prolonging the relaxation.
Even at the hotel, I took the gorgeous lighting and complementary bathrobe as an opportunity to conduct a photoshoot for a product I was planning to post about. I didn’t stay in a pool or sauna for longer than 15 minutes, and it was a #struggle to ACTUALLY turn off my brain. The only time I felt that my body went from sympathetic to parasympathetic was during sleep, and our massage.
This anomaly comes from self worth issues. Doesn’t everything? I felt that somehow I didn’t deserve this. Or that I should feel guilty for pampering myself. It pains and honestly embarrassed me to write that. But it’s the truth. And something I fully intend to work on. Because it was an awesome weekend, and great experience.
I realize these can sound rather cynical. Which is not my intent. In fact I wish a weekend like this upon each and every one of you. Because you deserve to practice self care, investing in yourself, and feeling pampered.
This was our first stay at a wellness resort, and it won’t be our last. It did not suck, and it was worth every penny.
If you ever find yourself in Eastern Europe, you should make your way down to Slovakia and stay at The Grandhotel Praha.
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