My husband started a Mother’s Day spa tradition three years ago, and I’m not about to let this one go.
You see, when it comes to this day set aside for moms, the festivity usually consists of brunch, a bouquet, and a bevy of well wishes. I don’t know if all the other moms out there are satisfied with the typical trappings of their holiday. I hope they are.
Maybe I’m not like other moms, or maybe other moms just don’t admit it, but here’s the truth: on Mother’s Day, all I really want is to be left alone. Now, don’t get me wrong–I love my children and my husband more than anyone else in the world–but a real holiday for me would not consist of 80 million trips to the potty, sticky fingers all over clean jeans, and constant demands for more juice, more Dora, more something. (Is it obvious I’m a mother of preschoolers?!)
I don’t think I’m alone in this. Moms love their kids, but moms also love a break. And a Swedish massage has become the pampering of choice on my day, Mother’s Day. I don’t require 24 hours of solitude, but an afternoon massage certainly does wonders for my body and spirit. It’s nice, for those precious 55 minutes, to not be Mom. It’s nice to just be. Then I can return home refreshed, ready to give a little more, ready to be Mom again.
Now I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way, since I’ve just been surfing spa sites that market their services specifically for moms on their day. Check out some of the specialty offerings available:
• Betty Dain Creations in Miami, FL, wraps mom up in its plush Cloud 9 microfiber spa wrap packaged with a Spongelle soap-infused sponge or a spa canvas tote bag.
• Viridian Day Spa in Mount Pleasant, SC, offers a special spa journey for moms, including an herbal healing massage and facial, lunch, special notes sent in from family members, and a spa gift.
• Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, TX, hosts mother/daughter getaways five times a year. These weeklong sessions include discussions on communication skills, body image, self-esteem, and deciphering dreams.
• Zents in Denver, CO, has introduced new scents into its signature massage, manicure, and pedicure products, as well as candles. For moms, Zents offers sun, a scent that is said to evoke feelings of home.
• For expecting moms, the Belly Imprint spa-at-home kit from Belly Vita in Chicago, IL, provides an opportunity to create a lasting piece of art to cherish long after baby arrives.
This past Mother’s Day, I enjoyed a long, luxurious massage (and a steam shower, and a paraffin hand treatment…). And maybe I won’t wait until next Mother’s Day to do it again. Hmm…
Thanks to all the hard-working spa professionals who make mommy pampering possible!