GREECE HOLIDAY! SPA HOUR CRINGE

Hello all!

I went to Crete in Greece.

For a week.

Thought i’d just dive right in there with that one haha.  The picture was from my balcony. 😀 Just, awesome.

It was my first ever abroad holiday! I had a lot of firsts this past week while on holiday too. Let’s see…. I had my first spa experience. Which was a little bit cringy to start with… I had my first flight experience, my belly flipped on the way there, so bad… so bad. My first water park experience that was cool! And my first ever 40 degrees experience – I’ve discovered the heat makes me more tired.

Anyway, I wanted to just have a quick update about what I’ve been up to and this post will be about my spa experience.

It all began by the pool with my friends on holiday, a kind lady came up and asked about whether we would like to try a sample of her products from her spa menu. We ageed and decided it would be fun. We sat there for a good half hour trying these products. She was very nice and her English was spot on. We all could communicate well with her, which helps haha. We agreed we would go for a treatment and she gave us a really good deal for 2 treatments each. We booked in when we wanted to go, we all decided on a facial and a body scrub. Me being me, was awkward, and chose a different facial to everyone else so I had to have a specific time, so that they could prepare for me. Typical me. 

Day of the Spa treatment

You are probably thinking, oh this is boring, it’s just normal and not cringy at all.

Bear with me.

The day of the treatment I had been talking to my friends about it and they were concerned about undressing. I had reassured them that when I asked the spa manager she told me it was okay to keep our bathing suits on, so our bikinis would be fine. With this knowledge I was at ease going in. As I’m not the type to just whip of my clothes in front of strangers – ahem –

So, me and a friend went in together but we were in seperate rooms (they only had 2 rooms available at one time). I waddled into one, she the other, and it was fine. Until it wasn’t.

The masseuse, lady, person… you can tell this was my first spa treatment already. Is it okay for me to call her a masseuse… that’s what she is right? Right!? *inward panic*

Er, anyway, she handed me a one use thong, thingy, and if you can, imagine me standing there staring at her blankly, holding this thin piece of cloth between my thumb and index finger. Thinking “what the…?!”

Let me also point out, her English was not as good as the managers.

*Picture this* You’ve got me looking at her and her looking at me. And then, she just walks out the room for me to get changed. I stand there just staring at the cloth and look around the room thinking, do I just do it? Shall I wear it and just be uncomfortable for the treatments? Or am i meant to put this on over my bikini bottoms? Wait! Wait, that’s just silly, don’t do that…. and so on and so on. Until she comes back and literally says –

“No, no get changed.” and points to the meterial in my hands.

I respond with, “Sorry but the lady said I could wear this?” And I point to my bikini top and bottoms.

She replies with “Yes, but this!” and points to the cloth item again, and leaves the room.

By this point, I am utterly confused. What on Earth does she want me to do? I’ve just told her I was allowed to wear my bikini and she just agreed but still wants me to put this on?!

Oh….kay….

I can feel myself getting a bit uncomfortable by this point as I slowly bend down to put the material over my bikini bottoms.

This isn’t… right.

I frown about to take the thong piece off, when the masseuse suddenly comes in again.

“Ah, ummm, is this… is this right?” I point, nervously feeling very silly at this point.

“No!” She exclaims, “need this off, this on” various pointing motions and she is about to leave again.

I hurriedly take the thong off leaving my bikini bottoms still in place.

“But I was meant to keep this on, I was told I was allowed to.” I feel my face flush.

“Okay you can, come on” She says, almost sighing.

I don’t know if it was me, but her tone felt like one of annoyance. I was embarrased and nervous. So I just told her “If you need to, you can take the back off, when i’m lying down” I point to my back straps.

“Okay” She replies, “Lie – down” I follow her instructions.

I felt really awkward during the body scrub. It was hard for me to relax. I felt I had offended her, which is probably really british of me. But I couldn’t help it. I would’ve thought the manager would have let her assistants know…. As I lay down she took the straps off a bit forcefully, and I couldn’t help but make a face. Luckily my head was facing down through the hole so she couldn’t see me.

I laid there for a good 30 – 40 minutes unable to move, being increasingly uncomfortable whilst also trying to relax. Ugh. Going over all the questions and what just happened in my head. One question I had was “Should I make conversation?!” Now I don’t know about you, but if you’ve not been in this situation before it’s kinda hard to work out what would be socially acceptable… I decided to use the logic of, ‘I think it’s like the hairdressers but a bit more strict – don’t try to make conversation unless they do.’ I went with that and it seemed okay.

Turns out I was just over thinking again! Staying quiet is good. Noted.

After the body scrub, she said she was done and I got up a bit too quickly as I emerged from my thoughts and anxiety and said “alright?!” But what actually came out was “orrrightt?!” … I went momentarily very ‘Somerset’  (umm think farmer voice if you aren’t sure what I mean). I cursed inwardly at being abrupt with my response, however this seemed to have broken some tension as she giggled and said I can go for my shower now.

Phew.

She told me not to get my bikini wet and to put it up on the side, I told her I could do that bit at least. And she laughed. I don’t mind if she was laughing at me, I was just relieved to break the tension properly.

After I got out of the shower it was time for the face mask treatment. It was a lot nicer, and I felt a lot more relaxed and a bit sleepy by the time she finished.

The treatments on the whole were lovely, and I’m sure i’m not the first to make a silly mistake like that. Regarding the fact it was my first spa treatment and language barriers can make things a bit tougher.

I think i’d have a face treatment again, but i’d probably pass on the body scrub. Even if it did make me all soft and smoove… I don’t think I could go through that again, ha!

Later that day….

I heard that my friends went through very similar, quite awkward, experiences too. Some chose to go along with it, others felt really awkward and tried to negotiate items of clothing that could stay on. I was the only one to say “no” completely. Ooops. Oh well! At least it wasn’t just me with the awkward experience! I can always count on my friends to be just as awkward lol! ❤

 

Until the next time ~  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Of Tea and Muffins

Hello again reader, and friend/s (just incase)

The events of this week are as follows:

1) Wake up

2) Go to work + work butt off

3) Go home

4) Eat and get ready for the day ahead

5) Sleep

*Repeat until Friday night.

– Ah, the working.

Working, is great. People get bored of their job, I don’t. Probably never will. The only part of the job I don’t like is not being able to be at home. Haha, sounds lazy I know. But when you aren’t working, you get to do everything you want to do. There is no schedule – except eating and sleeping. Even then you can decide. However I have found at work that I can have a cuppa tea whenever I want. So… It’s not all that bad.

After trying desperately to get a job, and it being the job I’ve always wanted, sure the pay isn’t fantastic but what you get out of it is good. Thus, it’s worth it in the end.

Yet it’s nice to have a moment to relax and to come online and just waffle on about nothing in particular. These brief moments is something I miss in my working week especially. Even on the weekends I don’t seem to stop. I ask – where’s my “me” time?!”

It’s good, if I’m honest to keep busy and get things done. It just makes these moments even more special and I’m glad I get to share it with you.

It’s 3:45pm, when I last looked at the clock it was 1pm. This shows how busy I have been, on a weekend as well. I always seem to find myself helping other people with their endeavours…I don’t know about you reader, but it’s nice to do someone an unexpected kindness every once in a while. My dad is now looking for a new job. He’s not the spring chicken he once was so I offered to help him out. It just takes some of the stress off of him. I never once thought when I was younger that I’d be helping my father out with something like this, or anything at all for that matter. (Another story.) Just goes to show you what forgiveness can do and also what growing up can do to a person.

It doesn’t take a lot, to do something kind for someone else like this. Even if you don’t know them. If they look like they are having a hard time or even struggling with their shopping. It’s kind to lend a hand if you can. Worst case scenario – they say no. But that’s okay, at least you’ve checked and don’t need to worry about them. Maybe you don’t worry anyway because you don’t notice? Step back and take a look at what’s going on around you. There’s a bigger picture to see, and you might be able to do something good. Not only will helping them make them happy, but it will make you feel good too! The plus side being, it’s not like having to work or do a chore to help someone who needs it. It’s actually a stress relief.

Back to the point, it’s good to have a little bit of “me” time. Don’t you think? During the week I get so little of it. As people are either calling or coming to me and asking me for help, advice or just to hang out. I wouldn’t change it for the world. Despite this though, I can’t help but enjoy a cup of tea and a blueberry muffin all to myself, on my own, watching something good on my laptop that I’m interested in at the moment. (At the moment, it’s re-watching Black Books – lovin’ it!) Curling up in my many blankets and just relaxing for an hour. It’s just… nice. No stress, no worries just me and whatever I feel like doing. Might even be reading a book. (I’m tackling the Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine at the moment. Onto the second book! – I don’t mean to advertise but if you are interested in that kind of book, I recommend it! Go check it out!)

If you don’t get any “me” time, ask yourself “why not?” It’s good for you and your mind to have that time for yourself. You shouldn’t feel bad for wanting time alone. Or even if you don’t like to be on your own for a while it’s good to try it. It gives you that balance back, leaves you alone with your thoughts. You can work things out in your mind, look through things properly without being interrupted. Also it let’s you do what YOU want to do without having to go along with someone else’s schedule.

It’s tough if you have a family of your own to make time, but it’s not impossible. Take turns with the children, your other half or if you are on your own – a trustworthy adult will be able to look after your children for an hour or two while you relax your stress from the week away. It’s healthy for body, mind and soul for you to take an opportunity to do it, so why not?!

Also if you have a partner and you live together, again it’s not impossible to have time alone. In fact both individuals should have some time alone to themselves once in a while. I personally – you may disagree – think it’s unhealthy to be in each others “pockets” 24/7. Being at work, doesn’t count! I’m talking about complete alone time. No ifs or buts on this one.

So from this moment on, I would like you dear reader, to liberate yourself if you aren’t doing so already to take an hour or two back for yourself. Claim it, own it, it is yours to do whatever you see fit! Been busy all week? Take time to relax. Or go for a walk or bike ride. Let your mind relax and not worry about anything for a while. Re-charge that mind of yours!

Drink some tea… eat a muffin. It’s all good to me.

Thanks for reading

Until the next time ~

Picture from – http://www.adagio.com/images2/custom_blends/305.jpg (such a tasty picture, kudos to the person who took this)