Self Care Saturday

Because I’ve been talking about self care since my October Cure Challenge. And it’s my Word for the Year. And it helps to have some accountability. Each Saturday will share my latest self care indulgence—a recipe, a practice, an indulgence, a ritual… who knows! I’d love to hear about your favs too. Let’s take care of ourselves first so we can take care of each other better.


The highs on the roller coaster this week were pretty darn high.

There was the brilliant marketing strategy call with Kelly (code: Copylicious), there was the call with Hiro, there were all the great yoga classes I attended (which, turns out, is oh-so fun!).

But the winner of Self Care Saturday is….. (drumroll please…)

Monday afternoon girl time with Madeleine at Happy Day Spa for a $20 “foot” massage.

Before the good stuff, some disclaimers:

  • Their website is awful.
  • The place itself is a trip—super Don Juan mood lighting, huge room with 20+ Levitz clearance center lazy boys in a big circle (which is where the magic happens).
  • The people in the chairs look more dead that relaxed, but you soon realize why.
  • There’s not a lot of English happening there, so if you want more or less pressure you’d better find out the code words beforehand.
  • They are not particularly gentle. There’s a lot of hitting, slapping, cupping. (And I liked it. A lot.)
  • And it’s not a “foot” massage as in wink wink, it’s actually an almost-whole body massage with your clothes on. In a lazy boy.

So. Did I say it was $20? But did I tell you that it was an hour? Actually a touch over.

Now, you might have some guilt about that. I did. Briefly.

But Madeleine (who was buying in honor of my bday) tipped %50. And that felt good. And her masseuse was excited (ten dalla!!)

Ok, so imagine:

You get there. They take you into the Don Juan room. They put your feet in a bucket of warm water.

They recline you all the way back in your super-cushy clearance center lazy boy.

(And even if they’d done nothing else, up to this point was worth $20.)

There’s a synthesized, elevator version of Elton John’s Sacrifice streaming through the sound system.

Your massage person (there were both male and female) starts with a little head/neck/face/shoulder massage. Nice.

Then the arms and hands. Real nice.

Then the feet and legs. For about 35 minutes.

Then they sit you up and go back to the neck and do some Thai-like stretching and down along the spine.

And then they thank you, there is some awkward laughing, and you’re done.


Of course, some practitioners are better than others. Madeleine has been about 10 times and said this time, Jennifer, was the best.

Go with a friend, top with lunch afterward at Boon Boon and it just might be the best thing you do all week. It certainly was for me.


8 Responses to “Self Care Saturday”

  1. 1 alicia February 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    awesome! i was hoping to go do this yesterday, but i wasn’t well enough. maybe monday…. :-)

  2. 2 blogasana February 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    @alicia – if you ever want company… =)

  3. 3 Kelley March 1, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Your disclaimers are RIGHT ON the money! I only wish I had been a little slower on the uptake and waited for this post (not that I knew it was coming) before hitting Happy Day Spa on Friday with my 13 year old daughter Julia. It was, of course, her first experience with a massage and perhaps not the one she should have opened with….PLUS, she got a man so that was even worse AND we had no idea what to expect. I have to admit, I was a little curious as to ‘what happens next? what are these recliners about? why is there an old man snoring loudly in the recliner two over? could the bucket of water my feet are in be any hotter? did she really just POP my big toe? and god I hope Julia understands what’s going on!’ It was actually pretty funny in retrospect. Maybe I’ll go back to Jennifer next time and see what happens. Can’t beat $20 for this experience.

    • 4 blogasana March 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm

      hahahahahahaaaa! oh my gosh kelley, you are so funny. i bet this will end up being one of your favorite/most funny memories together (after she’s had some therapy and a “real” massage). (btw, when are you starting a blog? you are hilarious and we need more kelley in our lives!) xo

  4. 5 Kelly Parkinson March 2, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Okay, now I HAVE to come to Sacramento for a Happy Day $20 Foot Massage! How can I resist the Don Juan mood lighting and Levitz clearance center lazy boys?

    • 6 blogasana March 2, 2010 at 11:35 pm

      i know! and then we can go to yoga class! (which will be totally non cheesy will not use synthesized elevator music)

  5. 7 Kelley March 3, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Anything I should know about Wilbur before I try them out at your recommendation? Just hoping for full disclosure. (giggle)

    I would love to write a blog but deep down I’m a big pessimist and most of the time the sky is falling. That doesn’t sound like a great blog to me. I do have some ideas though so maybe….maybe just not as many posts as you do. We’ll see.

    • 8 blogasana March 3, 2010 at 9:58 pm

      full “disclosure”… hmmm.

      it’s a small place – just 3 soaking tubs (the tubs are long/big), one “hot tub” and the very emerald green pool. i’ve only been during the week when it’s probably not as busy. take your own food, you can use their kitchen. it’s kinda spendy for a day trip – or at least i thought so this time… basically $50. both times i’ve been there have been mostly couples, and most older, wrinkly couples =) and… both times there was at least one looky-loo who i wanted to stick my tongue out at and say ‘never seen boobs before, or what?’ it think the pics on their website make it look a little nicer than it is. i mean, it’s fine, it’s just not fancy. which isn’t the vibe of that sort of thing, i suppose.

      hope that helps.

      oh, and on the blog… i think your perspective would be brilliant…mostly because you’d be saying what everyone else is thinking and they’d be like, OH THANK GOD she said that.

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