I wouldn’t say that I’m necessarily injury prone, but I’ve definitely experienced my fair share athletic setbacks. Throughout my sports career, I was sidelined with knee problems, stiff neck, and multiple muscle spasms in my upper back. If I were smart, I would’ve taken better precautions to prevent these things from happening. But, I was stubborn and played through, figuring that I’d deal with the issues later when the pain was actually affecting me.
Horrible idea. Just as all my coaches had warned me, my injuries ended up creating serious hurdles in my adult life and fitness routine. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that I can do about it now, except to slow down and listen to my body. I’m not competing anymore so there’s no need to try and be a hero during a typical workout at the gym.
One of the steps that I’ve made in my journey to taking care of my body is making time to relax. Massages are an excellent way to do this and Equinox offer a variety of services that run the gamut for relaxation. Most people (including myself before I joined) aren’t aware that Equinox has a great Spa. Not only is the environment tranquil and chill, but it’s completely soundproof despite being located in the center of the club.
For my first spa service, I chose the 50 minute, deep tissue massage. Wendy at the Dartmouth Street Equinox honestly might have the strongest hands I’ve ever encountered. She worked probably a year’s worth of knots out of my back and shoulders. You would think, that after years of athletics, I would’ve encountered a trainer or other health professional that really got into the problem areas. That’s not to say that they didn’t help, but I left my hour long massage feeling loose, relaxed and noticeably more comfortable (i.e. my neck wasn’t stiff and my back wasn’t throbbing from over compensation).
If you’re looking to start 2016 with a new, relaxed mindset, I highly recommend taking some time out of your schedule to focus on yourself. Yes, working out is a great stress reliever itself, but everyone deserves a little extra TLC. Check out the complete list of Equinox Spa services below and book something today! (*pssssst* The facials are also to die for if you want something other than a massage!)
*this is a sponsored post – all opinions are my own
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