I have a theory as to why you feel so revitalized after a massage. A massage can be much more than simply relaxing and having a trained massage therapist knead away the tension in your muscles. Certainly, the body feels great after a massage but the mind and spirit can be rejuvenated, too.
My theory has to do with “what’s behind the knot”; something caused you to tense up and create a knot in the first place. Granted, sometimes you may have tension in your lower back because of the way you sit at your desk or you may have tightness in your calves because you are a runner. Most knots, I believe, are due to some tense event that caused you to tighten up, possibly without even realizing it. There is a reason people call someone or something a “pain in the neck.” The problem you had may be long solved or the person long removed from your life but the knot is still there.
As your massage therapist works on the knot, you often think about that tense event. When you let it go in your mind as you let it go in your body, the whole thing revives your spirit. When I booked a couple’s massage for my husband Jay and me at the Remède Spa at the St. Regis, I’d forgotten all about my theory. We’d never had side-by-side massages before and the anticipation of the experience was all I was thinking about.
Once the massage started, I remembered. You see, I told my massage therapist, that I really didn’t have any knots in my back so she didn’t need to spend much time there. But when she started working between my shoulder blades, she found a couple of knots hiding there. These knots gently reminded me of some unfinished business, some residual tension that I still needed to let go. With her help, I did.
After the massage, Jay and I relaxed together on our serene private patio listening to the sounds of the waterfall from the massive rock sculpture in front of us. As we took in the breathtaking views of the mountains, he mentioned a few things he was thinking about during the massage. Turns out, he’d had the same experience with some knots he didn’t even realize he had and some unfinished business he had a chance to let go of too.
I have another theory. The reason it was so easy to let go of the tension and revitalize the mind, body and spirit was the sanctuary at the Remède Spa. The treatment room was more like a retreat than a room so we felt peaceful. We had our own private space to relax before the massage with a Jacuzzi tub, private shower and our own outdoor patio so we felt at home.
The therapists spoiled us. We were treated to a warm oil foot massage and paraffin wax treatment for starters. During the massage, there were no distractions by feeling too warm or too cold or the pressure being too strong or too soft. The state- of-the-art massage tables bent gently at our knees and raised our heads slightly adding to our comfort. Our needs were met before we had to ask so we were able to relax.
Since our massages were side-by-side and we happened to choose the same type, we had a shared experience like none other. Some people might come to the Remède Spa to let their mind and body escape reality, but in our case, I think the peacefulness of the experience helped us each to let go of an old reality and embrace a new one together.