Last week I suffered through a thoroughly craptastic massage experience. While I was not thrilled about paying for another massage quite so soon, I clearly need it. My muscles were no longer quite so rock-hard and burning, but the brain was still frazzled. Fortunately, Chicago has many options for massage.....which is great because I'm certainly NOT going back to Kiva.
I decided to return back to Sir Spa. It had been years since I had been there, but two different people had brought it up in the last week. Even though I called this morning, they were able to fit me in at the time I wanted. Unlike Kiva, the place still looks brand new. They are putting forth the effort and money to keep it maintained. I wish I had gotten there about fifteen minutes earlier to get a proper steam in prior to the massage....oh well! My therapist, Bill, was outstanding. He was not chatty, and when he did talk he used a very soothing tone of voice. He was very accommodating regarding positioning. I had suggested minimizing the amount of time face-down, even if it meant less work on the back. He recommended that I rotate a few times during the massage so that we could give everything its proper due while keeping me comfortable. I took his suggestion and it worked brilliantly.
I left with loose muscles but barely able to string a sentence together. I can't remember the last time I felt so relaxed....both mind and spirit.
Thank you Sir Spa for confirming that massage can be such a wonderful experience.