So as you may have noticed, I’ve been somewhat silent the last week or 2. Truth be told, I’ve been very, very tired the last as well as sick. I ended up in hospital on Tuesday night with gastro and try as I might, have not found the energy to do anything since. Also, you’d think after vomiting continuously and then not eating for a few days that I’d have lost weight, right? Yeah, no. I’ve gained 1kg. Bugger. I was SO pumped to get this post up at the same time as Heather’s so that we could run our competitions concurrently, but apparently that’s not going to happen.
As you may recall, in May Heather from AcidicIce and I both won vouchers for massages at Ginkgo Spa. We have been so excited to go but with my new tattoos it’s been a bit tricky, so I decided to give the tattooing a break, and just go for it. You might recall my hesitation in accepting this prize from my #CTMeetUp post, so driving there I was rather hesitant, and frankly a bit edgy. I don’t like being touched. I’d had a previous massage experience that had left me battered and bruised, and unable to walk or sit for 2 days because of the abuse I took, so trusting another person with my body (wow, that sounds odd) took a massive leap of faith. However, my lovely therapist, Kim, was so kind, and took every single one of my ifs and buts into consideration (including the fact that I am on Roaccutane, and I don’t like having my feet touched, or seen, or frankly even vaguely looked at).
After a quick stop for coffee (if you’re confused as to why I’m drinking coffee prior to a massage, read the name of my blog) we were on our way. The drive to Tokai was surprisingly easy, no funny twists or turns and I didn’t have to go over Ou Kaapseweg which is always a perk for me. Upon arriving at the Estate, we were greeted with the loveliest views of the mountains and the sun even came out for a few minutes. it should be set straight off the bat that I did not take half as many photos as Heather, and you should check out her post for her photos and enter her giveaway too, which ends on Friday. Go read it, look at her pretty pictures, and enter her giveaway! Anyway, I digress.
The spa is lovely, and we were greeted by Kara, who showed us the lounge and the changing room, as well as our lockers, where we undressed, put our SUPER warm robes and slippers on (cue one size fits all drama), and took selfies. We then went through to the lounge to fill in some paperwork and drink some chai tea. Yeah, okay I took one sip and handed mine to Heather, because it’s tea (again, refer to blog name). After a relax in the lounge, we were led through to our treatment room (we opted for a shared room) and given some privacy disrobe, and lie down. This part to me is always the most uncomfortable because lying on my stomach for extended periods of time is not easy when you have big boobs; it was worth it. Not only in comparison to my previous massage experience but as a standalone experience, this was a lovely massage. The music used was not your average panpipes melody, at one stage we even picked up the X-Files theme!
My therapist, Kim was very gentle, and if I so much as flinched, immediately checked up on me. I will say that she took me by surprise when she massaged my head and hands, mainly because I don’t like head massages, but in the spirit of trying something new, quelled my fear and let her continue. I think the thing that made me giggle the most is whenever she massaged my hands, she ran her hands over mine and her fingers between mine. If you’re in a relationship then you’ll know that your first instinct, when you feel another hand in yours, is to hold it. It took a lot of concentration to not hold her hand! Kim often checked with me if her pressure was okay, and this meant so much to me, particularly after my previous experience. She even checked if she could massage my tattooed arm as it felt a bit scabby, which I explained was just because of the Roaccutane, and that she could continue; the attention to detail was really fantastic. Sadly, 90 minutes felt like 10, and everything was over. We were swaddled (I’m not kidding), pulled a bit to stretch our muscles, and left to relax for a while before dressing. We were given the choice of going home or lying in the lounge for a while, and we opted to be relaxed for just a little while longer before hitting the road.
On a whim we decided to check out the restaurant (okay I was starving and would have paid a king’s ransom for food at this point), so we popped into the Bistro 1682 for a glass of bubbles and some nibbles. Sadly we’d just missed lunch, but we had a cheese platter, which was the perfect size for 2 people who had a gap to fill. After that, we hit the road and sadly returned to the reality of dinner, lunches, and laundry.
Overall, it was a truly wonderful experience, and if all massages are this good, I might be persuaded to overlook my strong dislike of being touched! I’m even looking into a spa day for my Maid of Honour and I to enjoy before the wedding.
Some Ts and Cs for the giveaway:
- Ginkgo spas are located in Tokai, Sea Point and Arniston so you will need to be able to travel to one of these locations in order to claim your prize.
- The voucher will be sent to the winner via e-mail.
- All entries will be checked.
- No giveaway accounts.
- Leaving a comment on this post is the only mandatory entry
- Please ensure you enter via the Rafflecopter widget in order to be eligible for the draw
NB: This was a prize, while I paid for my own #CTMeetUp ticket (where I won the prize) I did not pay for this massage.
Thanks for reading, and happy entering!
Hugs & sloppy daxie kisses