I am a Leo. I revel in my lioness! I love celebrating my birthday. Even when I am working, I make it feel like a celebration. This year however, I changed it up.
This year my birthday fell on Indian Market. In thirty years that I have been in business, I have never missed Indian Market at the store! But this year some friends and I had discussed months ago that we would celebrate my birthday taking a mini retreat at Ten Thousand Waves. My most favorite treat was getting a massage, it's not something I get to do often enough.
When I went to my massage, I was greeted by the masseuse and I immediately liked her. This may sound funny but she could have easily been a good friend of mine. She took me out onto a little path and up a little hill, away from the main building to a structure that looked like a little tree house. When we got inside all that was there was the table, the music, and with the doors left open, a gorgeous view of the outdoors. She asks me to remove my clothes and lay face down on the table, which I do. She asks me if I prefer to focus the massage on any particular part of my body and I say yes! My poor Mexican feet and head are the ones that get the most abuse! I love cranial massages! So she starts, I lay there feeling my head starting to relax...and I try to let my mind go blank. But immediately I start thinking about what the store is going to do without me for Indian Market. I say to myself, "Stop! Don't contaminate the moment. Just enjoy it!"
She puts lavender oil on my body and starts to give me a cranial massage. I can feel my hair moving everywhere. My mind goes back to the shoe store. How are they doing without me? I remind myself, “Stop! Don't contaminate the moment. Enjoy yourself!”
As I'm lay there and she is working on me, she asks me what happened to my shoulder. I have a big bruise on there. Although she says it looks like it's healing, she asks me how I did that to myself. So I try to recollect, and I have no idea about it! My work is very physical but I couldn't remember bumping myself on anything. I don't remember any customer beating me up for not having her shoe size (just kidding)! But that question got me thinking that in our life we also have bruises in our hearts. That mine appeared to be healing, but they're still there. Are they going to go away? Are they supposed to go away? Do we want them to go away? Maybe we don't want them to go away. That's what makes us who we are. I'm pretty philosophical just because it is my birthday. How many bruises happened this past year? Is there beauty in a bruise? I want to see it like, yes, it is beautiful. I go back to telling myself, “Stop so many thoughts and just relax!”
The time goes by and she tells me that I need to turn over. I think, “I don't want to move!” I'm just finally relaxing. She whispers in my ear again, “Turn!” I feel like my body weighs a hundred tons, but, reluctantly, I turn. She goes back to my cranial massage. Because the door has been left open, I can feel the cool air. The silence is filled with chanting music. Then she whispers again in my ear, “I hope you enjoyed it. We are done!”
My body could not move. And I think, this is too soon, I don’t want to go! I wonder if she will let me stay. She puts her arm behind my back and the other arm behind my legs and sits me up, as if I was a five year old. Mentally I say to myself, “Ok ok, I have to go.” When I sit down, I can tell my hair is all over my face and there's no remnant of my makeup. I tell her I probably look pretty bad! She just smiles at me, and I think, she's not saying NO!
I get up, go outside, and the day is just beautiful. I feel great, even with my crazy hair, feeling like my body is slippery like a fish. I wonder if I should go to the store and I decide no, the celebration of my birthday has just begun!
A big thank you to my good friends who took me on this luxury mini retreat!!!