I agreed to be one of the dancers in this year’s “Dancing for the Stars” which benefits the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Overture Awards (click here to read the write-up about it on Cincinnati.com). I haven’t really danced since my high school cheerleader days ….or my Elaine from Seinfeld-esque dancing at weddings! haha! But it’s a great cause AND the perfect opportunity to get in great shape! I’ve been going to dance lessons twice a week, and I promised myself to do cardio and weight lifting three times a week so I fit into the fab dress I’m designing with Amy Kirchen. Needless to say, I’ve been waking up tired and achy…muscles I didn’t even know I had are super sore!
I decided that I’d reward myself with a monthly massage if I kept up with the routine. I figured it would help with the aches and would also be motivation to keep up the workouts!
One of our new clients at Cincy Chic is Massage Envy, and the PR rep I work with there had just been emailing me about their new products and add-ons (for example, you can add-on aromatherapy, or upgrade to deep tissue). They are also based on a membership system, so you get a monthly massage (you can use them another month or give them away if you don’t use them each month), and that brings down your per-massage price, which is perfect for my new monthly massage promise to myself!
So, I decided to try it out and book an hour massage with deep tissue upgrade and I also added on one of their Enzyme Acne facials. I had a few break-outs I needed to have calmed down before all our events this week! (we have three fashion shows this week, and I didn’t want my breakouts to take away attention from my new shoes! haha!)
Let me just tell you, this was the most relaxing two hours of my life. My body felt like jelly afterward, and my face STILL feels like a baby’s bottom four days later! I got the massage first (Linda Kantor LMT was my massage therapist, by the way, she was awesome). She broke up all those knots, and eased all the tension I was holding in my poor sore muscles. I also got the aromatherapy – I’m such a sucker for ANYTHING lavender – which just sent me to la-la-land. So relaxing, but it wasn’t just a froo-froo massage. I definitely felt more limber and less tense after the massage.
Then, after the massage I got my facial, which was perfect because they did everything in the same room and I didn’t have to move one little pampered muscle! Missy Smith was my esthetician. She was amazing. Very knowledgeable about the products (I have really sensitive skin, so I was asking which product did what, and what was in each, if they reacted like previous products I’ve had a reaction to, etc). They use Murad products which I had heard of before, but never used before. Now, it’s been several days since my facial and I’ve been using some of the sample lotions they gave me, and I’m definitely going back for more. I don’t know if it’s because it’s winter and I just keep caking on lotions to keep my skin from flaking, but this facial felt like it sloughed off a bunch of junk and my pores are finally able to breathe. And the lotion is keeping my skin hydrated without it feeling weighed down, which is always good so I don’t start that caking-on downward spiral again!
So, long story short, I wanted to let you know about my experience at Massage Envy (I went to the one in Kenwood – right across from Nordstrom). I give the whole experience – from the products to the people – an A+ and will definitely be back again. And from the looks of the choreography my dance instructor just sent over, I’m going to need it!
By the way, Dancing for the Stars tickets are available for patrons ($100), corporate tables ($1,000) and the front-row “celebrity circle” tables ($1,500) from the Aronoff Center ticket office Downtown, 513-977-4104, or www.CincinnatiArts.org. I need lots of loud people in my cheering section! 🙂